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Job Opening: President Minnesota of Council on Foundation

Position: President of Minnesota Council on Foundation
Organization: Minnesota Council on Foundation
Location: Minnesota

Organization Overview

Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF) is a premiere regional membership association serving the state’s philanthropic community. Membership is open to any foundation, corporation, tribe, institution, government, or philanthropic entity, including educational institutions, giving circles, donor-advised funds, and medical or healthcare foundations. While members' grantmaking budgets, styles and program interests vary, all share a common goal to make their involvement in philanthropy as effective as possible. They seek to advance their own impact as well as that of the philanthropy field as a whole.

Staff members describe the MCF culture as one that is unique and changing. People who work at MCF are passionate with a style of actively bringing ideas and energy to
their work. They value relationships and collaboration. Staff members seek to be forward thinking and creative in how they approach members and member services. The MCF offices, located in the North Loop section of Minneapolis, are designed to encourage interaction and sharing by staff and to be a gracious and welcoming space for members.

Position Overview

The President provides expert strategic and operational guidance to an organization centered on its members. Also, the President seeks to enhance and expand the organization’s recognized leadership in philanthropy at a time of increasing change in the field. Key areas of focus for the President will be MCF’s continuing work in diversity, equity and inclusion, and public policy. The President interacts with a broad set of stakeholders including staff, board members, elected officials and peers in the philanthropy profession. As the primary spokesperson for MCF, the President frequently acts as the voice and representative of the organization, its members, and the philanthropy sector in Minnesota and nationally.

Position Responsibilities 

  • Champion and implement the strategic plan of the Minnesota Council on Foundations. Clearly articulate the organizational goals for financial and programmatic stability as well as growth for the future.
  • Understand and support a healthy organizational culture at MCF. Respect and uphold the positive aspects of the culture from the past while modifying and enhancing the culture as the organization moves into the future.
  • Motivate and inspire others to act by supporting and clearly articulating the organization’s strategic direction, mission and vision.
  • Develop excellent relations with members. Recruit and retain member organizations across Foundation types. Continue to learn about evolving member needs, interests and ideas for learning, connection and change.
  • Understand, participate in, and champion public policy issues on behalf of MCF.
  • Uphold and further MCF’s programs in diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Lead with strong and effective internal relationships, acting as a cooperative team leader and welcoming team player.
  • Oversee excellence in the financial and operational management of the organization. Assess and improve infrastructure, processes and procedures. Consider new sources of revenue to contribute to financial stability and growth.
  • Collaborate with the talented board of directors and the board committees. Effectively engage and communicate with honesty and transparency.
  • Enthusiastically and positively model the values of MCF, including maintaining excellent relations with peers at national affiliate organizations.

Management Responsibilities 

The President at MCF will be an authentic leader of people who brings a nuanced approach to empowering others. Roles reporting directly to the President are: Director of Public Policy and Communications, Director of Program Strategy and DEI, Director of Finance and Operations, and an Executive Assistant. There are twelve staff members currently at MCF. The President will:

  • Develop and retain a high performing staff, particularly supporting and strengthening the senior management team, the capacity of core internal functions, and the commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Model and assist the staff in building and maintaining strong relationships and providing outstanding service to members. Find ways to excite and engage a robust cadre of MCF members in a changing industry.
  • Ensure excellence in the operation of the organization by assigning work and projects effectively across the organization.
  • Manage with good business instincts, fairness, grace, and effective administrative management skills.


Candidates for this executive position will be accomplished, visionary and inclusive leaders with at least 10-12 years of related work experience, from the fields of association management/member organizations or related non-profit or community leadership. Background and familiarity with the field of philanthropy is also critical. Essential skills and experience include:

  • A passion to lead a member services organization and a commitment to the value brought by member organizations. Also, knowledge of the field of philanthropy and the philanthropy-serving purposes of MCF.
  • Experience working successfully with a broad set of stakeholders and in the public domain, ideally having served as a key spokesperson of an organization.
  • Integrity and stature in the community and a reputation as a leader of humility,
    transparency, and collaboration.
  • Outstanding strategic planning experience, proven operational background, exemplary administrative management skills, and a strong commitment to the mission, vision, and values of MCF.
  • Values and experience leading efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Proven acumen with public policy and stakeholder engagement.
  • A Master’s degree in a related field such as a nonprofit management, business administration or public administration is preferred; a Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Demonstrated success in organizational leadership, with proven competence in guiding the development and implementation of a strategic plan, successful organizational positioning, and translating ideas to reality.
  • Background in a member services organization with a strong sense of best practices in working with member organizations and member representatives.
  • Background and understanding of the foundation and philanthropic sector.
  • Knowledge of current trends and emerging models for member organizations, especially philanthropy-serving organizations.
  • Proven, practical experience in leading operations, including program management, marketing, member services, and publications.
  • Proven operational competence in areas such as financial management, budgeting, tracking and reporting, marketing, technology, internal processes, procedures, and infrastructure development.
  • Expertise in public communications, public relations, fundraising, and marketing of the organization and its programs and services. Ability to make connections and “tell the story” of MCF.
  • Experience building, managing, and strengthening high performing teams, with an eye toward empowerment and diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Experience and skill working directly with and for a board of directors.
  • A positive orientation including the ability to optimistically manage change initiatives and skillfully navigate working in the “gray area,” when there are not obvious answers. Capacity to bring stability to an organization, while also assessing and making necessary changes.
  • Ability and commitment to envision and describe the long-term future of the organization in a way that inspires and motivates staff, members and other key stakeholders.
  • Ability and commitment to be an engaging ambassador and advocate for MCF with members, community and government leaders, including the ability to skillfully and gracefully manage, at times, the needs of competing stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects. Skill in monitoring, evaluating, and enhancing program activities in a spirit of continuous improvement and exceeding member expectations.


These Values are Shared by All MCF Staff

  • Serve as a positive ambassador of MCF’s mission, programs, and brand.
  • Provide leadership by acting with vision, courage, creativity, and commitment.
  • Create connections, leverage relationships, and collaborate with the objective of promoting shared learning and impact.
  • Apply principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion to galvanize diverse voices and perspectives to advance equity.
  • Respect and value all relationships and always assume best intentions.
  • Practice radical hospitality by making MCF a welcoming and trusted organization where people feel they matter and belong.
  • Embrace fun as part of doing good work.

These Competencies are Shared All MCF Staff:

  • Acquire and share knowledge and skills to understand and advance the work of MCF’s members and to shine a bright light on Minnesota philanthropy.
  • Acquire knowledge and skills to engage grantmakers as MCF members and part of a community where they find rewarding relationships, shared learning, professional growth, and opportunities to increase the impact of their work through collective action.
  • Acquire and share knowledge and skills to prepare MCF members to be effective in a diverse society.
  • Acquire and share knowledge and skills to support MCF members in being active and engaged community participants, and a relevant voice advancing public policy to promote philanthropy, charitable giving, inclusion, and equity.
  • Acquire and share knowledge and skills to support MCF communications, marketing, and public relations activities.
  • Contribute to the organization’s effectiveness. Engage in routine organizational planning, teambuilding, and personal professional development activities. Play a role in presenting major MCF events such as its annual conference, annual membership meeting, and other large membership events.
  • Demonstrate compliance with MCF’s operating policies, procedures, and commitment to proper stewardship of resources.
  • Skill with technology, including experience with multiple computer and electronic communication software and platforms.

Compensation and Benefits

Minnesota Council on Foundations is pleased to provide a competitive compensation package. Benefits include health, dental, life and disability insurance, generous paid time off, contribution to retirement plan, and a flexible work environment.

How To Apply

Contact Marcia Ballinger, PhD at or Lars Leafblad, MBA at for more information about the position.



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