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Opening: Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Publication date: 
February, 2024
Position: Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Organization: Minnesota Council on Foundations 
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

About MCF Staff

Staff of the Minnesota Council on Foundations are in a special position to provide service and leadership to Minnesota’s vibrant philanthropic community. MCF staff efforts are aligned to: deliver an excellent member experience; ensure organizational strength; advance diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism within MCF and throughout the field of philanthropy; and encourage equitable, effective and principled philanthropy in support of Minnesota communities. MCF is a learning organization focused on continuous improvement, particularly as it relates to organizational commitments to the Principles for Philanthropy, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and anti-racism. MCF programs and services are designed in response to member needs and community conditions, and when possible, in partnership with nonprofit community organizations and government partners. MCF work is guided by its 2022 Strategic Framework and carried out through the efforts of internal teams, and collaborations with members, partners and stakeholders.

Position Description

About the Role

The Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is responsible for leading strategy development and implementation of MCF’s priority to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism within MCF and throughout the field of philanthropy. The DEI Director is focused substantially on MCF’s evolving organizational culture and practices, designing and leading implementation of the changes necessary to live up to its organizational commitments. This role also provides tools, resources and guidance to MCF members to align with the Principles for Philanthropy and their own diversity, equity, inclusion and related commitments within their organization and practice. The DEI Director uses change management techniques to support organizational development, education and coaching strategies to support MCF members and staff, and program and communications strategies to foster MCF’s ability to lead by example. The DEI director engages MCF members through networks, programs and governance. Additionally, the DEI Director advances diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism throughout the organization by providing direct input and support to all MCF staff as they strive to advance these priorities through their specific roles.

Supervision and Leadership

The DEI Director works in close collaboration with the President, the Board of Directors, DEI committee, staff and consultants to ensure that MCF is continuously learning and advancing its capacity to strengthen diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism throughout the organization and the field. The DEI director may at times supervise other staff and/or consultants, and provides regular guidance and counsel to colleagues on the MCF team as they strive to incorporate diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism into their work. The DEI Director is an integral part of the entire MCF team, their closest partnerships being with the President, Vice President and Directors, and DEI committee co-chairs. The DEI Director is an influential organizational leader, working directly with other senior leaders to shape MCF’s strategies and direction.

Key Responsibilities

Incorporate diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism throughout MCF

  • Develop and guide successful implementation of strategies to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism within MCF culture, systems and practices, and throughout the work of the organization.
  • Provide DEI and anti-racism learning opportunities for MCF staff and board. Guide the organization’s continued learning.
  • Provide support (such as resources, thought partnership, training ideas) to MCF staff as they engage in the work of advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism, referring for individual coaching as appropriate.
  • Staff the DEI committee of the MCF board, including collaborating with committee co-chairs to develop meaningful work, prepare agendas, facilitate discussions and align committee effort with organizational goals.
  • Develop and/or implement analytic tools to track DEI effort and progress.

Advance diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism in the field of philanthropy

  • Provide strategic input and counsel to MCF staff as they strive to strengthen diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism throughout the organization’s programs and resources, including recognizing opportunities and developing new ideas for member-oriented work.
  • In partnership with communications and program teams, lead the development of DEI and anti-racism messages, tools, resources and learning opportunities for MCF members.
  • Identify opportunities for MCF to provide leadership by example.
  • Lead DEI related member networks.
  • Represent MCF at external programs and events.
  • Attain a high level of knowledge of the field of philanthropy to ensure fluency in member interactions.
  • Provide timely, high quality response to member inquiries and requests related to diversity, equity and inclusion, and other topics.

Work Location

Approximately 10 – 20% of this position will require in-person work. In 2024, MCF staff are maintaining a hybrid work environment with a split between in-office and remote work. The MCF office is currently located in Minneapolis. MCF programs take place at the office and other locations in the Twin Cities and periodically in Greater Minnesota.

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism concepts, strategies and methods for change.
  • Experience with organizational development and supporting teams through change.
  • Ability to engage a wide range of people to advance individual and organizational goals.
  • Ability to support individuals and teams who are engaged in difficult, long-term, often emotionally challenging work.
  • Confidence engaging at the leadership level to advise, inspire and implement organizational change.
  • Confidence building culture and practices in areas that may be experienced as complex, intense, incremental, elusive and long-term.
  • Understanding of adult learning styles and diverse delivery modes for professional education and programming.
  • Comfort and skill with public speaking and group facilitation.
  • Experience using communications strategies to tell stories, inform and inspire change, and lead by example.
  • Ability to analyze and use data to recognize growth and understand progress.
  • Ability to manage resources based on organizational goals and annual budgets.
  • Experience with, or understanding of, Minnesota’s philanthropic community.
  • Appreciation for service excellence and delivering an excellent member experience.
  • Commitment to continued personal growth in diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.


Total compensation offered for this full-time position (37.5 hours weekly) includes $90,000 starting salary; 5 weeks of Paid Time Off (six weeks after 4 years of service); 11 organization-wide holidays; 2 floating holidays; birthday off; medical, dental and vision insurance; six percent retirement contribution (no employee match required); up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave; wellness benefit; and more. This position is eligible for part-time (80%) if the employee desires, with prorated pay and benefits.

How to apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to: and in the subject line please write: Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion application.

This position will be open until filled, with application review beginning immediately. Those applying before March 1, 2024 will be prioritized. If you have any inquiries about this position, please email Susie Brown at with the subject line: job inquiry, or call her at 612-335-3557.

The Minnesota Council on Foundations is an equal opportunity employer.


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