The McKnight Foundation (McKnight), a family foundation based in Minnesota, advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive. Program interests include regional economic and community development, Minnesota’s arts and artists, education equity, youth engagement, Midwest climate and energy, Mississippi River water quality, neuroscience research, international crop research, and rural livelihoods. Founded in 1953 and independently endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the Foundation has assets of approximately $2.2 billion and grants about $90 million a year.
After a recent review of finance, operations, and investments in light of the retirements of two senior staff, McKnight now seeks nominations and applications for the newly created position of Vice President of Finance and Operations (VPFO). This new position will be responsible for leading the integration of the finance and operations functions and related teams into one unit for greater synergies and efficiencies.
Reporting to the President, the VPFO will join a passionate and highly experienced leadership team at a critical moment in the Foundation’s history to help achieve its strategic goals. The VPFO will build and steward strong, integrated systems and practices encompassing finance, operations and relevant compliance in support of McKnight’s mission. This person will be a strategic thinker and proven implementer in bringing about organizational, technical, and service enhancements. Along with the McKnight’s Senior Leadership Team, the VPFO will help to advance the Foundation’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; foster a culture of curiosity, innovation, excellence and purpose in which all staff grow and thrive; and serve as a thoughtful and active ambassador for the Foundation, internally and externally.
This search is being conducted with assistance from Linh Nguyen, Tamar Datan, Nureen Das, and Javier Garcia of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. All inquiries should be directed to MF-VPFO@nonprofitprofessionals.com
McKnight Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. We encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.
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