Community Relationship Officer: Sustaining Environmental Systems

Mortenson Family Foundation

The Organization:  Mortenson Family Foundation builds partnerships to strengthen community-driven approaches that advance equity, opportunity, and sustainable systems.

Over the last two decades, the Foundation has consistently grown in charitable assets and now provides $6 million in grants annually. The greatest areas of interest for the family’s giving include:

  • Enabling all Minnesotans to have equitable and sustainable access to healthy land and water (this goal is in a draft phase currently being finalized);
  • Expanding opportunities for youth and families living in poverty in the Twin Cities by supporting equitable access to academic and social development opportunities and systems; and
  • Increasing the standard of living for youth and families living in poverty in developing countries.

The Foundation believes that how the work gets done is as important as what work gets done. The Foundation expresses its values of community, service, family, integrity, responsibility and humility by:

  • Growing strong relationships
  • Striving for lasting change
  • Understanding root causes 
  • Challenging systemic injustice and inequality
  • Learning and reflecting
  • Creating and innovating

Strengthening how the work gets done while centering community, the Foundation made specific racial equity commitments in 2020, including increasing percentage of grants to organizations that are led by and for community, increasing percentage of grants that change systems, and including community members on grantmaking committees. All commitments can be found at https://www.mortensonfamily.org/advancing-equity/

The Foundation has a small, participatory, and mutually supportive team, a committed board that supports the staff and the work, dedicated committee members, and a culture of learning. To learn more about the Foundation, please visit www.mortensonfamily.org

Position summary: The Community Relationship Officer has moved to a full-time position which requires expanding the number of team members at the Foundation. The Community Relationship Officer establishes and sustains relationships within the community and the Foundation to ensure that community, organizational partners, and Foundation goals of our Sustaining Environmental Systems grant area are met. The draft of our goals, beliefs, and outcomes that the Foundation used in its pilot grant round can be found here https://www.mortensonfamily.org/sustaining-environmental-systems/.

Specifically, the position will be responsible for:

  • Engaging, collaborating, and relationship-building with individuals and entities in environmentally-related fields and the broader community. Seeking understanding of opportunities for Foundation support, which includes grants, investments, and knowledge. The position proactively engages and communicates with an array of individuals and entities and reactively responds to community inquiries. (estimated 30% of time)
  • Facilitating newly expanded grants committee to harvest analysis and make collective decisions regarding program strategy, structure, and grant support that center on racial equity. The position creates and supports a strong committee through relationships, future recruitment and onboarding, and expanding committee knowledge.  (estimated 30% of time)
  • Managing grants processes: written and verbal communications, sourcing, application development and implementation, prospective partner information sessions, decision-making tools, board presentations, reporting and evaluation (estimated 20% of time)
  • Supporting grants partners through convenings, networking, and peer learnings; connecting to resources; and amplifying stories (estimated 10% of time)
  • Ensuring accurate administration of records, processes, and compliance, including preparing and proofreading correspondence, board summaries, reports, and other documents; utilize database for record keeping.   (estimated 10% of time)

Additionally, the position participates in organization-wide learning, cross-program partnership, and organizational projects.

The position reports to and works collaboratively with the Executive Director and works closely with the Foundation team.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Values:

  • Cultural competency and prior experience with diverse stakeholder groups
  • At least five years of experience using facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated success working collaboratively and independently in flexible and adaptable work environments and within highly inclusive, collaborative, and participatory decision‐making processes
  • Demonstrated track record building and sustaining positive relationships and/or collaboration with community organizations and individuals
  • Traditional and contemporary ecological knowledge or prior work with environmentally-related fields
  • Preference for prior work in increasing equitable access to land and water
  • Values aligned with relationships, stewardship, sustainability, and reciprocity between individuals and environments.
  • Strong and effective interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative analytical skills, including financial analysis skills
  • Passion for making positive, lasting change in community
  • Exemplifies highest level of judgement, discretion, and integrity

Salary range for the full-time position is $90,000 – $105,000, based on experience. Mortenson Family Foundation offers a comprehensive benefits plan including medical, dental, vision insurance; retirement plan with 4% employer contribution; paid time off; sabbatical opportunity; and professional development opportunities. While an office is available, the Foundation offers flexibility in work location.

We strive to create a knowledgeable, responsive, and respectful team comprised of individuals who know our community through lived and learned experiences.  We are intentional about our recruiting activities and hiring plan that fulfill our mission of advancing equity.

To Apply: Qualified and interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to foundationposition@gmail.com. Candidates submitting information by May 18 will receive priority consideration.

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