Community Relationship Officer

Community Relationship Officer
Organization Name: 
Mortenson Family Foundation
Job Category: 
$75,000 - $95,000

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 over $3 million in grants annually. The greatest areas of interest for the family's giving include: 

  • 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;
  • Protecting, conserving and restoring biodiversity and habitat in Minnesota's watersheds in order to improve water quality; 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

To learn more about the Foundation, please visit

Position summary: The Community Relationship Officer is a new, full-time position that establishes and sustains relationship within the community and the Foundation to ensure that community, organizational partner and Foundation goals of the Expanding Opportunities for Youth and Families grant area are met. To see goals, beliefs and outcomes the Foundation is seeking to meet, please visit  The position also strengthens measurement and evaluation systems for the Foundation’s work overall.

Specifically, the position will be responsible for: 

  • Engaging with community to understand opportunities for Foundation support. The position will determine what Foundation support - grants, investments, knowledge – may be beneficial to reaching the goals of community; evaluate the opportunities for support; and recommend grants, investments and other Foundation assets to be used to reach goals. (estimated 75% of time)
  • Creating an internal Foundation performance system to measure and evaluate the Foundation’s work. (estimated 20% of time)
  • Ensuring accurate administration of records, processes and compliance.   (estimated 5% of time)

The position reports to and works collaboratively with the Executive Director and works closely with a grants committee and family leadership. Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate a high degree of cultural competence and prior experience working across differences and with diverse stakeholder groups.

Primary Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Community Relationships

  • Establish and sustain relationships within education field and broader community (relationship management)
  • Work with staff, grants committee and board leadership to set Expanding Opportunities for Youth and Families portfolio strategy, criteria and process for selecting and managing both existing and new partnerships (strategy)
  • Analyze and evaluate grant and investment opportunities for committees and board (evaluation/review)
  • Communicate, both in written and verbal form, recommendations to the committees and board (communicate)
  • Monitor and report on partnership outcomes (reporting)
  • Develop and implement learning strategies for the Foundation’s Expanding Opportunities for Youth and Families portfolio (learning)

Measurement and Evaluation

  • Create systems to monitor and evaluate grant and foundation outcomes, decision making, accountability, continuous improvement and organizational learning
  • Design and/or redesign grant reporting and evaluation metrics, tracking and reporting
  • Determine systems to collect quantitative and qualitative data
  • Analyze, validate and report data

General Administration

  • Handle administrative functions with detailed accuracy, including preparing and proofreading correspondence, board summaries, reports, and other documents; utilizing database for record keeping.

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Cultural competency and prior experience in and with diverse stakeholder groups
  • Deep understanding of education systems in Minnesota acquired through hands-on experience in relevant public, nonprofit or related private sector roles
  • At least five years of experience leading or managing programs or projects related to education
  • Demonstrated track record building and sustaining positive relationships and/or collaboration with community organizations
  • Strong and effective interpersonal and written communication skills 
  • At least two years of experience in evaluation planning, design, implementation and analysis; coursework or professional development in research methods and design 
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative analytical skills, including financial analysis skills
  • Passion for making positive, lasting change in community
  • Demonstrated success working in flexible and adaptable work environments and within highly inclusive and participatory decision‐making processes
  • Exemplifies highest level of discretion and integrity
  • Capacity for humor

Salary range for the position is $75,000 - $95,000 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; and professional development allowance.

To Apply: Qualified and interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to Candidates submitting information by October 23, 2018 will receive priority consideration.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, October 23, 2018