Community Relationship Officer

Community Relationship Officer
Organization Name: 
Mortenson Family Foundation
Job Category: 

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:

  • Increasing the standard of living for youth and families living in poverty in developing countries.
  • Protecting, conserving and restoring biodiversity and habitat in Minnesota's watersheds, in order to improve water quality; and
  • Expanding opportunities for youth and families living in poverty in the Twin Cities by supporting .

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, part-time position that establishes and sustains relationships within the community and the Foundation to ensure that community, organizational partner and Foundation goals of our Strengthening Developing Communities grant area are met. The goals, beliefs and outcomes that the Foundation is seeking to meet can be found here


Specifically, the position will be responsible for:

  • Engaging with community and conducting research to understand 1) how effective work by community is best accomplished and 2) opportunities for Foundation support of effective work (estimated 40% of time)
  • Facilitating work of Grant Committee to understand what types of support - grants, investments, knowledge - are most 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 40% of time)
  • Researching and analyzing Impact Investment opportunities. ((estimated 15% 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.

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

  • Establish and sustain relationships within International field and broader community (relationship management). May travel to International communities one or two times each year.
  • Monitor and report on partnership outcomes (reporting)
  • Expand individual and Foundation knowledge of International community building systems and best practices (learning)

Strategy and Analysis 

  • Work with staff, Grant Committee and board leadership to set Strengthening Developing Communities program strategy (strategy)
  • Analyze, evaluate and conduct due diligence on grant and investment opportunities based on program strategy for Grant Committee, Investment Committee and Board consideration (evaluation/review)
  • Facilitate Committee meetings to ensure goals are accomplished
  • Communicate, both in written and verbal form, recommendations to the Committee and Board (communicate)

Grant Administration

  • Review grant information and evaluate financial information
  • Communicate grant information to the Board
  • Track and review grant reports

General Administration

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


Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Cultural competency and prior experience with diverse stakeholder groups
  • Passion for making positive, lasting change in community
  • Deep understanding of the complexity of increasing the standard of living for youth and families living in poverty in developing countries, including understanding of individual agency, systems and policies, and market forces
  • Hands-on experience in relevant public, nonprofit or related private sector roles supporting and building thriving communities through sustainable solutions
  • Knowledge of current trends and effective, emerging, innovative and proven practices in community building
  • At least five years of experience leading or managing programs or projects related to International community building
  • Demonstrated track record of building and sustaining positive relationships and/or collaboration with community organizations
  • Strong and effective interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative analytical skills, including financial analysis skills
  • 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 part-time position is $35,000 - $45,000 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 May 24, 2019 will receive priority consideration.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, May 24, 2019