Talent Development Coordinator and Community Network Program Coordinator

The Bush Foundation is seeking two talented, collaborative, can-do people to join the Foundation’s staff as Program Coordinators. The right people for these jobs will relish putting their organizational, administrative and interpersonal skills to use at a mission and values-driven organization.

About Us

The Bush Foundation is a private foundation based in St. Paul, Minnesota. We invest in great ideas and the people who power them, helping individuals and organizations think bigger and think differently about what is possible for their communities.

The Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth, and today works in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.

More information is available at BushFoundation.org.

Job Purpose

Program Coordinators provide administrative and logistics support to teams and staff members, often serving as “first responders” to requests for help inside and outside of the Foundation.

Two positions are open: Talent Development Coordinator and Community Network Program Coordinator. See below for a more detailed explanation of both positions.

Talent Development Coordinator

The Talent Development Coordinator position advances the goals of the Bush Foundation by providing planning and implementation support for innovative and extensive Talent, Human Resources and Professional Development activities. The emphasis on values-driven operations reflects the belief that deep investment in staff learning and development advances and supports the Foundation’s ability to deliver on its mission.

Core Responsibilities & Key Relationships

  • Manage day-to-day Talent operations including expenses, payments, budgeting and forecasting.
  • Provide general organizational and administrative support for team activities such as hiring and selection, performance management, employee development, evaluations and goal setting and the Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship Program. This support includes coordination of team calendar, meetings, logistical support and management of project timelines and deliverables.
  • Coordinate employee hiring and selection processes.
  • Serve as a front line resource for employees on a wide range of performance management, workplace and employee development issues.
  • Plan and implement staff activities and events, collaborating across the Foundation as needed.
  • Provide other general human resources administrative support, as needed.
  • Serve as backup support to the President and members of the executive team.
  • Actively demonstrate core organizational values in performing all duties.

Community Network Program Coordinator

This position advances the goals of the Bush Foundation in two primary ways: 1) providing direct and critical administrative support to the Community Innovation team and 2) working closely with the Community Network Vice President to identify and amplify opportunities and promote connections among the three teams within the Community Network team.

The three Community Network teams share similar goals of inspiring, equipping and connecting individuals and organizations to make our region better for everyone. This position works most closely with the Community Innovation (CI) team, as they inspire and enable communities to create innovative solutions to challenges through two major grant programs – Community Innovation grants and the Bush Prize for Community Innovation.

Core Responsibilities & Key Relationships

  • Manage administrative operations of the Community Innovation team including expenses, contracts, payments, budgeting, forecasting, team calendars, team travel and project timelines.
  • Provide administrative and operational support to the Community Network Vice President and Community Innovation Directors.
  • Partner with the Community Network Operations Manager in planning and executing selection processes for Community Innovation grants and Bush Prize.
  • Serve as a key contact for Community Innovation vendors and consultants.
  • Along with Community Network team members, develop and maintain relationships with potential and existing partners, grantees and stakeholders.
  • Plan and manage events and convenings (including the North Dakota and South Dakota Advisory Committees), in collaboration with colleagues.
  • Manage and align Community Innovation and Community Network activities with other teams to ensure cross-foundation coordination and integration. Participate in cross-foundation activities.
  • Lead incorporation of newly-implemented grants and relationship management database (Salesforce) into team practice and culture.
  • Actively demonstrate core organizational values in performing all duties.

Minimum Qualifications for Both Positions

  • At least three years of administrative support experience in a fast-paced, collaborative, professional environment, managing multiple priorities concurrently and effectively.
  • Able to work independently with minimal direction and comfortable in a dynamic environment with significant ambiguity.
  • Able to maintain the highest levels of discretion and confidentiality.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and project management skills.
  • Able to effectively interact, communicate and collaborate with people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, standard office software suites, and comfortable using existing and new technologies. Experience with SalesForce and other complex databases is a plus.
  • Experience with event planning and execution is a plus.

Our Values

  • Spread Optimism. We encourage individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible. We are positive and supportive in our internal and external
  • Work Beyond Ourselves. We actively seek opportunities to work in true collaboration with others to have more impact. We are willing to both lead and follow. We candidly share what we
  • Everybody Matters. We are a champion for both excellence and equity inside and out of the Foundation. We have fair, open and inclusive processes. We work to raise overall quality of life while also closing opportunity and achievement gaps.
  • Steward Well. We demonstrate appreciation for the Foundation’s history and thoughtfully build on its legacy. We hold ourselves to high standards of integrity and accountability and conduct ourselves in a way we hope would make our founders proud.
  • More Good. Every Year. We are a true learning organization and work to be smarter and more effective every year. We never lose sight of the reason we exist: to do the most possible good with the resources left to the community by Archibald G. Bush.


Please send resume and cover letter to Human_Resources@BushFoundation.org or to Human

Resources, Bush Foundation, 101 Fifth Street East, Suite 2400, St. Paul, MN 55101.

Help us keep track of your application by adding your name and either “CN” (for Community Network) “TD” (for Talent Development) or “both” to the subject line of your email.

We’re eager to fill these positions! Please apply by 12:00 p.m. (central time) on Friday, April 8 to receive priority consideration.

The Bush Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer