Program Operations Associate

The Bush Foundation is a place-based, private foundation based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth, the Foundation works to inspire and support creative problem solving — within and across sectors — to make our region better for everyone. To do this, we invest in great ideas and the people who power them in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share that geography. Learn more at


Our Values

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. 


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 interactions.


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 learn with others.


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 that we hope would make our founders proud.


The Bush Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



We’re seeking a talented, collaborative and can-do person to join the Bush Foundation as Program Operations Associate. The right person for this new position is process and people oriented with great technical, project management and administrative skills -- someone who gets excited when they discover a better or simpler way to do something and relishes sharing that discovery. Experience with Salesforce or another Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system is a must so we can optimize the use of the technology in our program operations. Our organization has a strong commitment to both equity and learning and we look for people who share this commitment and are energized by both. 


The Program Operations Associate leads the operational and administrative elements of the Foundation’s grantmaking data system (Salesforce) to ensure grantmaking programs make the largest impact possible in the communities we serve. This position plays a key role in data management, serving as a champion and technical expert for CRM activity across the Foundation and is responsible for a range of technical, administrative and logistical activities that advance our ability to do effective grantmaking. 






Click here for more information or to apply. To Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. In order for us to see your application quickly, please put ‘Program Operations Associate: [your name]’ in the subject line. 


In your cover letter, please describe your interest in this specific position and the experience you have had that aligns with the qualifications for the job. Tell us a story about a problem that you took on that required a mix of technical, organization and interpersonal skills. What was the problem? What did you do and why? How did it turn out? 


We will be accepting applications until Monday, October 16th at noon (Central Time). We will start reviewing applications as soon as we receive them and strongly encourage early applications. 


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  • Kevin Perez
    published this page in Job Board 2023-10-03 15:53:14 -0400