Communications Associate

The Bush Foundation is a 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


This role is the operational and administrative anchor to the Communications team. We are a highly collaborative organization and team, and communications work involves implementing our team priorities as well as being highly responsive to the priorities of other teams. The Communications team is responsible for amplifying and promoting the great ideas and people we have invested in and equipping our staff to engage people throughout our region to inspire and support creative problem solving.



We’re seeking a new Communications Associate. The right person for this job is someone who is excited to use their project management, administrative and interpersonal skills to move important work forward. The Foundation has a strong commitment to both equity and learning and we look for people who are energized by both. If you are good at keeping projects moving, helping people meet shared goals and get excited about discovering connections and simplicity in processes, this might be the opportunity for you!


The Communications Associate role focuses on two primary areas of work: 1) managing the operational side of the Foundation’s community engagement strategy and 2) leading the administrative activities of the Communications team.


  1. In community engagement, this position plays a key role in implementing our engagement strategies in ways that better equip our staff members, especially grantmaking staff, to deepen relationships and work with communities in our region. This work is mostly internal, helping to develop and implement the processes and tools that support effective community engagement. We expect the engagement work to take up roughly 75% of the role’s capacity.


  1. The remaining 25% of this role will support the administrative needs of the Communications team. While a smaller percentage of the work, these responsibilities are very important to the team and organization.


This role reports directly to the Communications Director, while also working closely with the Grantmaking team on community engagement activities.






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


In your cover letter, please describe your interest in this specific position and the experience you’ve

had that lines up with the qualifications for the job. We’d also like you to tell us about a project that drew on your project management and problem-solving skills. What was the problem? What did you do and why? How did it turn out?


We’ll be accepting applications until Friday, 11/3/23 at noon (Central). We will start reviewing applications as soon as we receive them and strongly encourage early applications.

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