Program Officers

Established in 1953 by William L. McKnight and his wife, Maude L. McKnight, the McKnight Foundation is a philanthropic leader based in Minneapolis that grants more than $90 million annually across the Midwest, the U.S., and internationally. 

The McKnight Foundation envisions a world that recognizes the dignity of every human being, a world where we celebrate the creativity of the arts and sciences and come together to protect our one and only Earth. 


The McKnight Foundation is seeking two program officers (one Senior Program Officer and one Program Officer) to advance the work that will bring the Midwest Climate & Energy Program's ambitious goals to fruition. The new Program Officers will help shape and guide the trajectory of the Foundation’s ambitious climate initiatives. Reporting to the Program Director of Midwest Climate & Energy, the Program Officers will oversee and build significant grant portfolios and partnerships with intermediary funders and actively collaborate with McKnight’s Impact Investing team and Vibrant & Equitable Communities program team. 

The goal of the Midwest Climate & Energy (MC&E) program is to take bold action on the climate crisis by dramatically cutting carbon pollution in the Midwest by 2030. Achieving this ambitious goal, at the necessary speed and scale, also requires a healthy democracy, grounded in racial and economic justice, one in which all people have the voice and power to bring about change to the issues affecting their lives and livelihoods. The Midwest Climate & Energy program is pursuing this strategy in close partnership with the Vibrant & Equitable Communities program, supporting communities in building powerful multiracial movements for change.


Please see the position description on our website for salary information. 


Click here for more information or to apply. Two positions are currently being filled on this team. Information about the Senior Program Office role can be found at:

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  • Kevin Perez
    published this page in Job Board 2022-07-27 14:38:53 -0400