Community Network Operations Manager

The Bush Foundation is seeking a strategic, collaborative and detail-oriented person to join the Foundation as Community Network Operations Manager. The right person for this job will relish the chance to put their project management, organizational and interpersonal skills to use across Foundation-wide grant and fellowship processes as well as related cross-team operations.

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.

The Community Network Team is made up of three teams – Communications, Leadership Programs and Community Innovation – that share similar goals of inspiring, equipping and connecting individuals and organizations in the region to effectively lead change. This position works most closely with those three teams as well as with our Program Operations team, as they manage the grants administration process.

You can find much more about these programs and other Foundation activities at

Job Purpose

The Community Network Operations Manager advances the goals of the Bush Foundation by providing cross-team and cross-foundation leadership and support for grant and fellowship selection processes as well as related operational issues. This manager will help ensure that our application processes are simple, supportive and strategic.

Core Responsibilities & Key Relationships

  • This role will lead planning, execution and review of selection processes across the Foundation’s open grants and programs, including Bush Fellowships, the Bush Prize and Community Innovation, Ecosystem and Event Sponsorship grants as well as other grant programs that may be developed.
  • Work closely with all program teams at the Foundation to ensure that selection processes are highly collaborative, effective, efficient and aligned with team goals and strategy.
  • Apply strategy and guidelines created for selection processes with minimal guidance from supervisor, and with significant judgment and discretion.
  • Participate in communications review process for grant and fellowship applications.
  • Shape and guide evaluation and learning of selection processes.
  • Provide expert counsel on the grant selection process in internal and external settings.
  • Work with staff across the Foundation to ensure strategic and operational coordination and integration between programs.
  • Participate in, support or lead other projects that could benefit from a cross-foundation view.
  • Participate in, or support in the incorporation of Salesforce practices as it relates to Foundation-wide grant processes and selection, and/or cross-team operations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least five years’ experience in public, nonprofit or related fields with significant experience in selection processes.
  • Deep knowledge of selection processes in a variety of grant making contexts.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to effectively coordinate work assignments and relationships across multiple teams, supporting or leading as needed to effectively support the work.
  • Project management expertise in complex and multi-faceted processes.
  • Demonstrated success at building and maintaining relationships and working collaboratively.
  • Ability to effectively interact, communicate and collaborate with people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.
  • Experience with SalesForce is a plus.

Working Conditions

This position exists in a general office environment. Some travel may be required, with occasional adjustments to the work schedule in order to participate in events or meet priority deadlines.

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 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.

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.


Reports To: Duchesne Drew, Community Network Vice President

Classification: Exempt

Working conditions: Office environment with occasional travel. Periodic adjustments to work schedule may be necessary.


Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected] 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 “Community Network Operations Manager: [your name]” to the subject line of your email, or to the outside of the envelope.

We’re eager to fill this position! Please apply by 12:00 p.m. (central time) on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 to ensure that your application can be considered.

The Bush Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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