Leadership Programs Manager (BF)

The Bush Foundation is looking for a talented, collaborative and versatile professional to manage the Foundation’s Leadership programs. The right person will love the challenge and the inspiration that comes with developing great processes that support the incredible array of talented leaders in this region. Our organization has a strong commitment to both equity and learning and we look for people who are energized by both and share the commitment.


The Bush Foundation is a private foundation based in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth. Today, we invest in great ideas and the people who power them in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the geography. We work to inspire and support creative problem solving — within and across sectors — to make our region better for everyone. You can learn more about us at BushFoundation.org, including our perspective on equity (https://www.bushfoundation.org/about-us/equity-statement).

This position is a part of the 4-person Leadership Programs team. The Leadership Programs team builds on the Foundation’s long history of leadership development by connecting leaders with new people and ideas through the Foundation’s flagship Bush Fellowship program, Change Network, Ecosystem grants and related programs. Our programs seek to develop more leaders who are better equipped and connected to effectively lead change.

This team is one of the three teams on the Foundation’s Community Network team — 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.

Job Purpose

The Leadership Programs Manager provides day-to-day leadership for the Leadership Program team’s activities and fills a critical supporting role in developing and implementing the team’s strategic goals. This position leads the team’s portion of Ecosystem grants and Event Sponsorship grants, plays a partnering role on the Bush Fellowship program and a supportive role on the Change Network program and other team activities.

Core Responsibilities & Key Relationships

  • Assist with the day-to-day implementation and execution of grant processes for the Leadership Programs team including:
    • outreach to potential Fellows and grantees
    • inquiry management
    • application review
    • selection of Fellows and grantees
    • applicant and grantee support, engagement and feedback
    • evaluation of Leadership programs
  • Source and cultivate strong relationships with Ecosystem grantees, Bush Fellows and applicants by:
    • Building relationships with people and ecosystem-level organizations across the region.
    • Presenting information about Leadership programs and our perspective on leadership in communities across the region.
    • Identifying prospective applicants and helping to strengthen their proposals and navigate selection processes.
  • Review and select grant proposals to receive funding, applying program criteria and using significant judgment and discretion.
  • Provide feedback and coaching to declined applicants.
  • Demonstrate content expertise on leadership development programming, equity and community engagement practices in both internal and external settings.
  • Work with staff across the Foundation to ensure strategic and operational coordination and integration between programs.
  • Participate in cross-foundation strategy, programmatic collaboration and learning opportunities that advance and support the Foundation’s overall strategic goals.
  • Actively demonstrate core organizational values in performing all duties.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least five years’ experience in public, nonprofit or related private sector field (including consulting and coaching). Experience with leadership development, equity and inclusion and community engagement is preferred.
  • Experience reviewing applications or proposals (including providing feedback, developing and presenting choices and recommendations and making funding and selection decisions).
  • Demonstrated curiosity and familiarity with the issues and current events relevant to the communities and people in the region.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent critical analysis skills and able to convey complex, nuanced analysis both verbally and through concise, clear writing.
  • Success at working collaboratively AND exercising independent judgment and moving forward with minimum direction. This person needs to be comfortable and skilled working both ways.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interact, communicate and collaborate with people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities concurrently and effectively and to lead projects in a collaborative manner.


Job Data

Reports To:                           Anita Patel, Leadership Programs Director

Classification:                       Exempt

Working conditions:            This position exists in a general office environment. Some travel (up to 25%) and driving may be required, with occasional adjustments to the work schedule 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 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.


For More Information

We will host a brief webinar on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 11:30 am Central to better acquaint you with the Bush Foundation and this position. Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/791145188930931459

If you wish to be anonymous during the webinar, please register as Archie Bush. The recording will be available on our website following the webinar.


Three Ways To Apply

Please apply by noon Central time on Tuesday, October 2 to ensure that your application will be given priority consideration. Your application may not be considered if you apply after this date.


Bush Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer



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