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Program Manager for the Initiators Fellowship

The Initiative Foundation is seeking the next program manager for the Initiators Fellowship, the premier leadership and enterprise development program in Greater Minnesota that provides a two-year suite of supports and development opportunities for rural leaders creating businesses and nonprofits to transform communities and local economies.

Initiators Fellowship Logo.pngThe program manager will have the unique opportunity to design and guide the vision and direction of a five-year-old program as it continues to grow, now serving more than 50 counties and six native nations in Minnesota through partnerships with three other Minnesota Initiative Foundations. Now in the middle of serving its third cohort of Initiator Fellows, the program is designed for long-term sustainability and benefits from the generosity of private investors.

An ideal candidate has:

  • A passion for developing people and places.
  • A fierce commitment to creative, equitable rural prosperity.
  • A dedication to lifting up diverse leaders and the skills to empower them with consistent resources and walk-alongside support.
  • A demonstrated history leading programs that support leadership and social enterprise development.
  • Experience engaging directly with equity and justice issues and supporting others doing the same, particularly in rural contexts.
  • A love for designing collaborative solutions that center entrepreneurs and changemakers in the communities they serve.
  • The patience and compassion to guide and coach talented, independent leaders toward clear and sustaining visions of success and change.

The Program Manager for the Initiators Fellowship has the ability to access our Brainerd (224 W. Washington St., Brainerd, MN 56401), St. Cloud (501 West St. Germain St., Suite 101, St. Cloud, MN 56301) or Little Falls (405 First St. S.E., Little Falls, MN 56345) offices in addition to enjoying a hybrid workplace model that includes Central Minnesota-based remote work.

Read the position profile by selecting the red button below. Learn about the Initiators Fellowship program and the success stories of current and past Fellows at fellows.greaterminnesota.net

Submit application (required) with a cover letter and resume by Wednesday, June 1. Applicants should email all completed documents—completed application, cover letter and resume—to mlindell(at)ifound.org.

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A strong commitment to the mission, vision and values of the Initiative Foundation is essential as we work together to serve the rich and diverse communities of Central Minnesota. The Initiative Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, provider and lender.



Well Workplace Gold

The Initiative Foundation has been recognized as a Well Workplace Gold winner by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA). Well Workplace Gold organizations are recognized for having built exceptional and comprehensive worksite wellness strategies grounded in WELCOA’s 7 Benchmarks. Well Workplace Gold organizations have demonstrated that they have a clear and unique business case for wellness and have created appropriate wellness initiatives and strategies to achieve that vision.

 

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What if you could feel good about your daily work?

What if your career complimented your life's purpose?

What if you could contribute to the growth, resiliency and vibrancy of Central Minnesota?

If you believe growing the economy, building community and a culture of generosity are important to Central Minnesota, then we have a lot in common. At the Initiative Foundation, our staff works with a diverse range of donors, funding programs and carefully cultivated partnerships to ensure that Central Minnesota is economically prosperous and richly vibrant. Now, and for future generations.

If you have a strong sense of teamwork and a desire to contribute, you’ll fit right in at the Initiative Foundation.

 

 

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Staff members discuss what they love about supporting the Central Minnesota region and the community-building work they do at the Initiative Foundation.  



Well Workplace Gold

The Initiative Foundation has been recognized as a Well Workplace Gold winner by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA). Well Workplace Gold organizations are recognized for having built exceptional and comprehensive worksite wellness strategies grounded in WELCOA’s 7 Benchmarks. Well Workplace Gold organizations have demonstrated that they have a clear and unique business case for wellness and have created appropriate wellness initiatives and strategies to achieve that vision.

Our Mission

To empower people throughout Central Minnesota to build a thriving economy, vibrant communities and a lasting culture of generosity.

Our Vision

Central Minnesota is recognized as the ideal place where people choose to live, work, give and play.

Our Values

  • Our primary resources are local people who invest their time, talent and assets.
  • A shared vision among many partners is the best way to achieve lasting change.
  • Inclusiveness and respect for diversity enriches communities and the region.
  • We embrace our responsibility to introduce, promote and defend pioneering ideas—even when they incur risk.
  • We will remain responsive, nimble and ready to adapt to emerging needs and opportunities.

 



Well Workplace Gold

The Initiative Foundation has been recognized as a Well Workplace Gold winner by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA). Well Workplace Gold organizations are recognized for having built exceptional and comprehensive worksite wellness strategies grounded in WELCOA’s 7 Benchmarks. Well Workplace Gold organizations have demonstrated that they have a clear and unique business case for wellness and have created appropriate wellness initiatives and strategies to achieve that vision.

In addition to rewarding and challenging career opportunities, the Initiative Foundation offers a robust benefit package that includes: health, dental, life, short- and long-term disability, a 401(k) plan with match, paid holidays, paid time off and tuition reimbursement. 

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The Initiative Foundation pays 100 percent of eligible employee's health and dental premiums and 70 percent of the employee's eligible dependents' coverage.

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The Initiative Foundation offers a 401(k) plan with an employer match and access to a free financial planner for all eligible employees. The 401(k) match is fully vested immediately.

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The Initiative Foundation provides multiple opportunities for staff to give back to the organizations, causes and community organizations that they love and support.

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The Initiative Foundation is committed to developing a high-performing staff and encourages its employees to continue to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to provide exemplary service to our constituents and partners.


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A Strong Commitment to Staff Wellbeing

The Foundation's Wellbeing Team provides training, tools and resources in the areas of purpose, social, financial, community and physical wellbeing.

    Purpose—Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals.
  • Social—Having supportive relationships and love in your life.
  • Financial—Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security.
  • Community—Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community.
  • Physical—Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily.


Well Workplace Gold

The Initiative Foundation has been recognized as a Well Workplace Gold winner by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA). Well Workplace Gold organizations are recognized for having built exceptional and comprehensive worksite wellness strategies grounded in WELCOA’s 7 Benchmarks. Well Workplace Gold organizations have demonstrated that they have a clear and unique business case for wellness and have created appropriate wellness initiatives and strategies to achieve that vision.

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