On behalf of our client, the McKnight Foundation, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for its Communications Director.

June 2, 2022    

For more information or to send your credentials, please email mcknight@cohentaylor.com. All inquiries will remain confidential.

The McKnight Foundation, an internationally recognized family foundation based in Minnesota, advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive. Established in 1953 by William and Maude McKnight, this fourth-generation family foundation is deeply committed to advancing climate solutions in the Midwest; building an equitable and inclusive Minnesota; and supporting the arts in Minnesota; neuroscience; and international crop research. The Foundation had approximately $2.9 billion in assets at the end of 2019 and on average grants about $100 million a year.

The McKnight Foundation seeks an experienced communications leader with passion and experience leading internal and external communications efforts across a complex organization. The communications director will be joining at a critical moment in the Foundation’s history to contribute to an exciting new strategic direction, grounded in the values and approaches outlined in the Strategic Framework, and several recent undertakings.

The communications director will leverage the power of strategic communications to advance the mission of the Foundation and its program goals. As a sophisticated navigator of the digital ecosystem, an astute and caring steward of trusting relationships, and a perpetual solutions-finder, this person will have an opportunity to guide the communications team and collaborate with senior leadership to enhance the department’s work for maximum social impact. This person will further the Foundation’s commitments to changemaking, transparency, knowledge sharing, thought leadership, and good governance by amplifying McKnight’s identity and influence internally and externally with key audiences.

The McKnight Foundation provides a competitive compensation package. Benefits include health, dental, life, and disability insurance; generous paid time off; contribution to a retirement plan; matching charitable gifts program; and a flexible work environment. This opportunity is a full-time, exempt position based in Minneapolis. The salary range is $205,200 - $216,600