On behalf of our client, the McKnight Foundation, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for its Vibrant & Equitable Communities Program Director.

April 17, 2020    

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 $2.4 billion in assets at the end of 2019 and on average grants about $90 million a year.

The McKnight Foundation seeks an experienced leader to guide its new Vibrant & Equitable Communities program, focused on advancing a more equitable and inclusive Minnesota. The goal of the program, anchored in McKnight’s core value of equity, is to build a vibrant future for all Minnesotans with shared power, prosperity, and participation.

The Vibrant & Equitable Communities Program Director will drive programmatic strategy, innovation, and fresh approaches to advance the goal of the new program and inform how the McKnight Foundation does their work. The Program Director will be a strategic thinker and proven program developer, leading the new programming area statewide in Minnesota, while demonstrating skills in navigating strategic tensions, creating durable bridges across sectors, geographies, and stakeholders, and approaching problems from different vantage points, all in service of the program’s goals. This role will lead and work closely with a group of program officers responsible for developing strategic programming in economic mobility, equitable development, and civic engagement.