The Northwest Minnesota Foundation seeks a dynamic, visionary and proven leader to be its next President and Chief Executive Officer. The successful candidate will have experience in rural development, be passionate about engaging donors and be able to grow the resources to address essential community needs. NMF, located in Bemidji, Minnesota, plays a critical role in tackling tough issues facing our region and has more than $74 million in assets and 410 component funds and sub-funds, with assets for those totaling more than $25 million.

The work of the President/CEO is extremely independent and involves a vast variety of activities needed to carry out, explain, interpret and manage the entirety of NMF operations. Successful and effective leadership of NMF requires highly developed skills in organization and program management, communication, public relations, legal and fiduciary oversight and analytics. The President/CEO will inherit a strong, motivated, independent, driven staff and will be expected to effectively inspire and retain them. The President/CEO must be strongly allied with culturally diverse populations and be able to collaborate and partner with nonprofits, government, the business community, residents, and other stakeholders. The President/CEO must reside in the region.

The President/CEO is the chief executive and administrator for the Northwest Minnesota Foundation and is responsible to the Board of Directors for all Foundation activities consistent to its mission, vision, goals and policies. The President/CEO is responsible for the operational management of the Foundation and implementation of policy as articulated by the Board of Directors. The President/CEO reports directly to the Board and manages leadership-level and senior-level staff.


About the Foundation

Founded in 1986 as one of six Minnesota Initiative Foundations by the McKnight Foundation, NMF invests resources, facilitates collaboration, and promotes philanthropy to make northwest Minnesota a better place to live and work.

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation believes that when we live out our values of strategic collaboration, integrity and responsibility, and boldly making a difference, we will be successful in Building Better Lives for those who live and work in the 12 northwestern counties of Minnesota (Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau).


To ensure full consideration, materials should be received by March 29, 2019.

Resumes and cover letters should be emailed to: