The Vice President for Operations (VPO) will have overall operational and managerial responsibility for all programs. The VPO will lead the team of senior program officers, program officers, and program specialists and more than 5 program models delivered across the 12 county region. The VPO will review, on an ongoing basis, programs being offered and develop new programs as needs emerge. The VPO will lead teams seeking external resources and will oversee the management of deliverables, compliance, and reporting required by external funding sources.


The VPO will partner with her/his peers on the executive team while being responsible for all program planning, organizing, operating, and staffing. The VPO is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing the program aspects of the annual budget in conjunction with the executive team. In addition, the VPO will: serve as a liaison to partners; work with the Board of Directors to keep them abreast of programmatic accomplishments and challenges; and consider how internal initiatives can help the organization achieve more impact.


Kind of Work

Highly independent and responsible professional work that involves a variety of difficult activities in carrying out, explaining, interpreting and managing NMF programs and special projects.  Work includes the application of communication, public relations and analytical skills in program design, implementation, and managing human and financial resources.


Principal Responsibilities


Management of Human and Financial Resources                                                   35%

  • Attract, develop, coach, and retain high-performance team members, empowering them to elevate their level of responsibility and performance; supervise and lead program staff
  • Provide leadership in development of inter-team communication and cohesiveness, sustaining culture, and supporting staff during organizational growth and change
  • Promote regular and ongoing opportunities for all staff to give feedback on program operations
  • Expand external funding and revenue activities to support existing programs and the growth of NMF Programs; cultivate existing relationships and develop new funder and donor relationships
  • Prepare and submit an annual operational budget to the CEO and VP Finance for review and approval, manage effectively within this budget, and report accurately on progress made and challenges encountered
  • Ensure the continued financial viability of NMF’s programs through sound fiscal management


Administrative and Communication                                                                        15%

  • Partner with the CEO and executive team to represent NMF with external constituency groups, including community, governmental, and private organizations and build excitement for NMF’s purpose
  • Work with CEO in developing special projects/programs
  • Assume administrative duties, as authorized, in absence of the CEO
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Strategy Execution, Fulfilling Purpose, and Understanding Impact                                    50%

  • Provide effective and inspiring leadership by being actively involved in all programs and services, developing a broad and deep knowledge of all programs
  • Develop program-related work plans, working in-house with senior and subordinate staff and/or supervising outside consultants
  • Identify opportunities for NMF to leverage cross-program strengths to take advantage of new opportunities, deliver program excellence and impact, and to address organizational and operational systems change
  • Ensure that all program activities operate consistently and ethically within the purpose and core values of NMF
  • Implement and lead a continuous improvement process throughout the programs, focusing on systems/process improvement
  • Ensure that NMF’s programs are in compliance with all federal, state, funding, and city regulations, certifications, and licensing requirements.
  • Participate in NMF board meetings and present information regarding program activities
  • Work with the executive team and staff to develop systems to ensure consistent, high-quality performance and impact management
  • Work with other divisions within NMF to fully integrate programs into community foundation role
  • Provide programmatic leadership and input for all strategic planning processes with the executive team and staff
  • Manage relationships with partner organizations


Training and Experience Required


  • At least 7 years of professional experience overall, with a minimum of five years of senior-leadership experience supervising seasoned staff operating multiple services and/or programs across a broad geography. Experience should include both private-sector and public-sector or non-profit sector work.
  • Solid educational background including an undergraduate degree (minimum required) and an MBA or similar advanced degree preferred.
  • Passionate about NMF’s mission and purpose to Build Better Lives and able to promote and communicate the philosophy, mission and values of NMF to external and internal stakeholders.
  • Experience working with rural communities.
  • Strong relationship builder and communicator with experience leading diverse work teams, developing operations for program excellence, engaging community partners, and partnering with a CEO, executive team, and board of directors.
  • Can point to tangible examples of reporting and program measurement and evaluation. Demonstrates integrity, strives for excellence in her/his work, and has experience of leading others to new levels of effectiveness and programmatic impact.
  • Ability to travel within the 12 county service region, the state, and the nation as needed.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Desired


  • Considerable proven knowledge of nonprofit administration and business operations and management.
  • Proven ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of northwest Minnesota issues and communities.
  • Ability to maintain complete information, and prepare clear and detailed reports.
  • Deep experience in program budgeting and fiscal management.
  • Analytic and decisive decision-maker with the ability to prioritize and communicate to staff key objectives and tactics necessary to achieve organizational goals.
  • Resource development experience with the ability to seek significant funding from external sources, particularly through the development and writing of grant proposals.
  • Considerable skill in problem solving, critical analysis and organizational development.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with public officials, agencies and general public.
  • Ability to lead high-performing teams and to function in a team relationship.
  • Follows codes of ethics and encourages and leads a culture and environment that emphasizes strong ethics.

To Apply

Email a resume and cover letter to Karen at karenw@nwmf.org. Application materials must be received on or before July 21, 2019 for full consideration.