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Program Officer: Building Strong Families

Greater Twin Cities, Minnesota


kp prime search, the retained search division of kpCompanies, is leading the search for a Program Officer for Building Strong Families. The role calls for a passionate and community-centered leader who works in alignment with the Sauer Family’s commitment to making a difference in the lives of children.

This position provides an exceptional opportunity for an innovative leader who is experienced with supporting families in the community. They should be adept at identifying opportunities for funding through community engagement, individual effort, and follow through on inbound requests.

Founded in 1996, the Sauer Family Foundation serves children in Minnesota who are at-risk or experiencing abuse or neglect, exposed to toxic stress or trauma or have challenges developing reading, writing or math skills. The Foundation also makes grants to diversify the workforce, so children see themselves reflected in the adults employed in education, social work, and children’s mental health. This includes support to schools and early childhood settings, non-profit and research organizations, government agencies, collaboratives, and networks.

The mission of the Sauer Family Foundation is to invest in strengthening the well-being of children so they thrive in their families and communities

The Program Officer creates partnerships in the community which support the grantmaking activities of The Foundation. Grantmaking activities are conducted through identifying and analyzing opportunities, creating relationships with community members, & collaborating with others to meet the outcome goals of The Foundation. The Program Officer reports to the Executive Director.

The Program Officer is an integral part of The Foundation team. The Program Officer will develop a clear understanding of The Foundation’s current grantmaking interests, keep the Executive Director informed of grant making activities, and maintain close coordination with Foundation management. It is expected that the Program Officer will be a positive representative of both The Foundation and family leadership in the community.  Key accountabilities include:
    1. Respond to all meeting requests from grantees related to Foundation program areas as assigned, as well as the philanthropic community, other organizations and the general public
    2. Be knowledgeable about issues and trends in the community that impact the work of The Foundation and share this knowledge with the Board
    3. Build strong relationships with organizations receiving funding from The Foundation
    4. Identify opportunities for funding through community engagement, one-on-one efforts, and follow-up work on requests for funding inquiries that come to The Foundation
    5. Perform necessary due diligence on all requests for funding and prepare analysis and recommendations for Trustee consideration in accordance with established protocols
    6. Work on evaluation of grantmaking with the Executive Director relative to the outcomes set out by the Board of Trustees
    7. Create reports and presentations to the Board of Trustees as needed and requested by the Executive Director or Board of Trustees
    8. Participate in community meetings/events, conferences, existing groups, and funder collaboratives related to your job responsibilities that inform and promote our philanthropic interests  
    9. Explore opportunities to share our work to a larger audience through blog posts, workshop presentation, panel discussions, and engage other staff in these efforts 
    10. Be responsive and accessible to organizations and other stakeholders that can demonstrate a connection to The Foundation’s funding priorities and provide technical assistance and referrals to other resources as appropriate 
    11. Identify opportunities to work with other funders and/or government entities on areas of mutual interest and concern
    12. Review final grant reports to assess whether reporting, performance criteria, and proposed results have been met.  Integrate the information from the final reports and share key learnings

  • Knowledge of the Child Welfare System (child protection, foster care, and adoption) in Minnesota
  • Bachelor’s degree and strong work history with vulnerable families
  • Ability to work with a trauma-informed and mental health lens
  • Desire to address the disproportionality of African American & Native American families in the Child Welfare System
  • Knowledge of community supports that keep them out of the system

Interested candidates should submit cover letter, resume, and salary expectations no later than 9:00pm on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.  You can apply in the following ways:
  1. Apply via email Joelle Allen at joelle@kpcompanies.com.
  2. Apply by mail at: Sauer Program Director Search c/o kpcompanies, ATTN: Joelle Allen 5775 Wayzata Blvd, Suite 700, St. Louis Park, MN 55416.  
  3. Apply on Linkedin at https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/2714034300/?capColoOverride=true

All submissions received in strictest confidence.  Both kpCompanies and Sauer Family Foundation are equal opportunity employers. 
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