Program Manager for Initiators Fellowship

Posted: 04/27/2022

Position Description: Program Manager for the Initiators Fellowship
Pay Range:                        $65-71,000 per year, dependent on qualifications, plus generous benefits package
Status:                                Full-time, Exempt
Reports To:                       Vice President for Inclusive Entrepreneurship
Direct Report:                   Program Specialist (for Entrepreneurship)
Teams:                                Staff, Supervisors, Entrepreneurship
Position Summary: The purpose of this position is to lead the Foundation’s Initiators Fellowship, a premier program that delivers substantial programming, resources and financial support to promising Greater Minnesota leaders to develop their social enterprises and visions of equitable community transformation. The program is delivered to selected individuals via a two-year cohort by the Initiative Foundation in collaboration with three other Minnesota Initiative Foundations (MIFs) and includes responsibilities that extend beyond the Initiative Foundation’s region. A strong commitment to the vision, mission and values of the Foundation is essential as we work together to serve the communities of Central Minnesota. 

  1. Program Oversight and Management (50%): Leads daily Fellowship program development and delivery, serves as primary liaison to program partners across multiple regions, oversees staff and consultants involved. Duties include managing recruiting and selection, selecting mentors and advisers for Initiators Fellows, program development, budget and contracts, convenings, events, contractors and trainers, evaluation, and general communication.  Manages and facilitates strong communication with external and internal partners. Provides input to Initiative Foundation Leadership Team. Co-facilitates Fellowship Steering Team regarding program expansion, strategic partnerships and funding. Participates and supports Initiators Fellowship Committee. Provides work direction to the Program Specialist and engages with consultants and contractors.
  1. Planning and Facilitation (20%): Creates a vision for and designs the programming centered in social enterprise growth, leadership development, and equitable community change. Develops the annual training and convening calendar and coordinates Initiator Fellows convenings and other events and training components in collaboration with Program Specialist. Facilitates some events, trainings and workshops in both in-person and virtual environments. Cultivates a strong network of diverse trainers and advisors.
  1. Fellow and Mentor Liaison and Support (15%): Serves as primary liaison to Initiators Fellows, mentors, and advisors, with support from staff and MIF partners. Facilitates the delivery of technical assistance, resource and advisor connections and other support while ensuring compliance with program requirements. Oversees the management of Initiator Fellows’ professional development resources. Conducts site visits with Initiators Fellows alongside their region’s MIF staff. Coordinates with MIF partners and other program stakeholders where needed to provide support germane to each Initiator Fellow’s needs.
  1. Budgets and Grant Reporting (10%): Manages grant funds and program expenses, participates in monthly budget review, and prepares required grant reports in collaboration with other team members. Approves program-related disbursements (e.g., Fellowship stipends, accounts payable, staff time allocations and staff expenses).
  1. Other Duties (5%): Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor, President or members of Leadership Team. This may include conducting special projects, assisting with other Initiative Foundation training events, and working on across teams, etc.
Supervision: Supervisory responsibilities include managing, coaching, mentoring, assessing work performance/providing feedback and, when necessary, dealing with disciplinary issues with direct reports. Supervisors are expected to understand and hold employees accountable to the policies and procedures of the organization; ensure their team members are working within their team and with others in the organization in a respectful and effective manner; consult with human resources and/or the President if serious personnel issues arise; work collaboratively with human resources during employee recruitment and search processes.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Required knowledge and proven experience in: program design, management, reporting and evaluation; leadership development, coaching and growth; developing and delivering training workshops and facilitating groups; grant and funding development. Preferred knowledge: social enterprises and for-profit and nonprofit business development; technical assistance and business advisory services; community and stakeholder engagement and project management. Abilities: Working independently and managing multiple deadlines; providing supervision and guidance in managerial and peer relationships with staff and partners; managing relationships and support with program participants; strong written and oral communication skills; identifying organizational needs and providing technical assistance. Skills: Experience with digital tools to facilitate online trainings and gatherings; use of Microsoft Office programs for program and financial management and planning; basic use of forms and surveys; social media, primarily to engage with participants and alumni.
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree and five years’ experience in related fields, or any equivalent combination of education and field and/or lived experience. Travel to local and state locations is required, with some occasional overnight stays. Requires a valid driver’s license and insurance coverage or access to reliable transportation.
How to Apply: Visit for application (required) and submit with a cover letter and resume via email by May 25, 2022, to EOE