McKnight Foundation
  • 04-Nov-2022 to 09-Dec-2022 (CST)
  • Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • 115000-121000 per year
  • Salary
  • Full Time

McKnight offers a robust benefits package including medical, dental (100% employer paid), 403b match, and paid parking.

McKnight is seeking an experienced and effective communicator across mediums for their next Senior Communications Officer. This role offers a unique opportunity to apply strategy, creativity, skill, and passion to address the complex challenges facing our region and the world. The chosen candidate will develop, implement, and iterate internal and external communications strategies, partner with McKnight's Vibrant and Equitable Communities program, lead social media strategy and implementation, and be a proactive stakeholder in strengthening McKnight's brand and partnerships.


Under the leadership of the Communications Director, the Senior Communications Officer helps advance the Foundation's mission and program-specific goals. The Sr. Comms Officer works closely with the communications director and colleagues across departments to design and execute communication strategies across the media landscape to drive impact and build McKnight's brand.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute strategic communications plans and campaigns to advance program mission and goals.
  • Support the Vibrant and Equitable Communities program area and guide social media strategy for the organization.
  • Leverage strategies including media relations, content development, thought leadership, storytelling, and partnerships to achieve results.
  • Oversee Foundation social media platforms, including development and implementation of strategy, daily management of platforms, reporting, iteration, and training of staff.
  • Support the various communications needs of the entire organization, engaging a wide spectrum of internal and external audiences.
  • Manage proactive and reactive media relations strategy and implementation, securing positive coverage of the Foundation and its partners to build public will and support of our programs and to enhance the brand and impact of the Foundation.
  • Track coverage and engagement and conduct analysis, identifying trends and opportunities to inform and evolve strategies.
  • Respond promptly to external requests from grantees, reporters, and other stakeholders.
  • Support Foundation staff, board, and senior leadership on various institutional initiatives, including internal projects and board presentations and written materials.
  • Develop internal and external resources to support staff and partners in shared communications goals.
  • Attend and actively participate in staff meetings, retreats, and other Foundation-wide meetings.
  • Participate in cross-functional work groups as appropriate.


The ideal Senior Communications Officer will be an adept communicator prepared to oversee, edit, and develop impactful communications for internal and external audiences. Specifically, this Communications Officer will partner with the Vibrant and Equitable Communities program area and will lead social media and digital communications for the organization. This position offers an exciting opportunity to work with a passionate team and to collaborate with diverse communities in partnership with McKnight.

Qualifications of an Ideal Candidate

While no one candidate will have all the criteria enumerated below, the following statements provide a general framework of the requirements of the position. Likewise, the chosen candidate may be required to perform other functions not specifically addressed in this description.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent writing and editing skills to prepare or oversee a wide variety of communications content, including public announcements, reports, internal memos, speeches, thought leadership pieces, policy memos, infographics, videos, and social media and digital content.
  • Experienced and wise discernment handling dynamic, sensitive, high-stakes assignments with multiple stakeholders and diverse viewpoints.
  • A commitment to innovation and staying ahead of emerging trends in digital communications, social media and visual storytelling, and an understanding of how to leverage digital platforms to tell powerful stories and inspire action.
  • A skilled media relations specialist who can craft and pitch stories, cultivate relationships with reporters, and handle press inquiries in a prompt and thoughtful manner.
  • A conscientious, detail-oriented project manager who can move initiatives forward in a collaborative, effective, and timely manner.
  • Strong analytical skills to develop thoughtful, impact-oriented communications plans with a firm grasp of audiences and messaging needs.
  • Strong collaborator willing to build and nurture relationships internally and externally in order to drive shared impact.
  • A sophisticated understanding of regional and global social, economic, and political systems and the role of communications in influencing cultural understandings, market conditions, and public policy outcomes.
  • Willingness to take on new opportunities and challenges with a sense of urgency and positive energy.
  • High cultural competence to effectively work in partnership with diverse communities, including an appreciation for historical context, discernment of relationship nuances and power dynamics, a keen understanding of social, racial, and ethnic differences, and a commitment to justice, equity, and inclusion in all areas of work.
  • Content knowledge in one of our major funding areas and a basic understanding of private philanthropy.
  • Knowledgeable about the Vibrant and Equitable Communities program areas statewide would be helpful.

Foundation-wide Competencies:

  • Collaborates, Communicates Effectively, Manages Complexity, Builds Networks, Is Resilient, Drives Results, Displays a Strategic Mindset, Instills Trust

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Seven years in communications, public relations, social media and digital marketing, public affairs, or another related field at a managerial level
  • Combination of equivalent education, experience, and training

This opportunity is a full-time, exempt position based in Minneapolis. The salary range for this role is $115,000 - $121,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications.

For the protection of everyone entering our spaces, as of January 1, 2022, McKnight Foundation requires all employees, contractors, and vendors entering McKnight offices to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of entering our space. All new hires will be asked to comply with the vaccine policy.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, December 9 at 5:00 pm Central Time.

Download the full position profile here. Please apply at For more information, please email All inquiries will remain confidential.

McKnight Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. We encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities: The contract will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractors legal duty to furnish information.

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