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Career Opening

Partnership & Events Officer

Employment Status: Full-time

Department: Advancement

Reports to: Vice President of Advancement


Salary: $75,000 – $85,000 based on experience and qualifications, + benefits

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to humanresources@wfmn.orgApplications accepted through February 1, 2024 or until filled.

FLSA Status: Exempt

Location: Hybrid work environment. Office expectation is approximately 35%. As a community foundation with a statewide focus, community context is an integral aspect of creating effective marketing and narrative shifting strategies to achieve the Foundation’s mission. As such, the incumbent to this position should reside within the state of Minnesota and within a commutable distance to WFM’s office in Minneapolis.

Access: We encourage interested candidates to submit application materials and indicate in their submission if they need flexibility in the hiring process.


The Partnership & Events Officer supports the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota’s impact with strategic partners by building meaningful relationships through donor engagement activities and other events. This is a connector role, engaging in daily collaboration across the Foundation’s departments to creatively and strategically engage external stakeholders. The ideal candidate will be well-versed in event organization and relationship-building, allowing them to readily support a strategy to externally connect, build and deepen relationships for the organization that will build visibility and engagement across all Minnesota communities so all women, girls and gender-expansive people can thrive. In addition to engagement management, this position will be responsible for a portfolio of individual donors.

The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota centers communities in our approach, work, and relationship-building. This is a leadership opportunity to build bridges towards a stronger and more aligned future for Minnesota, inviting in donor and partner communities who haven’t yet engaged with the Women’s Foundation. The Partnership & Events Officer will work closely with the Vice President of Advancement to co-create a workplan for strategic partner engagement and lead the implementation. Working with strategic partners will allow for collaboration with the Community Impact Team and Strategic Initiatives Team in particular, as well as working across all departments.

Primary Responsibilities

Event Management (65%)

  • In collaboration with colleagues across WFM, curate events aligned with identified engagement strategies that activate identified stakeholder groups, particularly donor and funder partners. Strategies will include WFM-hosted events as well as partnering with other organizations/companies/groups for co-branded events and events where WFM will have a supporting role.
  • Create comprehensive event work plans to ensure successful event experience that includes post-event activities. Collaborate with colleagues to delegate roles and task responsibilities.
  • Work in collaboration with the Director of Philanthropic Partnerships to manage and coordinate event sponsorship opportunities.
  • Identify opportunities to engage volunteers through engagement events.
  • Engage event vendors and venues that align with the Women’s Foundation values; specifically, being intentional in contracting with women and women of color owned businesses.
  • Identify and track notable metrics attached to events.

Partnership Management (35%)

  • Manage portfolio of key donors and partner organizations.
  • Lead strategy and outreach to build meaningful relationships with aligned partner organizations.
  • Assess and build out audiences to engage with the Women’s Foundation to broaden and diversify donor base.
  • Attend community events to build continued relationships and represent the Women’s Foundation.
  • Collaborate with cross-departmental teams to explore and identify partnership engagement opportunities that will support the organization’s strategic goals.

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Attend Women’s Foundation events, as required and/or as requested by the Vice President of Advancement.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Vice President of Advancement.
  • Actively participate in WFM’s learning culture in diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

Job Specifications

Desired Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience.
  • 7 or more years of event planning experience.
  • 4 or more years of relationship building and individual donor fundraising experience within a nonprofit or philanthropic organization.
  • Understanding of a community foundation a plus.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Applications, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other project management systems.
  • Knowledge of the gender and racial justice movements in Minnesota and philanthropic

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Commitment to gender and racial justice, including actively participating in WFM’s learning culture in diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Works with and communicates effectively with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Well-organized and methodical, with attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal communication, interpersonal and relationship building skills to effectively work with a variety of people and personalities. Able to communicate clearly in person and in writing.
  • Able to plan, prioritize, coordinate, and manage own work. Thorough, organized and detail-oriented approach to work.  Applies effective time management skills to meet all deadlines.
  • Demonstrates initiative and a solution-focused attitude while positively contributing to our team work environment.

Physical Requirements Necessary to Perform This Job

The physical demands described here must be met for the incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to operate a computer and frequently initiate and reply to written and verbal communications. Must be able to exchange accurate information, visual ability to review detailed reports and information. The person in this position occasionally needs to move around the office space to access files and office machinery. The person in this role will also need to frequently attend external meetings and events, including outside of traditional business hours.

Tools and Equipment Used

  • Incumbent must be able to use multi-line telephone, calculator, copy machines, computers, postage machine, and other office equipment.
  • Able to become proficient in MS Office Suite of software as well as fundraising, publishing and research applications.

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to Applications accepted through February 1, 2024, or until filled. Please note that WFM participates in E-Verify, which is a service to confirm employment eligibility. This process will occur after an offer of employment is extended.