Open Positions

Vice President for Economic Opportunity

The Initiative Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for its vice president for economic opportunity position to support the organization and its mission-driven work in Central Minnesota. This leadership-level position provides strategic guidance for the Foundation’s entrepreneurship programs—including business lending and support services, and oversight of the Initiators Fellowship and Enterprise Academy programs. The vice president for economic opportunity also shares responsibility for broader efforts to strengthen local and regional economies, build the capacity of local economic development organizations, engage underrepresented entrepreneurs, and advance strategic partnerships. The Initiative Foundation is partnering with executive search firm Ballinger | Leafblad to fill this position.

Job Type
Starting Salary
$100,000 to $125,000

Organizational Culture

Want to come to work everday feeling good? Looking for a career that complements your life’s purpose?

If you believe growing the economy, building community and a culture of generosity are important to Central Minnesota, then we have a lot in common. At the Initiative Foundation, our team works with a diverse range of donors, funding programs and broadly cultivated partnerships to ensure that Central Minnesota is economically prosperous and richly vibrant. Now, and for future generations.

If you have a strong sense of teamwork and a desire to contribute, you’ll fit right in at the Initiative Foundation.

Commitment to Staff Wellbeing

The Initiative Foundation’s Wellbeing Team exists to enhance the personal and professional wellness for staff members, their families and the wider region. The team provides training, tools and resources in the areas of purpose, social, financial, community and physical wellbeing.

  • Purpose—Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals.
  • Social—Having supportive relationships and love in your life.
  • Financial—Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security.
  • Community—Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community.
  • Physical—Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily.

Compensation & Benefits

In addition to rewarding and challenging career opportunities, the Initiative Foundation offers a robust benefit package that includes: health, dental, life, short- and long-term disability, a 401(k) plan with match, paid holidays, paid time off and tuition reimbursement.

Health Benefits

The Initiative Foundation pays 100 percent of eligible employee’s health and dental premiums and 70 percent of the employee’s eligible dependents’ coverage.


The Initiative Foundation offers a 401(k) plan with an employer match and access to a free financial planner for all eligible employees. The 401(k) match is fully vested immediately.

Professional Development

The Initiative Foundation is committed to developing a high-performing staff and encourages its employees to continue to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to provide exemplary service to region.