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Program Officers (2)

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Minneapolis, MN


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Jun 17, 2022

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Title: Multiple Program Officers, Midwest Climate & Energy


About the McKnight Foundation

Established in 1953 by William L. McKnight and his wife, Maude L. McKnight, the McKnight Foundation is a philanthropic leader based in Minneapolis that grants more than $90 million annually across the Midwest, the U.S., and internationally.

The McKnight Foundation envisions a world that recognizes the dignity of every human being, a world where we celebrate the creativity of the arts and sciences and come together to protect our one and only Earth.


About the Midwest Climate & Energy Program

The goal of the Midwest Climate & Energy (MC&E) program is to take bold action on the climate crisis by dramatically cutting carbon pollution in the Midwest by 2030. Achieving this ambitious goal, at the necessary speed and scale, also requires a healthy democracy, grounded in racial and economic justice, one in which all people have the voice and power to bring about change to the issues affecting their lives and livelihoods. The Midwest Climate & Energy program is pursuing this strategy in close partnership with the Vibrant & Equitable Communities program, supporting communities in building powerful multiracial movements for change.

By transforming the energy system through clean power, electrifying transportation and buildings, sequestering carbon on working lands, and strengthening democratic participation - the MC&E Program envisions a thriving carbon-neutral Midwestern economy.


The Opportunity

The McKnight Foundation is seeking two program officers (one Senior Program Officer and one Program Officer) to advance the work that will bring the MC&E’s ambitious goals to fruition. The new Program Officers will help shape and guide the trajectory of the Foundation’s ambitious climate initiatives. Reporting to the Program Director of Midwest Climate & Energy, the Program Officers will oversee and build significant grant portfolios and partnerships with intermediary funders and actively collaborate with McKnight’s Impact Investing team and Vibrant & Equitable Communities program team.


Ideal Candidates

We are seeking individuals who demonstrate an unwavering commitment to solving the climate crisis and addressing racial equity within the context of climate solutions.

The ideal Senior Program Officer is a deeply curious and credible thought leader in climate philanthropy who brings a sophisticated understanding of the technical, political, and economic pathways to decarbonization in the changed economies of the Upper Midwest.

For the Program Officer position, they seek a curious and credible systems-thinking climate expert who brings either technical and policy knowledge of decarbonization or experience in movement-building across climate solutions to the role.


Both positions are based in Minneapolis, MN. Additional details including salary ranges can be found in the position descriptions.


Learn more here for Program Officer role and here for the Senior Program Officer role.

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