Executive Director, Ann Bancroft Foundation 


Ann Bancroft established the Ann Bancroft Foundation (ABF) in 1997. Ann’s goal was to eliminate barriers for girls to achieve their dreams. For 24 years, the Ann Bancroft Foundation has inspired and encouraged girls to imagine something bigger. We strive to build confidence and offer tools that will allow a girl to go after her dreams and feel supported along the way.  Through grants, mentorship, and ongoing development opportunities, the Ann Bancroft Foundation is giving Minnesota girls the strength to achieve their full potential. ABF has awarded more than $2 million in grants to 5,000+ girls throughout Minnesota.

The Ann Bancroft Foundation values inclusion, empowerment, and connectedness between and among people. We operate with a passion for making a difference in the lives of girls and choose to partner with like-minded individuals and organizations to cultivate an environment that supports girls in the achievement of their dreams. Empowering girls has always been the focus of the Ann Bancroft Foundation and by doing so, ABF believes we are impacting our greater society in helping to close the opportunity gap for girls from diverse backgrounds. We believe in the potential of our grant recipients to go out into the world and help to make it a better place. ABF is thinking bigger – about its own potential and by imagining a world in which gender equity is the norm. ABF has recently committed to an ambitious goal for Minnesota – to achieve gender equity for girls across the state by 2040.

The ABF community, composed of alumni who have received grants, mentors who guide the process, activity providers who enhance the impact, and supporters who fund our programming, is diverse, inclusive, connected, accessible, transparent, healthy, and supportive. ABF encourages members of this community to be bold, courageous, and innovative. We take pride in the growing pool of people who eagerly claim membership in our community.


Job Purpose & Description

The Executive Director is an unapologetic champion for ABF’s mission and is driven to make life-changing opportunities available to all girls in Minnesota.  As the leader of the organization, the ED is responsible for strategic direction, maintaining strong community partnerships, expanding the reach of ABF, working closely with the board of directors to raise the annual budget, and managing the financial operations.  To accomplish these tasks, the ED must demonstrate strong relationship-building skills. This individual must be self-motivated and goal-driven and able to work with a high degree of independence. The ED must be comfortable and confident in dealing with all levels of organizational leadership, volunteers, key stakeholders, and corporate/foundation partners, and high-capacity donors.


Required Qualifications

Professional Experience.  (10) ten years of professional experience, with at least (4) four being in development-related activities and (4) four as a talent manager of two or more full-time staff.  Also, a proven track record of managing outcomes in a high-performing goal-oriented environment.

Inclusion. Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations, and or a demonstrated commitment to advancing equity and social justice.

Travel. Open to traveling in Minnesota several times during the year. 

Key Responsibilities and Job Duties

·      Oversee the organization’s mission and its implementation for ABF in the community

·      Communicate the mission and vision of the organization to a wide variety of community and regional stakeholders

·      Maintain a positive, collaborative, inclusive, and passionate ABF culture

·      Model and monitor adherence to policies and procedures

·      Effective staff management, including feedback for effective staff performance

·      Lead the implementation of goals, objectives, and strategies to generate sustainable, diversified revenue for annual and long-term development needs

·      Identify, cultivate, and solicit support from individuals, organizations, businesses, and government

·      Build the solicitation program to achieve ongoing growth in both cash and future commitments of support, developing both long-term solicitation strategies and an effective stewardship effort to maintain support from existing donors

·      Lead implementation of strategic plan and priorities

·      Manage, grow, improve, and enhance programs throughout Minnesota that are consistent with ABF’s strategic plans and ensure the effective operation and delivery of programs 

·      Execute annual benchmarks and metrics to measure success including regular reports to stakeholders

·      Engage alumni and mentors as part of the ABF experience and seek opportunities to support alumni

·      Lead internal and external diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in accordance with the mission and strategic plan

·      Oversee management of the financial matters impacting ABF, including annual budgets, and spending, regular financial reporting, and compliance with all regulatory requirements

·      Work closely with the Board Chair and Executive Committee to ensure the Board adheres to governance best practices that maximize board input, engagement, and stewardship

·      Support a healthy and vibrant work culture that emphasizes collaboration, utilize the skills, passion, and potential of staff to advance both individual career aspirations and goals of ABF


Skills and Competencies

A Relationship Builder. You are genuinely curious about new people and possess strong listening skills. You like learning what motivates people, what inspires their generosity, and what makes them feel appreciated. You have the ability to initiate, organize and manage projects, and to interface successfully with colleagues in a collaborative approach.

Persistent and Optimistic. You are intrinsically motivated and undaunted by ambitious goals. You have the creativity and tenacity to find your way around a “no” answer to a more productive “not right now,” “maybe,” or best yet, “yes.”

Exceptional in Communicating Verbally and in Writing. You have a demonstrated ability to write and edit persuasive materials including successful appeals, proposals, stewardship materials, and other collateral. You have excellent presentation and negotiation skills.

An Organizational Maven. You can manage across multiple work streams and functions, keeping deadlines and managing complexity by simplifying solutions, systems, and processes with clarity and attention to detail. You have the ability to efficiently initiate and complete multiple tasks on time.

Adaptable and Flexible. You can handle any curveball, and in fact, you expect them. You can meet deadlines and manage competing priorities. Additionally, you are strategic and have the ability to pivot quickly as priorities shift and the team continues to take shape. You can and are willing to travel if needed.

Stakeholder Experience. You have excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, including the board of directors, donors, institutional partners, volunteers, staff, and be a fixture in the community who is inspirational and a proactive connector.

The Ability to Execute on Fundraising Plans and Strategies That Generate Significant Results. You extensively use data to drive decision-making and reflect on your rigorous and donor-centered plans for sustaining and growing your donor base and revenue. You have strong prospect research skills and a solid understanding of moves management.

Mission Alignment. You have enthusiasm, familiarity and demonstrated alignment with ABF’s mission and campaigns and a commitment to building/ deepening a commitment to racial and social justice.

Our Commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity. The Ann Bancroft Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual with respect to the terms and conditions of employment based on that individual’s race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, housing status, or any other non-merit factor protected under state, local or federal law.

Salary Range: $120,000-$150,000 DOE


How to apply:

Contact Marlene Mlawski, MRMSearch, Principal

 to apply and/or learn more


To apply, please send a cover letter and resume as one PDF document.