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Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Margaret A. Cargill (MAC) Philanthropies is looking for a Communications Manager



The Margaret A. Cargill (MAC) Philanthropies is looking for talent! MAC Philanthropies encompasses three different grant making organizations:  Akaloa Resource Foundation, Anne Ray Charitable Trust and the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.  Collectively, these organizations are dedicated to providing meaningful assistance and support to society, the arts, the environment, and all living things.  This exciting, fast-growing organization is located in Eden Prairie, MN.

Job Purpose: The Communications Manager supports the Executive Office team’s communications activities by developing and managing communications initiatives aligned with the strategic direction. Directly manages communications activities that promote, enhance and protect the organization’s brand and reputation. Has primary responsibility for management and execution of all internal communications initiatives; collaborates with the Director of Media/Public Relations on external media inquiries or media engagement efforts.

Job Duties:
Executive Support
·         Provide communications support to the CEO:
o   Prepare daily briefing materials for CEO
o   Review CEO’s incoming email and develop draft responses for messages requiring a response, in coordination with the CEO and Chief of Staff
o   Prepare responses to correspondence containing routine inquiries
o   Prepare memos, letters, reports, and other documents, using word processing, spreadsheet, database, or presentation software
o   At the CEO’s request, attend meetings with the CEO to take notes, track follow-up activities, and coordinate information dissemination
·         Serve as communications counselor to MACP leadership
·         Identify appropriate executive visibility opportunities for MACP leaders and prepare speeches, talking points and presentations as needed
·         Provide communications support to CEO, President, and Chief of Staff

Communications Management
·         Work with the CEO and CEO’s Cabinet to create a communications strategy that will allow MACP leadership, including program leaders, to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with appropriate targeted, high-level external audiences
·         Identify challenges and emerging issues faced by the organization. Work with leadership team and staff to recognize internal and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them
·         Working with the CEO, President and the Senior Leadership Team and in collaboration with the Chief of Staff and Director of Media/Public Relations, develop and manage all internal communications plans and initiatives


  • Manage development of all MACP print and electronic communications, including the MACP website and intranet, and manage relationships with associated vendors; work with all content owners to prepare communications materials
  • Serve as the primary collection point for internal communications; draft and/or edit content in coordination with the message owner
  • Work with HR and other functions to prepare and distribute internal communications
  • Maintain up-to-date intranet home page and Sharepoint site
  • Support the Director of Media/Public Relations work on media relations and inquiries, handling inquiries from the public, prospective grantees, etc.
  • Receive and review daily media monitoring information; digest and distribute to appropriate internal audiences
  • Draft speeches, correspondence, presentations, etc. as requested
  • Other projects as assigned by the Chief of Staff

Education and Experience:


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in liberal arts or other related field
  • 5+ years’ experience in relevant position
  • Experience working with high-level executives
  • Ability to work with utmost degree of confidentiality and discretion
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Ability to synthesize large amounts of information
  • Excellent judgment
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Evidence of ability to produce precise, concise and appropriate written materials.
  • Consistently exercises good judgment.
  • Able to recognize, anticipate and develop plans to address “big picture” issues coupled with the ability to oversee the details of operational execution.
  • Capable of fostering and deserving of trust; inspires trust and confidence in staff and in executive management.
  • Congenial, a good listener, self-confident, diplomatic.
  • Able to collaborate with and achieve actionable results through others, to build strong and sustainable relationships and to interact with all levels of the organization.
  • Able to speak before groups of people with poise and confidence.
  • Able to anticipate and handle unexpected situations.

Physical Demands:


  • Required to sit for long periods of time
  • Extensive computer use and use of a keyboard and mouse
  • Ability to lift and/or carry up to 30 pounds
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time