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Blandin Foundation seeks applicants for two positions: director of leadership and President & CEO


President & CEO

Blandin Foundation has begun the search for its next President & CEO of the Foundation. Current President & CEO Dr. Kathy Annette announced her retirement earlier this year.

During her tenure, Dr. Annette has continued the good work of those before her and led the organization to even higher service to rural Minnesota communities. Dr. Annette leaves an extremely healthy Foundation focused on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, a strong, cohesive and dedicated staff, and a Board of Trustees committed to honoring the mission, vision and values of the organization.

The Board is honored to have the privilege of inviting candidates who will also honor the mission, vision and values to apply. The Board is seeking a humble individual who can leverage the skills of others and develop the Blandin Foundation team; demonstrate a passion for rural communities and their unique challenges/opportunities; and be an enthusiastic, outward facing ambassador for the Foundation while maintaining, and building, new relationships in rural communities.

Please visit the link here for a full position profile.

All inquiries should be sent directly to the search firm, Ballinger Leafblad. For further information please contact  or


Director of Leadership

Blandin Foundation is seeking a full-time director of leadership to provide conceptual design, oversight and management responsibilities for the operation, direction and future planning of Blandin Foundation’s four community leadership training programs.  This position is a member of our senior management team, and is responsible for ensuring that these programs achieve the Foundation’s standards of excellence and operate in a manner which supports the Foundation’s mission to strengthen rural communities in Minnesota while integrating with and maximizing other programs of the Foundation.

Full job description provided in the downloadable PDF below. Learn more about the four leadership programs by clicking the links below.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and references to:
Shari Undeland, HR Generalist

Deadline for applications is March 2, 2020, or until position is filled.