Director of IT

Posted on 10 May 23 by Nidhi Tyagi

  • St. Paul, MN
  • 140,000 - 165,000 per Year

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Job Description


kpCompanies is leading the search for the next Director of Information Technology for Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation. This candidate will be leading the IT department and will be delivering strategic direction to align technology with the business needs of the organization. The Director of IT will have strong problem-solving skills and would navigate from strategic thinking to hands-on problem-solving with team members. They will have experience managing, empowering, and enabling staff toward continuous improvement.



The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation is a statewide community foundation that serves all of Minnesota. We got our start in Saint Paul in 1940, and today we steward $1.7 billion in charitable assets for community good.

Guided by our aspiration, purpose and core values, we work every day to inspire generosity, advocate for equity and invest in community-led solutions.

We are proud to invest in community-led solutions and partner with nonprofit organizations doing incredible work. . Explore the organizations that have received grants from the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation in recent years HERE

Each year, alongside our donors, we make over 8,500 grants to the nonprofit community. We also collaborate with communities in identifying, convening around and advocating for critical issues that affect the world today.


Position Mission Statement

The Director of Information Technology works in collaboration with the IT team and colleagues across the organization to fulfill these primary responsibilities:

  • Manage the Foundation’s IT team (staff of four, including this role) and technology vendors in support of the Foundation’s strategic priorities.
  • Oversee the management, maintenance and evolution of the Foundation’s technology systems.
  • Collaborate and communicate with staff across the Foundation to ensure technology infrastructure, security systems, and applications are responsive to business needs.


About the department: 

The Information Technology team is responsible for ensuring the Foundation's technology, infrastructure, applications, and services meet the current and future needs of the organization.

This team of seasoned information technology professionals collaborates with individual customers, a variety of vendor partners, and each other to support, maintain, and improve technology that drives fundraising, grant making, and financial stewardship of the organization.  Each member of this team brings a set of specialties, yet also functions as an IT generalist to meet the diverse needs of the environment.  This IT team of four, along with assistance from a managed services provider and several other vendor partners, serve a staff of 70 in a hybrid office environment with one Saint Paul office location. 



IT Leadership

  • Provide strategic direction and ensure implementation & maintenance of Foundation IT systems.
  • Partner closely with internal leaders to understand current and future business needs. 
  • Stay current on trends within risk and information technology space, appropriately introducing new upgrades, updates, and technology to match Foundation needs.
  • Create and maintain the IT department’s budget, accomplishing financial objectives through forecasting, planning, and analysis.
  • Ensure technology infrastructure and application portfolio meet the needs of our ~70-member staff.  
  • Provide leadership, direction and support of a data management practice which aligns and delivers on organizational objectives.
  • Lead IT vendor management by building and maintaining vendor relationships, balancing vendor risk and expectations of service, work products, service levels, performance, and data security.

IT Security

  • Lead the organization’s data and information security efforts, protecting organization’s intellectual property and ensuring customer privacy.
  • Maintain disaster recovery and back-up procedures and information security and control structures.
  • Develop and maintain policies and best practices for controls, compliance, and risk mitigation.
  • Ensure vendors comply with all policies for compliance and risk mitigation.

Technology Leadership & Advocacy

  • Lead the development and delivery of staff education for technology tools and security requirements.
  • Provide regular updates to the Foundation’s Audit & Finance Committee on IT aspects of vendor management, Enterprise Risk Management, and external audits.
  • Advocate on behalf of the IT department with Foundation leadership and communicate ongoing changes and evolving requirements with all Foundation staff. 

Business Intelligence, Data Management and Reporting 

  • Perform advanced SQL queries using SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). 
  • Collaborate with customers to understand business intelligence goals, evaluate and assess options, and develop and implement solutions in Power BI. 


 Outstanding candidates for the Director, Information Technology will offer many of the qualities, skills, and characteristics listed here. We know that no candidate is likely to have every one of these qualities, so we encourage interest and applications from people who have the capacity to grow into the responsibilities listed and who bring transferable skills.

  • 5+ years in varied Information Technology related leadership roles (engineer, data center management, Developer, Database Administrator or Database) 
  • 3+ years’ experience with Microsoft 365, Azure, Azure Studio and in-depth experience writing SQL
  • 3+ year’s experience developing Power BI or similar.
  • Ability to navigate from strategic thinking to hands on problem solving with team members.
  • Proven experience to effectively manage, empower and enable staff toward continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively and proactively interact, communicate, and collaborate on multidisciplinary teams and with people from cultural backgrounds other than your own
  • Experience developing and deploying user training.
  • Project management experience
  • Strong problem-solving skills in order to define processes, drive improvements, and maximize productivity through the effective use and deployment of technology. 
  • Excellent customer service, listening, verbal/written communication and presentation skills.

Typical physical requirements for this position include: 

  • Ability to work at a computer workstation in an ergonomically correct environment. 
  • Light lifting of materials and equipment in the typical work environment.  
  • Ability to work overtime hours when needed.  

Classification: Exempt; Fulltime.  



Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation has identified a salary range of $140,000- $165,000 for this role. The actual starting salary of the candidate will be commensurate with years, breadth, and depth of relevant experience, education, certifications, credentials, special skills, accomplishments, and other factors relevant to the position. 



Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation has partnered with kpCompanies in this search.  Interested candidates should submit the following: EEOC questionnaire (click EEOC to complete), cover letter, resume, and salary expectations (PLEASE COMBINE RESUME AND COVER LETTER INTO 1 DOCUMENT TO UPLOAD)  no later than 9:00 pm on Saturday June 3rd, 2023. All submissions are received in the strictest confidence. * Any submission without the EEOC questionnaire, resume and cover letter will not be considered.


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