Here at the Community Foundation we are a team of people who love where we live and love what we do. We give back to Kalamazoo County by investing in people and programs that will help create a community where every person can reach full potential.

Established in 1925, we are one of the oldest and most successful community foundations in the country. With assets of about $426 million, each year we and our donors invest about $15 million in the community in the form of grants to nonprofit organizations.

Located in Southwest Michigan (about two hours northeast of Chicago and two hours southwest of Detroit), the Kalamazoo Community Foundation offers a competitive benefits package; team-oriented, performance excellence culture; and unlimited opportunities to make life in Kalamazoo County better for everyone. In 2014, 2015 and now again in 2016 we were named one of West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.

We believe the strength of our organization depends on our commitment to value, respect and embrace diversity, and we look forward to hearing from talented people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and perspectives. We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to demonstrate our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in all of our policies, procedures and practices.

Current Opportunities

Vice President, Community Investment

Thanks for your interest in this position. The deadline to apply was October 31. If you submitted an application and would like to check on its status or have other questions, please email

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation is looking for a crossfunctional leader who will provide overall direction, leadership, and responsibility for the Community Foundation’s leadership plan, grantmaking programs, services, and activities in order to substantially enhance the quality of life of the Kalamazoo County community.

Position functions

  • Provide Cross-Functional Team Leadership
  • Communication with CEO and Board of Trustees
  • Community Investment and Leadership Oversight
  • Supervise the Community Investment Team
  • Resource Management
  • Community Relationships
  • Strategic Planning
  • Conduct Other Activities as Assigned by the President/CEO

The qualifications you need

  • Master's degree with coursework in philanthropy and nonprofit management or an equivalent combination of training and relevant work experience;
  • In depth experience and knowledge of equity work, nonprofit sector, capacity building strategies (knowledge of education sector preferred);
  • Must have the ability, judgment, poise and personal capabilities to build and maintain trust;
  • Minimum six to eight years of progressively more responsible experience at a community or private foundation;
  • Not for profit management or previous senior management experience at community or private foundation;
  • Leadership experience in a complex program initiative/organization, community coalitions, tas forces, and other strategic collaborations;
  • Supervisory experience including the ability to give clear direction, guidance, constructive coaching, develop, involve, and mobilize people in shared efforts;
  • Grantwriting, grant management, fundraising, program development, evaluation & organization development; 
  • Ability to operationalize a vision into action steps;
  • Ability to work with minimal direction and oversight; and
  • Excellent interpersonal, administrative, and communication skills.

What we offer

  • A competitive salary and benefit Package;
  • A team-oriented, performance excellence culture;
  • A fantastic work environment; and
  • Opportunities to grow and advance.

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