Careers

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

Donor Relations Officer

Thanks for your interest in this position. The application due date was Tuesday, July 5. If you submitted an application and want to check on its status, please email hr@kalfound.org.

 Our Donor Relations team needs a resourceful relationship builder to promote charitable giving with an emphasis on unrestricted giving. As a donor relations officer you'll steward existing relationships, encourage additional gifts and promote a wide variety of deferred giving opportunities. You'll also use your marketing and strategic fund development skills to formulate new ideas that help the Community Foundation achieve its mission.

What you'll do

  • Cultivate, build and support relationships with primary contacts, prospects and professional advisors;
  • Develop and execute strategies to engage and communicate with donor advisors;
  • Formulate and execute new strategies in fund development, donor development and donor education;
  • Provide top-notch customer service and stewardship of donors and potential donors; and
  • Partner with our Community Investment and Marketing Communications teams to craft stories of impact to share with donors and potential donors.

Who we're looking for

We're looking for a self-starter with a:

  • Strong individual network of community relationships;
  • Passion for excellent customer service;
  • Dedication to helping others accomplish their charitable goals;
  • Broad and diverse knowledge of community issues and demographics;
  • Belief in the value that diversity, inclusion and equity bring to the workplace; and
  • Commitment to excellence and experience in continuous improvement techniques.

The qualifications you need

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience;
  • At least five years of progressively more responsible philanthropic experience;
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, time management, leadership and development skills;
  • Creativity and initiative;
  • Ability to gain the confidence and respect of donors and professional advisors as well as Community Foundation colleagues;
  • Ability to work effectively one-on-one as well as make effective presentations to large groups;
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, open, collaborative environment; and
  • A love of Kalamazoo County and a strong desire to make it a community where every person can reach full potential.

What we offer

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

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Development Officer

Thanks for your interest in this position. The application due date was Tuesday, July 5. If you submitted an application and want to check on its status, please email hr@kalfound.org.

 Our Donor Relations team needs a resourceful relationship builder to promote charitable giving and expand and diversify our donor base. As development officer, you'll steward existing relationships, encourage additional gifts and promote a wide variety of deferred giving opportunities. You'll also use your marketing and strategic fund development skills to formulate new ideas that help the Community Foundation achieve its mission.

What you'll do

  • Annual Giving  Working with our Marketing Communications team, oversee annual appeals process, research current trends and opportunities to increase annual giving and advise on strategies.
  • New Donor Development  Determine best strategies to reach new markets to diversify donor base; assess philanthropic needs and preferences of prospective donors to increase awareness and affinity for the Community Foundation; and actively seek and organize public speaking opportunities to promote the concept of philanthropy.
  • Service to Current Donors  Develop, nurture and grow relationships with existing donors to increase commitment to community and the Community Foundation, and guide donors to achieve their charitable goals.
  • Fund Representative Relationships  Act as primary contact for a selected group of fund representatives and interested parties.

Who we're looking for

We're looking for a self-starter with a:

  • Strong individual network of community relationships;
  • Passion for relationships building;
  • Dedication to helping others accomplish their charitable goals;
  • Broad and diverse knowledge of community issues and demographics;
  • Belief in the value that diversity, inclusion and equity bring to the workplace; and
  • Commitment to excellence and experience in continuous improvement techniques.

The qualifications you need

  • Degree in business, education, social work or related field or equivalent work experience;
  • At least two to four years of progressively more responsible experience;
  • Must be a self-starter, creative, organized and attentive to detail;
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, and comfortable working with the public;
  • Ability to gain the confidence and respect of donors and professional advisors as well as Community Foundation colleagues;
  • Ability to work effectively one on one as well as make effective presentations to large groups;
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, open and collaborative environment; and
  • A love of Kalamazoo County and a strong desire to make it a place where every person can reach full potential.

What we offer

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

Download a PDF of this information

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