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 and again in 2015, 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

Director of Human Resources

Thanks for your interest in this position. The deadline to apply has passed. If you applied and have questions or want to check on the status of your application, please email us at hr@kafound.org.

Our Director of Human Resources is retiring. This could be your dream job if you are a relationship builder and strategic thinker; super experienced in and committed to building a diverse staff; have a proven track record of providing leadership to promote a culture of accountability, positive work environment and staff engagement; can be an effective advocate for all staff; and love Kalamazoo and want to make it a place where every person can reach full potential.

Who we're looking for

We're looking for someone who likes hats. Because the Director of Human Resources wears a bunch of different ones. We need someone who is:

A strategic thinker  We're looking for someone who is experienced in developing and implementing people strategies to support our mission, vision and strategic plan to drive change, develop leadership and management capability, and improve our team's employment experience.

A champion for diversity, inclusion and equity  Diversity, inclusion and equity are core values of the Community Foundation. You need to be passionate about and experienced in recruiting, hiring and retaining a diverse staff.

A leader  We're looking for someone with the leadership skills to develop and execute an effective human resources strategy, and guide and direct our executive team in translating human resources strategy into action.

An engagement guru  We're committed to creating and maintaining an engaged workforce, so we want to hire someone who has developed and implemented successful strategies to increase workforce commitment, create a culture of excellence and develop high-performing workers. We also are looking for someone who can build solid relationships with staff members, and balance the sometimes competing needs of staff and leadership while maintaining trust and credibility with both.

We realize we're asking for a lot, but dream jobs are demanding. What makes this a dream job?

  • Our staff is legit. They are highly engaged and passionate about their work and the work of the Community Foundation.
  • Our leadership is fully committed to Human Resources as a full strategic partner.
  • You will have a real opportunity to be involved in making Kalamazoo a place where every person can reach full potential.

What you need to do the work

  • At least a bachelor's degree, professional designation or comparable experience;
  • At least five years experience in human resources and two years in a leadership role;
  • The ability to engage in difficult conversations with compassion and empathy;
  • A commitment to equity that values, respects and embraces diversity;
  • The ability to thrive in an open, collaborative team environment;
  • Continuous improvement and data management skills; and
  • Excellent communication skills.

What we offer

  • A competitive salary and benefits package;
  • A team oriented, performance excellence culture;
  • Really cool office space; and
  • A real opportunity to help people in Kalamazoo County reach full potential.

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Donor Relations Officer

Thanks for your interest in this position. The deadline to apply was February 15. If you applied and have questions or want to check on the status of your application, please email us at hr@kafound.org.

Our Donor Relations Team needs a resourceful relationship builder to promote charitable giving. You'll develop new funds, encourage additional gifts and promote a wide variety of deferred giving opportunities. You'll 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;
  • 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.

What 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 colleagues;
  • Ability to work effectively one-on-one as well as make effective formal 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 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
  • Really cool office space.

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