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 2018 – for the fifth year in a row – 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.

Unfortunately, we don't have any career opportunities available right now. However, we're always interested in hearing from talented people. If you would like to send us a résumé, please do so. We also suggest that you keep an eye on this page or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Current Opportunity

Community Investment Manager

Position Title: Community Investment Manager
Reports To: Vice President, Community Investment

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Position Summary:

Supports the community and Community Foundation in ensuring a reliable and effective grant process. In doing so, provides assistance to organizations regarding organizational, program and proposal development; evaluates proposals; develops recommendations; and monitors grants. Provides support in the development, implementation and evaluation of the Community Investment and Leadership policy, priorities, and strategies. Works cooperatively with others to identify opportunities to communicate and leverage the Community Foundation's community investment and leadership activities to the broader community. Provides leadership and support to strengthen the nonprofit sector. Prepares reports and analyses of activities for project management and administrative reporting. Supports the Community Foundation's initiative grantmaking strategy. Keeps abreast of community issues and trends in relevant program areas and maintains regular contact with other funders.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Position Functions:

Distributes Discretionary Grantmaking Resources

  • Provides guidance to potential applicants as needed.
  • Reviews and evaluates proposals.
  • Prepares grant recommendations.
  • Monitors grants and consults with grantees on project assessment and post grant evaluation. Supports Vice-President, Community Investment and other Community Investment staff in ensuring reliable and effective grant processes, proposal tracking and reporting.

Technical Support to Grantees

  • Provides assistance to individuals and organizations.
  • Evaluates and responds to inquiries and requests.
  • Works with and advises grantees, grant seekers, co-workers, customers and others.
  • Advises grant seekers about the KZCF proposal process through one to one communication as well as through workshops and trainings.

Community Outreach and Collaboration

  • Responsible for additional activities such as community awareness, responsive grants and leadership projects.
  • Develop and maintain a strong communications network with and among a diverse group of professionals, citizens, elected officials and community stakeholders
  • Develop and implement strategic outreach activities resulting in deeper relationships with diverse populations and segments of the community
  • Provide technical assistance to community organizations, networks and groups through to advance their strategic alignment with the Community Foundation and increase their impact in the community.
  • Serve as a liaison to the Fetzer Committee of the John E. Fetzer Institute to provide guidance and support in their quarterly grantmaking.
  • Raise awareness of needs and issues both in the community and within the Community Foundation.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • Prepares reports and analyses of activities for project management.

Initiatives and Field of Interest Leadership

  • Serves as resource person to Community Investment staff and Collaborative Partners as needed in support of community initiatives.
  • Administers grantmaking and program activities of Field of Interest funds including the following:
    • Develops and distributes requests for proposals.
    • Provides guidance and outreach to nonprofit organizations as needed.
    • Reviews proposals and prepares written analyses for committees and Board.
    • Manages and facilitates committees to formulate recommendations.
    • Communicates results of decisions to grant seekers.
    • Monitors and reports progress and impact of funded programs to the appropriate individuals or committees.
    • Acts as main contact for any questions and information.

Mission-Driven Community Investment

  • Leads Community Foundation's mission driven deployment of assets in pursuit of its overall community investment goals regarding economic and community development.
  • Administers the PR/BRI (Impact Investing) program.
  • Works with development agencies such as LISC, DTI and SMF on their project development as it relates to PRI requests.
  • Analyzes, develops and makes recommendations on PRI and BRI authorizations. Conducts due diligence on proposed or initiated PRI's.
  • Coordinates loan and security instruments with General Counsel and development agency counsels.
  • Develops an annual assessment report resulting in the balance sheet presentation/PRI reserve position.

Public Policy and Advocacy

  • Monitors public policy and advocacy issues.
  • Engages with grantees and other community partners as needed around relevant public policy issues.
  • Reviews public policy related proposals and prepares written analyses as needed.


  • Supports the mission, vision and strategic goals, as a part of the Performance Excellence Model of the Community Foundation, in order to serve both internal and external customers.
  • Follows and supports Community Foundation policies and procedures.
  • Embraces and supports Community Foundation philosophies related to diversity, inclusiveness and anti-racism.
  • Evaluates own performance and assumes responsibility for professional development.
  • Embraces philosophy of and actively engages in lifelong learning.
  • Masters concept of Process Based Management (PBM).
  • Maintains current knowledge of all changes affecting area of work.
  • Conducts self in a professional manner and follows and support the employee commitments and behaviors.
  • Maintains appropriate professional appearance.
  • Maintains confidentiality.


  • Actively participates in meetings, committees and volunteer opportunities within the organization.
  • Participates as a team member utilizing a collaborative style to achieve mutual goals.
  • Provides proactive, creative cross-functional thinking and ideas to enhance service to customers.
  • Demonstrates ability to work effectively with others.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of training and relevant work experience in consulting and facilitation skills with individuals, groups, and organizations; program planning, development and administration; and knowledge of public policy.
  • At least two years of progressively more responsible experience in the following areas:
  • Not-for-profit, public sector, philanthropy, business or multiple sectors. Grant writing or grant review.
  • Relating to diverse groups of people and professionals in a variety of fields.
  • Representing organizational positions within community settings.
  • Developing recommendations based on organizational mission and values. Working both independently and as a team member.
  • Research and evaluation.
  • Prioritizing multiple projects and working under pressure.

Physical/Mental Requirements:

  • Works in well-lit, pleasant, smoke-free office.
  • While performing work in the community, possible exposure to risks associated with work outside of the office environment.
  • Involves frequent repetitive movement associated with keyboarding.
  • May require long periods of sitting or standing.
  • Able to stoop, bend and move intermittently in order to do filing and move equipment and supplies necessary for job function.
  • Requires attention to detail/concentration on figures, paperwork, data, etc.
  • Periodic pressures related to meeting deadlines and fulfilling scheduling requirements.
  • Periodic distracting influences such as people, phone calls, noise and so forth.
  • Simultaneous handling of multiple tasks.
  • Intermittent or cyclical work pressures.
  • Periodically requires working extended hours in community settings including evenings and weekends.
  • Occasional on-call availability to handle work problems, emergencies/crisis situations etc.
  • Involves travel to community meetings in a variety of settings.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements. In order to successfully perform the job, individuals must be able to satisfactorily perform each essential duty. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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