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 more than $400 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 Opportunity

Team Facilitator

We’re looking for a relationship builder to join our team as Team Facilitator for The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo. If you are passionate about the power of education, read on.

The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo — the Community Foundation’s “cradle to career” education initiative — is a dynamic collaboration of people and organizations committed to transforming how and how well people who live in Kalamazoo County are prepared for lifelong success.

Who we’re looking for

We need a confident, positive, energetic multitasker who is a good listener and critical thinker. Someone who can comfortably lean into the challenges and conflict that sometimes comes with educational transformation. Someone who will use their facilitation, continuous improvement and relationship building skills to help members of The Learning Network’s Action Networks* identify and implement practices that impact community-level educational outcomes. 

What you’ll do

You will primarily be responsible for supporting and overseeing The Learning Network’s Action Networks, which means you’ll help each Action Network identify strategies related to key priority outcomes and contributing indicators, develop an action plan, and work that plan.

That said, you will wear a few different hats:

Hat 1: Facilitator

As facilitator, you’ll:

  • Facilitate the planning activities of community partners aligned with the Learning Network strategy work, assist in convening and organizing partners to develop data-based continuous improvement action plan;
  • Provide dynamic, engaging facilitation of Action Network meetings to guide the development and implementation of action plans; and
  • Work with Action Network members to plan agendas, synthesize and document group processes, and navigate challenges within and outside of the group.

Hat 2: Continuous Improvement Coordinator

As continuous improvement coordinator, you’ll:

  • Facilitate the processes to establish a continuous improvement and data management infrastructure that allows the Action Networks to assess their progress;
  • Work with Action Network members to use process improvement tools and measures in their work; and
  • Work with the Data Team and the continuous improvement coach to educate and support the Action Network members.

Hat 3: Relationship Builder

As relationship builder, you’ll:

  • Develop and enhance relationships with community stakeholders, including leaders in education, business, faith-based, nonprofit, philanthropic and civic sectors; and
  • Build collaborative relationships to provide support for the Action Networks.

What you need to do the work

  • A bachelor’s degree with five or more years of relevant work experience, preferably in business, continuous improvement, government or civic leadership; 
  • Demonstrated success in facilitating multi-disciplinary or multi-organizational teams;
  • Continuous  improvement  and data management skills needed for data-driven decision making;
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills with attention to detail;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrated success in building trusting, effective relationships with diverse partners; and
  • A passion for public education and commitment to justice and equity for people of all ethnicities, races, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, economic circumstances, physical and mental abilities and characteristics, and philosophies.

What we offer

  • A competitive salary and benefits package;
  • A team-oriented, performance excellence culture;
  • Opportunities to grow and advance;
  • Really cool office space;
  • A chance to be in the center of educational transformation in Kalamazoo County; and
  • A real opportunity to help people in Kalamazoo County reach their full potential.

How to apply

Click on the blue button below to apply by May 24, 2015.

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*Action Networks are collaborative efforts of individuals, parents, students and practitioners working together to identify strategies that impact community-level educational outcomes through continuous improvement practices. 

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