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 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 Opportunity


Vice President, Community Investment

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation is looking for a proactive, independent leader with a collaborative style to serve as a member of its Strategy and Leadership Team; lead its Community Investment Team and other cross-functional teams; oversee its grantmaking programs, services and activities; and support the mission, vision and values of the Community Foundation. The ideal candidate will be someone who effectively manages dynamics of power and privilege in all interactions, engages with people with intercultural competency, and builds authentic relationships with diverse communities.

What you'll do

  • Organizational Leadership  As a member of the Community Foundation's Strategy and Leadership Team, you'll use your knowledge and experience to help make organizational decisions that align with the Community Foundation's priorities and values, develop experiences that build the intercultural competency of the Community Foundation's team and community partners; and lead internal cross-functional teams. You'll also play a key role in strategic planning, and program and policy design and evaluation.
  • Team Leadership  As the leader of the Community Foundation's Community Investment Team, you'll supervise staff to ensure performance excellence, alignment and integration with the organization as a whole. For the team and its individual members, you'll facilitate orientation and training, plan and review work, establish priorities, supervise projects, conduct performance evaluations and provide job coaching.
  • Oversight  You'll develop, implement and manage comprehensive programs related to the Community Foundation's grantmaking and initiatives related to the Community Foundation's priorities of equity and education.
  • Grantmaking Oversight  You'll oversee the distribution of grants, with efforts that include public policy, advocacy and the convening of stakeholders.
  • Community Initiatives  You'll collaborate with the President/CEO, board of trustees and community partners to develop and implement long-term solutions to significant community issues such as infant mortality, hunger and other disparities related to race, sexual orientation, education, to name a few.
  • Community Relations  On local, state and national levels, you'll maintain and build effective relationships with grantees and grantseekers, funders, community partners and affinity groups to leverage resources and maximize the Community Foundation's impact.

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, the nonprofit sector and nonprofit capacity-building strategies (additional knowledge of the education sector preferred);
  • Minimum six to eight years of progressively more responsible experience in:

    Senior management
    at a community foundation, private foundation or nonprofit organization; or

    Leadership of a complex program/initiative, community coalition, task force or other strategic collaboration.

  • Supervisory experience including the ability to give clear direction, guidance and coaching, and to develop, involve and mobilize people in shared efforts;
  • Experience in grantwriting, grant management, fundraising, program development, evaluation and organizational development;
  • Ability to operationalize a vision into action steps;
  • Must be able to work with minimal direction and oversight;
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral, and comfortable working with the public;
  • Ability to gain the confidence, respect and trust of community partners, other funders, donors and Community Foundation colleagues;
  • 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; and
  • A fantastic work environment.

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Application due date

Noon EST on Monday, April 10, 2017

How to apply

Applications are submitted online. Click on the blue Apply Now button below to submit the online application by noon EST on Monday, April 10, 2017. You'll be asked to upload your cover letter and résumé to the online application.

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If you do not have access to a computer, you may make arrangements to use a computer here at the Community Foundation between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on any week day (excluding holidays). The following organizations also have computers available for public use.

Michigan Works
1601 South Burdick Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Kalamazoo Public Library
315 South Rose Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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