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Here at KZCF 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 totaling $530 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), KZCF offers a competitive benefits package; team-oriented, performance excellence culture; and unlimited opportunities to make life in Kalamazoo County better for everyone. In 2019 – for the sixth 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.

Community Investment Officer

(Downloadable PDF of Job Post)

Reports To: Senior Community Investment Officer, Vice President of Community Investment
Salary Range Starts at: $65,600
Position Status: Full-Time (40 hours/week)

Position Summary:

Supports the Community Foundation in developing, implementing and managing comprehensive strategies, including responsive (discretionary) grantmaking, Field of Interest grantmaking, community initiatives, community leadership activities, and evaluation of all programs in alignment with the Community Foundation’s mission, vision, and key organizational values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.

 Creates, builds, and maintains strong relationships with individuals, community partners, other funders, and the nonprofit sector to have a greater impact in improving life for all in Kalamazoo County. Supports the community and Community Foundation in ensuring an equitable and effective grant process. In doing so, assists organizations with organizational development; evaluates proposals; develops recommendations; and monitors grants. The Community Investment Officer represents the Community Foundation in community settings for the development of community solutions, provides leadership and support to strengthen the nonprofit sector, prepares reports and analyses of activities for project management and administrative reporting.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Position Functions:

Collaboratively Designs, Executes, and Continuously Improves Community Investment Strategies

  • Participates in developing and implementing comprehensive strategies within responsive grantmaking, Field of Interest grantmaking, initiatives, community leadership activities, and evaluation of all programs
  • Participates in developing systems and procedures to measure and evaluate Community Investment progress

Participates in the distribution of resources in alignment with KZCF’s Grant Distribution Policy and core values of diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism

  • Conducts due diligence for all funding requests and prepares rationales/recommendations to the Community Investment Committee and Board of Trustees
  • Leads difficult conversations with community partners and grantees around KZCF funding priorities and decisions
  • Prepares sensitive communication for both internal and external use regarding funding determinations
  • Prepares reports and leads presentations on community investment grantmaking, initiative and leadership work

Leadership and Representation in the Community

  • Participates in the development of community investment priorities, strategies, and implementation guidelines and provides ongoing evaluation of community investment and leadership efforts
  • Represents the Community Foundation in community and supports the Community Foundation’s community convening and problem-solving efforts
    • Identifies opportunities to communicate and leverage community investment and leadership activities
    • Collaborates with community partners on cooperative, collaborative approaches to grantmaking to address key community needs
    • Represents the Community Foundation in community settings, task forces and committees
    • Participates in the development of community solution building as a neutral convener or an active participant in problem solving

Outreach and Collaboration

  • Coordinates the Community Foundation’s Community Outreach
    • Works to support grantees and the nonprofit sector and develops and implements skill and capacity building and technical assistance opportunities
    • Prepares reports and analyses of activities to inform future outreach and engagement

Initiative Leadership

  • Coordinates the Community Foundation’s Initiative Strategies and serves as resource person to KZCF staff and Collaborative Partners. Ensures initiative alignment with KZCF’s grant making efforts

Learning, Communications and Networking

  • Keeps abreast of community issues and trends in relevant program areas; develops innovative projects for the Community Foundation to support.
    • Partners with colleagues to identify and evaluate opportunities for KZCF engagement
    • Co-develops strategic community programming and initiatives and builds internal consensus on joint projects
  • Maintains regular contact with other funders, collaborating with colleagues on cooperative approaches to grantmaking, collaborative funding and collective impact initiatives
  • Provides indirect supervision of support staff for relevant program areas. In doing so, assigns, plans and reviews work; provides instruction and training; provides input into performance evaluations and participates in hiring committees as requested
  • Maintains internal engagement with all KZCF functional areas to assure foundation-wide synergies

If Assigned:

  • Impact Investment
    • Support the Community Foundation’s mission driven deployment of assets in pursuit of its overall community investment goals in collaboration with the Impact Investment Committee
    • Work with community partners on their project development as it relates to Impact Investment requests as warranted
    • 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
    • Supports the KZCF Finance team as needed in the development of required reports to the Impact Investment Committee and Board of Trustees throughout the year
  • Public Policy and Advocacy
    • Support Community Investment team and other key staff by tracking, sharing and summarizing policy-related news and implications for philanthropy and cross-sector related policy issues
    • Identify resources, activities, events for KZCF’s policy engagement and work
  • Serve on cross functional planning and leadership teams including but not limited to Marketing/Communications+, the Anti-Racism Transformation Team, the Art Committee, Hiring Committees and more

Professionalism:

  • 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, equity, inclusiveness and anti-racism
  • Evaluates own performance and assumes responsibility for professional development
  • Embraces philosophy of and actively engages in lifelong learning including self-reflection and growth regarding personal bias from an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens
  • Able to confront personal, individual and internal systematic bias with regards to race, gender, orientation, etc., which will require sharing and discussing personal identities in relation to the work environment and learning to be comfortable with often difficult interactions around deeply personal, often divisive conversations, while supporting others to engage similarly
  • 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

Engagement/Participation:

  • Actively represents KZCF at community-based meetings and events which may require evening and weekend engagement throughout the year
  • 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

  • Masters degree or an equivalent combination of training and relevant experience in consulting and facilitation skills with individuals, groups, and organizations; program planning, development and administration; and knowledge of public policy
  • At least two to four years of progressively more responsible experience in the following areas:
    • Not-for-profit, public sector, philanthropy or business; or a combination of two or more sectors
    • Grant writing or grant review
    • Relating to diverse groups of people and professionals in a variety of fields
    • Working with boards of directors and a broad range of constituencies
    • 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
  • Occasional on-call availability to handle work problems, emergencies/crisis situations etc.
  • Involves travel to community-based meetings

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Public Policy Officer

(Downloadable PDF of job post)

Reports To: Vice President of Community Investment
Salary Range Starts at: $65,600
Position Status: Full-Time (40 hours/week)

Position Summary:
The Public Policy Officer leads the overall approach to engaging in and advancing policy and advocacy for the Community Foundation. This position will develop coordinated goals internally with the Community Foundation’s leadership team while engaging external partners in providing input to the agenda, priorities, and systems level advocacy needed to advance the strategic priorities of the organization. The Public Policy Officer will oversee a Public Policy Portfolio of policy issues that directly affect the Community Foundation’s priorities, gifts, grantees and/or the most vulnerable residents of Kalamazoo County.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Lead the process to develop a comprehensive and focused approach and portfolio for advocacy that aligns with the Community Foundation’s priorities; and, review and revise the approach as needed to ensure long term impact and measurable progress
  • Lead resident and partner agency engagement with the Community Foundation’s policy and advocacy efforts throughout the year
  • Provide regular data, reports, and resident voices to local, state, and federal policymakers as part of advocacy activities
  • Conduct advocacy, lobbying, facilitation, training, planning, and relationship building as the lead for the organization’s Public Policy Portfolio (this work is expected to take place at the local, state, and federal level)
  • Provide regular updates to the Strategy and Leadership Team and staff on key policy developments
  • Ensure research, monitoring, and reporting informs the development of the approach and the continuous improvement of activities
  • Lead the activities to develop and deliver all communications, documents, tools, and training aids to ensure key stakeholders are informed and able to engage
  • As needed, provide direction to interns, fellows, peer staff, or other consultants as required and available to support public policy and advocacy efforts
  • Ensure the approach and portfolio activities are limited to the legal boundaries of a community foundation and nonprofit organization, ensuring that the activities do not include partisan work, election work, except for approved ballot initiative supports. (Ensure activities do not violate state or federal laws on lobbying. The Portfolio shall not financially exceed the organization’s 501(h) election limit of 20% of annual spending. The Portfolio’s work shall defend and never jeopardize the Community Foundation’s 501(c)3 status.)

Professionalism:

  • 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 including self-reflection and growth regarding personal bias from an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens
  • Able to confront personal, individual and internal systematic bias with regards to race, gender, orientation, etc., which will require sharing and discussing personal identities in relation to the work environment and learning to be comfortable with often difficult interactions around deeply personal, often divisive conversations, while supporting others to engage similarly
  • 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 supports the employee commitments and behaviors
  • Maintains appropriate professional appearance
  • Maintains confidentiality

Engagement/Participation:

  • 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:

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration, policy or related field, or an equivalent combination of training and relevant work experience
  • Proven professional with three or more years of experience in policy roles in government, public affairs, or nonprofit advocacy
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain results in the policy sphere, and strong existing relationships with state, local and federal policymakers
  • Strong cultural competence, networking, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to adapt messages to diverse audiences with credibility and relevance
  • Creative problem solver; imaginative
  • Complex problem-solving abilities
  • Effective in guiding and directing others
  • In-depth knowledge/understanding of computers including general business software such as Microsoft Office Suite

Preferred:

  • Three or more years' experience in philanthropy and/or the nonprofit sector at the local, regional, state, or national levels.

Physical/Mental Requirements:

  • Works in well-lit, pleasant, smoke-free office
  • Requires occasional travel
  • Frequently requires extended workdays with evening and weekend meetings/events
  • Must be able to sit for long periods of time
  • Involves periodic repetitive movement associated with keyboarding
  • Able to stoop, bend and move intermittently to do filing and move equipment and supplies necessary for job function
  • Requires frequent attention to detail/concentration on figures, paperwork, data, etc.
  • Frequent pressures related to meeting deadlines and fulfilling scheduling requirements
  • Frequent distracting influences such as people, phone calls, noise and so forth.
  • Simultaneous handling of multiple tasks on a frequent basis
  • Frequent intermittent or cyclical work pressures
  • Frequent irregularity of work hours because of overtime requirements, attendance at meetings, etc.
  • Occasional on-call availability to handle work problems, handle emergencies/crisis situations etc., at all hours

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Human Resources Director: Application Open Until Position is Filled

** WE ARE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS UNTIL POSITION IS FILLED**

(Downloadable PDF of job posting)
Reports To: President & CEO
Starting Pay Grade: $70,600 - $84,700
Position Status: Full-Time (40 hours/week)

Position Summary
The Human Resources Director is the Community Foundation’s key individual responsible for all areas of Human Resources and Organization Development. As a member of the Strategy and Leadership Team, the Director creates an HR environment that is people centered. This role provides key human resources leadership; including, organizational development, programs and practices inclusive of recruitment, staff development, employee relations, ethical and legal compliance, compensation and benefits, performance planning, culture of belonging, and employee engagement. The Director develops and implements a workforce diversity and inclusion strategy as well as all HR activities aligned with our strategic plan and our key organizational values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Position Functions:

  • People Centered Human Resources Environment
    • Shapes an environment for staff to feel understood and valued, knowledgeable about benefits and resources, and assisted to mutually solve problems
    • Develop and deploy resources intended to help employees be successful in their roles, including talent development plan, and customized strategies for advancing and retaining people of color as well as other underrepresented groups in the workforce: including but not limited to LGBTQ, differently-abled, and religious/ethnic employees
  • Diversity Equity and Inclusion
    • Designs, implements, and governs anti-racist, diversity and inclusion strategies, policies, programs and initiatives as it pertains to recruiting, hiring, developing and retaining a diverse workforce in collaboration with Director, DEI and the Antiracism Transformation Team
    • Determines diversity, equity, and inclusion metrics and goals for KZCF staffing, tracks this data, and develop action steps to improve results
  • Organizational Development
    • Collaborates with hiring supervisors to develop staffing strategies and plans to identify talent and enhance recruitment and staff retention
    • Translates strategic plan into HR strategic and operational plans, oversees Accountability Chart and leads the process for assessing organizational needs, employee performance, and values alignment
    • Provides advice and counsel to the Strategy and Leadership Team, supervisors and staff regarding HR practices, policies, and employment law
  • Culture
    • Leads efforts with the Strategy and Leadership Team to build and execute strategies and processes that promote a culture of belonging, accountability, positive work environment, and staff engagement
    • Develops benchmarking strategies to seek out and implement best practices for employee engagement, satisfaction, and culture.
    • Support activities that advance inclusion and equity, such as affinity groups, DEI coaching, training, etc.
    • Manage a system for collecting and tracking workforce diversity dimensions in a way that ensures confidentiality and appropriate access for organizational growth
  • Human Resources
    • Develops and implements staffing strategies for the entire employee lifecycle with an emphasis on continuous improvement including:
      • Recruiting with an emphasis on diversity hiring strategy and ensuring candidates feel cared for during the process
      • On-boarding/Orientation
      • Employee retention
      • Performance review and improvement
      • Staff development
      • Succession planning
    • Support supervisors throughout the organization to ensure the consistent, quality, execution of processes throughout the entire life cycle
  • Benefits
    • Oversees all employee benefits including, health, life, disability, and retirement plans including:
      • Annual renewal
      • Keeping abreast of benefit trends to ensure our plan are cost effective and competitive
      • Maintains all plans in compliance with Federal and state laws and regulations
  • Performance Excellence
    • Collect and analyze staff satisfaction data periodically, at least annually
    • Recommend changes to S&L team in order to increase satisfaction
    • Collect and analyze peer comparable data
    • Ensure HR processes are documented in PBM format
    • Develop weekly, quarterly and annual metrics for scorecards and use results to adjust activities in order to reach goals
  • Accounting
    • Creating and monitoring the HR and benefits budgets
  • Other
    • Supervises assigned staff. In doing so, assigns plans and reviews work; establishes priorities; instructs and trains employees; supervises projects; conducts performance evaluations and corrective action or job counseling; and participates in hiring and terminations
    • Participates in community foundation field networks and learning groups as appropriate
    • Performs other projects or duties as assigned
    Professionalism
  • 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 supports and integrates Community Foundation philosophies related to diversity, inclusiveness and anti-racism. and willingness to acknowledge and address other forms of social bias
  • Evaluates own performance and assumes responsibility for professional development
  • Embraces philosophy of and actively engages in lifelong self-reflection and growth regarding personal bias from an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens
  • Able to confront personal, individual and internal systematic bias with regards to race, gender, orientation, etc., which will require sharing and discussing personal identities in relation to the work environment and learning to be comfortable with often difficult interactions around deeply personal, often divisive conversations, while supporting others to engage similarly
  • Masters concept of Process Based Management (PBM)
  • Maintains current knowledge of all changes affecting area of work
  • Conducts self in a professional manner and aligned with Core Values
  • Maintains appropriate professional appearance
  • Maintains confidentiality

Engagement/Participation

  • 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

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, business or related field or an equivalent combination of training and relevant work experience
  • At least 5 years in human resources systems or equivalent with proven ability to accept higher levels of responsibility
  • Experience in leadership role as member of leadership team setting strategy and organizational accountability for results
  • Self-directed and able to take the initiative to address issues, make decisions appropriate to the situation and recommend methods of resolution or change when needed
  • Able to remain calm and focused in stressful situations as well as navigate difficult conversations
  • Able to address issues in an appropriate and timely manner
  • Enjoys establishing and maintaining mutually satisfying relationships
  • Able to accurately understand and adapt behavior to cultural difference and commonality
  • Well organized and detail oriented with ability to prioritize and effectively manage multiple work tasks
  • Able to synthesize information from multiple perspectives and develop action plans with a focus on people centered solutions
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Word and Excel

Preferred:

  • SPHR or PHR certification preferred
  • Knowledge, analysis and experience in inter-cultural competencies and anti-racism and demonstrated ability to integrate into organizational practices, policies, & culture

Physical/Mental Requirements

  • Works in well-lit, pleasant, smoke-free office
    Requires occasional travel
  • Frequently requires extended workdays
  • Must be able to sit for long periods of time
  • Involves periodic repetitive movement associated with keyboarding
  • Able to stoop, bend and move intermittently in order to do filing and move equipment and supplies necessary for job function
  • Requires frequent attention to detail/concentration on figures, paperwork, data, etc.
  • Frequent pressures related to meeting deadlines and fulfilling scheduling requirements
  • Frequent distracting influences such as people, phone calls, noise and so forth
  • Simultaneous handling of multiple tasks on a frequent basis
  • Frequent intermittent or cyclical work pressures
  • Frequent irregularity of work hours because of overtime requirements, attendance at meetings, etc.
  • Occasional on-call availability to handle work problems, handle emergencies/crisis situations etc., at all hours

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