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Position Title: Vice President, Finance & Investment
Reports To:
President/CEO
Pay Grade I:
$123,807 - $151,664 Hiring Range
Position Status:
Full Time
Posting Dates:
Open until filled

Position Summary:

Responsible for managing and leading the financial aspects of the Community Foundation to ensure the organization’s ability to provide programs that are equity minded and beneficial to the community. Provides overall leadership, direction and responsibility for the Community Foundation’s invested assets and supports its mission driven deployment of assets with an equity minded lens. Performs as a key member of the Leadership Team.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Position Functions:

  • Finance Oversight:
    • Manages and leads all financial services of the Community Foundation with an equity minded lens.
    • Oversees policies and procedures in order to minimize errors and maximize our community’s perceptions of the Community Foundation.
    • Oversees preparation of annual spendable calculations and unrestrcited grant budget calculation.
    • Manages and oversees the annual financial statement and internal controls audits and implements recommended changes as directed by the Audit Committee.
    • Coordinates and staffs the Audit Committee and oversees the execution of the Financial Accountability policy.
    • Reviews and signs all grant checks and administrative checks.
    • Manages and oversees preparation and ongoing evaluation of the annual and forecasted Integrated Budget.
  • Investment
    • Leads, manages, and develops recommendation for changes to the Investment Policy.
    • Provides staff leadership to the Financial Investment Committee in supporting its core asset investment responsibilities.
    • Conducts due diligence of noncore investment managers and makes changes as necessary in consultation with VP, Donor Relations and CEO.
    • Provides guidance for interim liquidity and/or major asset liquidations or investments.
    • In partnership with the VP, Grants/Community Investment supports Impact Investing Committee in developing policy and procedures for impact investments
    • Conducts due diligence for impact investments in coordination with CI team and makes recommendations to Impact Investment Committee and Board.
  • Spending
    • Leads, manages, and develops the unrestricted and restricted Spending and Ceiling/floor policies for Board approval.
    • Develops Spending Policy Analysis and provides leadership and oversight for underlying expected return studies and supporting data.
    • Interprets, develops, and makes recommendations for spending policy changes as needed.
  • Gift Acceptance and Expectancy Management
    • Serves as a member of the Gift Acceptance committee
    • Review paperwork for matured expectancies and provide expertise to donor relations
    • Analyze fair market value of expectancies for the annual audit.
  • Supervision of staff
    • Supervises finance and investment 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.
  • Other
    • Participates in local, regional, and national projects that contribute to the advancement of the Community Foundation and the field in general.
    • Conducts other activities as assigned by the President/CEO.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or a related field with specialized understanding of Accounting, Investments, and Finance or an equivalent combination of training and relevant work experience.
  • In-depth knowledge/understanding of computers including general business software (i.e., Word & Excel) and
  • Minimum six to eight years progressively more responsible experience in the following areas:
    • Accounting (i.e. complex general ledger with one thousand funds, complex budgeting, forecasting, etc.)
    • Investments (i.e. part of a financial investment team, investment manager, nonprofit foundation with endowments setting policies and philosophies.)
    • Supervision, strategic leadership and emotional intelligence to motivate and manage people and manage conflicts.
  • Strong leadership skills and a personal commitment to Anti-Racism / Racial Equity
  • Ability to set strategy and make and defend recommendations to the Board of Directors.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and interpersonal relations skills are a must.
  • Developing recommendations based on organizational mission and values.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interact, communicate, and collaborate with people from all cultural backgrounds.
  • Must have the ability, judgement, poise, and personal capabilities to build and maintain trust.
  • Strong emotional intelligence and conflict resolution skills and strengths.
  • Ability to work & navigate emotionally taxing conversations/contexts related to power, privilege, racism, oppression with diverse stakeholder groups.
  • High personal resiliency skills and tools.
  • Deep personal commitment to addressing racism with an orientation toward the Kalamazoo community.
  • Experience representing organizational positions within community settings.
  • Ability to work both independently, as a team member, and with a broad range of constituencies.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects and work under pressure.
  • Willingness to learn and be adaptive to support a complex and evolving body of work.

Preferred:

  • Certification as a Public Accountant.
  • Thorough knowledge of income and estate issues of charitable planning.
  • Understanding of industry specific software (i.e., Financial Edge).
  • Income and estate tax planning for charitable giving.
  • Ability to apply a racial equity analysis.


How to apply: Please send resume and cover letter to recruiting@thehrshop.com with the role you are applying for in the subject line.

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Position Title: Initiatives & Public Policy Officer
Reports To:
Vice President, Initiatives & Public Policy
Pay Grade H:
$73,204 - $86,015
Position Status:
Full Time
Posting Dates:
Open until filled

Position Summary:

The Initiatives and Public Policy Officer supports the development and implementation of the overall approach to engaging in and advancing the Community Foundation’s initiatives and public policy agenda. This position will develop coordinated goals internally with the Vice President of Initiatives and Public Policy while engaging external partners to provide input to the agenda, priorities, and systems level advocacy needed to advance the strategic priorities of the organization. The Officer oversees a portfolio of initiatives and public policy issues that directly affect the Community Foundation’s priorities, gifts, funded partners, and residents of Kalamazoo County.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Position Functions:

  • Collaborates with the Vice President of Initiatives and Public Policy to set a strategic agenda for public education on civic engagement, policy‐related issues, engagement of key leaders, policymakers, and influencers, working to address challenges that are reflective of the Foundation’s focus areas and institutional priorities.
  • Consistent with the rules that apply to community foundations, advises the Vice President of Initiatives and Public Policy on KZCF’s advocacy strategy and opportunities to leverage relationships with policymakers to implement key system change initiatives.
  • Monitors local, state, and federal policy developments, prepares to take appropriate actions within the scope of activities allowable for a community foundation, and works closely with colleagues to tie this work to the Foundation’s initiatives, policy priorities, and strategies.
  • Co‐develops recommended strategies for the Foundation’s nonpartisan engagement and education activities with local, state, and federal policymakers and supports execution of identified strategies.
  • Collaborates with colleagues on the grantmaking team to better understand how the foundation funds organizations and networks and identifies funding gaps with an eye toward long‐term capacity and structural change, centering the priorities and solutions of directly impacted communities.
  • Promotes partnerships with key internal and external stakeholders to ensure that relevant and timely research, nonpartisan analysis, and advocacy efforts work together to contribute to public discourse around some of the most pressing issues in Kalamazoo County.
  • Works with internal and external partners to strengthen relationships with advocacy and organizing groups and networks effecting change at the local level and support the development of new strategic initiative work with internal and external partners.
  • Helps promote development and use of allowable public education tools such as briefings; meetings; social media communications; tailored training and development opportunities aimed at specific populations or constituencies; and other innovative approaches to promote information sharing and equity in Kalamazoo County.
  • Leads resident and partner agency engagement and convenings around initiatives and public policy, including representing KZCF at related events and on related committees, task forces, and boards.
  • Directs interns, fellows, peer staff, or consultants as required for assigned initiatives, public policy, and advocacy efforts.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Required:

  • BA degree in public administration, policy, or related field, or an equivalent combination of training and relevant experience.
  • Prior experience in policy roles in government, public affairs, or nonprofit advocacy.
  • Experience working with policymakers and leaders, influencers, and advocacy organizations on policy initiatives.
  • Deep understanding of racial equity, structural racism, and the social determinants of health.
  • Demonstrated ability to work flexibly and articulate goals and paths forward in a collaborative manner, while maintaining the ability to pivot strategies and tactics to fit evolving institutional priorities and external contexts.
  • Ability to adapt messages to diverse audiences with credibility and relevance.
  • Creative problem solver; imaginative, with an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Emotional intelligence, a healthy sense of humor, and a natural collegiality.
  • Complex problem‐solving abilities.
  • Effective in guiding and directing others.
  • In‐depth knowledge/understanding or computers including general business software such as Microsoft Office Suite.


How to apply: Please send resume and cover letter to hr@kalfound.org with the role you are applying for in the subject line.

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Position Title: Donor Relations Coordinator
Reports To:
Vice President, Donor Relations & Scholarship
Pay Grade: $21.15- $25.33
Position Status:
Full Time
Posting Dates:
Open until filled

Position Summary:

Coordinates the Donor Relations and Development administrative activities. Responsible for maintaining accurate donor records (electronic and paper), processing gifts, and coordinating donor events. This position also provides general office support for the Donor Relations & Scholarship team. The Donor Relations Coordinator is a member of the Receptionist Team.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Position Functions:

  • Processes all incoming gifts, including cash, credit card, stock, and other non-cash assets.
  • Creates and sends gift receipts in a timely fashion.
  • Maintains accurate gift records ensuring all documentation is attached to appropriate records.
  • Maintains pledge system.
  • Prepares honorarium and memorial letters as needed
  • Produces Gift Reports.
  • Prepares and reconciles statements for the annual financial statement audit and internal control audit.

Deferred Gift & New Fund Support

  • Works closely with the Vice President and Officers when setting up new funds, deferred gifts, and/or charitable gift annuities (CGAs).
  • Ensures all steps for the Deferred Gift and CGA checklists are completed and all required information is obtained.
  • Assists in coordinating documentation for new funds as needed.
  • Enters all pertinent donor information for new deferred gifts in Raiser’s Edge. Ensures proper documentation is attached to appropriate records.
  • Manages the recording of all deferred gifts in Raiser’s Edge through all stages of the gift.
  • Drafts various letters and other documents on behalf of donor relations team.

Administrative support to Vice President and Officers in their work with primary contacts, professional advisors, and prospects

  • Assures they have the proper marketing/informational brochures.
  • Responds to inquiries made by donors, prospective donors, nonprofit agencies, professional advisors, etc. as requested by the Vice President and Officers.
  • Drafts and coordinates distribution of general. communications to donors, prospective donors, nonprofit agencies, professional advisors, etc. as requested.
  • Schedules meetings with donors and makes necessary arrangements.
  • Proofreads and edits written materials as needed.

Technical/Administrative Support

  • Maintains database creating and updating records and notifies team of changes such as deaths or divorces.
  • Prepares standardized and specialized reports for distribution, editing data and correcting formats.
  • Maintains Donor Relations files and oversees record retention per Record Retention Policy.
  • Reviews and prepares invoices and expense reports for payment.
  • Serves as Traction Tools “driver” as needed.
  • Provides general office support, including backup receptionist support.
  • Assists Finance in reconciling statements and activities including matching gifts and bank statements.
  • Member of Reception Team for coverage

Perform other duties as assigned


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Required:

  • High School diploma or GED
  • Advanced computer skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to support multiple team members
  • Ability to work independently and enjoy routine tasks
  • Must be detail-oriented

Preferred:

  • Experience in working with nonprofit organizations.
  • Working knowledge of Customer Relation Management (CRM) system
  • Understanding of the basics of giving vehicles and asset types

How to apply: Please send resume and cover letter to hr@kalfound.org with the role you are applying for in the subject line.