Donor Relations Specialist, Guiding Light

Job Title

Donor Relations Specialist


Guiding Light

About the Position

Position Summary:

Working under the supervision of the Development Director, the Donor Relations Specialist (DRS) will provide comprehensive support to the development and communications teams, with a focus on fundraising support, effective database management and development reports.  The DRS will help develop strategies that focus on fundraising tactics to varied donor audiences.

The salary range is $45,000 – $52,000 annually based on experience.

Classification: Non-Exempt; In-person.

Reports to: Director of Development & Communications.

Department: Development.

Location: Grand Rapids MI.

Job Duties

Essential Responsibilities:

  1. Maintain thorough and accurate database records and generate development reports from database (sponsors, major donors, individuals, foundations, lapsed donors, etc.).
  2. Serve as customer relationship management (CRM) platform and donor database subject matter expert, with responsibility for updating processes, infrastructure, protocols, data entry systems, gift processing and report writing.
  3. Assist the team with the planning, strategy and implementation of mailings, campaigns, external development appearances and other special event logistics.
  4. Research and capture new information into the donor database regarding new and current donor interests, relationships, life events and capacity information on their philanthropic giving.  Implement schedules of contact based on research for Executive Director, Development Director and Donor Officer.
  5. Provide fundraising support to committee/board and team meetings, including status reports, donor research and donor prep.
  6. Prepare online donations pages as specified.
  7. Create and oversee processes and schedules for donor VIP visits and external appearance requests
  8. Oversee schedules and provide content support for gift receipts, board thank you notes, new donor letters, newsletters, inserts and other correspondence that is updated on a monthly/quarterly basis.
  9. Support Development Director and Community Engagement Director with agendas and scheduling of team meetings and any donor related on-site activities.
  10. Act as key point of contact for outside inquiries and assign follow ups to team members as needed.

Non-Essential Responsibilities:

  1. Work closely with internal teams and provide input and insight into process improvement initiatives.
  2. Other duties as assigned.

Supervision Received:

Specific Direction: Follows established work procedures. Receives periodic checks for performance. Refers unique questions/conditions to immediate supervisor.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

No supervision: No supervisory responsibilities.

This job description does not list all duties of the job. Employees may be asked by management to perform other duties as needed. The Company reserves the right to revise this job description at any time. This job description is not a contract for employment and does not infringe upon the Company’s at will employment status.


Education & Experience:

  1. Bachelor’s degree specializing in marketing, business, public relations, or philanthropic field preferred.
  • Five (5) to Seven (7) years of experience with growing responsibilities in fundraising, marketing, sponsorships, or related field preferred.
  • Experience in /knowledge of donor management/fundraising software preferred.

Other Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Self-motivated with the ability to work independently with low to medium supervision
  2. Willing and able to handle concurrent tasks and make appropriate judgments and decisions
  3. Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  4. Performs as a team player and comfortable in a fast paced, Christian environment

Core Competencies:

  1. Accuracy: Achievement of correct and precise work.
  2. Oral Communication: Ability to actively engage in conversations to communicate with economy and clarity, clearly understand the message and intent, and receive and process feedback.
  3. Relationship Building: Ability to establish and maintain a good rapport and cooperative relationship with customers and co-workers.
  4. Strategic Planner: Ability to offer advice and create a plan based on analysis of issues and trends, develop a vision for the future, and create a culture in which the long range goals can be achieved.
  5. Technology: Knowledge and ability to accomplish mathematical, engineering, scientific or computer related duties.

Physical Requirements:

 Average Daily Physical RequirementsNoneLess than 2 hours2 to 5 hoursMore than 5 hours
Work in stationary position   x
Move about work area x  
Use hands/fingers to handle or feel  x 
Reach with hands and arms  x 
Ascend/Descend (stairs/ladder/etc.)x   
Bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawlx   
Communicate with various parties   x
Detect flavors or smellsx   
Move containers up to 30 poundsx   
Visual acuity   x
Read and understand written word   x
Operate computer and general office machines   x
Operate Machines: Material Handling Equipmentx   

Environmental Conditions:

 Average Daily Environmental ConditionsNoneLess than 2 hours2 to 5 hoursMore than 5 hours
Normal office environment: No exposure to extreme heat, cold, noise or chemicals or hazardous equipment.   x
Plant environment: Exposure to dust, oil, various chemicals, and extreme noise.x   
Warehouse environment: Exposure to extreme temperatures, noise, hazardous equipment, and fumes from trucks.x   
Travel: Limited exposure to outside elements.x   

How to Apply

The application can be found here: Donor Relations Specialist

Resume contact information:

Brian Spyke

Director of Finance & Administration
Managing Director, The Job Post

Phone: 616-451-0236  x102


About the Organization

Mission Statement:

Guiding Light is a Christian, donor funded non-profit dedicated to helping individuals recover from addiction.  Through our innovative, proven programming and ministry, we invest in the whole person, guiding them as they wake up and take responsibility for their lives and recovery.

Corporate Philanthropy Lead, United Way of the Lakeshore

Job Title

Corporate Philanthropy Lead


United Way of the Lakeshore

About the Position

United Way of the Lakeshore seeks a Corporate Philanthropy Lead to join our professional team as a key champion of human need and potential. More than a fundraiser, we create opportunities for people in our community to work together to improve the health, education and financial stability of every person. We envision that every child grows up with hope and the ability to reach their potential, income equity is growing, and poverty is rare, and all community members are thriving and healthy. We move quickly to meet changing needs in our community and need a strong leader to assist with mission advancement.

The salary range is dependent on years of experience.

UWL offers a competitive salary, medical/dental/vision, 403B retirement plan, disability pay, life insurance, vacation and sick pay, ongoing training and professional development, supportive team.

Job Duties

This position is responsible for the creative development, implementation, and evaluation of corporate giving strategies for United Way of the Lakeshore. You will help create and manage our corporate giving campaign as well as our annual workplace campaign, along with supporting our philanthropic giving initiatives. 


The right candidate will be a driven and detail-oriented self-starter with exceptional communications skills. Have at least three years of experience in successful fundraising roles, comparable private and/or non-profit experience, related business and/or sales operations, or lived experiences. Be self-directed, able to manage projects with competing deadlines. Have experience working with a nonprofit board and volunteers. Exceptional interpersonal skills and a proven ability to network and connect with diverse stakeholders. Have experience building multi-year resource development plans, be tech-savvy and comfortable with new platforms, be an excellent and enthusiastic writer and editor.

How to Apply

To be considered, please submit a letter of interest indicating why you are the person we are looking for along with your resume listing your experience and skills to

Applicants will be considered as they are submitted. The position will remain open until a candidate is hired. 

About the Organization

Moving to the Muskegon Lakeshore is the best decision you will ever make! Live where others vacation.  We are a continuously evolving community showing growth, change, innovation, and culture that can be enjoyed year-round. With 27 inland lakes, 26 miles of Lake Michigan waterfront, 400 miles of rivers, and miles of woods and dunes, you’ll enjoy a lifestyle that is Pure Michigan.

United Way of the Lakeshore is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to hiring individuals who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

Manager, Advancement Services, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Job Title

Manager, Advancement Services


Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

About the Position


Assists in advancing the goals, objectives, and activities of the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs. Responsible for developing and implementing all components of the Salesforce Database System used for processing and acknowledging all charitable gifts to the medical school.

Position has the flexibility of remote work solutions and hybrid scheduling located within the state of Michigan.

Pay: $55,000 – 65,000

Job Duties


  • Leads and manages on-line donations through the QGiv e-commerce platform.
  • Posts gift designations to the medical school and WMU websites.
  • Manages processing of all gifts including credit cards, checks, donor advised funds, payroll deduction, electronic funds transfer (EFT), appreciated securities, and rollover IRAs.
  • Prepares gift receipts substantiating donations for IRS purposes for all WMed donors and acknowledgement letters.
  • Leads and manages the reporting process of all gift data for monthly fundraising and annual department productivity, the annual philanthropy impact report, the AAMC survey of medical school charitable giving, and accreditation purposes.
  • Leads and manages prospect research to ensure timely updates to prospect information on principle, major and planned gift prospects.
  • Liaison to the WMU Foundation for coordination of recording and stewarding gifts to the medical school.
  • Maintains the lifetime giving societies of the medical school.
  • Leads development and implementation of e-communications using Mailchimp to solicit donations, promote events, and share information about WMed.
  • Leads process collaboration with Accounting and Finance to ensure proper recording of gift designations.
  • Assists the Associate Dean with annual departmental budget development and management including management of monthly budget reconciliation.
  • Provides database support for annual giving appeals, event invitation and registration processes.
  • Supports event planning for the department.
  • Maintains the Development and Alumni Affairs web pages.
  • Supports engagement, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship functions of the department.
  • Responsible for some donor solicitations through phone or email contact.
  • Coordinates meetings, tours, and interactions with donors.
  • Answers and responds to inquiries made of the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs.
  • Applies solid knowledge and understanding to resolve problems and issues which may address sensitive or confidential.
  • Availability to work occasional overtime on weekends or evenings to complete time sensitive
  • Acquires knowledge for new technology and policy/procedure revisions.
  • All other duties as assigned.




  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • 1-3 years’ experience in fundraising, donor engagement, or alumni relations desired.
  • Experience with the Salesforce database, Raiser’s Edge or similar database systems, desired.
  • Knowledge and proficiency in processing charitable gifts for a non-profit organization desired.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills with proficiency in data management and reporting.
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills and experience with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Experience with the writing and distribution of electronic communications using Mailchimp or similar platform.

How to Apply

Apply on:

About the Organization

About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed)

We are committed to excellence and health equity through transformative medical education, high-quality, patient- and family-entered care, innovative research, and community partnerships within a just culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our vision is health equity for all in Southwest Michigan through innovation in the practice and study of medicine.

The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo’s two teaching health systems, Ascension Borgess and Bronson Healthcare. The medical school is a private nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. Building upon a $100 million foundational gift in 2011, WMed is a recipient of the Empowering Futures Gift, a philanthropic commitment of $300 million to support the mission of the medical school. WMed contributes to the economic vitality of Southwest Michigan through the services we provide as well as the creation of 1,600 new jobs and an annual estimated economic impact of $353 million in Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties.

WMed is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the Higher Learning Commission. The medical school offers a comprehensive, innovative four-year Doctor of Medicine degree program and two Master of Science degree programs in Biomedical Sciences and Medical Engineering. We train physicians in 10 residencies and five fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. To support our educational mission, we have Joint Accreditation for interprofessional continuing education, which incorporates accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

WMed Health is the clinical practice of the medical school with more than 300 providers offering comprehensive primary care and specialty services in several locations throughout Kalamazoo, Portage, and Battle Creek. The Department of Pathology faculty serve as the Office of the Medical Examiner for counties throughout Michigan and northern Indiana.

The W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo serves as the primary educational facility with faculty and administrative offices, student study and social spaces, team-based learning halls, a state-of-the-art Simulation Center accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, basic science research labs, as well as toxicology and forensic pathology labs.

WMed is building upon Kalamazoo’s century-long foundation of drug discovery and medical device development with a strategic investment in clinical, laboratory, community, and educational research. The Center for Immunobiology, Center for Clinical Research, Research Histology Lab, Innovation Center, and Human Research

Protection Program contribute to the medical school’s advancement of knowledge through innovation and discovery.

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer of females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans, and actively strives to increase diversity within its community. We provide a drug- and tobacco-free workplace.

EEO Minorities/Women/Disabled/Protected Veterans.

Corporate and Community Sponsorships Officer, WGVU Public Media

Job Title

Corporate and Community Sponsorships Officer


WGVU Public Media

About the Position


Develop relationships with corporations and community partners to provide sponsorships for WGVU Public Media programming, events, initiatives, and operations.

Salary: $45,000 – $52,000

Department/Division: WGVU / University Relations

Campus:Grand Rapids

Job Duties


  1. Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major corporate, community, and foundation donors to increase private gifts to WGVU Public Media.
  2. Work collaboratively across departments to develop sponsorship opportunities for program and event development.
  3. Develop and manage significant portfolio and pipeline of corporate, foundation and community prospects.
  4. Actively engage in working to establish long-term partnerships and strengthen existing relationships with corporate, community, and foundation sectors.
  5. Meet with prospective and current corporate, foundation, and community donors to secure sponsorships, and/or coordinate meetings for the stations General Manager or Director of Development.
  6. Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with current and prospective donors and co-workers across WGVU.
  7. Participates in the drafting of case statements, talking points and other materials required for events, programs, campaigns, and projects.
  8. Participates in the creation of proposals, grant applications, and reports to corporations and foundations.
  9. Works closely with WGVU philanthropy team, marketing, education, and content creation teams.
  10. Ability to identify a diverse donor prospect pool.
  11. Performs other duties as required/assigned by manager.



  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 2 years relevant work experience in nonprofit fund development/sales/event management, or a minimum of five years of relevant work experience.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit fundraising and event sponsorship techniques.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Experience with various computer software applications such as Microsoft Office and/or equivalent. (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Salesforce,, and Teams, etc.)
  • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently, organize own work and coordinate work activities of others.
  • Experience coordinating large projects.
  • Experience handling multiple demands efficiently.
  • Experience organizing and prioritizing workload.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to provide exceptional customer service.
  • Ability to maintain positive intercultural and interpersonal relationships and a commitment to multicultural awareness and understanding.


Normal office environment.  Some travel may be required.

How to Apply

How To Apply: Apply online at and select “Apply now”.  Please include a cover letter addressing your qualifications, as well as your knowledge of and interest in working for WGVU Public Media, along with your resume. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail address for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Application Deadline:  Consideration of applications will begin immediately and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Applications Close: 29 Nov 2022 11:55 PM Eastern Standard Time