Director of Development, West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC)

Job Title

Director of Development

Organization

West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC)

About the Position

Position Summary

West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization working to protect and enhance West Michigan’s environment by translating the concerns of people into positive action. WMEAC has been delivering environmental education and advocacy to the West Michigan community for over 50 years.

WMEAC’s Director of Development will work collaboratively with the organization’s staff, board, volunteers, partners, and stakeholders (organizations, members, businesses, interested community members, and more) to support WMEAC’s mission by building relationships and by inviting people to share our passion for environmental advocacy and education, social justice, and to create climate solutions.

Reports to: Executive Director

FTE: 1.0

Pay Scale: Salaried/Exempt; total annual compensation including benefits $60,000 – $70,000 commensurate with experience

Job Duties

Specific Responsibilities

  • Designs, develops and executes annual fund development plan including but not limited to:
    • annual appeals
    • giving day(s)
    • membership drives
    • monthly (recurring) donor program
  • Works with executive director and board members to identify, steward and solicit major gifts
  • Collaborates with and supports program team members to identify, prioritize, and write grant proposals
  • Develops and manages fundraising events and supports program events with sponsorship solicitation
  • Creates and manages 3 x year print donor-focused newsletter
  • Develops and manages initiatives to achieve WMEAC’s strategic goals
  • Manages donor database (Salesforce), project management platform Smartsheet and events platform GiveSmart.
  • Works as a team player to ensure the continued success of WMEAC and its programs by assisting program, communications and administrative staff to support grants management as well as to develop communications strategies for events and appeals

Requirements

Qualifications

  • ●       Bachelor’s degree and a minimum 4-6 years with experience in fund development, grant writing, events planning; additional experience will be considered in lieu of formal education
  • Working knowledge of environmental principles
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent communication, research, and writing skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office and donor software. Salesforce experience a plus
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time
  • Experience in customer service and public speaking to small and large groups
  • ●       Self-motivated, independent worker
  • Knowledge of local or regional environmental issues a plus
  • ●       Ability to manage a flexible schedule that can accommodate occasional evenings and weekends

Work Hours and Location

Full time staff are expected to work 35 hours per week, based out of WMEAC’s office in Grand Rapids. However, we do recognize hybrid work schedules where employees may choose to work from home or from our Grand Rapids office 3 days per week.

COVID Vaccination and Mask Requirements

Currently masks are optional while in the office and at indoor meetings and events. All staff and interns are required to be current on their COVID vaccinations, including any boosters as they become available and recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

How to Apply

Directions to Apply

Applicants must submit resume and cover letter online at wmeac.org/careers. The position will remain open until filled. Please refrain from contacting WMEAC staff members for more information about this position.

About the Organization

WMEAC is an equal opportunity employer. No one will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

West Michigan Environmental Action Council is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of unlawful discrimination and harassment. Our Board of Directors, staff, and interns are committed to enhancing and celebrating diversity in all its forms. All employment decisions at WMEAC are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

Foundation Specialist, Heritage Community of Kalamazoo Foundation

Job Title

Foundation Specialist

Organization

Heritage Community of Kalamazoo Foundation

About the Position

Job Summary

This position manages the Foundation’s core operational functions and supports select fundraising initiatives. The Foundation Specialist assists with the conception, planning, and execution of fundraising events.

Reports to: Director of Development.

Job Duties

Major Responsibilities

Foundation Operations (35%)

  • Maintain current and accurate donor records in Bloomerang
  • Manage processing of all gifts and reconcile all receipts with Finance Manager
  • Generate timely gift acknowledgments
  • Track outstanding pledges and produce pledge reminders
  • Produce reports for special projects, mailings, events, financial reporting, and other related activities 
  • Maintain all electronic and hard copy development files
  • Provide administrative support to Foundation Board of Directors and Foundation Board committees
  • Maintain development calendar
  • Maintain the Director of Development’s calendar as requested
  • Perform other administrative duties as needed

Fundraising and Public Relations (35%):

  • Cultivate relationships with and solicit a small portfolio of prospective individual donors
  • Prepare solicitation packets and track incoming gifts
  • Support the conception and coordination of segmented donor appeals and other mailings
  • Prepare select grant proposals and reports
  • Conduct prospect research and monitor key news outlets for donor-related information
  • Draft news releases, newsletter articles, social media posts, and other communications for publication
  • Help manage development volunteers
  • Assist with the execution of special fundraising projects
  • Assists with the development of and convey an understanding of the Foundation’s structure, work, and impact

Special Events (30%)

  • Assist with all aspects of the planning and execution of fundraising events
  • Coordinate logistics with staff, volunteers, and event vendors
  • Organize and manage event invitation lists
  • Receive, process, and report on all event responses
  • Prepare written communications, including save-the-dates, invitations, acknowledgments, and printed materials
  • Ensure proper tracking of actions, mailings, and event attendance in Bloomerang

Requirements

Required Certifications, Licenses, and Registrations

  • Ability to travel and drive an automobile for off-campus meetings

Knowledge and Critical Skills / Expertise

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated superior interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of fundraising strongly desired
  • Experience working with volunteers desired
  • Interest or background in senior services, social services, or healthcare desired
  • Knowledge of Bloomerang or comparable donor management system desired

Essential Physical Functions

  • Ability to sit for up to 2 hours at a time; ability to bend, straighten and walk reasonable distances throughout the workday.
  • Must be able to lift and move up to 10 lbs. and occasionally lift/move up to 25 lbs.
  • Job requires that the employee regularly grasp and/or pick up objects.
  • Job requires expressing ideas by the spoken word.
  • Job regularly requires employee to reach for objects

Experience

  • Associates degree in business or related field required
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • At least five years of successful, progressively responsible
  • administrative support experience required
  • Two to four years of development experience strongly preferred
  • Annual fund experience preferred
  • Grant writing experience preferred
  • Event management experience preferred

How to Apply

Please submit cover letter and resume to Aaron Bradford at abradford@heritagecommunity.com

Community Investment Coordinator, Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Job Title

Community Investment Coordinator

Organization

Kalamazoo Community Foundation

About the Position

Position Summary:

Supports the Community Investment (CI) team in its ability to carry out the Kalamazoo Community Foundation’s mission in the community by coordinating the collection of data from funded partners, coordinating learning and evaluation data or all CI activities, supporting key internal and external initiatives, and the effective internal and external operations of the CI team. This position reports to and provides administrative support to the Director of Impact Investments to ensure the success of the program. Provides customer service and support to community partners as needed and supports the general efficiency and relationships of the Community Investment team throughout the year. Supports the continuous improvement of CI’s investing and administrative processes through an anti-racist and equity-centered approach.

Reports to: Director of Impact Investments

Pay Grade D: $21.15 – $25.33

Position Status: Full Time

Job Duties

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Position Functions:

  • Provides Administrative support for Community Investment staff
    • Coordinates Community Investment meetings by preparing agendas and materials, coordinating meeting details/information, planning/ordering refreshments and zoom and room set- up/breakdown
    • Prepares written correspondence on behalf of community investment staff
    • Assists with the coordination of agency profile updates and demographic data collection
    • Assists with the coordination of committee meetings (ex. Community Investment Committee, Impact Investment Committee, Foundation Roundtable, Funders Group, etc.)
    • Assists with the coordination of Community Investment staff retreats
    • Provides support to equity and education-based initiatives led within KZCF as needed
    • Reconciles Community Investment monthly/bi-monthly budgets
    • Processes Community Investment invoices in PaperSave
    • Provides support for meeting management including preparation of Community Investment weekly meeting platform
    • Manages/Maintains the Community Investment evaluation and ensures appropriate CI measures are transferred to the organizational metrics and evaluation
  • Grant support

Provides support for the KZCF grant reflection process in alignment with the Trust Based Philanthropy framework

  • Assists in capturing grant reflection documentation in the Community Impact System
    • Gathers, organizes, and distributes all relevant data surrounding the evaluation of the outcomes/impact of funded grants across KZCF to demonstrate organizational impact
    • Provides status updates for Community Investment and KZCF staff throughout the grant reflection process
    • Maintains and updates CI database to provide efficient service to users
    • Maintains the grant process documentation (PBM’s) for Community Investment
    • Maintains and updates all grant related files and documentation for regulatory compliance
    • Provides support for preparation of scorecard/evaluation reports.
    • Coordinates logistics for engagement events with nonprofit partners and assists CI staff with the implementation of the Partner? Engagement Plan including the Equity Series
  • Impact Investment Program Support
    • Provides direct administrative support to the Impact Investment Director
    • Supports the work of the Impact Investment Committee and external contractors by assisting with meeting coordination, portfolio documentation, tracking data, and assisting with accurate monitoring and reporting of portfolio
    • Supports the Impact Investment Director with the budget and helps process invoices
    • Assists with compilation of materials for reporting to both internal leadership as well as external funders as applicable
  • General administrative duties
    • Assists with special projects as assigned
    • Serves as member of the Reception Team
    • Provides customer support for use of the 402 space by nonprofit organizations
    • Provides support to the Finance Team on grant processing and special reporting

Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Anti-Racism:

  • Apply an equitable and anti-racist analysis to all functions to achieve organizational goals.
  • Embrace, support, and integrate Community Foundation philosophies related to diversity, inclusiveness, and anti-racism with a willingness to acknowledge and address other forms of bias.
  • Ability to confront personal, individual, and internal systemic bias with regards to race, age, gender, gender- identity, sexual orientation, ability, etc., which will require sharing and discussing personal identities in relation to the work environment.
  • Ability to work and navigate emotionally taxing conversations related to power, privilege, racism, and oppression on a regular basis.
  • Must have strong emotional intelligence and resiliency skills to lead and/or actively participate in advancing our work relative to racial, social, and economic justice.

Professionalism:

  • Support the mission, vision, and strategic goals, as a part of the Performance Excellence Model of the Community Foundation, to serve both internal and external customers.
  • Follow and support Community Foundation policies and procedures.
  • Evaluate own performance and assumes responsibility for professional development.
  • Embrace philosophy of one actively engaged in lifelong learning.
  • Demonstrate and models Process documentation for clarity and consistency.
  • Maintain current knowledge of all changes affecting area of work.
  • Conduct self in a professional manner and follows and support the core values, commitments, and behaviors.
  • Maintain appropriate professional appearance and confidentiality.

Engagement/Participation:

  • Actively represents KZCF at community-based meetings and events which may require evening and weekend engagement throughout the year
  • Actively participate in meetings, committees, and volunteer opportunities within the organization
  • Apply an anti-racism analysis and engage with others in support of learning ways to advance collective DEI understanding and skills.
  • Participate as a team member utilizing a collaborative style to achieve mutual goals.
  • Provide proactive, creative cross-functional thinking and ideas to enhance services to customers.
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively with others.

Requirements

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Required:

  • Associates degree in business or related field or an equivalent combination of training and relevant work experience.
  • Two to four years of progressively more responsible experience in an office environment.
  • Strong verbal/written communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills including word processing, spreadsheet and database applications.
  • Strong emotional intelligence and conflict resolution skills and strengths
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interact, communicate, and collaborate with people from all cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to work & navigate emotionally taxing conversations/contexts related to power, privilege, racism, oppression with diverse stakeholder groups.
  • High personal resiliency skills and tools
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects and work under pressure.

Preferred:

  • Coursework or experience in communications, social work, or nonprofit sector
  • Experience working with nonprofit organizations, volunteers, event planning, and data base reporting
  • Nonprofit database experience

Location Requirements:

  • The Kalamazoo Community Foundation’s employee health and safety is a top priority. With the COVID-19 pandemic still a consideration to public health, Foundation employees may work remote or hybrid schedules with approval from their supervisor. Please note the remote work policy is in effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be reviewed when public health guidelines or business needs change.

Physical/Mental Requirements:

  • While working virtually, must ensure remote environment has consistent access to high-speed internet, generally free from distractions.
  • Work in well-lit, pleasant, smoke-free office.
  • Must be able to sit for long periods of time.
  • Able to stoop, bend and move intermittently to do filing and move equipment and supplies necessary for job function.
  • Involves frequent repetitive movement associated with extended periods of keyboarding.
  • Frequently involves extended workdays and periodically involves irregular work hours.
  • Occasional travel and/or overnight work schedules.
  • Requires attention to detail and ability to concentrate 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.
  • Frequent simultaneous handling of multiple tasks and intermittent or cyclical work pressures.
  • Occasionally requires on-call availability to handle work problems, emergencies/crisis situations etc.
  • Occasional work at multiple sites or travel.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. To successfully perform the job, individuals must be able to satisfactorily perform each essential duty. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

How to Apply

How to Apply: Email resume to hr@kalfound.org with title of position as subject line.

Posting Dates: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

About the Organization

About KZCF:

KZCF, established in 1925, has the vision of Kalamazoo County being the most equitable place to live, with the mission to mobilize people, resources, and expertise and to advance racial, social, and economic justice. Learn more at kalfound.org.

Core Values:

Center Anti-Racism and Equity Advance Racial Justice Nurture Healing and Love

Cultivate Transformative Relationships Serve the Greater Good

Learn and Grow Embrace Joy

Development Officer, Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Job Title

Development Officer

Organization

Kalamazoo Community Foundation

About the Position

Position Summary:

The Development Officer is responsible for developing and implementing the Kalamazoo Community Foundation’s plans and strategies for attracting emerging donors and encouraging increased giving from current annual donors. The Development Officer serves as the primary relationship manager for agency endowment fund representatives.

Reports to: Vice President, Donor Relations and Scholarship

Pay Grade H: $75,204 – $86,015

Position Status: Full Time

Job Duties

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Position Functions:

  • New Donor Development
    • Determine the best strategies for reaching out to new markets and diversifying and growing KZCF’s donor base, especially growing support for Love Where you Live funds (unrestricted funds)
    • Assess the philanthropic needs and preferences of emerging donors to inform the design and improvement of the Community Foundation’s products, services, and marketing outreach
    • Develop experiences for prospective donors to increase their awareness of and affinity for the Kalamazoo Community Foundation
    • Develop the strategies and goals for donor recruitment events and work with the Donor Relations and Marketing Communications teams to execute events
    • Oversee individual follow up and outreach after donor recruitment eventsIn partnership with Marketing Communications team, design the digital strategy to increase emerging donors’ awareness of and engagement with KZCF
    • Represent the Community Foundation at key community events
    • May participate as an active member and/or board member of nonprofit community organizations and service clubs throughout the Community Foundation’s geographic area per KZCF strategic goals
    • Maintain accurate action reports in Raisers Edge
  • Annual Giving
    • Working with Marketing Communications, oversee annual communication and engagement plan for emerging and annual donors, including development of strategies and materials for direct mail and on-line appeal(s)
    • Research and evaluate current trends and opportunities to increase annual giving. Advise on strategies to increase donor pipeline
    • Design and implement individual plan(s) for identifying and building relationships with emerging donor prospects and annual donors
  • Initiative/Campaign Fundraising
    • Support donor development strategies for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Kalamazoo and other KZCF community leadership initiatives
  • Services to Current Donors
    • Develop, nurture and grow relationships with existing annual donors to increase commitment to community and KZCF
    • Guide donors to achieve their charitable goals by providing information about KZCF’s services and impact
    • May serve as relationship manager for a selected group of individual donor fund representatives
  • Fund Representative Relationships
    • Lead strategy to engage current agency individual donor fund representatives and provide excellent customer service
    • Engage grassroots and prospective agency partners to develop plans for creating and growing their endowment funds.

Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Anti-Racism:

  • Apply an equitable and anti-racist analysis to all functions to achieve organizational goals.
  • Embrace, support, and integrate Community Foundation philosophies related to diversity, inclusiveness, and anti-racism with a willingness to acknowledge and address other forms of bias.
  • Ability to confront personal, individual, and internal systemic bias with regards to race, age, gender, gender- identity, sexual orientation, ability, etc., which will require sharing and discussing personal identities in relation to the work environment.
  • Ability to work and navigate emotionally taxing conversations related to power, privilege, racism, and oppression on a regular basis.
  • Must have strong emotional intelligence and resiliency skills to lead and/or actively participate in advancing our work relative to racial, social, and economic justice.

Professionalism:

  • Support the mission, vision, and strategic goals, as a part of the Performance Excellence Model of the Community Foundation, to serve both internal and external customers.
  • Follow and support Community Foundation policies and procedures.
  • Evaluate own performance and assumes responsibility for professional development.
  • Embrace philosophy of one actively engaged in lifelong learning.
  • Demonstrate and models Process documentation for clarity and consistency.
  • Maintain current knowledge of all changes affecting area of work.
  • Conduct self in a professional manner and follows and support the core values, commitments, and behaviors.
  • Maintain appropriate professional appearance and confidentiality.

Engagement/Participation:

  • Actively represents KZCF at community-based meetings and events which may require evening and weekend engagement throughout the year
  • Actively participate in meetings, committees, and volunteer opportunities within the organization
  • Apply an anti-racism analysis and engage with others in support of learning ways to advance collective DEI understanding and skills.
  • Participate as a team member utilizing a collaborative style to achieve mutual goals.
  • Provide proactive, creative cross-functional thinking and ideas to enhance services to customers.
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively with others.

Requirements

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Required:

  • BA degree or an equivalent combination of training and relevant experience
  • Prior experience with non-profit agencies
  • Affinity for Kalamazoo County and a desire to ask people to contribute to creating an equitable community
  • Proven track record of fundraising success
  • High relationship drive
  • Not afraid to think creatively about fundraising tactics and approaches
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Comfortable working with the public
  • Must be able to work effectively one-on-one as well as make formal presentations to groups

Preferred:

  • At least five years in a nonprofit organization
  • Working knowledge of Raisers Edge or other Customer Relation Management (CRM) system
  • Campaign Fundraising experience

Location Requirements:

  • The Kalamazoo Community Foundation’s employee health and safety is a top priority. With the COVID-19 pandemic still a consideration to public health, Foundation employees may work remote or hybrid schedules with approval from their supervisor. Please note the remote work policy is in effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be reviewed when public health guidelines or business needs change.

Physical/Mental Requirements:

  • While working virtually, must ensure remote environment has consistent access to high-speed internet, generally free from distractions.
  • Work in well-lit, pleasant, smoke-free office.
  • Must be able to sit for long periods of time.
  • Able to stoop, bend and move intermittently to do filing and move equipment and supplies necessary for job function.
  • Involves frequent repetitive movement associated with extended periods of keyboarding.
  • Frequently involves extended workdays and periodically involves irregular work hours.
  • Occasional travel and/or overnight work schedules.
  • Requires attention to detail and ability to concentrate 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.
  • Frequent simultaneous handling of multiple tasks and intermittent or cyclical work pressures.
  • Occasionally requires on-call availability to handle work problems, emergencies/crisis situations etc.
  • Occasional work at multiple sites or travel.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. To successfully perform the job, individuals must be able to satisfactorily perform each essential duty. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

How to Apply

How to Apply: Email resume to hr@kalfound.org with title of position as subject line.

Posting Dates: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

About the Organization

About KZCF:

KZCF, established in 1925, has the vision of Kalamazoo County being the most equitable place to live, with the mission to mobilize people, resources, and expertise and to advance racial, social, and economic justice. Learn more at kalfound.org

Core Values:

Center Anti-Racism and Equity Advance Racial Justice Nurture Healing and Love

Cultivate Transformative Relationships Serve the Greater Good

Learn and Grow Embrace Joy

Annual Fund Lead Role, Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors

Job Title

Annual Fund Lead Role

Organization

Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors 

About the Position

We have an exciting opportunity to offer an enthusiastic and driven individual to work on a comprehensive Development and Marketing team in the Annual Fund Lead Role.

Overview:

Working closely with a strong and highly experienced fundraising team, this position will use their outgoing personality and passion for our mission to drive growth through existing and new initiatives in the areas of annual fund and mid-level individual and corporate supporters. This self-starter will enjoy connecting with our donors and stakeholders and always be looking for new opportunities for collaboration and funding.

The Phoenix office is in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, however this is a hybrid position. Much of the work can be performed remotely, but office visits will be needed for items such as weekly team meetings and ongoing campaign work and correspondence.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $40,000 – $50,000 per year

What we offer you:

· 100% paid medical insurance for you and your spouse

· 12 paid Holidays and generous paid time off schedule

· Vision, dental, life, long-term and short-term disability insurance available for purchase

· 2% of salary Non-elective Simple IRA Contribution

· Employee Assistance Program Services

· Health Reimbursement Plan for portion of medical deductible expenses

Job Duties

What you will do:

· Execute innovative stewardship, recognition, and engagement strategies to connect with our donors and grow our donor base

· Provide leadership, execution, and growth of our annual fund

· Plan and execute steps for donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship to grow mid-level donors giving unrestricted gifts

· Provide pipeline of potential major gift prospects through wealth screen optimization tools

· Engage with donors to grow corporate support for national burn survivor conference and track sponsorship

· Leverage CRM Salesforce to assure accurate and timely donor reporting and stewardship

· Coordinate annual giving direct mail appeals with team, prepare mailing lists and segmentation strategy, develop messaging, and create digital fundraising plans. Analyze direct mail and digital solicitation program results data to refine and increase ROI

· Prepare donor meeting materials, including meeting briefs and donor prospect research

· Provide administrative support to the Development department as needed, including management of departmental calendar, assistance with production of development-related communications, coordinating projects and agendas, meeting follow up, task management and reporting

Requirements

What we are looking for:

· Education: Minimum Associates degree; Bachelor’s degree preferred

· Experience: 3 years in development/fundraising field

· Growth mindset and ability to bring enthusiasm and energy to your work

· Ability to work independently and in collaboration with others

· A “people person” with strong interpersonal and relationship building skills

How to Apply

Are you an enthusiastic professional looking to grow your experience and join a seasoned and energetic team of fundraising professionals? If so, please apply now!

Resumes can be sent to Becky Welch – Director of Finance and Administration at bwelch@phoenix-society.org

About the Organization

Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering people affected by a burn injury. We work to serve burn survivors, loved ones, burn care professionals, researchers, and anyone else committed to empowering the burn community and building a safer world. Our mission is to unite the voice of the burn community around the globe to promote healing, recovery and burn prevention. We value constant learning, accountability, a growth mindset, unity, and integrity.

Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all candidates for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.