Development Manager – Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, Grand Rapids Community College

Job Title

Development Manager – Alumni Relations and Annual Giving


Grand Rapids Community College

About the Position


The Development Manager – Alumni Relations and Annual Giving is charged with designing, managing, implementing and evaluating a progressive alumni relations program that engages our alumni throughout their lives in ways that contribute to their development and also benefits GRCC and its students. The Development Manager is also responsible for developing and implementing an annual giving strategy to secure gifts from new and current donors. 

Position Number: 1085

Hours: 40 hours/52 weeks

Annual Compensation: Meet and Confer, Grade 15, $58,416

Reports to: Associate Director of College Advancement

Job Duties

Essential Job Functions

Alumni Relations:

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive strategic plan for Alumni Relations – including goals, annual calendar, metrics, budget, and timetables.
  • Plan and implement events that include programs tailored to attract different segments of alumni as well as current students, volunteers, faculty and staff, and donors. 
  • Serve as a resource for departments and student clubs/organizations wanting interaction with alumni.
  • Manage web content for alumni relations.
  • Manage all alumni social media platforms.
  • Ensure accurate and complete alumni database records.
    • Develop processes to ensure data integrity of alumni contact and employment information in order to expand outreach efforts.
  • Establish and maintain positive and productive relationships with college faculty and staff.

Annual Giving:

  • Create and implement a comprehensive annual giving strategy with the Associate Director of College Advancement – including goals, annual calendar, metrics, budget and timetables.  These efforts should complement overall campaign goals and major giving priorities.
    • Annual giving strategy should include a plan to retain existing donors and develop new donors.
    • Develop materials (in-print and web) for use with the annual giving plan.
  • Utilize the Foundations database to track and analyze annual giving trends and create strategies based on the data results.




  • Bachelor’s degree required. 


  • Minimum of five years of demonstrated success working in a fundraising environment is required.
  • Prior experience in higher education fundraising is preferred.


  • Must be comfortable with gift cultivation and solicitation.
  • Must have prior volunteer management and leadership experience.
  • Must be an accomplished, hands-on project manager and embrace working in a team environment.
  • Must have the ability to understand the big picture, establish personal and program priorities and possess communication skills to inspire a desired strategy or objective that fits into the overall vision and mission of the GRCC Foundation.
  • Must ensure tasks are completed within established deadlines.
  • Must be a creative problem solver who is comfortable with ambiguity.
  • Must have an aptitude for working in a complex environment and understand organizational dynamics and vision.
  • Must resolve diverse problems independently. 
  • Must build and maintain collaborative relationships with College Advancement team members, alumni, faculty and staff, and donors.
  • Must be a positive “people person” with the ability to manage high-stress situations.
  • Must possess strong oral/written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Must possess competence in software applications and programs, particularly Raiser’s Edge or other fundraising databases, Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word, Power Point, and Gmail.

Mental Demands

  • Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work under pressure.  Possess mature judgment, flexibility in regards to interruptions and ability to handle difficult situations.
  • Demonstrate initiative and problem-solving abilities.
  • Maintain collegiality among team members by showing respect for others’ opinions and working toward mutually agreeable solutions.
  • Ability to perform routine and unexpected duties with minimal supervision.

Physical Demands

  • The position requires long periods of sitting, standing, reading and writing, listening and speaking.
  • Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds.

Working Conditions

  • Must be able to work flexible hours (i.e. evenings and night) including occasional weekends.

How to Apply


Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position.  Please apply at our website at    Submit a cover letter and resume in one document.  The opportunity to apply for this position will close on August 18,2020 at 11:59 PM ET.  Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  Grand Rapids Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About the Organization

Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics.  The college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.

Advancement Specialist, AgeWell Services of West Michigan

Job Title

Advancement Specialist


AgeWell Services of West Michigan

About the Position

AgeWell Services of West Michigan is seeking qualified candidates for a full time Advancement Specialist to join our team in serving thousands of seniors along the lakeshore communities in Muskegon, Oceana and Ottawa counties.

Position Summary

The Advancement Specialist is responsible for operations of the Advancement Department.  Able to work in and supervise donor database management and support Development Plan execution. The Advancement Specialist performs responsibilities at the highest professional standards of data management, communication and confidentiality.  Performs a range of duties related to fundraising. The Advancement Specialist provides key support to the Advancement Director and program support for the Advancement Department. This position will lead special event planning and campaigns, preparation and implementation. The Advancement Specialist will build relationships, increase visibility, and assist with meeting campaign goals and growing financial resources to support AgeWell’s mission and services.

Job Duties

·        Assist the Advancement Director in planning and implementing the annual, major gift, capital and planned giving campaigns to achieve campaign goal success.

  • Uploads online transactions (sign ups, profile updates, donations, memberships and event registrations) from online giving systems.
  • Conduct research on donors and donor prospects.

·        Manage DonorSnap software for accurate data entry, financial gifts and gifts-in-kind, communications, event invitation and attendance and prospect research.

·        Assist with mail and in person solicitations.

·        Edit and on occasion generate IRS compliant donation thank you letters. 

·        Generate standard, special and ad hoc reports as needed

·        Retrieve data, create reports and analyze.

·        Effectively engage team members, donors and volunteers as needed.

·        Work with Outreach Manager for marketing, print materials, website, social media and volunteer management. Jointly produce donor cultivation, recognition and stewardship materials.

·        Coordinate planning, preparation, implementation and administrative support for special events, solicit sponsor support and auction items.

·        Represent the agency on committees, groups and attend events in the community.

·        Route check requests, accounts payable invoices, and monitor budget revenues and expenses.

·        Participate in training.

·        Any other related duties as assigned.


  • At least two year’s prior administrative experience, preferably in a Fundraising and Advancement environment.
  • Proficient computer skills and working knowledge of database is a must.
  • Requires experience entering accurate data while working with confidential database records.
  • Working knowledge of Excel spreadsheets for lists, reports and data analysis.
  • Well organized.
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team.
  • Thorough understanding and commitment to the mission and services of AgeWell Services.
  • Communicate with a pleasant professional and respectful demeanor whether in person, on the phone or in writing.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and editing skills. Attention to details, able to prioritize duties and perform under tight deadlines. 
  • Direct mail and DonorSnap software experience a plus.
  • Supervise data entry and retrieval for direct mail campaigns for vendor.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) required.

·        Must pass background check.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter of introduction outlining your specific experience and qualifications, and a resume in PDF format to at by Wednesday, September 16. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled. No phone calls, please.

About the Organization

AgeWell Services is a non-profit, charitable 501c3 organization founded in 1974 for the purpose of implementing the nutrition program and related services funded by the Older Americans Act enacted by Congress in 1965. We support adults 60 and older to maximize their independence through, Meals, Motion and Morale.  AgeWell Services hosts the Meals on Wheels program and partners with locations throughout West Michigan to provide social discounted meals, exercise programs, classes (such as art, computer literacy, financial planning), transportation to doctor’s appointments, education to keep them safe from predators, and a café that is open to the public.

Director of Development, Grand Rapids Symphony

Job Title

Director of Development


Grand Rapids Symphony

About the Position

Delivering great music is the Symphony’s mission and the constant driver behind our fund development strategies. This is further enhanced by our commitment to providing entertainment platforms that bridge culturally diverse groups and nurture an inclusive growth community that enriches the lives of everyone. The ability of our Director of Development to communicate that commitment to our donors is essential to our fund development success!

The Grand Rapids Symphony seeks a skilled major gift officer to join our team in achieving our fundraising and planned giving program objectives.  The Director of Development will be responsible for identifying, cultivating and deepening intentional relationships with current and prospective major gift and planned giving donors.  This involves prospect research and developing inclusive solicitation strategies as well as stewarding donors throughout the major giving process.  The Director of Development will cultivate a donor portfolio and emphasize gifts of $50,000 or greater.  This is an office-based full-time professional position with occasional night/weekend hours.

This individual will also work with our board members and staff leaders to coordinate and execute long-term fundraising initiatives.  Our ideal candidate will have at least five years of major gift/planned giving experience and an undergraduate degree, with a Master of Business Administration or Public Administration preferred.  He/she will also have a thorough background in fundraising best practices and donor databases for managing donor and solicitation records.  Candidates with a strong for-profit sales and relationship management background will also be considered.

What we’re offering:

  • Join the team!  When you join our team, you become part of our culture and the Symphony story.
  • Variety – every day is different and creativity is encouraged!  
  • Robust compensation and benefits package including health and dental insurance, PTO and 401k.
  • Two complimentary tickets to most Symphony concerts – attendance is encouraged!

Job Duties and Requirements

Required Skills & Key Responsibilities:

  • Planning, developing and managing a portfolio of major donor relationships.
  • Developing an inclusive donor solicitation strategy for major gift prospects.
  • Designing and managing an inclusive donor stewardship program.
  • Tracking and assessing major gift fundraising metrics.
  • Drafting major gift proposal documents.
  • Utilizing major giving fundraising and marketing tools.
  • Working collaboratively with board members and staff on fundraising initiatives and activities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with a demonstrated ability to articulate concepts in clear and understandable terms that resonate across constituencies and community groups.
  • A driven, versatile and flexible self-starter.  We’re looking for someone who can thrive in our fast-paced environment.
  • A candidate who loves technology.  Strong working knowledge of MS Office Suite expected.  Experience with Raiser’s Edge preferred.
  • Interest in and passion for orchestral music or the performing arts is a significant plus.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please send resume and cover letter to Paula Tibbe, Manager of Human Resources and Finance at by September 30, 2020.

About the Organization

Celebrating its 90th season, the Grand Rapids Symphony is Michigan’s second largest performing arts organization and has received national recognition for the high quality of its concerts as well as Gateway to Music, a network of education, engagement and access programs.  The Grand Rapids Symphony presents more than 400 performances and enhances the lives of 200,000 attendees annually.  Nearly half of those who participate are students, senior citizens and people with disabilities reached through inclusive education and access programs. 

For complete information about the Grand Rapids Symphony visit

We are an equal opportunity employer.

Development Director, Alpha Grand Rapids (AGR)

Job Title

Development Director


Alpha Grand Rapids (AGR)

About the Position

Position type: Staff (full-time, salaried)

Department: Development

Reports to: Executive Director

Basic function of position: The Development Director is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all Alpha Grand Rapids (AGR) fundraising, including the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, special events, and capital campaigns. He/she works closely with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and the Marketing Department in all development and fundraising endeavors and is responsible for overseeing the Community Engagement Manager.

Job Duties

Fund development

  • Coordinates various meetings between staff and prospective donors to establish relationships and manages ongoing prospective donor communication
  • Builds a major gifts program including identification, cultivation, and solicitation of donors
  • Overseas donor management software
  • Develops a church engagement strategy to better involve churches in events, fundraising, and volunteer opportunities and improves communication with churches
  • Conducts grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting or other follow-up requirements
  • Builds the planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts
  • Directs capital campaign strategy
  • Oversees research of prospective donors
  • Makes public appearances/accepts speaking engagements to share information about AGR with the community
  • Maintains gift recognition programs, including the development of a tracking and thanking plan for donor milestones


  • Coordinates special events, such as capital campaign luncheons or networking events
  • Assists the Marketing Department with the spring and fall fundraising events by soliciting corporate sponsors, table hosts, and attendees
  • Maximizes event attendance by promoting events at area churches, schools, and businesses


  • Supervises the Community Engagement Manger
  • Promotes and attends spring and fall fundraising events
  • Participates in monthly employee meetings
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor


Education: Bachelor’s Degree or higher in relevant field

Prior work experience: At least five years of experience in fund development, donor relations, and/or grant writing, as well as past experience in supervising staff

Language proficiency: English required

Skills and abilities

  • Strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to interact well with both individuals and groups, represent AGR in the community, handle multiple responsibilities at once, manage time well, and take initiative
  • Desire to get out of the office and seek out partnerships with donors, churches, foundations, and community organizations

Essential requirements

  • Belief in the sanctity of human life
  • Demonstrated emotional and spiritual maturity
  • Committed Christian who faithfully attends a local church
  • Full agreement with the AGR Statement of Faith and AGR Statement of Lifestyle
  • Proven ability to respect diversity and confidentiality

Position Elements

Available guidelines: AGR Employee Handbook

Exercise of judgment: Uses independent judgment on how to interact with donors and the general public, consulting with the Executive Director for difficult situations

Nature and level of contacts: Employees, donors, churches, foundations, volunteers, and the general public

Supervision exercised: Direct supervision of the Community Engagement Manager

Time to perform full range of duties after entry into the position: Six months

How to Apply

If interested, please email or mail a resume and cover letter to:

Attn: Colleen Geisel

Alpha Grand Rapids

1725 Division Ave S

Grand Rapids, MI 49507

For questions, please call 616.459.9955.

About the Organization

Mission Statement: Motivated by the love of Christ, we promote abundant life by providing holistic services to women and men affected by unplanned pregnancy.

Minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Communications Specialist, Habitat for Humanity of Kent County

Job Title

Communications Specialist


Habitat for Humanity of Kent County

About the Position

Communications Specialist

The Communications Specialist is responsible for creating content for Habitat Kent, contributing to the development of print and digital materials and coordination of public relations, and supporting special events with meaningful audio-visual materials. The Communications Specialist will create and implement strategic communications plans that drive engagement with Habitat Kent and motivate support for Habitat Kent’s mission.  With the support of the Director of Development, the Communications Specialist will ensure that all communications pieces align with departmental and organizational goals, strategies, and direction.

Position Benefits:

  • Full-time 40 hrs/wk; non-exempt position
  • Health/dental and life insurance; employer sponsored 403b retirement plan with 5% employer match
  • Holiday pay and paid time off

Job Duties

Position Responsibilities:

  • Listens, creates, and shares stories from Habitat Kent homebuyers, volunteers, donors, staff, and others through copy, photography, and/or video via digital channels and printed materials
  • Develop, implement, and track marketing programs such as email, social media, digital campaigns, and events
  • Collaborate across departments to develop and monitor strategic communications initiatives
  • Write, proofread, and edit creative content across different promotional materials
  • Create and maintain content for social media and website
  • Create marketing pieces for programs
  • Create and implements communications plan for internal and external audiences
  • Create materials for donor recognition and stewardship
  • Develop and implement public relations initiatives
  • Maintain media contact list and develops relationships with media representatives
  • Collaborate with cross-functional event teams and creates audio-visual materials to support strong events and meaningful connection with Habitat Kent’s mission



  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, marketing, communications, or a related field; 3+ years of experience in marketing preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; experience with Adobe Suite preferred
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Skilled in writing and editing content with an attention to detail
  • Strong prioritization, organization, and project management skills
  • Experience using social media platforms at a professional level
  • Ability to be a creative problem solver
  • Hard worker with strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with a broad array of people.
  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority.
  • Understands and values racial equity as an organizational operating principle and is committed to continued learning on issues related to race, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required
  • Able to speak with public

How to Apply

Send resume with cover letter by Friday, September 25, 2020 to:

No phone calls or walk-ins.

About the Organization

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, community, and hope. Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat Kent is focused on recruiting a diverse and equitable workforce, and

Habitat Kent is an Equal Opportunity Employer