Communications and Event Coordinator, Paws With A Cause

Job Title

Communications and Events Coordinator


Paws With A Cause

About the Organization

Paws With A Cause® is a national organization headquartered just outside Grand Rapids, Michigan. PAWS® raises and trains Assistance Dogs for clients with disabilities. Each dog’s training program is customized to accommodate the unique needs of individuals with various types of disabilities.

Mission Statement – Paws With A Cause® enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs. PAWS® increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog teams through education and advocacy.

Vision Statement – Embracing innovation to address the aging population and to strengthen families living with disabilities.

Core Values – All employees must adhere to PAWS® Core Values: Transformational Change, Leadership, Excellence, Teamwork, Stewardship, Celebration

Job Duties

The person in this position will work with the development team and other staff members to write and produce outreach materials and provide communication support, with primary focus on the newsletters, appeals and direct mail, collateral donor materials, annual impact report, and website management. The person in this position will also be responsible for creating and managing an internal communications system. In addition, this person will also serve as an events coordinator planning and implementing a variety of events as assigned by the External Relations Manager.

Supervisory Responsibilities – This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Implement and manage an annual communications calendar as determined by the development team.
  • Coordinate the development and production of mailings and other promotional materials
  • Manage the design, copy and production of mailings
  • Manage and produce the Annual Impact Report and newsletters
  • Manage vendor relationships including overseeing copywriters, designers, printers and mail houses related to donor communications
  • Develop and manage internal communications system by working with key staff
  • Plan and implement a variety of PAWS events under the direction of the External Relations Manager

Other Duties:

  • Oversee the content and delivery of employee newsletter and PAWS For News, monthly donor e-communication
  • Manage repository of client, volunteer, and donor testimonials
  • Other duties as assigned


Competencies – To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Project Management – Project management and organizational skills; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Ability to manage shifting priorities and projects; High degree of flexibility and the ability to manage multiple projects and assignments at one time; High degree of time management skills.

Innovation – Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Creative/Business-minded writing experience.

Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.

Qualifications – To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience                                                         

Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university in a related field; and a minimum of two years of related experience in events and communications or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Computer Skills                                                      

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have a working knowledge and proficiency in Word Processing software (Word), Email Communication Programs (Outlook/Office 365), Spreadsheets (Excel), Power Point, CRM, and any other data collection software preferred. The ability to understand and utilize the various computer programs is needed to produce reports, letters, etc. that are required to perform the job.

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals and professional journals; Written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to convey information clearly and concise.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to anticipate problems and issues; Ability to collect, analyze, and interpret statistical data.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Must have a current driver’s license, and the points must not exceed the allotted amount to be covered under PAWS vehicle insurance. Must have reliable transportation.                                                              

Other Qualifications                                                             

Experience with nonprofit organizations preferred

Knowledge of Canva, InDesign, Constant Contact, Adobe Acrobate, PhotoShop, Social Media, and WordPress helpful

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to work in a rapidly changing environment. Frequent telephone and computer use. Use of manual dexterity required for writing and computer use. Sitting for extended periods of time. Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.

How to Apply

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Director of Development, Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

Job Title

Director of Development


Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

Job Duties

  • Work with Development Committee to create and execute Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra’s annual fundraising plan
  • Work with Executive Director in securing financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations
  • Manage the implementation of DonorPerfect and oversee staff responsible for data entry, gift processing and report generation
  • Work with Executive Director in developing and maintaining ongoing relationships with major donors
  • Create and execute a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors
  • Oversee special event committee’s organization of special events
  • Develop and track proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising


  • BA (required), MA (a plus)
  • Five-plus years experience in development
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
  • Knowledge of DonorPerfect\

How to Apply

If interested, please contact Judy Zorn at 231-487-0010 or

Executive Assistant, KConnect

Job Title

Executive Assistant



About the Organization

The Kent County Family and Children’s Coordinating Council convened community leaders and investors to participate in a systemic, collaborative, collective impact initiative in an effort to ensure academic success and economic prosperity for all children. Community stakeholders from business, education, philanthropy, human services, faith, non-profit and grassroots organizations committed to engaging in this new model of collaboration.

In the summer of 2014, the initiative officially became an independent non-profit known as KConnect. Using the collective impact framework, the new organization serves as the backbone, or support organization for eight strategic workgroups and community stakeholders invested in our common vision.

KConnect Vision

KConnect is a network of public and private organizations working to advance a collective movement aimed at ensuring all children in Kent County have a clear path to economic prosperity through quality education, family, and community supports.

Fundamental to our vision is that we are committed to nothing less than closing the unacceptable achievement gaps for students living in poverty and children of color, and increasing the achievement for all students from cradle to college to career.

In fall of 2014, KConnect launched the first of its Strategic Workgroups. Through workgroups, the Board of Trustees, and general supporters – over 150 individuals from nearly 100 unique organizations are creating a different future for Kent County’s children.

About the Position

LOCATION: KConnect, 1633 E. Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525

PART-TIME: 20 hours per week

COMPENSATION: $17 – $20/hour

DATE: September 2018

Job Duties

Reporting to the President, the Executive Assistant will:

  •   Provide a wide range of administrative support services to the President.
  •   Assist with processes related to financial operations, grant writing, and grant reporting
  •   Assist as needed with communication updates and content curation for KConnect’s website, blog, twitter and Facebook.
  •   Facilitate ongoing internal stakeholder communications as requested.
  •   Assist with scheduling stakeholder meetings and events.
  •   Prepare for workgroup meetings including scheduling, meeting packet distribution, and meeting logistical planning.
  •   Draft, edit and distribute meeting materials.
  •   Assist with payroll and accounting process activities.
  •   Maintain virtual filing and organizational systems (Trello, Connect, etc).
  •   Complete special projects and other assignments as requested.
  •   Manage communication within a fast-paced environment via email, phone and text as needed.
  •   Manage President’s daily calendar and schedule.
  •   Attend internal meetings on behalf of the President if necessary.
  •   Support a fun, ambitious, and goal-oriented team culture.


  •   Value the need for greater inclusivity and equity
  •   Excellent listening and note taking skills
  •   Comfort with data and metrics
  •   Excellent organizational skills
  •   Time and task oriented
  •   Working knowledge of social media
  •   Hard working and detail oriented
  •   Politically astute
  •   Ability to work independently
  •   Excellent written and oral communication skills
  •   Prior relevant experience
  •   Pitch in spirit
  •   Sense of humor

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter and current resume to Pamela Parriott, at

External Relations Officer, Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty

Job Title

External Relations Officer


Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty

About the Organization

The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty is a leading international organization located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Acton Institute is an interfaith, educational non-profit, our mission is to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles

About the Position

This position is located in Grand Rapids, MI (,

The role requires that you are currently legally authorized to work in the USA for any employer.

Job Duties

We are currently seeking an External Relations Officer to join our talented Development Team. As External Relations Officer you will play a vital role in Acton’s development initiatives by working closely with our Director of Development to create and implement strategies to maximize our major gifts efforts and subsequently grow revenue for the Acton Institute. The External Relations Officer will be responsible for managing and cultivating relationships with existing major donors, as well as identifying and cultivating relationships with prospective donors. The ideal candidate for this role will have extensive experience in generating revenue while working in a fast-paced and multi-faceted environment.

  • Collaborate with the Director of Development to align efforts and establish goals.
  • Manage a donor portfolio (estimated 150 donors) by cultivating relationships through frequent communication and keeping them informed on Acton’s work and the impact of their contributions.
  • Cultivate and grow portfolio by implementing strategic moves management.
  • Conduct 65-90 major donor meetings annually to present on Acton’s mission and ongoing projects.
  • Produce reports following donor meetings.
  • Conduct timely acknowledgement of contributions.
  • Establish metrics and use data to track, analyze, and prepare monthly reports to analyze progress and subsequently determine necessary actions to maximize productivity.
  • Participate in events and other advancement activities as assigned.
  • Book travel arrangements and submit expense reports.
  • Read 2 fundraising books per year and brief the development team on key points.


  • An understanding and passion for Acton’s mission.
  • Demonstrate a desire and ability to help promote a free and virtuous society.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continual learning.
  • BS or BA degree.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience with proven track record of setting and achieving fund raising goals.
  • Ability to give persuasive presentations to achieve desired fundraising results.
  • Successful relationship building skills.
  • Creative in developing and implementing unique ways to grow revenue.
  • Excellent team player attitude and demonstrates professional decorum at all times.
  • High level of responsiveness and urgency.
  • Experience with Wealth Engine, Sales Force, and Raiser’s Edge software programs is a plus.
  • Ability to travel (estimated 30-35% travel, occasional weekend travel included).

How to Apply

Qualified candidates interested in our mission and the synthesis of free markets and morality are encouraged to apply!

To be fully considered for this opportunity, please send the following to and address your letter and application to the Human Resources Department:

A cover letter detailing your interest in the position and the mission of the Acton Institute;
Your resume;
Your salary history and expectations

Incomplete applicant submissions will not be considered. While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview.

Director of Major Gifts, Davenport University

Job Title

Director of Major Gifts


Davenport University

About the Position

Status: Full-time, Exempt
Payrange: $45,000 – $60,000
Department: Alumni & Development
Location: Grand Rapids – Kraft Lake
Reports to: Executive Director of Leadership Gifts

Job Duties

The Director of Major Gifts will develop strategies and execute outreach, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activity for new and existing donors; schedule and conduct cultivation, briefing, solicitation, and stewardship meetings, to attain or expand donor commitments. This position is responsible for building relationships with individuals and alumni to identify, analyze, solicit, and cultivate donors to significantly increase funds raised that support the University’s students, programs, and capital projects.

The Director of Major Gifts is responsible for full-time fundraising of major gifts ($25,000 and more over 5 years) for any and all campaigns carried out by the Davenport University Foundation and Davenport University. This director is also responsible for supervising the Assistant Director of Annual Giving. These responsibilities are performed in an ethical manner consistent with the University’s mission, vision and cultural values which include diversity, equity and inclusion.

1. Manage a portfolio of 125-175 donors and potential donors, adding to the portfolio over time;
2. Identify and qualify through appropriate research those to include in a portfolio;
3. Develop and manage appropriate and timely cultivation and solicitation plans for each prospect in the portfolio;
4. Manage a schedule where 70% of the time is spent making donor contacts away from the office;
5. Steward all pledges and gifts solicited;
6. Hire, supervise, mentor, support, evaluate and train Assistant Director of Annual Giving as assigned, with a focus on achieving fundraising goals, constituent relations, facilitation, and continuous improvement;
7. Oversee budgets, progress, deadlines, goals and objectives related to department and responsibilities.
8. Manage the Legacy Society and its activities;
9. Manage the planned giving newsletter and web site;
10. Staff alumni and development events as required;
11. Meet short and long-term goals and targets;
12. Understand and abide by all external and internal regulations and policies. This includes NCAA, GLIAC and national affiliations associated within athletics or other role specific regulations.
13. Provide GREAT customer service, anticipating and exceeding the needs of our customers.
14. Demonstrate and promote the University Cultural Values.
15. Perform other duties as assigned.


· Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.
· Proven record in fundraising or related experience;
· Commitment to Alumni & Development mission;
· Confirmed ability to maintain appropriate confidentiality with donor information and records.
· Highly motivated team player who demonstrates initiative and resourcefulness with a strong work ethic.
· Demonstrated self-motivation abilities and goal accomplishment.
· Excellent organizational and administrative skills with an attention to detail.
· Demonstrated high energy level, flexibility, sense of humor and demonstrated integrity in decision-making.
· Demonstrated ability and experience as a strategic thinker and creative problem solver.
· Ability to work accurately and effectively with technology systems.
· Ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and promote a positive working environment, spirit of cooperation and positive reactions to change and conflict resolution.
· Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, both written and oral which transcend diverse audiences.
· Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and relate well to alumni, donors, students, parents, faculty, staff, and others while maintaining appropriate confidentiality.
· Demonstrated motivational and problem solving capabilities with a high degree of integrity, ethics, and dedication to the mission of the University.
· Business office environment. Prolonged sitting and standing. Use of personal computer and telephone (eye and hand strain). Significant travel required (own transportation).
· No regular lifting requirements, occasional lifting up to 35 pounds.
· Must be able to work an irregular schedule, evenings or weekends as needed, additional hours during peak times or as required.

How to Apply

Please apply directly at the Davenport University website.