Support Professional, College Advancement & GRCC Foundation, Grand Rapids Community College

Job Title

Support Professional, College Advancement & GRCC Foundation


Grand Rapids Community College

About the Position


This position serves as the first point of contact for the college Advancement and Foundation offices. The Support Professional must enjoy working with people, present a positive and professional image, and be a goodwill ambassador for the department and the college.

Position Title:

Department: College Advancement   

Job ID: 1166

Work Hours/ Schedule: 40 hours/52 weeks

Compensation: APSS, Level A – $18.41/hour

Reports to: Vice President for College Advancement/Executive Director of GRCC Foundation

Posting Close Date: July 20, 2021

Job Duties

Essential Job Functions

  • Provide high level administrative support to the Vice President for College Advancement/Executive Director of the GRCC Foundation and the GRCC Foundation Board of Directors utilizing excellent judgment at all times.
    • Prepare correspondence, reports, white papers, and other data needed by College Advancement/Foundation staff and the Foundation Board and its committees.
    • Serve as first point of contact for Vice President for College Advancement and Foundation Board of Director’s scheduling needs that includes answering the telephone and disseminating the mail – maintain appointment calendars, work schedules, and critical timelines for the Vice President for College Advancement.
  • Serve as the first point of contact for the College Advancement and Foundation offices.
    • Act as an internal, and external, community liaison and goodwill ambassador for the College Advancement and the GRCC Foundation leadership team.
  • Assure donor confidentiality, as well as, the confidentiality of the projects undertaken by the GRCC Foundation by conducting all personal contacts and communications with donors in a professional manner.
  • Manage all aspects of the College Advancement/GRCC Foundation office management:
    • Process mail, check deposits, acknowledgments, and tax receipts to be sent to donors of the GRCC Foundation.
    • Maintain College Advancement budget including financial reporting, budget preparation, basic analysis, etc.
    • Maintain College Advancement and Foundation web pages.
    • Manage Thankview video platform for donor engagement.
    • Manage Foundation events as assigned by the Vice President of College Advancement (includes event planning and coordination from start to finish, setting up events in Raisers Edge, budget etc.)
    • Provide high level administrative support for campaign initiatives, events, etc.
    • Maintain and archive foundation filing system – Must be familiar with recordkeeping/retention requirements for donor lists, grants, alumni relations, scholarships, etc.
  • Maintain Raiser’s Edge Donor Database and coordinate pledges.
  • Manage student employee
  • Regular attendance during normal scheduled hours is required. Being present is critical for performing the essential functions of this position.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Vice President.




  • Associate’s Degree required or comparable combination of relevant education and experience.
  • National Career Readiness Certificate preferred.

Work Experience

  • Minimum of five (5) years of administrative office management experience required.
  • Non-profit experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience using database fundraising software (i.e. Raiser’s Edge) is essential.


  • The following competencies are essential and will be evaluated for our candidates through the evidence-based selection process:

Foundational Competencies

  • Responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Adaptability
  • Listening
  • Achievement
  • Information Skills
  • Speaking
  • Decisive

Occupational Competencies

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting with Computers
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Processing Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Performing Administrative Activities
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others


  • Must have strong organizational skills and ability to anticipate needed resources/information to see projects to successful conclusion.
  • Working knowledge of computers both enterprise and PC including but not limited to word processing, database programs, and spreadsheets.
  • Demonstrated experience in prior budget responsibilities.
  • Proficient internet navigation skills to conduct donor research and benchmark non-profit best practices.
  • Must meet minimum standards of the APSS testing process (testing components: Ability to type a minimum of 45-50 words per minute; 70% proficient in language arts; 80% proficient in edit/format letter, paragraph retrieval to format a letter, and data entry; and 90% proficient in math) plus possess excellent proofreading skills and have aptitude for detail work including record keeping and filing and preparation of financial reports and documents. A skills assessment may be required.

Physical Demands

  • Ability to lift and move up to 25 pounds.

Mental Demands

  •  Ability to manage projects and work independently on daily routines.
  • Ability to respond courteously and appropriately to telephone and personal inquiries from all stakeholders.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and able to cope calmly and professionally with different events and circumstances.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse groups and individuals in a team environment.
  • Ability to perform the functions of the job efficiently and cheerfully.
  • Incorporate GRCC values into professional work environments.
  • Willing and able to work as a team with other co-workers.

Working Conditions

  • Office and reception environment
  • Working with people and presenting a positive and professional image

How to Apply


Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position at Submit a cover letter and resume in one document. The opportunity to apply for this position will close on July 20, 2021 at 11:59PM. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an equal opportunity employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.

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.

YWCA Donor Communications Coordinator, YWCA West Central Michigan

Job Title

YWCA Donor Communications Coordinator


YWCA West Central Michigan

About the Position


The YWCA West Central Michigan is looking for a full-time Donor Communications Coordinator to join our Advancement Team and assume responsibility for all aspects of the YWCA’s donor communications program.

Job Duties

The Donor Communications Coordinator will work closely with team members and be an active participant in the office’s strategic planning. This position is charged with then taking those strategic priorities and translating them into an integrated, multi-platform donor communications program. The Donor Communications Coordinator oversees day-to-day management of the program that includes stewardship of key audiences, as well as leading or assisting with the design, messaging, production, and distribution of materials intended primarily for donors. In addition, this position supports external affairs activities that are aimed at expanding awareness of the YWCA in our larger community. The Donor Communications Coordinator also provides support for outward-facing activities led by other YWCA departments.

How to Apply

Compensation and application instructions are noted in the full job posting which is located on our website at

Deadline is Thursday July 15, 2021.

Church Relations Manager, ReFrame Ministries of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA)

Job Title

Church Relations Manager (part-time)


ReFrame Ministries of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA)

About the Position

ReFrame Ministries of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA), has a part-time (20 hrs/wk) opening for a Church Relations Manager. The Church Relations Manager serves as a critical link between ReFrame Ministries and US congregations, resulting in stronger relationships with churches and increased engagement and financial support.

The position pay is $28.91/hour.

Job Duties

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
1. Develop and implement a strategy to deepen relationships and grow financial support from churches which have some prior engagement with ReFrame Ministries
2. Develop and implement a plan for identifying, recruiting and cultivating new churches to partner with and support ReFrame Ministries
3. Cultivate a portfolio of assigned congregations, primarily Christian Reformed but also other churches that support ReFrame Ministries’s ministry
4. Develop relationships with key stakeholders in the Christian Reformed Church (e.g. regional leaders) and ministry partners which support engagement goals.
5. Encourage congregations to make use of ReFrame Ministries’s resources (e.g. Today devotional, Church Juice)
6. Coordinate preaching assignments and other church engagements by ReFrame Ministries Director and other ministry leaders
7. Reach targeted monthly, quarterly, and annual activity and fundraising goals
8. Assist in developing and/or editing materials for various campaigns
9. Travel locally up to 50% of the time to visit churches and attend conferences
10. Log interactions with churches in customer relationship manager (CRM) software
11. Be an actively contributing member of the Church Relations sub-team, and provide insight in all interactions and meetings with the sub-team, the Advancement Team, and ReFrame Ministries generally
12. Perform other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities


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.

1. Membership in a Christian church and agreement with the doctrine of the CRC signified by signing a covenant statement.
2. Enthusiasm for ReFrame Ministries’s mission of using media to proclaim the gospel, disciple believers and strengthen the local church
3. Demonstrated commitment to provide a work environment that values diversity and equality as well as have respectful relationships with others
4. Knowledge of various theological traditions and denominations and how they are structured
5. Strong interpersonal and communication skills: able to express ideas clearly both verbally and in writing; able to listen with sensitivity
6. Demonstrated ability to creatively present and market a concept
7. Familiarity with customer relationship management (CRM) software preferred
8. Flexible and adaptable team player; proven skills in collaborating with others

Education & Experience
1. Undergraduate degree in a related field or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
2. Significant work experience in sales, customer service, fundraising or in a church setting is required.

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.

– Local travel to visit churches primarily in the West Michigan area, as well as attend occasional meetings and/or conferences in other parts of the United States and Canada is required. Occasional international travel may be required.
– Some lifting of display materials at events and conferences is required.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. 

How to Apply

Application Instructions: Please upload your resume and cover letter as one .pdf or .doc/.docx file at Church Relations Manager

Community Giving Officer, Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Job Title

Community Giving Officer


Grand Rapids Community Foundation

About the Position

The Community Giving Officer will honor our community’s collective wisdom and use their own experience and networks to inspire and drive their work. The leader of this work is an individual who possesses relationships within Black and Latinx communities and has experience building initiatives from the ground up and complementing existing lessons learned. As such, this individual will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for facilitating the direction, implementation, financial sustainability, operations and execution of both the Latinx Advisory Committee and our African American Heritage Fund. This position will play a critical role in collaborating with the Community Foundation staff, stakeholders and volunteer committees in strategic decision making and operations. This is a tremendous opportunity for a thought leader to maximize and strengthen the internal capacity of a well-respected, high-impact organization whose values are centered in racial equity.

The Community Giving Officer will have an extraordinary understanding and commitment to the Community Foundation’s North Star and relationships and networks within communities experiencing inequities in Kent County.  They will have extensive experiences working effectively with persons from various cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds. They will have demonstrated the ability to work in a collaborative setting, communicate effectively around sensitive issues, actively listen for understanding and a highly developed cultural awareness.

Full-time: 37.5 hours/week

Department: Development

Starting Salary Range: $64,000-$70,000

Reports to:  Director of Philanthropic Services

Positions Supervised:  None


  • Our community volunteers and teams are our most valuable assets, and we are seeking a leader to honor their collective wisdom.
  • Ability to center racial equity in decision making and reimage philanthropy with Black and Latinx communities
  • Keen understanding of systems of oppression and its manifestations in philanthropy
  • Clear understanding of systemic racism and its influence in philanthropy
  • Enjoy connecting to all stakeholders and the community we serve


                                                                        Percent of Work Time

  1. Sitting                                                       Greater than 60%
  2. Standing                                                    Less than 25%
  3. Walking                                                    Less than 25%
  4. Lifting or carrying up to 30 lbs.                More than 10%
  5. Pushing or pulling up to 30 lbs.                More  than 10%
  6. Climbing                                                   Less than 10%
  7. Kneeling, stooping or bending                 More  than 25%
  8. Repetitive movement                                Less than 25%
  9. Keyboarding                                             Greater than 60%

Job Duties


Volunteer Engagement and Support

  • Manages the committees, including supporting recruitment, ongoing communications and engagement with appropriate support staff and volunteer; developing agendas; following up on tasks; encouraging chairs to communicate with members; and more.
  • Implements and administers Catalyzing Community Giving grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation.


  • Works with staff of all functional areas to help committees raise money and distribute funds
  • Communicates with constituents as guided by the committee
  • Supports the committees’ efforts in fund development (events, appeals, donor recognition, major and planned gift development) and fund distribution (liaising between grantee partners, develop RFPs, deliberate applications, facilitate distribution of resources)
  • Communicates both internally and externally, as a storyteller that shapes and advances a holistic narrative of Black and Latinx communities
  • Identifies how the work of CCG intersects and bolsters other Grand Rapids Community Foundation efforts

Community Engagement

  • Builds authentic relationships that lead to sustainability of this work
  • Engages in community listening and discussion, partnering with community organizations
  • Organizes educational or learning opportunities to shift narrative change about philanthropy in Black and Latinx communities



We understand that emerging leaders need support to further develop their skills, talents, and expertise. The Community Foundation is willing to invest resources to further develop our next leader. We encourage you to apply if you have some but not necessarily all the below skills and abilities.

  • Deep knowledge and lived experience in both Black and Latinx communities at a grassroots and grass tops level
  • Strong facilitation skills and experience. Demonstrated success in a leadership setting.
  • Project management experience; from strategy, program development, messaging, design, logistics, budget. Excellence in organizational management
  • Bilingual (Spanish) proficiency in both oral and written communication preferred
  • Inclusive and accessibility mindset with demonstrated ability to adapt communications and experiences to diverse individuals and groups in a culturally competent manner.
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to philanthropic planning
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and develop high-performance teams
  • Track record of setting and achieving strategic goals
  • Intentional and strategic experience with building committee/volunteer relationships
  • Experience executing grant requirements and compliance
  • Unwavering commitment to quality, community driven and equity-focused investments/partnerships

How to Apply

To learn more about this full-time position and how to apply please visit

About the Organization

Grand Rapids Community Foundation leads Kent County in making positive, sustainable change. With its endowment, the Community Foundation supports local nonprofits, leads significant social change and helps donors achieve their philanthropic goals. Guided by our North Star, we believe for West Michigan to grow and prosper, we must ensure that everyone can apply their talents and creativity to fuel our future. By connecting across perspectives and overcoming inequities, we can build and sustain an inclusive economy and thriving community.

All employees are required to uphold the values of Grand Rapids Community Foundation which are: Integrity, Excellence, Inclusion, Sustainability, and Bold Aspirations.  All employees are required to comply with the policies, procedures, and safety programs of the Community Foundation as well as follow all state and federal laws and regulations, including but not limited to those related to donor rights, confidentiality, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Major Gifts Officer, Feeding America West Michigan

Job Title

Major Gifts Officer


Feeding America West Michigan

About the Position

Position Description:

This an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, dynamic and talented individual with experience in the field of fundraising.  The ideal candidate will have 5-7 years of relevant work experience, strong analytical skills, comfort engaging with major donors, and the ability to prioritize under deadlines. The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for managing a portfolio of qualified donors with the capacity to make major gifts to the food bank. Responsibilities will include identifying prospects, developing individual donor strategies, meeting face to face and soliciting prospects.

Reports to:  Development and Marketing Director.

Job Duties

Position Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a portfolio between 75 – 150 individual major donors and prospects by proactively creating and implementing strategies for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors with the capacity to make gifts of $5,000.
  • Through research and best practices, identify, cultivate and solicit individuals for general operating support, program support and endowment, rooted in our organizational case for support.
  • Prepares customized proposals, presentations, and stewardship reports for major individual donors.
  • Develops monthly solicitation strategies and financial targets as well as multi-year financial projections.
  • Participate in securing transformational gift opportunities and works to secure those gifts as part of $5 million advancement campaign. 
  • Strives for a high level of donor satisfaction and engagement with a mindset on the donor experience.
  • Assists development team with developing budget, goals, and performance measures for building the major gifts program and analyzing results.
  • Recommends strategies for improving donor engagement and reducing attrition rates.
  • Performs other duties as assigned within the scope of the position.


Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum five (5) years of effective fundraising experience, with demonstrated success in major gifts fundraising.
  • Established track record of cultivating relationships, soliciting gifts, and working with donors and volunteers.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills and the ability to communicate effectively and think strategically, prioritize, and develop/meet deadlines.
  • Understanding of the record-keeping and stewardship systems that support a successful donor relations program.
  • Comfortable with working in a collaborative environment, as part of a team.
  • Excellent communications (written and verbal) and presentation skills.
  • Ability and willingness to participate in events outside the workday schedule (e.g., evenings and weekends).

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university preferred.
  • Technology and computer literacy is essential. Applicant must be proficient in Microsoft Office programs and fundraising database experience (e.g., Raiser’s Edge) is preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license, good driving record, and meet State required automobile insurance minimums.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to Pattijean McCahill at