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Director of Learning Services

GVSU - Johnson Center for Philanthropy
Michigan, United States
$85,000.00 - $127,000.00
Closing date
Jan 20, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Planned Giving, Programs, Program Administration and Management
Other Fields, Philanthropic Advisors
Employment Type
Full Time
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This director of learning services leads the professional development, training, and consulting programs offered by the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy. This position serves as a key leader in the Center’s work to understand, strengthen and advance philanthropy in order to create more inclusive communities. The director is responsible for executing and refining our strategic and business plans by designing and delivering engaging, equity-centered competency-based learning experiences for philanthropic professionals.




  1. Lead the learning services team of 4-8 professionals, supporting individual and team performance and professional growth
  2. Lead the Learning Services team in designing and delivering engaging, equity-centered, learning experiences for philanthropic sector practitioners in online, in-person, and hybrid learning environments. This includes but is not limited to competency-based professional development for nonprofit staff, board leaders and partners; foundation program staff; and custom training
    Lead business development efforts for the Learning Service team’s consulting services including but not limited to: board and staff development, strategic frameworks, capacity building, and other learning-centered projects


  • Co-create inclusive and collaborative learning communities locally and nationally for funders, donors, nonprofit leaders and other communities of practice
  • Lead the recruitment, onboarding, and support of a diverse instructor pool of subject matter experts for The Grantmaking School
  • Continue to develop and launch badging (microcredentialing) programs in coordination with GVSU’s Online Education and Microcredential Council
  • Contribute to the success of the Center as a member of the leadership team, contributing to achieving overall Center objectives.
  • Perform other duties as required/assigned by the executive director

    • A college degree, preferably an advanced degree, in a relevant field.
    • A minimum of five years of experience managing a team.
    • Strong understanding of the history, dynamics, and policies that shape the philanthropic sector.
    • Familiarity with adult learning principles in both online and in-person settings.
    • Existing relationships with and/or demonstrated ability to build relationships with a cross-sectoral range of clients/partners locally, regionally, and nationally.
    • Experience working with or in higher education institutions.
    • Ability to actively listen, give and receive feedback toward shared goals
    • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
    • Ability to take initiative and work well with teams
    • Proven track record of strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Competency in MS Office and Google Drive; prefer experience with Salesforce, Asana and other collaborative tools







    Full time (40 hours/week) position located at our offices on the Pew Campus at GVSU, with the opportunity for flexible work arrangements according to the GVSU remote work policy. Some travel, (5%) both locally and nationally, may be required.


    Physical Demands: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed 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.


    The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individual currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.


    SALARY: $85.000 - $127,000. In addition, this position is eligible for the GVSU AP benefits package including paid vacation and sick time, health insurance, tuition remission, and retirement plans. See more information at



    DEPARTMENT/DIVISION: Dorothy A Johnson Center for Philanthropy /  (Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence)


    CAMPUS:  Pew Campus, Grand Rapids, MI



    Apply online at and select "Apply now". 


    Please include a cover letter and resume. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. 


    On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail address for three professional references. 


    Applicants selected for interviews may be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.


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



    Allendale, Michigan 49401 - (616) 331-5000

    For more information about Grand Valley, see our website at 


    Grand Valley State University is an EOE which includes protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

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