The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy (Johnson Center)
at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) was established in 1992
with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Today, the team
operates as an externally focused academic center within GVSU’s
Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence. In addition to
accruing the support and scholarly benefits of being housed within
the University, the center is one of the premier Centers of
Excellence in the University, and it plays a marquee role in
elevating the visibility and renown of GVSU well beyond Michigan
and the Midwest region.
As one of the few centers of its kind in the nation, the Johnson
Center stands out for its engagement with every seat at the
philanthropic table: nonprofits, foundations, donors, government
and grassroots organizations. The center partners with these
entities as clients for their research and training, co-developers
of programs and services and thought partners.
The next Executive Director will serve as the visible leader
that personifies and champions the Johnson Center as a unique
“bridge” between theory and practice in philanthropy. The Executive
Director will serve as the key thought leader and external
spokesperson for the Johnson Center’s work, including a strong
commitment to equity and justice.
The Johnson Center seeks an accomplished, inspiring, and
strategic leader who is passionate about the center’s work and the
opportunity to make a lasting impact. This individual will display
a genuine intellectual curiosity, an exceptional degree of
interpersonal effectiveness, and wisdom borne of experience. The
next Executive Director will lead with humility and understated
self-confidence. Leadership experience both in foundation and
nonprofit management is strongly preferred.
The ideal candidate should be an expert manager with a minimum
of 10 years of senior leadership experience. This person will
possess demonstrated management skills, including fiscal, human
resource, communications and programmatic skills. Experience in
navigating the complexities of an institute of higher education
would be preferred.
A track record of achievement in developing diversified revenues
is required, with a demonstrated focus and achievement in managing
according to a business plan, diversifying revenue and
long-term sustainability. A proven history of successfully
cultivating relationships with funders and donors is essential.
He/she/they will be a leader who inspires others and recruits
and retains top talent. They must be able to demonstrate effective
management approaches in understanding others’ opinions, building
consensus, and acting with integrity and decisiveness.
The well-qualified candidate will demonstrate an ability to
effectively communicate and collaborate with a broad and diverse
spectrum of stakeholders. We seek a practitioner who is equally at
home engaging with nonprofit, foundation and community leaders as
well as with thought leaders in the philanthropic and academic
spaces. This individual will exemplify the principles of equity,
diversity and inclusion (DEI) and will have experience integrating
DEI principles in all aspects of an organization.
The ideal candidate will be both a strong and careful listener
with a commitment to fostering an organizational culture where the
voices of staff, donors, volunteers, Board members, and other
stakeholders are encouraged. They will have experience and the
ability to foster a collaborative and welcoming work environment in
leading and working with a competent staff. The candidate will also
have a keen ability to develop, maintain, and enhance strong
positive and productive relationships with partners, community
leaders, supporters, and volunteers.
To apply, please send a current resume and letter of
introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at https://bit.ly/3wcbyXg (click on the
Apply button at the bottom of the page). For best consideration,
applications should be received by June 23, 2022. For more
information about the Johnson Center, visit www.johnsoncenter.org/ and for
more information about GVSU, visit www.gvsu.edu.