The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy — one of the three largest academic centers in the country — is located at Grand Valley State University in the College of Community and Public Service. Professionals at the Johnson Center enjoy the benefits and human resource offerings of Grand Valley State University.

At the Johnson Center, you get the unique opportunity to bridge the worlds of foundations and nonprofits, academics and practitioners to advance the capacity of professionals and organizations working for the common good, while working with a dedicated staff. We have staff experts in community research, database development, foundation and nonprofit capacity building, research on philanthropy, and philanthropic archives, among others, making our mix of staff unique to the world of philanthropic infrastructure organizations. Our staff roles give you the opportunity to harness your craft — whatever it may be — for the common good. We work extensively in the state of Michigan, nationally, and internationally.

Open Positions

Database Administrator/Programmer

The Community Research Institute at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy is seeking a database administrator/programmer. The core responsibilities of our database administrator/programmer include both database development and administration and oversight of our data system security.

For position information and to apply, go online at  Include a cover letter, resume, and three references.  The online system allows you to attach these documents electronically.

Marketing and Communications Manager

The Marketing and Communications Manager (MCM) for the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University is responsible for managing the Center’s integrated marketing, public relations, and strategic communications efforts in collaboration with the Leadership Team. The MCM works with both external and internal constituencies to promote the Johnson Center (JCP) to the field of philanthropy and beyond. Some travel is required. The MCM reports directly to the Associate Director.

For position information and to apply, go online at