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.


Programmer Graduate Assistant, Community Research Institute

Two full time Graduate Assistantships available for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Students with a solid background in software development and/or database design and development are strongly preferred. To apply, send an email explaining interest and qualifications, resume, and two professional or academic references to Jeremy Pyne at pyneje@gvsu.edu.


Joel J. Orosz Fellowship in Philanthropy – Applications Accepted 

Applications are being accepted for the Joel J. Orosz Fellowship in Philanthropy through the Johnson Center for Philanthropy.

One Orosz Fellowship will be awarded covering two semesters beginning with Fall 2015.  The stipend for both semesters is up to $6,000 in total and is open to undergraduates and graduates in any major or program at Grand Valley.

Those interested should submit a completed application form and resume.  Application materials are due by September 8, 2015. Information can be sent via email to Robin Leonard (leonardr@gvsu.edu) with “Orosz Fellowship” in the subject line.

Orosz Fellowship Application 2015-2016


Kathy Agard Fellowship in Community Philanthropy – Applications Accepted

Students who wish to apply for the Kathy Agard Fellowship with the Johnson Center must do so before September 8, 2015.

The Kathy Agard Fellowship in Community Philanthropy is designed to assist students, either graduate or undergraduate, in any major or program, who is interested in studying philanthropy, including individual giving, community foundations, giving circles, nonprofit organizations, public foundations, and related topics.

The fellowship was started by colleagues and friends of Dr. Agard in recognition of her years of service, dedication, and the impact she made on the field of philanthropy.

Agard Fellowship Application 2015-2016


Database Coordinator/Administrator

Job Description:

This position is a 12 month renewable contract with the potential for developing into a permanent position.  The Database Programmer/Administrator will work with an interdisciplinary group of social sciences and information technology professionals providing core technical/operating support to our database-driven websites and client applications.  The Database Programmer/Administrator will maintain data files and monitor system and disk spaces to ensure integrity.  This position requires assisting in the design, implementation and operations of backups/storage environment and disaster recovery scenarios.  Import, update and export large data files in a UNIX environment; design and develop data models and database architecture.

Database Programmer Job Description – POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT 6.25.15

Apply here: https://www.gvsujobs.org/applicants/Central?quickFind=181206


Web Programmer Analyst

Job Description: 

This position is a 12 month renewable contract with the potential for developing into a permanent position.  The Web Programmer Analyst will work with an interdisciplinary group of social sciences and information technology professionals in the analysis, design, development, testing and implementation of various data visualization and reporting tools.  This includes, but is not limited to, interactive mapping applications and dynamic database driven sites and applications.  This position will work with project leads to gather requirements from clients.

Web Programmer Analyst position announcement 6.25.15

Apply here: https://www.gvsujobs.org/applicants/Central?quickFind=181208