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.


CRI Programmer GA

  • Full-time graduate assistantship, 2 positions available for the academic year 2015-2016.
  • $4,000 stipend + tuition reimbursement for up to 12 credits per semester.
  • Students with a solid background in software development and/or database design & development are strongly preferred.

Position Description

The Graduate Assistant Programmers will:

  • Interact with CRI technology and research staff to develop and implement user interfaces and data visualization techniques for various data sets and research findings.
  • Participate in the development of dynamic, data and media-rich web sites.
  • Participate in the full cycle of software development, including requirements specification and documentation.
  • Assist with database design and development using Oracle and PostgreSQL.

Qualifications

  • Proficiency in JAVA / JSP. Strong knowledge of other programming languages would be considered.
  • Proficiency in HTML, HTML5.
  • Proficiency in Javascript.
  • Familiarity with CSS
  • Familiarity with jQuery and AJAX.
  • Familiarity with at least one of the following IDE’s (Eclipse, Netbeans).
  • Basic knowledge of SQL and database design and development.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Good self-management and ability to work independently with supervision.
  • High level of self-initiative and willingness to learn with ability to plan and organize the work load in order to meet deadlines.
  • Skills in data visualization and reporting tools are a plus but not a requirement.
  • Experience with technical documentation and user manuals, and/or knowledge of diagraming software such as VISIO is a plus but not a requirement.

Assistantships at CRI are awarded competitively based on students’ demonstrated skills and aptitude.  Above all other criteria we are looking for students who demonstrate a high degree of intellectual passion and curiosity and who are simply good at getting things done.

Orientation/Supervision

Training and supervision are provided on an ongoing basis. CRI takes its responsibility for the development of students seriously; we are always willing to participate in any GA Supervisor orientations and each semester we will conduct a review meeting covering the student’s work, skill development, interests, and mentoring needs. Send an email explaining interest and qualifications, resume, and two professional or academic references to pyneje@gvsu.edu


Research Manager, Community Research Institute (posted to the GVSU web 05-01-2015)
The Johnson Center’s Community Research Institute seeks a research manager who will lead team efforts to evaluate nonprofit programs, collect indicators of community wellbeing, and facilitate community dialogue. Required qualifications include a master’s degree in social science, health, evaluation, or other related discipline and a strong understanding of evaluation and/or research methods including study design, sampling, survey development, and analysis.

For more information and to apply, click here. Review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled or June 1, 2015.


Graphic Designer, Community Research Institute (posted to the GVSU web 05-01-2015)
The Johnson Center’s Community Research Institute seeks a graphic designer to work with a team of research and technology professionals to develop research/technical report layouts, research/technical briefs and infographics. The graphic designer will also aid in designing web page layouts and mock ups, icons, and data visualization images or interactive tools. A bachelor’s degree in art, marketing, graphic design, or related discipline, and/or five years commensurate experience.

For more information and to apply, click here. Review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled or June 1, 2015.


Faculty Fellow, Dr. Russell G. Mawby Fellowship in Philanthropic Studies
GVSU’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy is pleased to announce its 2015-2016 Request for Proposals for the Dr. Russell G. Mawby Fellowship in Philanthropic Studies. The topic for the 2015-2016 Mawby Fellowship will be suggested by the person chosen to be the faculty fellow, with the advice and consent of the selection committee. Proposals should be submitted by May 11th to be considered. Please submit any questions to grantb@gvsu.edu.

Click here for the Request for Proposals.


Programmer Graduate Assistant, Community Research Institute

We are currently seeking a graduate assistant (GA) programmer for the Community Research Institute (CRI) at the Johnson Center. The GA will work under the direct supervision of the senior programmer and web developer, participate in the development of dynamic, data and media-rich web sites, interact with CRI technology and research staff to develop and implement user interfaces and data visualization techniques for various data sets and research findings, participate in the full cycle of software development, including requirements specification and documentation and assist with identifying and documenting new trends in web design and data visualization and contribute to their implementation.

Send a letter explaining your interest and qualifications, resume, and two professional or academic references via email to pazsanad@gvsu.edu