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.


Director of Communications and Development
The Director of Communications and Development for the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University is a leadership role responsible for supervising and coordinating the Johnson Center’s communications and development strategies and activities including the organization’s web site, social media presence, marketing, signature publications, and the cultivation and engagement of key stakeholders. The Director works with both external and internal constituencies to promote the Johnson Center to the field of philanthropy and beyond. The Director reports directly to the Executive Director or designee and is part of the organization’s Senior Accountability Team. For the full job description and to apply, click here.

Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. Applicants from diverse backgrounds and perspectives are encouraged to apply. To view all available jobs at GVSU, visit