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.


Research Manager – Community Research Institute
The Research Manager is an essential part of our team and is responsible for coordinating efforts for the System of Care project by providing professional skills for all phases of data processing and analysis for research projects and evaluation; including the application of standard, descriptive and inferential statistical methods for conduction analysis. This is a 12-month adjunct contract, renewable based on performance. The research manager will be working full time on a system of care evaluation, requiring in-depth understanding of the clients’ needs and driving the evaluation plan. The core responsibilities include data management, research design, statistical analysis and professional writing.


  • Leads evaluation efforts and proactively determines research questions and research methods to provide data that supports program/practice/system development, continuous quality improvement, and builds stakeholder support
  • Promote critical thinking and consensus building among stakeholders regarding study design, data collection, data analysis and methodology
  • Provide leadership in the development of an evaluation plan that accurately assesses the impact of the system of care and lends to a sustainable evaluation approach after the federal funding ceases
  • Insures the integrity of research project data, possibly including data extraction, processing, manipulation, and analysis
  • Analyzes data with basic statistical methods, interprets results, and provides written summaries of data analyses
  • Accurately codes variables from original data and completes statistical analyses as needed
  • Shares knowledge of data coding and analysis techniques with other staff, clients, and community partners
  • Conduct or facilitate training and technical assistance to develop individual and organizational evaluation capacity
  • Actively leverage outcomes with local, state, and federal stakeholders to build service and practice engagement, community buy in, and long term fiscal investment

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • MA in Social Science, Health, or other related discipline
  • Strong computer skills for data analysis (SAS, SPSS, Stata, R or similar software packages)
  • Experience with basic statistical concepts, models procedures required
  • Experience with interpreting and reporting results of analysis
  • Experience with writing technical reports
  • Knowledge of study designs (e.g., multiple-baseline, experimental, longitudinal) is desired
  • Must be able to work with others and have good interpersonal skills

Preferred Qualifications and Education:

  • PhD
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of mental health systems of care
  • Interest in assessing/evaluating systems change
  • Experience working with mental health service providers
  • Experience working with diverse datasets
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team

Salary: Commensurate with experience

How To Apply: Click here to complete the online application. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. If you have any questions, contact Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

GIS Student Assistant – Community Research Institute
The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Student Assistant will be responsible for assisting researchers in the Community Research Institute (CRI) and IT professionals with a variety of both short- and long-term projects. Projects range from data documentation, address matching, data quality and quality assurance to large-scale research projects and online mapping applications. Activities may include, but are not limited to: literature searches; geo-coding, metadata, completing community data and mapping requests, develop and edit geographic data, perform data quality/quality assurance, attendance at weekly team meetings; and other duties as assigned by the CRI GIS Manager and CRI researchers. We provide excellent supervision, training, skill development, and performance feedback on an ongoing basis.

Terms: 20 hrs/wk through August 26, 2016

Wage: $10.60/hr

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include status as full-time GVSU undergraduate or graduate student, an overall GPA of 3.25, and successful completion of at least one of the following courses: GPY307, NRM395, PA644, or equivalent.

Student employment opportunities with the Community Research Institute are highly competitive. Applicants will have a greater chance of being considered if they describe in their application materials how they meet one or more of the following preferred qualifications:

  • Proficiency or experience using ArcGIS software
  • Proficiency or experience applying GIS principles including but not limited to data formats, spatial and non spatial joins, address matching, editing, geographic hierarchies
  • Experience using various online datasets and tools including but not limited to U.S. Census, ESRI geographic library, Michigan Center for Geographic Information, etc.
  • Ability to design, draft, and develop map concepts and provide technical advice to researchers
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to work with Microsoft Office products (Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Word)
  • Ability to organize and execute complex tasks
  • Good self-management, motivation and ability to work independently with supervision
  • Flexibility and the ability to meet deadlines
  • Willing to learn new skills (i.e., SQL query language, programming, ESRI Modelbuilder, Tilemill)
  • Students with major or background in geography, urban planning or social sciences are strongly preferred, as are those undergraduates who are planning to pursue a graduate degree.

How to Apply: Please send a letter explaining interest and qualifications, résumé, and two professional or academic references by email to:
Jeremy Pyne, CRI GIS Specialist,, 616.331.7219.

Dr. Russell G. Mawby Fellowship in Philanthropic Studies
The Mawby Fellowship provides the opportunity for one member of the Grand Valley State University teaching faculty to work with two undergraduate students on a research project addressing issues related to philanthropic studies. The Mawby Faculty Fellow will select two Undergraduate Fellows with whom she or he will work. The topic of the research will focus on the intersection between any field of academic study and/or the theory and/or practice of philanthropy.

This ongoing fellowship program honors Dr. Mawby’s lifelong devotion to nurturing, mentoring, and opening doors of opportunity for youth worldwide, as well as his quarter century of leadership in the world of philanthropy as the CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

2016–2017 Request for Proposals for the Mawby Fellowship: Due May 27