Careers at the Johnson Center

The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy — one of the nation’s leading academic centers focused on the philanthropic field — 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, nonprofits, academics, and practitioners to advance the capacity of professionals and organizations working for the common good. We have on-staff experts in community research, foundation and nonprofit capacity building, family philanthropy, database development, and philanthropic archives — among others — making our mix of staff unique to the world of philanthropic infrastructure organizations. We work extensively in the state of Michigan, as well as nationally and internationally.

Developing the Next Generation of Leaders in Philanthropy

The Johnson Center is proud to play a central role in preparing emerging practitioners to pursue distinguished careers in the nonprofit sector. Alumni of our student positions, graduate assistantships, and fellowship programs are at work today at nonprofits, foundations, and public entities across the country, carrying forward the philosophy of servant leadership and embracing the pursuit of smart, effective philanthropy.

The Johnson Center offers a variety of positions (both academic year and year-round) available to undergraduate and graduate students of all program/degree areas at Grand Valley State University, depending on our programmatic needs and project schedules.


Available Positions:

Web Developer
The Community Research Institute (CRI) at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy is seeking an experienced, senior level Java Web Developer with strong knowledge of SQL to work with other members of the CRI team on research and data projects aimed at benefiting the community. The right candidate will possess a strong work ethic, collaborative mindset, and commitment to equity. A typical day for the Web Developer at CRI might include a team brainstorming session, a client discovery meeting, problem-solving with coworkers, and of course, web development!

View the full job description & apply online 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 jobs.gvsu.edu.