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.


Senior Research Manager
The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy is seeking a Senior Research Manager for their Community Research Institute (CRI). The Senior Research Manager will work closely with the CRI director to manage the day to day operations of evaluation and community research work. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of the field of philanthropy, both on the funder and nonprofit sides, a solid knowledge of research design, and staff management experience. The person in this position will assist in supervising a talented staff of research and technology professionals. This person will help manage the center’s workflow, scoping out new projects as they come in, assigning them to research teams with appropriate skills while maintaining equitable workloads, monitoring the quality of processes and deliverables, and assisting staff to increase their capacity in an effort to continually improve our end products. This is a staff position that will oversee research projects and help develop an overarching research agenda for the center, with some opportunities to present and publish, but will not be responsible for maintaining and independent research load. 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