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.


AVAILABLE POSITIONS:

Student Programmer/DB Assistant/Intern, Community Research Institute
The Student Programmer will be responsible for assisting Community Research Institute (CRI)  IT professionals with a variety of projects that involve web development and data processing. Projects and activities may include the development of dynamic, data driven web sites, implement user interfaces and data visualization tools, as well as opportunities to assist in database design and development of ETL processes. We provide supervision, training, skill development, and performance feedback on an ongoing basis. Students with a major or background in computer information systems are strongly preferred, as are those planning to pursue a graduate degree. This position can be counted towards the requirement for CIS 490 – Internship. 

Must have status as full-time GVSU undergraduate or graduate student, and successful completion of at least one of the following courses: CIS 162, CIS 163, CIS 343, CIS 350, CIS 361 or equivalent. Priority will be given to students that have completed at least one of these courses: CIS 353, CIS 371, CIS 500 or CIS 501.

Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in JAVA / JSP. Other programming languages might be considered.
  • Proficiency in HTML and CSS.
  • Familiarity with SQL and database design.
  • Familiarity with JavaScript.
  • Familiarity with at least one of the following IDE’s (Eclipse, Netbeans).
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Good writing skills for documentation purposes. Experience with VISIO is a plus.
  • Good self-management, motivation and ability to work independently with supervision.
  • An understanding of JQUERY and AJAX is a plus but not a requirement.
  • An understanding of GIS is a plus but not a requirement.
  • Experience working with data for research purposes is a plus but not a requirement.

Wage: Starting at $11.60/hr

Schedule: Anytime Mon–Fri, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., up to 25 hrs/wk

Start Date: April 18, 2016 (other arrangements possible)

To Apply: Send an email explaining interest and qualifications, resume, and two professional or academic references to Kallie Bauer at bauerkal@gvsu.edu.


Programmer GA, Community Research Institute
Full-time graduate assistantship for Spring/Summer 2016 and/or the academic year 2016–2017. The Graduate Assistant Programmer will:

  • Participate in the development of dynamic, data and media-rich web sites. And, full cycle of software development, including requirements specification and documentation.
  • Assist with database design and development using Oracle 11g and PostgreSQL.
  • Work closely with data owners and subject matter experts to understand source data, and how best to represent it within the database.
  • Create or modify the ETL pipeline to process and load data from different sources.
  • Interact with CRI technology and research staff to develop and implement user interfaces and data visualization techniques for various data sets and research findings.

We will give priority to students that meet one or more of these requirements:

  • Strong background in software development & experience with SOLID principles (object-oriented programming & design) in Java.
  • Experience in research data system implementation.
  • Strong background in database design & development.

Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in SQL and basic knowledge of database design and development.
  • Proficiency in JAVA/JSP. Strong knowledge of other programming languages will be considered.
  • Proficiency in HTML, HTML5. Familiarity with CSS.
  • Proficiency in Javascript. Familiarity with jQuery and AJAX.
  • Familiarity with at least one of the following IDE’s (Eclipse, Netbeans).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good self-management and ability to work independently with supervision.
  • Ability to plan and organize the work load in order to meet deadlines.
  • High level of self-initiative and willingness to learn.
  • 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.

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.

Wage: $4,000 stipend + tuition reimbursement for up to 9 credits per semester.

To Apply: Send an email explaining interest and qualifications, resume, and two professional or academic references to Kallie Bauer at bauerkal@gvsu.edu.


Community Event/Data Collection Assistant, Community Research Institute
The Johnson Center for Philanthropy’s Community Research Institute is seeking 12 student employees to assist in public survey administration and data collection for VoiceGR (www.voicegr.org). This will include attending community events in Grand Rapids, advertising the VoiceGR survey, asking community members to complete the survey, aiding them in survey completion when needed, distributing incentives upon completion, and returning completed surveys to the Bicycle Factory (201 Front Ave SW, Grand Rapids). Attendance to training and monthly meetings at the Bicycle Factory is mandatory. Reliable transportation is required (mileage will be reimbursed). Additional responsibilities and extended employment may be available for interested students who excel in the work.

Qualifications:

  • Interested applicants should be dependable, highly motivated, independent, organized, and outgoing.
  • Flexible schedule – many community events are in the evenings or on weekends.  The number of hours of work available will depend on availability.
  • Proficiency in written and conversational Spanish is a plus.
  • Prefer candidates with an interest in research, marketing, public relations, non-profit administration and/or community organizing.

Wage: $10.00/hr

Schedule: Varies, mostly evenings and weekends, occasional week days (negotiable), up to 30 hrs/wk

Start Date: May 15, 2016

To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and class schedule to Taylor Bowe at boweta@gvsu.edu.


Frey Chair GA, Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy
This Graduate Assistant position for the 2016-2017 academic year will work on research and programs connected to the “Frey Chair” at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. The GA will work chiefly with Dr. Michael Moody, who holds the Chair, but also with other staff at the Johnson Center when appropriate.

The GA will work primarily on research and writing projects, as well as other activities of the Frey Chair program, including collaborative projects with internal and external stakeholders. Specific tasks will vary depending on the project, and will range from research tasks (e.g., data analysis and summaries, field scans and issue reviews, case studies and bio backgrounds, library searches and lit reviews, and so on) to coordination tasks associated with projects (e.g., participating in research and project planning, helping arrange interviews or research contacts, helping manage editing and publication processes).

Qualifications
Required:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills;
  • Close and continuous attention to detail, even under deadline;
  • Analytical thinking, curiosity, openness to new knowledge/diverse perspectives;
  • Ability to work independently, and manage time effectively to handle multiple simultaneous projects;
  • Familiarity with online, library, and other research databases;
  • Professional phone, email, and in-person communications skills;
  • Ability to comprehend and summarize scholarly and other writing; and
  • Familiarity with Word suite software (esp. Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Preferred:

  • Familiarity with philanthropy, especially family philanthropy and philanthropy in Grand Rapids, MI;
  • Some experience or training in statistical analysis and software;
  • Some experience or training in qualitative methods skills including interviewing, content analysis, focus groups, observations, archival methods.

To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to Tara Baker at baketara@gvsu.edu by April 30,2016.


Kellogg Chair GA, W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair
This Graduate Assistant position for the 2016-2017 academic year will work on research and programs with the newly established W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. As the first GA to this new chair, you will be working with Dr. Jason Franklin who has been appointed as the first Kellogg Chair effective June 1, as he develops a creative, comprehensive program of research, teaching, service, and thought leadership designed to explore and advance the field of community philanthropy, nationally and internationally.

The GA will work primarily on research and writing projects, as well as other activities of the Kellogg Chair program. A major initial project will be working with Dr. Franklin on several scanning efforts to map the landscape of actors involved in specific aspects of community philanthropy such as community and public foundations, giving circles, donor networks, and crowdfunding platforms. Beyond these scans, specific tasks will vary depending on the project and will range from research tasks (e.g., data analysis and summaries, field scans and issue reviews, case studies, library searches and lit reviews) to project coordination (e.g., participating in research and project planning, helping arrange interviews or research contacts, helping manage editing and publication processes). The GA will work chiefly with Dr. Franklin but also with other staff at the Johnson Center when appropriate.

Qualifications
Required:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills;
  • Close and continuous attention to detail, even under deadline;
  • Analytical thinking, curiosity, openness to new knowledge/diverse perspectives;
  • Ability to work independently, and manage time effectively to handle multiple simultaneous projects;
  • Familiarity with online, library, and other research databases;
  • Professional phone, email, and in-person communications skills;
  • Ability to comprehend and summarize scholarly and other writing; and
  • Familiarity with Word suite software (esp. Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Preferred:

  • Familiarity with philanthropy, especially one or more aspects of community philanthropy (community and public foundations, giving circles, donor networks, crowdfunding platforms, etc)
  • Some experience or training in statistical analysis and software;
  • Some experience or training in qualitative methods skills including interviewing, content analysis, focus groups, observations, archival methods.

To apply please send cover letter and resume to Tara Baker, baketara@gvsu.edu, by April 30, 2016.


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 (RFP) for the Dr. Russell G. Mawby Fellowships in Philanthropic Studies–Due May 27.