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, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy’s Community Research Institute

• PhD required, with three to five years of experience in social/community research
• Previous experience supervising researchers and projects
• Strong public communication skills
• Strong technology skills
• Demonstrated track record of successfully securing grants and research contracts
• Proficiency with computer applications, statistical software and web based resources
• Demonstrated ability to work in and contribute to a team atmosphere
• Strong knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation design
• Demonstrated knowledge of a University IRB process and external human subject regulations
• Experience managing complex projects and budgets

Preferred Qualifications and Education:
• Demonstrated ability to work with local, regional and national philanthropic organizations and nonprofits
• Previous experience in a nonprofit setting
• Previous experience working in an academic setting
• Previous customer service/client management experience

Responsibilities: The full-time Community Research Institute (CRI) director oversees the entire portfolio of research/data work for the Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University. This position requires strong leadership and knowledge of applied research, evaluation design as well as community data and indicator building. This position reports to the executive director of the Johnson Center and is a member of the overall Johnson Center leadership team.

The CRI Director is responsible for collaborating with community stakeholders to assess ongoing project priorities and to establish an agenda to further CRI’s role in local data analysis and evaluation. Other responsibilities include, but aren’t limited to:

• Hiring, supervising, and managing CRI staff and students;
• Raising revenue through contracts for service;
• Working closely with outside funders and organizations regarding their applied research needs, along with the development of technology tools to assist them in their work
• Negotiating data sharing and other contractual agreements for the Johnson Center with partners;
• Representing the Johnson Center in the research community both internally (within the university) and externally (statewide and nationally);
• Demonstrating advanced interpersonal, presentation, and negotiation skills;
• Providing strategic and sustainable long-term planning for CRI;
• Guiding the development of action plans for implementation and completion of projects;
• Participating in the Johnson Center executive staff meetings as a member of the senior leadership team;
• Developing and maintaining partnerships with key local, state, and national organizations, including contracted services and data sharing agreements;
• Traveling in and out of the state (including overnight) when required;
• Supporting academic units through teaching and/or guest lecturing within the university community;
• Collaborating on projects with other researchers in the greater university community;
• Other duties as assigned

Salary: Commensurate with experience

How To Apply: Online at

Deadline Date For Filing Applications: February 26, 2016

Candidates must be committed to GVSU’s vision of inclusion and equity. For more information about Grand Valley, see our website at Grand Valley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 1-800-649-3777.