Career Opportunities
The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy is part of Grand Valley State University.

Here at the Johnson Center, you’ll 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.

Professionals at the Johnson Center enjoy the benefits and human resource offerings of Grand Valley State University.

Opportunity Types
Join our team of talented and dedicated professionals working to build strong, inclusive communities.
Student positions are open to all currently enrolled GVSU undergraduate and graduate students.
We host three fellowship programs in philanthropic studies, open to GVSU faculty and students.

Available Positions

There are no open positions at this time.

Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. Applicants from diverse backgrounds and perspectives are encouraged to apply. To view all open positions at GVSU, visit


Fellowships in Philanthropic Studies

The Johnson Center’s fellowships are open to GVSU faculty and students. Through original research, publication opportunities, and faculty-student mentorship, fellows are encouraged to explore new approaches to and ways of understanding philanthropy.

Agard Student Fellowships in Community Philanthropy

Kathy Agard retired as executive director of the Johnson Center in 2010, after a career providing leadership for the Michigan Community Foundations’ Youth Project and Learning to Give. Each year, two Agard Fellows are selected to engage in research in community philanthropy and to contribute to ongoing research at the Johnson Center.

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2021-2022 Agard Student Fellow:
Christina Vann, Senior, Public and Nonprofit Administration

Orosz Student Fellowship in Philanthropy

Joel Orosz, distinguished professor of philanthropic studies emeritus at GVSU, founded The Grantmaking School and was a program director at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Each year, one Orosz Fellow is selected to engage in research in philanthropy as it relates to their academic discipline and to contribute to research at the Johnson Center.

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2021-2022 Orosz Fellows:
Mary Bauman, Senior, Public and Nonprofit Administration, and GlenEllen Lehmberg, Graduate Student, Master of Public Administration

Mawby Faculty Fellowship in Philanthropic Studies

This fellowship honors long-time president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and co-founder of the Johnson Center, Russ Mawby. One faculty member is selected annually to conduct research focused on the intersection of philanthropy and their field of study. The fellow selects two undergraduate student fellows as research assistants.

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2021-2022 Mawby Faculty Fellow:
Huafang Li, assistant professor, School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration, Grand Valley State University

My single biggest privilege at GVSU was receiving the Agard/Orosz Fellowship for 2019-2020. Since my first lecture with Dr. Moody, I desired to work with him at the Johnson Center. As an international student, an opportunity to work with individuals of such a high caliber is normally only a dream. The fellowship allowed me to research emerging topics in philanthropy and it gave me an opportunity to be in the same room as some of the most influential philanthropic thinkers in the country.”

Pedro Gomes

2019-2020 Agard Fellow at the Johnson Center

Pedro Gomes

2019-2020 Agard Fellow at the Johnson Center

Interested in joining our team?

Reach out to us with questions about open positions, or to learn more about working at the Johnson Center.