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

Program Manager – Learning Services
We’re looking for a program manager to join our learning services team, which provides nationally-recognized professional education, training, and tools for philanthropic learning. The program manager will take primary responsibility for developing and managing the content and curricula for LearnPhilanthropy Academy and The Grantmaking School, and will also work closely with the learning services team on related projects. Ideal candidates will have good knowledge of the philanthropic/nonprofit sector, and a background in professional/adult education and curriculum design and development.

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Director of the Community Data and Research Lab (CDRL)
This full-time position reports to the executive director of the Johnson Center and oversees a staff of researchers, database experts, and web developers to execute a portfolio of projects designed to promote access to data to inform practice. The director of CDRL will require strong leadership and knowledge of community research and evaluation design, along with a vision of how data can contribute to community well-being.

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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