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
  • W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair
    The Johnson Center is seeking nominations and applications for the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair. The W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair was established in 2014 and is the first endowed chair in the country focused on community philanthropy. The Kellogg Chair serves as a leading voice on community philanthropy issues, trends, and innovations while serving as a resource for all who work to advance the many elements of community philanthropy. Learn more and apply online.
  • Graduate Assistant – Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy
    The graduate assistant for the Frey Chair will be responsible to support the work of the chair, which includes but is not limited to: literature reviews, search and prepare reviews, summaries of literature, internet surveys, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, organizing project materials, and more. Learn more and apply online through Handshake.
  • Graduate Assistant – W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair
    The graduate assistant for the Kellogg Chair will be responsible to support the work of the chair, which includes but is not limited to: literature reviews, search and prepare reviews, summaries of literature, internet surveys, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, organizing project materials, and more. Learn more and apply online through Handshake.


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 jobs.gvsu.edu.