Careers at the Johnson Center

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, 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. 

We value:

  • Respect – We demonstrate value for ourselves and others; we value positive working relationships with others.
  • Integrity – We are honest, transparent, consistent, and disciplined in what we do; we keep our organization open and fluid in what we do and how we make a difference.
  • Effectiveness – We make a meaningful difference for others by our work; we achieve our mutual objectives and advance our missions; we are conveners.
  • High quality – We create value and excellence of practice in all we do; we are seen and used as a preferred resource; we use best practices and our work is knowledge-based.
  • Innovation – We create innovative information and/or bring to the field and share in partnership with others; innovation is practical and must be valuable and applicable to others; we also help facilitate innovation with and for others.
  • Inclusion – We embody an organizational practice in which different groups or individuals with different backgrounds such as origin, age, race and ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and identity are culturally and socially accepted, welcomed, and equally treated.  We also commit to demonstrating value for others and sharing support and commitment to do their personal best work.
  • Responsiveness and accessibility - We focus and listen to understand diverse voices from employees, students, and clients, in partnership with them. Our unique, integrated service delivery model provides comprehensive solutions and timely follow up and follow through so that we exceed others’ experience expectations.

Open Positions:

W.K. Kellogg Chair for Community Philanthropy

We are seeking the first endowed chair in community philanthropy, the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair. This Chair will be a national thought leader and practical resource for all who work to advance community philanthropy including community foundation leaders, corporate philanthropy directors, individual donors, nonprofit executives, community leaders, and public officials. 

The Chair will establish a creative, comprehensive program of research, teaching, service, and thought leadership designed to explore and advance the field of community philanthropy, nationally and internationally.

For full a full job description and how to apply, go to If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.


The Programmer will work with an interdisciplinary group of social science and information technology professionals in the analysis, design, development, testing and implementation of various data visualization and reporting tools. This includes, but is not limited to, interactive mapping applications and dynamic database driven sites and applications. The programmer will also assist in installing, maintaining and updating servers, software packages and server administration duties.

The Programmer will spend approximately 70 percent of their time programming, testing and fixing bugs, 20 percent of their time creating dynamic database driven reports for various website projects, and 10 percent of their time assisting in server administration as needed.

For full a full job description and how to apply, go to If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

201 Front Ave SW Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

phone: 616-331-7585
fax: 616-331-7592
office hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST


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