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Job Opportunities

farm programs manager, leelanau conservancy

POSTED 10/17/17

Since establishing farm conservation as a priority in 2008, we’ve protected 5,000 acres of family farms. The position is responsible for implementing all phases of the Conservancy’s farm programs, with an emphasis on permanent easement transactions.


  • A positive attitude and a strong team player
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field (advanced degree preferred)
  • 2 years experience in conservation real estate transactions (ag conservation preferred)
  • Strong interest in farmland protection and related policy matters
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate/partner with others in the conservation community
  • Experience accessing public funding through federal, state and local matching programs (ACEP and RCPP experience preferred)
  • Background in farming or experience working with farmers preferred
  • Experience in ArcGIS software/systems preferred
  • Conservation easement monitoring experience preferred

Please send your resume, three references, cover letter, salary requirements and one writing sample to by November 15, 2017.



POSTED 10/13/17

he Children's House Montessori School in Traverse City is hiring a Business Manager for 12-15 hours/week. Qualified candidates would possess an accounting or finance background, QuickBooks and Excel proficiency, an interest in working in a fun and collaborative work environment, a willingness to learn school business management systems, with HR and employee benefits experience being a plus. Interested applicants, please email a cover letter and resume to: Michele Shane, Head of School at: 



POSTED 10/13/17

Seeking Tax Program Coordinator for free tax preparation service for low-income families and senior citizens across Northwest Lower Michigan. Experience with installing & troubleshooting computer software and hardware desired. Job includes working with awesome volunteer tax preparers, coordination of tax sites, budgeting, ensuring compliance with IRS and MI policies and reporting. Bachelors Degree or equivalent experience. This is a part year, 40 hour/week, position from December to July with starting pay of $16.00/hr. A short term training period will start immediately. Reply with cover letter and resume by email to or Fax: (231) 947-4935 by October 17, 2017.


fundraiser, marquette regional history center

POSTED 10/10/17

The Marquette Regional History Center is seeking a Fundraising Manager to oversee our donor relations program and manage fundraising initiatives. The successful candidate will have an interest in local history and will be responsible for developing and implementing the Center’s fundraising campaigns and communicating with current and prospective donors. This position involves managing individual and corporate gifts as well as planned and annual giving campaigns, fundraising events and estate planned gifts.

  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors, Executive Director and fundraising committee to create and implement a fund development plan to increase revenue to support the strategic direction of the organization
  • Develop and manage timelines for fundraising activities to meet strategic plans
  • Develop sponsorship program and seek sponsors for all fundraising opportunities as part of the fund development plan
  • Prepare and submit grant applications to generate funds for the organization
  • Plan and execute fundraising events as specified in the fund development plan
  • Identify and develop corporate, community and individual prospects for the organization's fund raising priorities
  • Administer a donor mailing list and database which respects the privacy and confidentiality of donor information
  • Prepare regular reports on progress, budgets, receipts and expenditure related to fundraising and the management of the fund development activities
  • Coordinate the design, printing and distribution of marketing and communication materials for development efforts
  • Build relationships with community stakeholders to advance the mission and fundraising goals of the organization
  • 2-4 years of fundraising experience
  • This hands-on position will include working evenings/weekends during major campaigns and special events

How to apply:  Email resume and cover letter to  Mail resume and cover letter to MRHC, 145 W. Spring Street, Marquette, MI 49855. Please, no drop-ins or phone calls. Deadline: 5:00 pm October 16



POSTED 10/6/17

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Building Bridges with Music programs, growth, and execution of its mission. She or he will initially develop deep knowledge of core programs, operations, and strategic business plans. Please send Cover Letter and Resume to:

Fundraising & Communications (80%)

  • Create a robust multifaceted fundraising program that encompasses all aspects of the
  • donor lifecycle
  • Identify, qualify, cultivate and solicit new donors in person across the state of Michigan
  •  Create and manage direct mail and email solicitation programs
  • Create and manage a donor stewardship program
  • Create and manage a corporate sponsorship program
  • Revise and manage organization’s web presence across multiple social media channels
  • Manage organization’s database and CRM

Leadership & Management (20%):

  • Ensure consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications,
  • and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio of each
  • committee; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing
  • local and statewide operations.
  • Ensure effective systems to measure and track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate
  • program components



POSTED 9/29/17

Groundwork is seeking a Donor and Corporate Relations Specialist to join its development team. Ideal candidates will have a strong commitment to understanding Groundwork’s mission and programs, and a proven ability to cultivate new, as well as to steward existing, relationships with community members. A team player, innovative spirit, and a can-do attitude are critical to success in this job. The position is full time, year-round, and will report to Amy MacKay, Development Director.


  • Be responsible for an assigned portfolio of individual donors, meeting with them to secure annual gifts, multi-year pledges of support, major gifts, or planned gifts, as appropriate;
  • Collaborate with staff, Board of Directors, and others to identify prospective donors and participate in strategic outreach to recruit them to become Groundwork supporters;
  • Procure corporate sponsorships and favorable underwriting options to help fund Groundwork’s programs, special events, conferences, and reports, etc.;
  • And, maintain and develop new relationships with business community, looking for ways to involve and recognize the corporate interests and partnering opportunities.

Click here for a complete job description and application instructions. 


development director, women's resource center

POSTED 9/24/17

The Development Director is responsible for fundraising activities related to: annual giving, major and planned gifts, donor relations and management, corporate and foundation giving, capital campaigns, and fundraising events.

The Development Director provides leadership, strategic initiative and management of projects related to partnerships, events and fundraising. This position coordinates efforts to extend the organization’s funding base. The Development Director will help build new partnerships and maintain existing ones. This will be achieved by actively engaging potential partners through various means of communications. The Development Director supports the WRC’s fundraising and communications needs. Coordinating with the Executive Director, the Development Director is responsible for locating, identifying, approaching and soliciting major donors for annual and capital gifts. A passionate desire to support the Women’s Resource Center’s mission to protect, shelter and empower people impacted by domestic and sexual violence is required.

Read the full description and application instructions by clicking here


client services facilitator, benzie area christian neighbors

POSTED 9/21/17

Benzie Area Christian Neighbors, Benzonia, Michigan is seeking an experienced Client Services Facilitator, minimum three years of human service and customer relations experience. Reports to Executive Director; works with volunteer board committee and other staff. Technology proficient; manages data, maintains records; manages service and program delivery through volunteers. Must possess Michigan drivers license; evidence of auto insurability; complete credit and criminal background checks. See for full details. Send letter of interest, resume and salary history to SALARY RANGE: $32,000 to $35,000



POSTED 9/8/17

To ensure smooth operation of the Junior Achievement educational programs in Northwest Michigan by developing and maintaining positive working relationships with volunteers, businesses, teachers, and school personnel. Responsible for veteran volunteer relations, procurement of new volunteers to fill all scheduled classes, management of volunteer training, and maintenance of relationships with schools and school personnel. Responsible to maintain accurate and complete records in JA database and to assist the District Manager.

Required: Strong oral/written communication skills, presentational skills, salesmanship skills, organizational/planning skills, problem-solving skills, and computer literacy inclusive of the ability to design and run database queries. Bachelor degree or equivalent life experience.

Position is 24 hours a week. With July, Christmas week, Spring Break off (unpaid).

Job Type: Part-time

To apply, please email


district manager, junior achievement

POSTED 9/8/17

This position manages all aspects of JA of Northwest Michigan market area including fundraising, assures program quality, implements marketing plan and manages Board/Board Committee relations.


·   Assures that area revenue meets the targeted budget goal. Implements contingency plan and achieves make up for any shortfalls.

·   Secures commitments received for each account in geographic/market area. Manages sales strategy to secure new companies for geographic/market area.

·   Maintains strong relationships with and secures commitments from schools and school districts for program placement.

·   Targets and regularly visits with key educational staff such as: superintendents, principals and teachers to cultivate relationships and ensure program placement

·   Ensures recruitment & placement of volunteers from companies and the community in geographic/market area.

·   Ensures quality improvement to increase retention of volunteers and to assure model fidelity.

·   Interacts with Board / Board Committees in area. Provides assistance in identifying leadership for appropriate Board positions.

·   Maintains strong lines of communication between district office and headquarters office in Grand Rapids.

Required: Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience. Sales experience. Strong written/oral communication and interpersonal skills. Computer literacy.

To apply, please email


zoning administrator position, torch lake township 

POSTED 9/5/17

Torch Lake Township, Antrim County is seeking a qualified individual for a part-time year-round zoning administrator. The position requires 20 hours per week plus monthly evening meetings. The job description and the application information are available on the township home page or by calling the clerks office at 231-599-2036.


nature preschool program assistant, grand traverse conservation district

POSTED 8/27/17

The Nature Preschool Program Assistant will:
• Assist the lead teacher in imparting classroom instruction
• Maintain a safe and organized classroom environment for children
• Assist the lead teacher in ensuring the physical, social, cognitive and educational excellence of children
• Ensure that the classroom is aesthetically attractive so that students enjoy their surroundings while learning lessons
• Provide support to the lead teacher in planning lessons and daily activities based on the principles of child development
• Ensure development of positive relationships with children with a view to promote self-esteem and self-discipline
• Provide comfort to distressed children through compassion and tact
• Oversee children to make sure that they are safe during outdoor activities

 For more information and how to apply, click here



POSTED 8/24/17

The Builders Exchange of Northwest Michigan is seeking an experienced, dynamic association leader as the next Executive Director of the organization due to the planned retirement of the current Executive Director. Founded in 1950 in Traverse City, the Builders Exchange has more than 240 member firms, representing the entire spectrum of the commercial/industrial construction industry. The Builders Exchange provides members with access to bid opportunities on commercial/industrial projects in addition to a variety of programs and services for its members.

The Executive Director will lead and direct all activities of the Builders Exchange of Northwest Michigan. As chief staff officer, the Executive Director is responsible for the organization, in accordance with budgets ($300,000), policies and programs, and for maintaining effective staff performance to assure the attainment of the association's goals. The Executive Director will serve as the association's spokesperson, representing the Builders Exchange to its members, stakeholders, partners and the public.

Required skills and experience include effective financial, budget and administrative leadership, membership service and development, staff guidance and communications. A bachelor's degree or work related experience is preferred, as is demonstrated experience in association or non-profit management.

View the position description/profile here.

For consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter to: 


portfolio administrator, venture north funding & development

POSTED 8/24/17

Venture North Funding & Development (Venture North) is a division of the umbrella organization TraverseCONNECT, which also encompasses the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and TConn, a for-profit development division. Venture North is a nonprofit organization dedicated to leading economic development initiatives by providing financial services and business assistance to the Northwest Michigan region. The mission of Venture North is to support the region’s economic growth and community development efforts by providing funding options, offering technical assistance, and building connections for viable businesses, including low-to-moderate income communities.

Venture North is currently seeking a full time Portfolio Administrator to assist in the coordination and implementation of economic development plans, programs, and services for the 10-county region.  This position will complement the loan department by providing support services including but not limited to: financial spreads, assisting in the write-up of loan presentations, attending loan committee meetings, conducting analysis such as cash flow, guarantor, financial, collateral and credit summaries for loan presentations.

JOB DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:  Include but are not limited to the following:

  • Primary intake for referring economic development and loan inquiries.  Refer applicants to appropriate partners that may assist, such as SCORE, SBDC, MEDC, and other financial institutions.  All information needs to be documented within CRM system;
  • Responsible for file maintenance and record retention for all clients.  This position is exposed to highly confidential information, such as client tax returns, credit reports, and business plans;
  • Responsible for frequent follow up with loan inquiries in the “pipeline”, which includes tracking missing information that still needs to be collected from applicants, ie: tax returns, internally prepared financial statements, application fees;
  • Gather and report on additional information and metrics from loan recipients throughout the year: jobs created, jobs retained, and demographic data on new positions;
  • Gather financial information from loan recipients throughout the year: quarterly and annual financial statements and tax returns;
  • Follow up with loan recipients to track the use of funds, along with a site visit from Executive Director;
  • Assist in governmental reporting of loan programs quarterly & annually, which includes:
    - Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Loan Fund;
    - United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Loan Fund;
    - Other grant activities or economic development incentive requests as appropriate;
  • Manage Venture North’s website and marketing material to ensure all content is up to date and accurate;
  • Schedule retention visits, site visits, loan committee meetings, loan closings, and other calendar appointments;
  • Accountable for the entire credit granting process, including:
    - Work closely with Underwriting Contractor to assess creditworthiness of potential customers;
    - Work directly with Executive Director to prepare credit presentations to loan committee;
    - Work closely with Executive Director to report to appropriate funding source for project vetting and pre-
    - Coordinate loan closing with financial institution and legal counsel;
  • Work closely with Underwriting Contractor to prepare periodic credit reviews of existing customers (quarterly and annually): analyze cost, pricing, variable contributions, sales results and the company’s actual performance compared to business plans.  Notify Executive Director with any questions/concerns.


Education & Experience

  • A background in accounting and/or finance required;
  • A Bachelor’s degree (BA) or equivalent from a four-year college or university is preferred, however not required.

Personal Characteristics and Requirements

  • Ability to work with little supervision
  • Positive, team-oriented individual
  • Well organized, attention to detail, and ability to maintain confidential information
  • Excellent verbal, written, analytical, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects, meet deadlines, organize, and prioritize assignments


Submit cover letter and resume, addressed to Venture North Search Committee at 202 E. Grandview Parkway, Traverse City, MI 49684 and send by email to All correspondence will be considered confidential.






POSTED 9/10/17

The Huron Pines AmeriCorps program is currently seeking to place 30 individuals that have a passion for conservation with likeminded organizations around the state. The term of service starts in January 2018 and ends in November 2018.  The successful applicant will serve 1700 hours during that time.  For more information please see: or contact Program Coordinator Jake Jermac at