We’re hiring!


This posting closed to applications January 27, 2023.

The Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation is looking for a full-time Community Philanthropy Officer. This position serves as a liaison to external partners seeking grant funding and other support; delivers high-quality customer service through trusting authentic relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders throughout the community; manages selected grantmaking processes for multiple funds and fund types; and works collaboratively with other programs within the Community Foundation, such as initiatives, donor relations, and communications. The position requires strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail as well as very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, external partners and donors. Expert level written and verbal communication skills are essential.

The salary range for this position is $40,000 to $55,000, commensurate with experience, plus benefits. The Community Foundation provides generous PTO and paid holidays, long-term/short-term disability insurance, health insurance and cafeteria plan, and a generous retirement plan.

Application Process

The complete job description is listed below. To apply, please email cover letter, resume, and completed application form to [email protected] by Friday, January 27, 2023. No phone calls please.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead all grant program workflow, including application packets, committee materials, finalizing grant recommendations, data entry in database, including Field of Interest, Youth Advisory Committee, Capacity Building, and Scholarships
  • Lead the Scholarship Program, including selection committees, scholarship applicants and recipients, data entry in database, correspondence, and communication, and ensuring compliance with IRS regulations regarding scholarships
  • Lead Advisory Committees for grantmaking funds, including the Youth Advisory Committee    
  • Lead correspondence with grantees within the grantmaking process and support grant content information in communications and public relations with external audiences
  • Support the Director of Community Philanthropy in the responsive grantmaking process and grant evaluation processes, including review of grantee evaluation reports, obtaining additional information as needed and preparing summaries for committees and the board with special attention for this specific position paid to the Funds mentioned above 
  • Represent the Community Foundation at appropriate fundraisers, public meetings, award ceremonies, social activities, educational programs, service clubs, site visits to grant recipients, and other events relevant to the stakeholders and issues that are key to this position
  • Build and maintain strong relationships among a diverse group of professionals, citizens, elected officials and community stakeholders so that knowledge regarding community needs improves the work of this position and supports the Community Foundation’s overall mission
  • Flag for the Director of Community Philanthropy and Executive Director any internal or external issues that will have an impact on the Foundation’s strategic direction and accomplishments
  • Support other Directors in assigned areas as requested
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by supervisor, and the Executive Director

Professionalism and Engagement:

  • Supports the mission, vision, values, and strategic goals of the Community Foundation to serve both internal and external customers
  • Conducts self in a professional, business-like manner in accordance with Employee Handbook
  • Follows and supports Community Foundation policies and procedures
  • Evaluates own performance and assumes responsibility for professional development
  • Maintains confidentiality
  • Maintains current knowledge of all changes affecting area of work
  • Actively participates in meetings, committees and volunteer opportunities within the organization
  • Participates as a team member utilizing agreed upon norms, values, and a collaborative style
  • Provides proactive, creative cross-functional thinking and ideas to enhance service to customers
  • Demonstrates ability to work effectively with others

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, external partners and donors. Expert level written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated proactive and forward-looking approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions
  • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective and independent
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion
  • Be adaptable to various competing demands and demonstrate the highest level of customer/client service and response. 
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience and interest in internal and external communications, partnership development
  • Knowledge of integrated databases
  • Knowledge of community foundations is preferred
  • Connection to the Emmet County area, either through residency or professional roles, is preferred

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field or equivalent related work experience (Nonprofit management, social work, policy, etc.)
  • Strong work tenure with 3 years of relevant experience in nonprofit organizations
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point)

Physical/Mental Requirements:

  • Works in well-lit, pleasant, smoke-free office  
  • Requires occasional travel
  • Requires occasional work outside of normal work hours, e.g. night or weekend meetings or events
  • Involves periodic repetitive movement associated with keyboarding
  • Able to stoop, bend and move intermittently to do filing and move equipment and supplies necessary for job function
  • Requires frequent attention to detail/concentration on figures, paperwork, data, etc.
  • Simultaneous handling of multiple tasks on a frequent basis

Diversity and Inclusion Requirements:

  • Ability to confront personal, individual, and organizational systematic bias with regards to race, gender, orientation, etc.
  • Embrace, support, and integrate Community Foundation philosophies related to diversity, and inclusiveness, with a willingness to acknowledge and address other forms of social bias

About the Community Foundation

The Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation is a connector, partner, collaborator, and resource to fuel the power of community for the greater good. Since 1992, the Community Foundation has connected local needs with local generosity to create positive change in our community. Wherever you go in Emmet County, you’ll find your Community Foundation at work: helping enrich the lives of our elders, supporting programs for children, reaching out to friends and neighbors in need, expanding parks and recreational activities, protecting our environment, enhancing health services and bringing more music, art, and cultural opportunities to our area.

Our staff of five full-time professionals work in a flexible, fun and relaxed work environment in Petoskey. Our team enjoys stand-up desks, celebrating special occasions with sweet treats, and Friday trips to the Petoskey Farmers Market during the season.