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Groundwork Seeks Fundraiser

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.

The Relations Specialist will:
  • 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.
Personal Qualifications

Groundwork seeks the following qualities in successful candidates:

  • Strong commitment to Groundwork’s mission and programs;
  • Exceptionally skilled at networking and a keen listener;
  • Proven ability to organize priorities, with keen attention to detail and deadlines;
  • Self-directed working approach, initiative and strong teamwork skills;
  • And, a sense of humor and positive outlook.
Professional Requirements
  • 3+ years of experience in fundraising and development for a nonprofit organization or transferable experience in private sector sales.
  • Experience in several aspects of fundraising including annual giving, major donor cultivation, corporate giving and planned giving. Demonstration of successful revenue increases over time desirable.
  • Unquestionable integrity, and professionalism coupled with highly developed relationship building skills.
  • Absolute commitment to a donor-centric centric approach to all work and an ability to motivate this approach among staff and volunteers.
About Groundwork

The Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, formerly known as the Michigan Land Use Institute, was established in 1995 as a nonprofit organization to protect the environment, strengthen the economy, and build community. The principal office is located in downtown Traverse City with a satellite office in Petoskey. With a staff of twelve, we work to build a thriving local farm and food economy; to make our towns and villages more affordable, walk-able, and transit-friendly; and to develop local, clean energy. We seek to achieve on-the-ground results in northwest Michigan and leverage them to support other communities and improvements to state policy. All of this is designed to build resilience in our communities and equity in our opportunities.


Compensation, Benefits, and Application Procedure

This is a full-time position with a competitive salary range, depending on experience. Full-time employees and their families qualify for Groundwork’s health insurance coverage. They also receive retirement benefits, ample vacation, and schedules flexible enough to enjoy the wondrous forests, clean rivers, and the magnificent Great Lakes shoreline that distinguish the Traverse City region. Please send a one-page cover letter, resume and references to with the subject line Donor and Corporate Relations. We are accepting applications until we find the perfect fit.

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The Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities offers program related fellowships twice each year: January—June, and July—December. These are based at our main office in Traverse City, Michigan. 

Groundwork Fellows work side-by-side with Groundwork staff on projects, build policy expertise, engage in networking opportunities, and gain valuable professional development skills. Fellows are provided an excellent opportunity to engage in policy advocacy while working for a well-established, community-based nonprofit organization.

Successful applicants will be awarded a competitive stipend in addition to assistance with housing and unique opportunities in our local community. A minimum of 25-35 hours per week is required, with a flexible schedule to allow for outside employment if desired. Depending on the institution, current students may be eligible to earn academic credit.

There are currently two fellowship opportunities open for the Spring 2018 term: a Clean Energy Fellowship and a Food Equity Fellowship.


To apply, please complete the Fellowship Application by November 17. Selections will be made by Friday, December 1.