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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 three fellowship cycles: Fall (September-December), Spring (February-May), and Summer (June-August) in Traverse City, Michigan, in addition to some remote opportunities. 

Groundwork Fellows will complete projects alongside our policy staff, attend conferences and networking sessions, and receive professional development training. Each fellow will complete an independent project to complement Groundwork’s program areas based on their area of expertise, and present this project to conclude their term. The Groundwork fellowship program aims to address key issue areas in our community and showcase cross-program understanding of community resiliency. As a fellow, you will focus on your individual program area while benefiting from a dynamic, supportive professional community addressing a variety of issues. 

Successful fellowship 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 for summer fellowships. 15-25 hours per week is required for fall and spring fellowships. Depending on the institution, current students may be eligible to earn academic credit.


For questions about fellowship opportunities contact Meghan McDermott at to learn more.