Careers at Groundwork

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Groundwork is currently hiring a Digital Engagement Manager and a Development Specialist. Please see details below.

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Groundwork Seeks Digital Engagement Manager

Groundwork is seeking a Digital Engagement Manager to manage our web and digital communications platforms and elevate Groundwork’s advocacy voice in Michigan.

The ideal candidate must have a strong passion for community resilience; well-developed instincts for creating content for common web, social, and marketing software, and for platforms like WordPress, Mailchimp and Nationbuilder; a proven ability to manage various communications needs for multi-faceted program campaigns; outstanding writing skills; and the ability to manage relationships with photo, video, and graphic design vendors as needed. We also need a candidate who will bring passion to the work on a daily basis.

This position is full time, year round, and will report to the Communications Director.

The Digital Engagement Manager will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following:

  • Oversee and manage Groundwork’s website and other project-specific websites;
  • Develop some written content, including project updates and action alerts, for websites;
  • Oversee and develop social media strategy, campaigns and day-to-day content;
  • Manage Groundwork’s e-newsletter platform and be able to leverage various tools to create targeted outreach strategies;
  • Creating social media advertising;
  • Train and support program staff in new social tools and social media advertising strategies in order to reach their program goals;
  • Evaluate effectiveness of various digital engagement strategies;
  • Monitor public messages related to Groundwork and its programs on social media platforms;
  • Oversee vendor relationships with highly skilled photographers, podcast and video producers, and graphic designers as needed.

Professional Requirements

Candidates for this position must demonstrate:

  • Experience in content management systems like WordPress and Nationbuilder;
  • Professional training and experience in developing e-newsletter and social media campaigns;
  • Experience with Google Analytics or other web and social metrics tools;
  • Outstanding writing skills;
  • A proven ability to work independently and be self directed while collaborating well with others in a team setting;
  • And, a demonstrated standard of excellence with attention to detail and accuracy.

Personal Qualifications

Among the qualities we seek in successful candidates are a:

  • Strong commitment to Groundwork’s mission and programs;
  • Passion for building livable communities, propelling clean energy, and expanding the local food economy;
  • Proven ability to organize priorities, with keen attention to detail and deadlines;
  • Self-directed working approach and ability to take initiative;
  • Professional and pleasant demeanor;
  • And, a sense of humor and positive outlook.

At Groundwork, the candidate will join a driven team of individuals who are advancing policy solutions and projects that are pragmatic, practical, caring and visionary. We strive to create a positive, collaborative, healthy, and inspired working environment that gives the staff the support to be the leaders in their field.

We are optimistic about Michigan’s future and believe in a thriving local farm and food economy; stronger, more walkable, bikeable, and transit-friendly towns and villages; cleaner sources of energy, and climate solutions that support a more equitable world for all. The researchers, writers, advocates, system-changemakers and coalition-builders that make up the Groundwork staff are passionately committed to realizing this vision.

Compensation, Benefits, and Application Procedure

This is a full-time position with flexible hours, generous vacation and health benefits, retirement contribution matching, and a competitive salary range. This is a manager-level position, with a salary range at $45,000 - $52,000. The position will be based in the Traverse City, Michigan, area.

Please send a one-page cover letter, résumé and three references to [email protected], with the subject line Digital Engagement Manager.

Groundwork is committed to creating a diverse workplace and seeks a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds. People of color, persons with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply. Groundwork is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions. Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process.

 

Groundwork Seeks Development Specialist

Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities is seeking a fundraising professional with experience in all facets of fundraising, from soliciting and stewarding foundation, donor, and corporate relationships; to conducting donor research; to supporting the coordination of a development department. Ideal candidates will have a strong commitment to understanding Groundwork’s mission and programs, a collegial spirit to collaborate with a team of over twenty colleagues, and a proven ability to prospect new relationships with community members. The Development Specialist will also need the experience and skills necessary to work in a team setting to help drive forward Groundwork’s annual giving program. Groundwork is growing both its size and impact by scaling up our work to create local, state, and regional solutions in food, energy, mobility, and health. Being a team player who can demonstrate both an innovative spirit and a can-do attitude is critical to success in this job. The position is full time, year round, and will report to the Director of Development.

The Development Specialist will:

  • Steward a portfolio of individual donors and corporate sponsors, meeting to secure annual gifts, multi-year pledges, major gifts, sponsorships, or planned gifts;
  • Collaborate with staff, Board of Directors, Advisory Council and others to identify prospective donors and participate in strategic outreach to recruit Groundwork supporters in various settings, such as fundraising events and small prospecting parties;
  • Work with program staff to identify new, prospective foundations, as well as write or assist in the writing of grant proposals from time to time;
  • Track and report donor data and research, identifying trends and best practices;
  • Work with development director to organize regular development team meetings.

Professional Requirements

  • Three or more years experience in fundraising and development for a nonprofit organization or comparable experience in private sector sales;
  • Absolute commitment to a donor-centric approach to all work and an ability to encourage and motivate this approach among staff and volunteers;
  • Experience in several aspects of fundraising including, by way of example, annual giving, major gift cultivation, corporate giving and/or planned giving;
  • Demonstration of successfully meeting targeted monetary goals and/or increasing revenue over time;
  • Unquestionable integrity and professionalism, coupled with highly developed relationship building skills.

Personal Qualifications

Groundwork seeks the following qualities in successful candidates:

  • A strong commitment to Groundwork’s mission and programs;
  • Exceptional skill at networking and keen listening;
  • Proven ability to organize priorities, with attention to detail and deadlines;
  • Self-directed working approach and initiative;
  • Professional and pleasant demeanor;
  • Strong interpersonal communication and teamwork skills;
  • Willingness and ability to travel to meet with donors;
  • A sense of humor and positive outlook.

About Groundwork

At Groundwork, the candidate will join a driven team of individuals who are advancing policy solutions and projects that are pragmatic, practical, caring and visionary. We strive to create a positive, collaborative, healthy, and inspired working environment that gives the staff the support to be the leaders in their field.

We are optimistic about Michigan’s future and believe in a thriving local farm and food economy; stronger, more walkable, bikeable, and transit-friendly towns and villages; cleaner sources of energy, and climate solutions that support a more equitable world for all. The researchers, writers, advocates, system-changemakers and coalition-builders that make up the Groundwork staff are passionately committed to realizing this vision.

Compensation, Benefits, and Application Procedure

This is a full-time position with a salary range of $50,000–$60,000. 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 our region .

Please send a one-page cover letter, résumé, and references to [email protected], with the subject line "Development Specialist." We are accepting applications until we find the perfect fit. 

Groundwork is committed to creating a diverse workplace and seeks a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds. People of color, persons with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply. Groundwork is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions. Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process.

FELLOWSHIPS

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.

We currently have no fellowships open. Please check back.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer opportunities are available here.

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