Program Manager, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

The Johnson Center was established in 1992 with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Our mission is to be a global leader in helping individuals and organizations understand, strengthen, and advance philanthropy, resulting in a smart, adaptive sector that helps create strong, inclusive communities.

We put research to work with and for professionals across the country and the world. Through professional education offerings; research, evaluation, and consulting services; and bold thinking to advance the field, we support a philanthropic ecosystem defined by effective philanthropy, strong nonprofits, and informed community change.

The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy (Johnson Center) seeks a Program Manager to join the Learning Services team, which provides nationally-recognized professional education, training, and tools for philanthropic learning. The Program Manager will take primary responsibility for developing and managing the content and curricula for LearnPhilanthropy Academy and The Grantmaking School, and also work closely with the Learning Services team on related projects. Ideal candidates will have good knowledge of the philanthropic/nonprofit sector, and a background in professional/adult education and curriculum design and development.

The Johnson Center is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to apply. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are also encouraged to apply.


Essential Functions:

  • Develop and manage content and curricula for The Grantmaking School (TGS): 
  • Stay abreast of emerging research, trends, and issues in the philanthropic sector.
  • Review and update current TGS curricula and course materials to reflect course evaluation results, instructor feedback, new Johnson Center products, new research/trends/opportunities in the field, etc.
  • Work with TGS/Learning Services team to scope projects and identify the learning needs of potential TGS customized course clients and curate content/learning activities to meet clients’ needs.
  • Review and update TGS marketing materials to ensure they reflect current course content and objectives.
  • Refine and support the TGS instructor onboarding process.
  • Work with TGS team to define and implement overall program goals and objectives.
  • Develop and manage content and curricula for LearnPhilanthropy (LP) Academy:
  • Plan and refine LP Academy online learning tracks, courses, and lessons to incorporate new research/trends in the field and respond to learner feedback.
  • Develop learning objectives for each lesson, draft initial lesson scripts, and develop initial slide desks and visuals for each lesson.
  • Work with Johnson Center staff to recruit lesson instructors/field experts, and coordinate instructor contracting, onboarding, and preparation.
  • Work with instructors to refine/edit lesson script and slides, to record the audio component of lessons, and to make any necessary re-recordings.
  • Manage video lesson production and review process with instructor, multiple Johnson Center staff, and graphics student.
  • Develop content for LP Academy online lesson pages (e.g., learning objectives, quiz questions, references, resources, LP content partner lists, etc.).
  • Work with LP team to manage LP website and LP Academy online presence. 
  • Work with Learning Services team to help craft strategic vision and program plans for the unit.
  • Other program and project roles within Learning Services and the Johnson Center, as assigned.

Non-Essential Functions:

  • None


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • One to three years of experience working in or with the philanthropic/nonprofit sector or in designing, developing, and maintaining education programming and/or curricula.
  • Strong communication (written and oral), conceptual, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with office computing technology and software.
  • Strong cultural competence, collaborative, and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as part of multiple teams.
  • Ability to adapt, multitask, keep track of details, and prioritize goals in a demanding, fast-paced work environment.
  • Experience managing projects and knowledge of project management methods.


  • Master’s degree in a field related to philanthropy, education, or curricular design plus at least three years of relevant professional experience.
  • Understanding of multiple professional roles and responsibilities in foundations and nonprofits.
  • Knowledge of learning models and adult learning methodologies (e.g. ADDIE, Bloom’s Learning Taxonomy, etc.).
  • Knowledge of presentation design and visual design tools (e.g. Illustrator, Photoshop, Canva, etc.).
  • Visual and artistic talent including, but not limited to, the ability to create imagery out of ideas, and presenting facts in interesting ways.
  • Experience with learning technologies and platforms (e.g. Adobe Captivate, Camtasia, Articulate Storyline, etc.).
  • Experience with assessment/evaluation development.
  • Familiarity with AP and APA Styles. 
  • Experience with website, CRM, and email management platforms.
Salary & Benefits: 

$48,000 – $72,000 commensurate with experience

How To Apply: 

Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter and resume.  The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically.  On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Application Deadline Date: Review of applications will begin [3 weeks from posting date] and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Hiring Organization: 
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy
Program Manager
City and State: 
Grand Rapids, MI
Hiring Deadline: 
October 18, 2019

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To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.