Two-Year Learning and Impact Fellow

About the Council of Michigan Foundations:

The Council of Michigan Foundations seeks a dynamic and engaged individual to help us advance our mission to lead, strengthen and support Michigan's community.

CMF’s work focuses on emboldening and equipping Michigan philanthropy in the relentless pursuit of equitable systems, fortifying the field through public policy action, fostering the growth of current and future philanthropy leaders, and advancing exemplary philanthropic practices and field expertise. Equity is a pillar of our work, and equity is embedded across our priority pillars of policy, practice and people.
CMF is a leadership organization driven by our values and the power of people, equipped with deep sector expertise and the ability to anticipate and adapt, ever committed to continuous improvement in support of Michigan philanthropy.

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About The Skillman Foundation:

The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropic organization that champions Detroit children. It works to ensure that Detroit youth have access to high-quality educational and economic opportunities and a strong, broad network of champions that work on behalf of young people’s interests. 

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Position Summary
Provide support to The Skillman Foundation, the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) and appropriate national foundation affinity groups in advancing the understanding and commitment to the well-being of children at the regional, state, and national level and growing the impact of Michigan philanthropy through activities outlined below:

The Skillman Foundation

  • Work closely with the Skillman Foundation Director of Evaluation, Learning and Impact to shape and implement a monitoring, evaluation and learning framework that is designed to promote continuous improvement of our programmatic and systems-level investments.
  • Help to ensure that the Skillman Foundation is supported with best practices in capturing and sharing organizational learning to improve impact with community initiatives and grantmaking.
  • Assist in developing agendas and processes to facilitate the execution of learning priorities by internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Contribute to the Foundation’s Board Meeting materials, including writing memos, visualizing data, providing research and ensuring all included data is accurate, timely and relevant. 
  • Contribute to the Foundation’s communications staff work to share knowledge externally through presentations, meetings, publications, blog posts and other digital platforms. 
  • Assist the Director and Vice President of Organizational Excellence and Impact manage and evaluate the Foundation’s internal Performance Management System, including unit goal setting and staff surveys.
  • Work with the Director along with the Vice President and other members of the Foundation on community initiatives and special projects as needed.

The Council of Michigan Foundations

  • Contribute to the refinement of CMF's continuous improvement process to support of our mission to lead, strengthen and support the Michigan community of philanthropy.
  • Assist in developing and implementing evaluation frameworks for CMF programs, projects and initiatives.
  • Support the development and analysis of research and evaluation efforts and related communications.
  • Work in partnership with members of the Annual Conference committee and CMF staff to support the development of one or more conference sessions, as directed.
  • Engage in the Learning & Evaluation Roundtable hosted by CMF. 

Shared Roles

  • Present reports to the Boards and staff of The Skillman Foundation and CMF as appropriate.
  • Represent The Skillman Foundation and CMF at state and national conferences and meetings.

Minimum Qualifications for the Position
The successful candidate should be an early to mid-career professional with at least two years of experience working in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Seeking candidates with either a graduate degree in public policy, evaluation, public administration or equivalent, or a bachelor’s degree and significant experience that demonstrates the following:

  • Skills: applied research (evaluation and/or policy research), data analysis (qualitative and quantitative), data reporting, data visualization, external relations, project management and excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Characteristics: quick learner, self-starter, creative problem solver, detail oriented, good sense of humor, flexible, well-organized and committed to meeting deadlines.
  • Abilities: works well independently and in a team; confident facilitator of internal and external meetings, particularly those designed to promote organizational learning. 
  • Proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite and familiar with some survey tools and platforms; experience with the Adobe Creative Suite and Salesforce preferred but not required.
  • A willingness to travel within the state and out of state to attend meetings and conferences.*

*While the position will be exclusively virtual initially, as we monitor health and safety conditions, we anticipate the Fellow will be working out of the Skillman Foundation offices in Detroit when they re-open. At that time Fellow will be asked to travel within the state and out of state to attend meetings and conferences.

Physical and Mental Activities and Requirements:

  • While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to sit and use hands to finger, handle or feel to perform the duties. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk around to perform the duties. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.
  • The employee may operate any or all of the following: telephone, cellular telephone, copy and fax machine, imaging equipment, computer and printer.
  • This position may require travel by automobile and airplane.
  • This position requires the employee to make decisions in a timely manner and anticipate all of the potential ramifications of decisions made.
  • The employee must be able to read and interpret documents, understand/follow complex written and oral instructions, be able to express themselves clearly/concisely, perform mathematical functions and handle multiple, concurrent tasks.
  • This position requires regular and predictable attendance and cannot be performed remotely once Skillman Foundation offices re-open.
Salary & Benefits: 

The annual salary for this fellowship is $55,000. In addition to salary, benefits include health insurance, a 403b plan with contribution matching, life insurance, short and long-term disability insurance, paid time off and other benefits.

How To Apply: 

Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter and resume to Tammie TenBroeke at [email protected]. Items must be received no later than Friday, June 18, 2021.

All correspondence will remain confidential.

Hiring Organization: 
Council of Michigan Foundations
Two-Year Learning and Impact Fellow
City and State: 
Detroit, MI
Hiring Deadline: 
June 18, 2021

The Council of Michigan Foundations is an Equal Opportunity Employer.