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About the Organization

From our single community beginning in October of 1977, we have evolved into a full service, accredited, and standards compliant Foundation serving Southern Berrien County, focused on Niles and Buchanan, and all of Cass County. Our mission: fostering a community of philanthropy, for good, forever.

Position Description

The Scholarship Program Officer provides administrative oversight for the Michigan Gateway Community Foundation’s (MGCF) scholarship and Buchanan Promise programs. In collaboration with the MGCF Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the SPO participates as an ambassador and community liaison by promoting the MGCF vision, mission, and its programs to constituents. The SPO also works closely with the MGCF Administrative Associate in executing administrative tasks associated with these programs including financial activities, record keeping, communication, publicity and program evaluation.

Michigan Gateway Community Foundation, Home of The Buchanan Promise, is looking to grow our team. This role would be the face of all our scholarships, including the Buchanan Promise program. This program just increased it's award to $15,000 per student for all eligible Buchanan seniors. Please note, our scholarships extend past this program. We provide an array of scholarships to all of the schools in South Berrien County and the entirety of Cass County. We are proud of the important work we do to make the communities we serve better places to live and were award the 2021 Organization of The Year from the Buchanan Chamber of Commerce. Come join our team and help us make a difference.



  • Monitor emerging needs of area schools and students and share these needs with the MGCF Board of Trustees and Advisory Boards to guide their decisions.
  • Manage the administrative aspects of the MGCF scholarship process including supporting, potential awardees, coordinating committee meetings, overseeing applications, and evaluating the scholarship program.
  • Promote the MGCF scholarship program, serve as the primary contact.
  • Identify and contact scholarship awardees.
  • Work with the MGCF Administrative Associate in use of the Scholarship System.
  • Provide guidance and maintain frequent communications with partners.
  • Analyze and troubleshoot program challenges.
  • Develop best practices to improve overall program performance.
  • Conduct scholarship reviews and prepare reports for management.

Buchanan Promise

  • Serves as the primary MGCF contact for the program
  • Visits schools, explains and promotes the program; explains and promotes the program to other community groups and constituents, as needed.
  • Obtains signed participant contracts and maintains files
  • Maintains online scholarship application for each graduating class.
  • Determines eligibility of each senior.
  • Maintains a database of payments and eligibility of each senior for six years.
  • Arranges appeals, as needed.
  • Manages student interviews and other publicity for publications.
  • Provides Board updates; manages Board meetings and other committee meetings, as needed.
  • Prepare meeting agendas, organize meetings and distribute minutes.


Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below 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.

Education and/or ExperienceBachelors’ degree or comparable work experience; a minimum of five years leadership experience in a nonprofit, government, or philanthropy, overseeing multiple programs or contracts ideally at a community foundation or philanthropic organization.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactory.

  • Passion for MGCF’s mission and purpose and an ability to communicate this passion to others.
  • Demonstrated experience managing varied programs across a wider geographic area.
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of program planning, organizational structure, budgeting, administrative operations, and fundraising.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and compile complex data for planning and reporting purposes.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to represent the organization externally across a wide range of stakeholders and constituencies. 
  • Strong community awareness and astuteness.
  • Ability to successfully navigate in a fast-paced, outcomes-driven and entrepreneurial environment.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Ability to apply knowledge to the current needs of the Foundation.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Board and Advisory members, grantees, students, donors, volunteers, staff, and the community.

Salary & Benefits
Salary Range
$40,000 to $50,000
  • $40,000 - $50,000 depending on experience and qualifications
  • 28 Days of Paid Time Off
  • Simple IRA with 3% match
  • Comprehensive Health, Dental and Vision
  • Roles & Responsibilities that truly change lives within our community.

How to Apply

Email resume and cover letter to [email protected]

Michigan Gateway Community Foundation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.