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Community Investment Officer

The HR Shop, LLC
Kalamazoo, Michigan
$73,204- $86,015
Closing date
Sep 26, 2021

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Position Title:              COMMUNITY INVESTMENT OFFICER


Reports To:                 Vice President, Grants


Pay Grade H:             $73,204 - $86,015


Position Status:          Full Time


Posting Dates:           Friday, August 26, 2021 – Friday, September 10, 2021


About KZCF:

KZCF, established in 1925, has the vision of Kalamazoo County being the most equitable place to live, with the mission to mobilize people, resources, and expertise and to advance racial, social, and economic justice. Learn more at

Core Values:

Center Anti-Racism and Equity

Advance Racial Justice

Nurture Healing and Love

Cultivate Transformative

Serve the Greater Good

Learn and Grow

Embrace Joy



Position Summary:


Supports the Community Foundation in developing, implementing, and managing comprehensive strategies, including responsive (discretionary) grantmaking, Field of Interest grantmaking, community initiatives, community leadership activities, and evaluation of all programs in alignment with the Community Foundation’s mission, vision, and key organizational values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.


Creates, builds, and maintains trust-based relationships with individuals, community partners, other funders, and the nonprofit sector to have a greater impact in improving life for all in Kalamazoo County. Supports the community and Community Foundation in ensuring an equitable and effective grant process. In doing so, assists organizations with organizational development; evaluates proposals; develops recommendations; and monitors grants. The Community Investment Officer represents the Community Foundation in community settings for the development of community solutions, provides leadership and support to strengthen the nonprofit sector, prepares reports and analyses of activities for project management and administrative reporting.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Position Functions:

  • Collaboratively designs, executes, and continuously improves community investment strategies
    • Utilizes the Trust-Based Philanthropy model as a framework for participating in developing and implementing comprehensive strategies within responsive grantmaking, Field of Interest grantmaking, initiatives, community leadership activities, and evaluation of all programs
    • Participates in developing systems and procedures to measure and evaluate Community Investment progress
  • Participates in the distribution of resources in alignment with KZCF’s Grant Distribution Policy and core values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism
  • Conducts due diligence for all assigned funding requests and prepares rationales/recommendations to the Community Investment Committee and Board of Trustees
  • Leads difficult conversations with community partners around KZCF funding priorities and decisions and power, privilege, racism, and oppression
  • Prepares sensitive communication for both internal and external use regarding funding determinations
  • Prepares reports and leads presentations on community investment grantmaking, initiative and leadership work
  • Leadership and Representation in the Community

Participates in the development of community investment priorities, strategies, and implementation guidelines and provides ongoing evaluation of community investment and leadership efforts


  • Represents the Community Foundation in community and supports the Community Foundation’s community convening and problem-solving efforts
    • Identifies opportunities to communicate and leverage community investment and leadership activities
    • Collaborates with community partners on cooperative, collaborative approaches to grantmaking to address key community needs
    • Represents the Community Foundation in community settings, task forces and committees
    • Participates in the development of community solution building as a convener or an active participant in problem solving
  • Outreach and Collaboration
    • Coordinates the Community Foundation’s Community Outreach
      • Works to support community partners and the nonprofit sector and develops and implements skill and capacity building and technical assistance opportunities
      • Prepares reports and analyses of activities to inform future outreach and engagement
  • Initiative Leadership
    • Co-develops the Community Foundation’s Initiative Strategies and serves as resource person to KZCF staff and Collaborative Partners.  Ensures initiative alignment with KZCF’s grant making efforts
  • Learning, Communications and Networking
    • Keeps abreast of community issues and trends in relevant program areas; develops innovative projects for the Community Foundation to support.
      • Partners with colleagues to identify and evaluate opportunities for KZCF engagement
      • Co-develops strategic community programming and initiatives and builds internal consensus on joint projects
  • Maintains regular contact with other funders, collaborating with colleagues on cooperative approaches to grantmaking, collaborative funding and collective impact initiatives
  • Provides indirect supervision of support staff for relevant program areas.  In doing so, assigns, plans, and reviews work; provides instruction and training; provides input into performance evaluations and participates in hiring committees as requested
  • Maintains internal engagement with all KZCF functional areas to assure foundation-wide synergies

If Assigned:

  • Impact Investment
    • Support the Community Foundation’s mission driven deployment of assets in pursuit of its overall community investment goals in collaboration with the Impact Investment Committee
    • Work with community partners on their project development as it relates to Impact Investment requests as warranted
    • Analyzes, develops, and makes recommendations on PRI and BRI authorizations
    • Conducts due diligence on proposed or initiated PRI’s
    • Coordinates loan and security instruments with General Counsel and development agency counsels
    • Supports the KZCF Finance team as needed in the development of required reports to the Impact Investment Committee and Board of Trustees throughout the year 
  • Public Policy and Advocacy
    • Support the advancement of KZCF’s policy and advocacy strategies as needed by tracking, sharing and summarizing policy-related news and implications for philanthropy and cross-sector related policy issues
    • Identify resources, activities, events for KZCF’s policy engagement and work
  • Serve on cross functional planning and leadership teams which may include but not limited to Marketing/Communications+, the Anti-Racism Transformation Team, affinity groups and more



Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Anti-Racism:

  • Apply an equitable and anti-racist analysis to all functions to achieve organizational goals.
  • Embrace, support, and integrate Community Foundation philosophies related to diversity, inclusiveness, and anti-racism with a willingness to acknowledge and address other forms of bias.
  • Ability to confront personal, individual, and internal systemic bias with regards to race, age, gender, gender- identity, sexual orientation, ability, etc., which will require sharing and discussing personal identities in relation to the work environment.
  • Ability to work and navigate emotionally taxing conversations related to power, privilege, racism, and oppression on a regular basis.
  • Must have strong emotional intelligence and resiliency skills to lead and/or actively participate in advancing our work relative to racial, social, and economic justice.


  • Support the mission, vision, and strategic goals, as a part of the Performance Excellence Model of the Community Foundation, to serve both internal and external customers.
  • Follow and support Community Foundation policies and procedures.
  • Evaluate own performance and assumes responsibility for professional development.
  • Embrace philosophy of one actively engaged in lifelong learning.
  • Demonstrate and models Process documentation for clarity and consistency.
  • Maintain current knowledge of all changes affecting area of work.
  • Conduct self in a professional manner and follows and support the core values, commitments, and behaviors.
  • Maintain appropriate professional appearance and confidentiality.


  • Actively represents KZCF at community-based meetings and events which may require evening and weekend engagement throughout the year
  • Actively participate in meetings, committees, and volunteer opportunities within the organization
  • Apply an anti-racism analysis and engage with others in support of learning ways to advance collective DEI understanding and skills.
  • Participate as a team member utilizing a collaborative style to achieve mutual goals.
  • Provide proactive, creative cross-functional thinking and ideas to enhance services to customers.
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively with others.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:


  • Master’s degree or an equivalent combination of training and relevant experience in consulting and facilitation skills with individuals, groups, and organizations; program planning, development, and administration; and knowledge of public policy
  • At least two to four years of progressively more responsible experience in the following areas:
  • Not-for-profit, public sector, philanthropy, or business; or a combination of two or more sectors
  • Grant writing or grant review
  • Relating to diverse groups of people and professionals in a variety of fields
  • Working with boards of directors and a broad range of constituencies
  • Representing organizational positions within community settings
  • Developing recommendations based on organizational mission and values
  • Working both independently and as a team member
  • Research and evaluation
  • Prioritizing multiple projects and working under pressure
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interact, communicate, and collaborate with people from all cultural backgrounds.
  • Must have the ability, judgment, poise, and personal capabilities to build and maintain trust.
  • In-depth knowledge/understanding of computers including general business software (i.e., Microsoft Office 365).
  • Ability to work full-time, including evenings
  • Deep understanding of both theory and practice related to racial justice/racial equity
  • Deep personal commitment to addressing racism, with an orientation toward the Kalamazoo community
  • Ability to work across various sectors with a wide variety of partners
  • Willingness to learn and be adaptive to support a complex and evolving body of work

Location Requirements:

  • The Kalamazoo Community Foundation’s employee health and safety is a top priority. With the COVID-19 pandemic still posing a threat to public health, Foundation employees may temporarily work from home. Please note this remote work policy is only in effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic while public health guidelines strongly recommend work from home when feasible. This policy will be reviewed when public health guidelines or business needs change.

Physical/Mental Requirements:

  • While working virtually, must ensure remote environment has consistent access to high-speed internet, generally free from distractions.
  • Work in well-lit, pleasant, smoke-free office.
  • Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time.
  • Able to stoop, bend and move intermittently to do filing and move equipment and supplies necessary for job function.
  • Involves frequent repetitive movement associated with extended periods of keyboarding.
  • Frequently involves extended workdays and periodically involves irregular work hours.
  • Occasional travel and/or overnight work schedules at multiple work sites.
  • Requires attention to detail and ability to concentrate on figures, paperwork, data, etc.
  • Frequent pressures related to meeting deadlines and fulfilling scheduling requirements.
  • Frequent distracting influences such as people, phone calls, noise and so forth.
  • Frequent simultaneous handling of multiple tasks and intermittent or cyclical work pressures.
  • Occasionally requires on-call availability to handle work problems, emergencies/crisis situations etc.
  • While performing work in the community, possible exposure to risks associated with work outside of the office environment.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.  To successfully perform the job, individuals must be able to satisfactorily perform each essential duty.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

How to apply: Please send resume and cover letter to with the role you are applying for in the subject line.

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