Systems and Information Manager

The Kresge Foundation is metro Detroit's largest private, national foundation, with more than $3.5 billion in its endowment, a growing staff of nearly 100 employees and a mission to expand opportunities in America's cities for low-income people. We do this through grant making and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development efforts in Detroit. The Detroit Program is one of the foundation's signature efforts, reflecting our commitment to working in America's most challenging and dynamic cities and our belief in strategic, interdisciplinary, collective, and innovative approaches to urban revitalization.

The foundation has a state-of-the-art campus located in Troy, which includes an 1850s farmhouse, a LEED-Platinum certified wing and a newly opened expansion that includes a cafeteria and convening center. It also has an office in Midtown Detroit.

The Kresge Foundation offers a competitive total compensation package including health, employer-paid dental, vision, basic life insurance, short and long-term disability, generous paid time off, free breakfast, lunch, and snacks, and an attractive 401k plan with employer match and 10% employer contribution. We also provide robust employee learning and development opportunities and tuition reimbursement. We promote and support a healthy and green work environment and encourage intellectual curiosity where we embrace and live out our values of creativity, respect, opportunity, partnership, and stewardship.

Available Position: Systems and Information Manager

The Systems and Information Manager serves as the lead systems administrator of the Foundation’s grants management system, including training, maintenance, support and building adhoc and custom reports. The role is a strategic partner to Program, Social Investment, Learning and Evaluation, Finance, IT and Communications for systems reporting and information.

The Systems and Information Manager plans, evaluates, acquires, implements and manages strategic information gathering, categorization, visualization and analysis systems and tools to meet the Foundation’s objectives.

Primary responsibilities of the Systems and Information Manager Position include:

  • Serves as the lead system administrator of the Foundation’s grants management system.
  • Administers user setup and maintains user rights for all databases – namely Fluxx, Guidestar, and Bridger.
  • Directs installation and testing of all database systems.
  • Determines systems and information objectives and develops user-driven specifications for new systems.
  • Evaluates vendor supplied hardware and software solutions with Information Technology through demonstrations, direct product evaluations, product research, and reference checks.
  • Provides training for staff in the use of all databases through in-house training or through external training providers.
  • Tests and installs program updates and service packs when issued.
  • Sets-up and maintains preferences, codes, and templates.
  • Defines custom report requirements with users and develop reports for all databases.
  • Serves as a resource for primary users and coordinate the modification and improvement of systems.
  • Evaluates and implements enhancements to existing technology to increase effectiveness, accuracy and efficiency.
  • Develops and implements policies, procedures, and standards to ensure security and confidentiality of all records, accuracy, integrity and completeness of data.
  • Works with the Director of Program Operations and Information Management to develop annual budget and track expenditures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Strong commitment to the Foundation's vision and values with the ability to demonstrate that commitment in daily interactions.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Seven to ten years of systems administration experience.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server, Crystal Reports, PC-based accounting software, grants management systems and Windows-based spreadsheet and word processing software (Microsoft Office family of products preferable).
  • Experience with coding and building custom reports required.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a matrixed team environment.

For consideration or nominations please send cover letter and resume with salary requirements to by April 11, 2016.

The Kresge Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women and LGBT applicants.