Program Coordinator

CMF’s work focuses on emboldening and equipping Michigan philanthropy in the relentless pursuit of equitable systems and inclusive diversity, 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 strategic 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.

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The Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) seeks a dynamic and engaged individual to help us advance our mission to lead, strengthen and support Michigan's community. This full-time role provides significant leadership, input and support in the design, development and implementation of CMF education and engagement programs, learning activities and related services and supports as assigned by the Director of Learning Services.

Duties of the role

The following responsibilities are descriptions of current areas of work of CMF, each aligned with areas of the CMF strategic framework. 

  • Manage a portfolio of Learning Services programs and peer communities. For each, identify annual outcomes aligned to CMF’s framework objectives and member interest, working in collaboration with CMF members, staff and partners. Work with the Office of Foundation Liaison and Government Relations Public Policy team to align select learning services programs with public policy goals and domains.
  • Codesign engagement strategies to maximize the impact of programs and peer communities. 
  • Serve as an effective communicator and liaison between members and staff, continually building relationships, supporting connections with peers and partners in the field, and providing technical assistance and problem-solving support.
  • Monitor news, trends and data related to key issue areas and sector areas of focus. Research topics and potential speakers connected to those areas of focus. Curate and share information with program and peer community co-chairs and members. 
  • Schedule programs (i.e., meetings, convenings) on CMF’s calendar in partnership with team members and in consideration of other events and observances. Coordinate and execute key aspects of program communications and work with the communications team to support program promotions and storytelling.  
  • Lead program planning calls with members and speakers/facilitators to develop agendas and learning goals, consider appropriate session formats and finalize session design. Direct and coordinate the efforts of staff, consultants and volunteers providing program support. Develop and oversee contracts with approved vendors and locations to be used for events and meetings. Conduct pre-program run-throughs and oversee day-of program logistics and execution. Analyze program evaluation data.
  • Support department collaboration and efforts broadly, including future program planning and the development of key resources (i.e., budgets, procedures, presentation materials, forms, etc.). 
  • Assist with programming development and implementation for the CMF Annual Conference in partnership with team members and the Annual Conference Program Committee. 
  • Proactively communicate with the Director of Learning Services on program, project, peer community and initiative status updates, deadlines, challenges and successes. 
  • Perform other tasks and duties as assigned. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Demonstrated leadership and commitment to CMF values – equity, diversity, inclusion, integrity, collaboration and engagement.
  • Outstanding organizer, planner, facilitator and collaborator.
  • Creative and curious; a systems thinker. 
  • Action-oriented and takes initiative; self-motivated and self-directed with a strong work ethic; dependable; demonstrates ability to work well independently and in teams. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong customer-service orientation; committed to relationship building; pleasant and positive. 
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks concurrently in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a strategic focus; adaptable to changing environments.
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite. 


  • At least three years of experience coordinating programs, leadership development or trainings, or demonstrated equivalent.
  • Experience in a nonprofit, foundation or membership organization preferred. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Philanthropy, Public Administration, or related field preferred.

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 oneself clearly/concisely, perform mathematical functions and handle multiple, concurrent tasks.
  • This position requires regular and predictable attendance with flexibility to work both in office and remotely. 

Location: This position will be based in Detroit, Michigan, with some travel required within the Southeast Michigan region and to other areas of the state, as needed.    


The annual starting salary range for this position is $60-65,000. 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. 


Click here for more information or 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 17, 2022

The Council of Michigan Foundations is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All correspondence will remain confidential.

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  • Deanna Norcross
    published this page in Job Board 2022-06-09 10:33:12 -0400