Director, Research & Planning (CMF)

The Council of Michigan Foundations is a leadership organization that serves Michigan philanthropy.  CMF 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.


Michigan’s nonpartisan Office of Foundation Liaison (OFL) was created in 2003 at the suggestion of Michigan philanthropic leaders and is supported by the government. The office is the first of its kind, a unique state-level partnership between the State of Michigan, the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) and the Foundation Liaison Advisory Committee (FLAC). The work is guided by the mission and goals established by the advisory committee and led by the Foundation Liaison. The newly created director position will work closely with the Foundation Liaison and other members of the team to accomplish the mission of the office through its goals of promoting mutual understanding; serving as a trusted source of data; and facilitating strategic joint investments in three key issue areas with a strong emphasis on social justice and equity for marginalized individuals and communities:

  • Strengthening and advancing P-20 education
  • Supporting workforce development
  • Promoting positive health outcomes

The director will work with the Foundation Liaison to jointly identify opportunities that align with the priorities and within the context of the FLAC approved goals and priorities for the office. The director will also be expected to work closely with the CMF Director of Learning Services and other colleagues to identify opportunities for collaboration with CMF’s network of affinity groups.  The director, with guidance of the Foundation Liaison, will assess available possibilities, refine options, conduct research, plan, convene existing and potential partners, build networks across sectors, and recommend improvements to systems to ensure that more Michigan children and families will thrive.  The director will also work with the Foundation Liaison to promote positive engagement with the Governor’s Office with a specific focus on the Policy team and departmental leadership that aligns with our three issue areas.  The director will be expected to contribute to the overall mission and goals of CMF as appropriate.

This position supervises the program coordinator and may supervise other staff or consultants as assigned.  The director may also represent the office on behalf of the Foundation Liaison as directed.


The annual salary range for this director position is $82,000 - $95,000. 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.


Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter and resume to Tammie TenBroeke at [email protected]. Items must be received no later than Friday, September 3, 2021.

The Council of Michigan Foundations is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All correspondence will remain confidential.

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  • Elyse Gordon
    published this page in Job Board 2021-08-27 12:34:27 -0400