Career Opportunities

AAACF is pleased to be adding two new positions to our team. Click on a position below to learn more!

Philanthropy Associate

Philanthropy Associate


The Philanthropy Associate (a full-time role) is responsible for providing exceptional customer service and for deepening relationships with current and potential AAACF supporters in Washtenaw County. This full-time staff member will be part of a small but efficient team that assists individuals in helping to achieve their philanthropic goals through both current and legacy gifts. AAACF helps support the dynamic local nonprofit sector through permanent endowed funds as well as recommended grants through donor-advised funds. The Philanthropy Associate reports directly to the Vice President for Philanthropy and will work closely with the Philanthropic Services Manager, both seasoned philanthropy professionals who are committed to growth of the field and mentorship. This position will work collaboratively with the entire AAACF team.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Philanthropy Associate must be able to take and implement direction, anticipate needs and expectations (of both internal and external constituents), and deliver results in a timely and effective manner. The position requires the ability to manage multiple assignments and tasks simultaneously. AAACF’s education and engagement of the community occurs through personal interaction as well as through numerous events/ workshops and various communications and materials, all of which this position will help to support and produce. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Donor relations and services for existing fundholders and donors
  • Generating print and electronic communications, including e-newsletters
  • Managing event logistics, such as donor gatherings and philanthropy workshops

Experience and Education

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Professionalism, diplomacy, and strong judgment, including respecting confidential and sensitive data
  • 1-3 years of experience working in fundraising, customer service, or philanthropy
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office products, and experience in working with databases
  • Comfort in working with persons of wealth, financial acumen, and an interest in understanding planned giving vehicles

Desired Skills and Personal Qualities

  • Commitment to AAACF’s mission and dedication to development and philanthropy
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Familiarity with Washtenaw County issues, nonprofits, and communities
  • Graphic design skills or interest in developing them
  • A positive, problem-solving mindset, team-first orientation, sense of humor and the ability to effectively navigate potentially stressful situations

Compensation and Benefits

Total compensation beyond the $40,000 salary includes generous benefits: highly subsidized personal health insurance (partially subsidized family); life, short-term disability, and long-term disability insurances; a retirement savings plan including a robust matching program and free retirement consulting services; competitive paid time off and leave policy; and medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts.

To Apply for This Position

Email a cover letter and resume to The cover letter should be addressed to Dr. Shelley Strickland, VP─Philanthropy. You may also direct questions about this posting to (no phone calls, please). Applications will be accepted until January 24, 2020.

Director, Ann Arbor Entrepreneurs Fund Initiative

Director, Ann Arbor Entrepreneurs Fund Initiative

About the Ann Arbor Entrepreneurs Fund and the New Director Role

Launched in 2019, the Ann Arbor Entrepreneurs Fund Initiative (A2EF) links local high-growth, entrepreneurial founders to each other and to our community. A2EF is intended to serve as a vibrant hub for peer learning and networking; raise the visibility of the local entrepreneurial sector; enable founders to engage their staff in community-based activities; serve as an important recruiting tool for attracting talent to the Ann Arbor area; and tie local business success to community success. Entrepreneurs participating in A2EF commit 1% of their company’s equity (or 1% annual profit for venture fund partners) to the Ann Arbor Entrepreneurs Fund, a permanent community impact endowment fund governed by the Foundation’s Board. AAACF believes that this link between equity and a permanent charitable fund is the first of its kind in the Midwest. In addition to these commitments, A2EF members also make an annual contribution to defray the initiative’s expenses. To date A2EF has attracted 18 members, five of whom currently serve on a Steering Committee that guides our work.

The A2EF Director is brand-new role expected to accelerate and catalyze the development and growth of A2EF. It is currently a two-year, term-limited position with potential the extend in duration as the initiative grows. The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience working in or adjacent to the high-growth (venture-funded) entrepreneurial sector
  • The ability to earn the respect of, engage, and inspire entrepreneurs
  • The ability to leverage existing networks, or quickly develop new networks, to grow the A2EF membership
  • The ability to plan, organize, and implement a new enterprise
  • A demonstrated passion for linking business success to community success


The annual salary range for the A2EF Director will be $80,000 - $90,000 plus generous benefits, including highly subsidized personal health insurance; partially subsidized family health insurance; life, short-term disability, and long-term disability insurances; a retirement savings plan including a robust matching program and free retirement consulting services; competitive paid time off and leave policy; and health and childcare flexible spending accounts.
AAACF has received generous donor support that enables funding of the Director role for a two-year Pilot Phase (2020-21). AAACF’s goal is for A2EF to achieve a scale and breadth of support that enables continuation of the Director role beyond the Pilot Phase.

Working Relationships

The core team for advancing A2EF will be the Director (as internal and external lead), the CEO (as the Director’s supervisor and as an active partner in advancing the work), and the Philanthropic Services Manager (as a teammate who adds staff capacity). The A2EF Steering Committee, consisting of several A2EF members, will play a critical advisory role for the Director.
More generally, the Director will regularly coordinate with AAACF’s Administrative team (for office, events, and logistics support), the Philanthropy team (for marketing/communications, member prospecting, and additional events support), the Finance Team (for financial and regulatory compliance), and the Community Investment team (for educating A2EF members about the community and about grantmaking). The Director will not initially have any direct reports.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Design: The Director will lead A2EF beyond its initial conceptual framework through the following ongoing activities:

  • Develop a continuous feedback loop with entrepreneurs so that A2EF develops into an entrepreneur-driven community enterprise that reflects the highest priorities of local entrepreneurs
  • Benchmark parallel and adjacent initiatives from other parts of the country to identify successful programmatic elements that should be imported into Washtenaw County
  • Leverage the feedback from entrepreneurs and national benchmarking to identify key A2EF programmatic elements that will high value to A2EF members
  • Use the Steering Committee as a sounding board on new concepts prior to implementation
  • Continually refine membership criteria for purposes of ensuring a valuable peer-to-peer experience as well as providing clarity to those interested in joining the initiative
  • Development and ongoing maintenance of the A2EF branding, in coordination with AAACF staff and existing brand standards

Operations: Although the Director will have support from other AAACF staff, this will be a hands-on role with direct engagement in all aspects of the initiative, including:

  • Establishment of a regular meet-up schedule and ongoing communications and other activities that keeps A2EF members engaged with one another and with the initiative
  • Planning, coordination, and implementation of each meet-up, the content of which could vary significantly from meeting to meeting (e.g., expert speakers, facilitated peer-to-peer learning, community education, service outings, happy hours, site visits, etc.)
  • Regular convening of the A2EF Steering Committee for feedback and guidance
  • External coordination with all outside groups (e.g., vendors, guest speakers, nonprofits, etc.) that contribute to the success of meet-ups and other A2EF activities
  • Internal coordination with AAACF staff to ensure everyone is rowing in the same direction
  • Active coordination (and in some cases, direct delivery) of any other services or activities provided to A2EF members through the initiative
  • Robust record-keeping to track prospects, members, contributions, events, and activities
  • Continuous budget and scope of work management to ensure that the initiative stays within available financial and staff capacity
  • Management of the A2EF brand, marketing and communications strategies

Growth and Diversity: A2EF must establish a critical mass of participants to become a valuable network and to achieve financial sustainability. The Director will engage in:

  • Active prospecting of potential A2EF members via direct contact and peer-to-peer coordination
  • One-on-one cultivation of potential A2EF members
  • Strategic, targeted efforts to maximize the diversity of membership so that A2EF reflects our community
  • Ongoing stewardship of existing A2EF members
  • Ongoing conversations with potential funders in coordination with the CEO and AAACF’s Philanthropy team
  • Coordination with other AAACF staff to continually enhance the visibility of A2EF through marketing, communications, presentations, and other channels

Partnerships: The Ann Arbor area provides a rich ecosystem of potential partners who can enrich A2EF’s value proposition. The Director will:

  • Cultivate local networking partners that could provide member referrals to A2EF or opportunities for visibility with potential members
  • Cultivate local service partners who can deliver additional value to A2EF members
  • Cultivate local operating partners that bolster A2EF’s capacity (e.g., co-location spaces, in-kind services, etc.)

Team-First Approach: Unlike all other positions at AAACF, the A2EF Director will be focused on a single initiative. This makes it imperative for the Director to embrace the culture and broader mission of AAACF. To that end, the Director will:

  • Understand and prioritize the mission, vision, and strategic goals of AAACF
  • Act as a strong teammate where there is a reciprocal giving and receiving of value with other staff
  • Conduct oneself in a professional and positive manner internally and externally
  • Follow and support AAACF policies and procedures

Experience and Education:

  • Five or more years of progressively responsible experience with supporting or facilitating organizational growth in:
    a high growth industry OR
    an economic development/business incubation agency OR
    a start-up OR
    an entrepreneurial venture OR
    a venture capital or angel investing fiduciary role
  • A Degree relating to Business, Entrepreneurship, or a related field; OR an equivalent combination of experience and education
  • A minimum of 3 years experience in a role that required leading, influencing or coordinating groups of external stakeholders

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:


  • Strong understanding of the high-growth entrepreneurial sector
  • Ability to effectively engage with entrepreneurs and stakeholders
  • Ability to vision opportunities and create alliances or programs to drive the initiative
  • Ability to make independent decisions consistent with the AAACF’s strategies and policies
  • Ability to bring clarity to ambiguity and uncertainty
  • Highly effective facilitation skills
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong technology software and systems skills
  • Strong budget management skills


  • Deep understanding of the Washtenaw County entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • An understanding of the role and importance of philanthropy in the vibrancy of our community

To Apply for This Position

Please email a cover letter and resume to The cover letter should be addressed to Neel Hajra, CEO. You may also direct questions about this job opening to (no phone calls, please). This position will remain posted until it is filled.

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