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Working at Kresge

The Kresge Foundation is one of the top 20 largest private foundations in the U.S. Our staff of over 100 employees works to expand opportunities in America’s cities for people with low incomes. We do this through grantmaking and social investing nationally in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and placed-based work in Detroit, Memphis, New Orleans and other parts of the country.

Our state-of-the-art headquarters maintains an array of energy-efficient, water-conserving and health-promoting features. The foundation also operates an office in Detroit’s Midtown district.

The Values that Power Us


How we approach our work
We embrace risk-taking, balancing proven approaches with those that show promise in solving today’s challenges.


How we work with others
We embrace collaboration to devise and implement solutions, leveraging collective insight, networks and resources.


How we pursue justice and dignity for all
Our inclusive culture embraces shared humanity while examining racial, cultural and socially systemic inequities.


How we treat one another
We value everyone’s background and perspective, and display honesty, kindness and trust in all interactions.


How we seek to improve lives
Through grants and other investing tools, we work to expand opportunities for people living in America’s cities.


How we manage our assets
We exhibit integrity, humility, excellence and responsibility in care of all the foundation’s resources.

Our Hiring Process

When considering applicants, we look for mission-driven, value-based individuals who have a demonstrated performance record, along with the education, experience and skills to match the position requirements. If you strive to grow professionally, would like to be part of a creative and collegial team, and enjoy a fast-paced work environment dedicated to improving the lives of others, Kresge would like to hear from you.


Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage

Kresge offers best-in-class healthcare plan options with comprehensive medical, hospital and prescription drug coverage, along with health and flexible spending account options. The foundation also provides dental insurance and vision coverage at no cost to employees.


The foundation provides a 401(k) retirement savings plan as well as a generous employee-match and employer contributions.

Disability and Life Insurance

Kresge provides short-term and long-term disability and life insurance coverage to employees at no cost. Employees can also choose to purchase additional life insurance coverage for themselves, their spouse and dependents.

Employee Assistance Program and Travel and Identity Theft Support

Kresge’s employees are eligible for free confidential counseling on personal, legal or financial matters to support wellbeing, as well as travel and identity theft support for employees’ digital, on-the-go lives.

Paid Time Off

The foundation provides a generous bank of paid time off for staff to take time away from work.

Wellness Program

Kresge provides employees with ongoing support to maintain or improve their health through a wellness program that includes annual health screenings and onsite flu vaccines for staff and their dependents.

Matching Charitable Gifts Program

Kresge matches employee charitable donations 3-to-1 when made to eligible 501(c)3 organizations in the U.S.

Tuition Reimbursement and Professional Development

Recognizing that the skills and knowledge of its employees are critical to its success, Kresge provides a wide range of professional development opportunities and tuition reimbursement for continuing professional education.

Cafeteria Offering Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks Daily

Named after The Kresge Foundation’s founder, Sebastian’s servery provides breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the day for a nominal fee.

Healthy, Green Work Environment

Our three-acre campus in suburban Detroit is designed for sustainability and productivity. It is anchored by a restored 1850s farmhouse and barn and is surrounded by wetlands and native plants.

Current Openings

We are currently accepting applications for the following positions. All applicants must apply online via The Kresge Foundation’s Career Center, unless specified in the position description. First-time applicants will be required to register and create an account.

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Open positions are usually posted for 30 days. We do not accept unsolicited applications and do not accept calls regarding application status.

The Kresge Foundation, an equal opportunity employer, seeks to reach a broad and diverse candidate pool when filling vacant positions. We strongly encourage applications from people of diverse backgrounds because we believe that the foundation and its work benefit from the various perspectives and talents of a diverse staff. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

Senior Program Officer, Arts and Culture

Kresge is partnering with Koya Partners in this search.

Apply here

Investment Director

Deadline: Midnight EST on July 25, 2024

Apply here