The Kresge Foundation is one of the top 20 private foundations in the United States and is metro Detroit's largest foundation. With a $3.8 billion endowment and a staff of nearly 100 employees, we work 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 community development in Detroit. The foundation’s state-of-the-art headquarters maintains an array of energy-efficient, water-conserving and health-promoting systems. The foundation also operates an office in Detroit’s Midtown district.
Current Career Opportunities
The Kresge Foundation, an Equal Opportunity Employer, seeks to reach a broad and diverse candidate pool when filling vacant positions. We believe that our grantees, employees and the foundation benefit from the various perspectives and talents of a diverse staff.
Fellow – Detroit Program
Application deadline: TBD
Benefits start with you. We offer our employees and their spouses and dependent children a total compensation package that safeguards and looks after all aspects of your life. Some of these benefits include:
- Healthcare coverage and employer-paid dental and vision coverage
- 401(K) employer-contribution and employee-match programs
- Life insurance at no cost
- Short-term and long-term disability insurance
- Employee assistance program, along with travel and identity theft support
- Generous paid time off
- Wellness program
- 3:1 matching gifts program to 501(c)(3) organizations.
We also provide breakfast, lunch and snacks daily, along with robust professional development opportunities and tuition reimbursement. Kresge promotes and supports a healthy and green work environment and the embrace and practice of our values of creativity, respect, opportunity, partnership and stewardship.
How we manage our resources.
We commit to exhibiting the highest levels of integrity, humility, excellence, and an abiding sense of responsibility in acting as stewards of the human, reputational, and financial resources entrusted to us to advance the foundation’s mission and to animate the credo of our founder, Sebastian Kresge to leave “the world a better place than we found it.”Pictured: Chera Reid, Director of Learning and Evaluation
How we treat one another.
We will treat with respect every staff member, and everyone with whom we work, valuing each person’s distinctive background, personal style, and perspectives, while displaying honesty, dignity, kindness, trust, and collegiality in all of our interactions with one another.Pictured: Hugh McDiarmid, Communications Officer, and Kim Heron, Senior Communications Officer
How we approach our work.
We will embrace experimentation, reasoned risk-taking, and continuous improvement, recognizing that we must balance support for proven and effective approaches with the pursuit of new approaches that, although unproven, hold the promise of breaking through stale or unproductive approaches to the seemingly intractable challenges our society faces.
How we work with others.
We will actively seek out and embrace opportunities to partner and support others to devise and implement solutions, recognizing that by cooperating, coordinating, and aligning with others and one another we will leverage collective experience, insight, networks, and resources to more effectively advance the foundation’s mission to promote human progress.
How we invest in our people.
Through the work of our programs and partnerships, we will deploy an array of grantmaking and investing tools to expand opportunities for low-income people living in America’s cities so that they may improve their life circumstance and join the economic mainstream.
We will foster a workplace environment and culture in which staff members have the opportunity to express their talents and ambitions, be acknowledged and rewarded for their achievements, grow in their effectiveness and careers, and see their efforts reflected in a strengthened sense of common purpose.
Summer Fellows are integrated into the team and work closely with Kresge staff members to experience what it’s like to be a program staff member at a foundation. This includes meeting with prospective applicants and current grantees, reviewing letters of inquiry and proposals, conducting due diligence on nonprofit organizations, participating in team review discussions and assisting with various research and analysis projects.
The Fellow will have the opportunity to be exposed to the work of many of Kresge’s grantees and partners in the philanthropic field, as well as explore opportunities for interdisciplinary partnerships across the Kresge program teams.
Pictured: President & CEO Rip Rapson and Vice President, Chief Program and Strategy Officer Ari Simon with Kresge’s 2017 summer interns.
Our Hiring Process
Kresge is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. 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.
When considering applicants, we look for integrity, a vision for what is possible and a proven performance record, along with the education, experience and skills that match the position requirements. If you would like to be part of a creative and collegial team, enjoy a fast-paced work environment dedicated to improving the lives of others and strive to grow professionally, Kresge would like to hear from you.
Full job descriptions and position requirements for all vacant positions can be accessed from the Job Board. Open positions are usually posted for 30 to 60 days.
We do not accept unsolicited applications and encourage interested job seekers to apply only for vacant positions.
Here is what you, as an applicant, can expect:
- Kresge confirms receipt of all applications by email.
- The foundation uses a rolling review process, considering applications in the order received.
- A hiring committee assesses the candidate pool.
- We interview first-round candidates by phone or in person, and invite finalists to Kresge’s headquarters for follow-up interviews.