The Kresge Foundation is one of the top 20 private foundations in the United States. With a $3.8 billion endowment and a staff of over 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
We are currently accepting applications for the positions below. All applicants must apply online via the Kresge Career Center, unless specified in the position description below. First-time applicants will be required to register and create an account.
Open positions are usually posted for 30 to 60 days. We do not accept unsolicited applications, and neither do we take calls regarding the status of applications.
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.
The Foundation is seeking nominations and applications for a Managing Director to provide vision and leadership to its Health Program.
To apply: Kresge is partnering with Katherine Jacobs, Carolyn Ho, Cara Pearsall and Catherine Seneviratne of NPAG.
The Foundation is seeking nominations and applications for an Investment Director to provide vision and leadership to its Investment Team.
To apply: Kresge is partnering with Aaron Clubb and Renee Neri of Heidrick and Struggles.
We offer our employees a total rewards package that includes these benefits:
- Healthcare coverage and employer-paid dental and vision coverage
- 401(K) employer-contribution and employee-match programs
- Life insurance and short and long-term disability insurance at no cost
- Employee assistance program, along with travel and identity theft support at no cost
- Generous paid time off
- Wellness program
- 3:1 matching gifts program to 501(c)(3) organizations
- Tuition reimbursement
- Robust professional development opportunities
- Breakfast, lunch and snacks daily for a minimal charge
- Healthy, green work environment
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 pursue fairness, justice and dignity for all
We promote an inclusive culture that embraces our shared humanity while critically examining the racial, cultural and social context of systemic inequities in our society. We believe that equity is both a process and an outcome and therefore are compelled to relentlessly use our power to dismantle barriers that impede equitable opportunity for each other and for the communities that we serve. Read the full statement here.
How we seek to improve the lives of low-income people living in America’s cities and how we invest in our staff
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.
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 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.
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.”
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 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.
Here is what an applicant can expect after applying for a position via the Kresge Career Center:
- Kresge confirms receipt of each application by email.
- The foundation considers applications after the posting is closed and identifies individuals to move on to the interview process.
- The interview process includes an initial screening, first-round interviews, and a final round of interviews at Kresge’s headquarters. Additional interviews may be required.
- Applicants not selected for the position will be notified by email.
- The hiring process can take 3-6 months.