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Employment Opportunities

The YWCA West Central Michigan is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The following employment opportunities are available at the YWCA West Central Michigan:

Supervised Parenting Time/Safe Exchange Monitor

Date Posted: 10/23/2017


The YWCA West Central Michigan, an organization committed to eliminating racism, empowering women and girls, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all is seeking a part time Supervised Parenting Time/Safe Exchange Monitor. This position is for 10 - 15 hours per week, $13.15 per hour.

Daily schedule varies. Evenings and weekends are typical. Occasional holiday work is required.

General Summary of Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Program Manager of Safe Connections, the individual in this position will be responsible for monitoring parenting time and exchanges of children in court ordered cases of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, child abuse and or child sexual abuse. This person will also be responsible for coordinating either parenting time or exchange schedules for parents.


A bachelor's degree in social work and 2 years' experience working with families on parenting, child care, household management, nutrition and budgeting is required. Additional experience in human or social services, particularly with regard to knowledge of domestic violence and child abuse, is preferred. Applicants must possess a valid Michigan driver's license, have up to date auto insurance and access to personal transportation for business purposes. Additional Information

Applicants must have demonstrated experience working with diverse populations, be a "self-starter", and possess excellent record-keeping, customer service, written and oral communication and organization skills. Applicants must also possess the ability to be assertive in client interaction and to remain diplomatic in stressful situations. Experience with Microsoft Office computer applications required. The individual in this position must be independently mobile and have access to reliable transportation. Bilingual skills in Spanish preferred. Applicants must exhibit a high level of energy, a positive attitude, strong attention to detail and professionalism.

Apply to:

Submit resumes to:

Ruthie Paulson
Safe Connections Manager
YWCA West Central Michigan
25 Sheldon Boulevard SE
Grand Rapids MI 49503
(Fax) 616-459-0392
(E-mail) rpaulson@ywcawcmi.org

Please submit resumes by 5:00 pm Thursday, November 30, 2017


Donor Relations Coordinator

Date Posted: 11/15/2017


The YWCA West Central Michigan, an organization committed to empowering women, promoting diversity, and advocating for justice and equality is looking for a Donor Relations Coordinator to join our Development and Communications Team and the YWCA family. This is a newly created position that is the first step in our planned, multi-year department expansion and which is building on an already well-respected and tenured Development and Communications Team.

The YWCA is fortunate beyond words to have a corps of committed and passionate friends, supporters, and stakeholders. We want to communicate and engage with them more meaningfully and frequently. They're great and they deserve it. We also need to make those soon-to-be-friends better aware of the amazing, unique work the YWCA does and the tremendous value it has in our community. That's where you come in.

The Role
The Donor Relations Coordinator will work closely with the other members of the YWCA's Development and Communications Team who are already connecting to various audiences. You'll learn more about these friends, help support the current ways we're engaging them, and participate in everything we need to do in the day-to-day management of these activities. This will include things like database management, gift acknowledgements, fundraising event coordination, monthly e-newsletters, social media, and communication messaging. And while much of your time will be spent on helping keep the things that are already in place running smoothly, your specific niche will be establishing a high-touch, multi-generational, individualized stewardship program that will centralize, coordinate, and expand our engagement work. In short, you'll be helping keep us all on track and create a stronger foundation that will allow us to grow.

The YWCA is known statewide for - and prides itself on - excellence, cultural and professional competence, exemplary victim-focused care, a shared commitment to doing what needs to be done to mitigate the impact of domestic and sexual violence, and to address the intersectionality of racism and interpersonal violence. We are smart. We bring our best game every day. We have high expectations. We work hard because the work matters. We take care of one another. We respect one another. We constantly improve ourselves, individually and collectively. We listen. We laugh.

Who We Are Looking For
The Donor Relations Coordinator is an enjoyable person to be around who is comfortable running a meeting, providing guidance and support to volunteers, visiting with major donors, making coffee, de-duping lists, tracking call notes, or quietly taking minutes. S/he is generally knowledgeable about the issues we address, an exceptional writer, great at speaking with clarity, graciously diplomatic, and highly detail-oriented. S/he enjoys putting systems and procedures into place. For those who like metaphors, the Donor Relations Coordinator can not only make the train run on time, s/he also knows how to map out the route. A genuine appreciation for feedback, a willingness to pivot, and taking initiative to learn will earn her/him admiration and gratitude from colleagues. Because we are a fundraising and communications shop, having hands-on experience in non-profits (preferrably on a fundraising team) and knowledge of donor databases is extremely helpful. It would be equally helpful if s/he has experience with the tools we use: MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, DonorPerfect, MailChimp, Wordpress, and InDesign. A sense of humor and steadfast commitment to use of the Oxford comma are required.

Within the first five months, a structure and timeline for the stewardship program should be in place and in operation. Success for this position will be measured using traditionally-accepted development metrics: donor retention and acquistion, and the number and type of engagement activities. The first year will be used to establish benchmarks.

Next Step
If you're interested in joining our well-oiled machine/ big, noisy family, send your cover letter and resume by USPS, fax, or email as listed below. Be sure to clearly outline specifically how your experience will help make this position successful. The deadline is Friday, December 1, 2017. We will acknowledge receipt of all applications the following week.

Apply to:

Please, no telephone calls.

Submit resumes by 5:00 pm, Friday, December 1, 2017 to:

Donor Relations Coordinator Position
Attn: YWCA Development and Communications Office
25 Sheldon Blvd., SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
f) 616.459.5423

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