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Director of Civic Initiatives

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 18, 2022

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Jobs Outside Academe, Educational Service Providers
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Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation

Director of Civic Initiatives



The Director of Civic Initiatives will strategize, plan, direct, team-build, and manage the outreach and learning opportunities initiated by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation’s DeVos Learning Center. 

The Director of Civic Initiatives will have a passion for and experience in:

• Advancing knowledge of history, civics, government, public service, and leadership

• Traditional and non-traditional education

• Strong team player with the ability to foster collaborations with groups around the country

• Strong communication skills – oral, written, and digital

• Ability to initiate and oversee outreach to historically marginalized communities

• Familiarity with interactive museum experiences and how to expand and/or connect them to learning beyond the museum visit itself

• Ability to oversee the development of age-appropriate curricula

• Ability to improve the learning experiences of visitors

• Ability to develop mentoring programs

• Ability to oversee the development of new technologies for learning

• Social/digital media platform development and engagement

• Experience in leading a team and engaging staff and volunteers

• Evaluating initiatives through metrics and other measures of success



Additional Qualifications:

• 7+ years as a proven leader with management experience:

o Hire, direct, and train DeVos Learning Center staff and Foundation staff and volunteers

o Showcase best practices in outreach and marketing with proven results

o Strong communicator, willing to engage with other institutions

o Ability to model a servant leadership style among staff and volunteers

o Encourage volunteer support at all levels

o Responsibility for the development and management of the annual budget

• Strong, professional etiquette 



• Education relevant to the experience and qualifications

• Openness to explore new ideas that will help design a strong learning environment

• Personal interest in history, politics, leadership, and core values centered on character-building


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