We’re Hiring: Senior Manager of Program and Operations, Michigan Justice Fund

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The Opportunity

The Senior Manager of Program and Operations, Michigan Justice Fund (MJF), will provide leadership, management, and guidance in support of MJF’s grantmaking, fundraising, and special initiatives. This role is funded through the end of 2026 with the possibility of extending beyond 2026. Individuals with lived experience of the criminal legal system are encouraged to apply.

The ideal candidate will bring experience and passion for systems change work, aptitude to support the development of strategy, and a penchant for bold, imaginative ideas. A demonstrated commitment to criminal legal reform and a focus on race equity work are required.

About the Michigan Justice Fund

The Michigan Justice Fund (MJF) is a funders’ collaborative that makes investments to stem the flow of individuals into the criminal justice system, supports the investment of public dollars to community-driven alternatives to incarceration, and works to ensure that those who are returning home after incarceration receive the support they need to flourish.

The Michigan Justice Fund is comprised of Michigan-based and national funders dedicated to advancing justice reform and the economic mobility of individuals with criminal convictions in Michigan. MJF is a statewide initiative. The Fund is housed at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, a multi-faceted, full-service philanthropic organization leading the way to positive change in southeast Michigan.

Learn more about the initiative here.


  • Develop and maintain comprehensive knowledge of assigned program areas and aligning them with MJF goals.
  • Assist in developing program elements for MJF’s initiatives and grantmaking strategies.
  • Monitor and advance MJF’s strategic priorities, programmatic goals, and program metrics.
  • Report on grants, fundraising, and projects to MJF funders.
  • Cultivate strong relationships with external partners, and community organizations, serving as a convener and facilitator.
  • Plan and coordinate MJF advisory groups, steering committee funders, and grantee cohorts, considering field needs. Address general inquiries about the MJF, ensuring consistency with the organization’s team.
  • Maintain MJF files within the organization’s electronical filling system.
  • Create content for MJF and the organization’s publications in collaboration with the Marketing and Communications department.
  • Support the management and organization of MJF events and participate in related activities as assigned by the senior MJF staff.
  • Identify programs and projects across the state that will leverage funding resources.
  • Supervise grant submissions, communicate with applicants, collaborate with organization staff to align, enhance, and maximize the impact of grantmaking and concurrently develop and manage diverse grant programs.
  • Serve as liaison between grantees and MJF staff and MJF funders.
  • Manage ongoing communication with MJF grantees throughout the grant lifecycle, ensuring compliance with IRS regulations and handle communications with declined funding applicants.
  • Collaborate with the MJF Director in managing reporting for the MJF steering committee.
  • Perform additional duties as required.

Required Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent written and verbal skills, organization skills, and project management along with the ability to think creatively, critically, and analytically, while maintaining strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrate an inquisitive personality within collaborative environment, coupled with strong interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with individuals from diverse cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds and communities.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in managing confidential information with sound judgment and discretion.
  • Initiative in managing multiple projects with tight deadlines and demonstrating presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, project management software (Asana), document management (Box), grant management software (Fluxx), and other technological software.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree and/or more than 5 years of relevant work experience preferred.
  • Required experience working in youth justice, criminal legal and/or immigrant rights.
  • Demonstrated application of race equity lens through personal and professional experiences.
  • Possessing a working knowledge of nonprofit organizations, a plus.

Benefits & Salary

The targeted salary for those entering this role is $86,000 – $103,200.

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan offers a robust benefits package including 20 days of vacation accrued monthly, 5 personal days, 13 holidays, 9 sick days accrued monthly, paid parental leave, and employer paid short/long-term disability.

The Community Foundation also offers a pension retirement program after 1 year of service which contributes 10% of salary.

Application Instructions

Internal applicants will be considered first. The application deadline for all applications is March 1, 2024.

Please send your cover letter and resume to Livia Slebodnik, Human Resources Generalist at:

To provide equal employment opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions will be based on merit, qualifications and abilities without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, height, weight, political or union affiliation, disability or any factor prohibited by law.

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