Opportunities

We welcome those interested in the following opportunities: Volunteers & Interns, Employment, Board Members, and Independent Contractors for Poverty Education Workshops

Employment Opportunities

The Casework Manager role to lead the program team and work with Kent County churches. They will oversee all aspects of casework, congregation pod networks, training, and congregation partnerships. The Congregation Connections Casework team works with congregations throughout Kent County in responding to benevolence needs, including coordinating the referral process, assessing and verifying requests, and submitting payments to program vendors.  The Casework Manager must have a commitment to working in an ecumenical, faith based ministry and have knowledge and experience with the systems of poverty as well as anti-racism work. We are looking for a team player who can also work independently. View the full position description. Think you’re a phenomenal fit for us? Submit cover letter and resume to jobs@accessofwestmichigan.org by August 5th.

The Part-Time Program Manager is primarily responsible for the Good Food Systems programs and offerings, including coordinating the Good Food partner group, overseeing partner agreement execution, all data capture and management, and implementing our Collaborating for Transformational Justice in the Food System programming. The Program Manager has the ability to connect the Access Good Food vision to detailed oversight of the logistics that make our programming thrive. This role will successfully build and maintain relationships with partners and represent the values of Access. The Program Manager must have a solid ability to set strategic goals and create benchmarks for getting there. With a Shared Leadership organizational structure, we do not micromanage staff but have high expectations for their ability to be creative, achieve goals, and be a team player while contributing to our close-knit culture. View the full position description. Think you’re a phenomenal fit for us? Submit cover letter and resume to jobs@accessofwestmichigan.org by July 17, 2023.

Internship & Volunteer Opportunities

Want to gain experience with or support the work of a creative, innovative non-profit? Internship and volunteer opportunities in each of our programs exist for 5-15 hours weekly.  The volunteer positions include: Communications & Marketing, Special Events, Poverty Education Administration, Congregation Casework Intern, Good Food Systems Program Assistance, and Fund Development. Below are several internship position descriptions. For more information fill out the form at the bottom of this page or contact Alaina Dobkowski at alaina@accessofwestmichigan.org.

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Board Member Opportunity

Board members at Access provide essential support, oversight and strategic guidance. They are charged with making decisions and providing guidance that will uphold the integrity of Access’ mission. We are seeking board members who are committed to addressing poverty in our area and/or have direct experience with issues of poverty. We are particularly excited about candidates that have served on nonprofit boards or have expertise in accounting, board development, board governance, fundraising, human resources, information technology (IT), law, strategic planning. Access is comprised of a minimum of 12 board positions. Board officers include a Board Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. We are seeking applications on an ongoing basis and will discuss potential candidates at our bi-monthly board meetings. To further our commitment to fostering an environment that represents the diversity of the community we serve, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for our board without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status. We strongly believe our mission is best achieved through a wide variety of perspectives at all intersections of the human experience. View the full Volunteer Board Member Position Description. Think you’re a phenomenal fit for us or interested in learning more? Submit cover letter and resume to info@accessofwestmichigan.org.

Request for Independent Contractors for Poverty Education Workshops

Request Overview: Independent Contractors with Access’ Poverty Education program are responsible for helping Access of West Michigan accomplish its mission to strengthen and develop wholistic solutions to poverty by cultivating equitable systems through education and collaboration. Poverty Education workshops exists to overcome misconceptions about poverty and motivate participants to become involved in activities that reduce poverty in our communities, as well as provide economic opportunity for our workshop Contractors. Our workshops are designed to provide insight into what living within a typical low-income family is like through role-playing the lives of various family types living in poverty. The workshops create economic development opportunities for those living within poverty by employing staffers who have firsthand experience of life in poverty, as well as providing education and advocacy opportunities for over two thousand community members each year.

Independent Contractors (IC’s) will perform a variety of roles in our well-known and highly-requested Poverty Education Workshops. This will require traveling to various locations throughout Michigan while learning and performing multiple positions in our hands-on role playing Poverty Education Workshop. IC’s will engage with community members for 2.5 hours and assist them in their attempt to navigate through the systematic barriers of poverty. Other tasks assigned may include set up, training and onboarding of IC’s, assisting the workshop host, assisting the workshop facilitator, and a variety of tasks that could be requested on location. This position helps to not only educate the communities we serve but also gives IC’s an opportunity to share their personal story related to experience with poverty or inequity and personal insights on how poverty or earning low-income wages have affected them. IC’s contract with Access at a rate of $45 per workshop completed.

NOTE: As a contracted worker, this position is not eligible for benefits (healthcare or paid time off), coverage under FLSA, or other benefits or protections of being a permanent employee under Access of West Michigan.

For the full Poverty Education Contractor Request and more information click here. Submit interest to poved@accessofwestmichigan.org.