Director of Information Systems & Technology

Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Position Title: Director of Information Systems & Technology
Reports To: VP, People & Operations
Pay Grade H: $101,067 – $123,807
Position Status: Full Time
FLSA Status: Exempt
Posting Dates: January 20, 2023 – February 17, 2023

About KZCF:
KZCF, established in 1925, has the vision of Kalamazoo County being the most equitable place to live,
with the mission to mobilize people, resources, and expertise and to advance racial, social, and
economic justice. Learn more at kalfound.org.

Core Values:
Center Anti-Racism and Equity
Advance Racial Justice
Nurture Healing and Love
Cultivate Transformative Relationships
Serve the Greater Good
Learn and Grow
Embrace Joy

Position Summary:
The Director of Information Systems & Technology is responsible for the overall planning, organizing and execution of all IT functions for The Kalamazoo Community Foundation. This includes directing all IT
operations to meet customer requirements, researching and implementing ways that technology,
network-based systems, and cloud-based systems can increase organization and productivity, as well as
support and maintenance of existing applications and development of new technical solutions.
The Director of IST requires a broad range of skills from technical knowledge to understanding of
modern business practices and supports staff use of foundation information systems by facilitating
migrations, integrations, conversions, and/or technology change management support in all areas of the
organization. This includes leadership and communication skills plus a background in business
management.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities:
Leadership and Strategic Planning
 Make recommendations and oversee technical projects in alignment with KZCF’s strategic
framework and annual organizational goals
 Prepare financial budgets and present proposals for capital projects to senior management

 Direct professional development for IT staff and assume responsibility for the performance
management and assisting in the hiring of the IST staff.
Systems Design, Management, and Continuous Improvement
 Work with IT team to manage the design and implementation of data and information systems
across the foundation
 Develop, implement, and maintain best practices for the ongoing management of the
Foundation enterprise systems, internal IST processes
 Work with Database Managers to support and maintain overall integrity and quality of data
within the Foundation’s enterprise systems, improve business activities and internal IT
processes
 Analyze complex business needs presented by the user community and recommend solutions
 Produce a detailed timeline for each application release and implement effective project control
by monitoring the progress of the software release and reporting the status
 Research and recommend new products

IST Administration
 Supervise IST staff, while working closely with management, external vendors, and advisors
 Ensure the consistency and maintainability of existing applications by creating, maintaining, and
enforcing standards and procedures for implementing technical solutions
 Direct executing production tasks according to a documented schedule that meets or exceeds
customer expectations
 Partner with all KZCF staff in the areas of systems design, modifications, and troubleshooting
 Ensuring adequate training for staff on foundation enterprise systems

Other Duties
 Please note that this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing
of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties,
responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Anti-Racism:
 Apply an equitable and anti-racist analysis to all functions to achieve organizational goals.
 Embrace, support, and integrate Community Foundation philosophies related to diversity,
inclusiveness, and anti-racism with a willingness to acknowledge and address other forms of bias.
 Ability to confront personal, individual, and internal systemic bias regarding race, age, gender,
gender- identity, sexual orientation, ability, etc., which will require sharing and discussing personal
identities related to the work environment.
 Ability to work and navigate emotionally taxing conversations related to power, privilege, racism,
and oppression on a regular basis.
 Must have strong emotional intelligence and resiliency skills to lead and/or actively participate in
advancing our work relative to racial, social, and economic justice.

Professionalism:
 Support the mission, vision, and strategic goals, as a part of the Performance Excellence Model of
the Community Foundation, to serve both internal and external customers.
 Follow and support Community Foundation policies and procedures.
 Evaluate own performance and assume responsibility for professional development.
 Embrace philosophy of one actively engaged in lifelong learning.
 Demonstrate and models Process documentation for clarity and consistency.

 Maintain current knowledge of all changes affecting area of work.
 Conduct self in a professional manner and follows and support the core values, commitments, and
behaviors.
 Maintain appropriate professional appearance and confidentiality.
Engagement/Participation:
 Actively represents KZCF at community-based meetings and events which may require evening and
weekend engagement throughout the year
 Actively participate in meetings, committees, and volunteer opportunities within the organization
 Apply an anti-racism analysis and engage with others in support of learning ways to advance
collective DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) understanding and skills.
 Participate as a team member utilizing a collaborative style to achieve mutual goals.
 Provide proactive, creative cross-functional thinking and ideas to enhance services to customers.
 Demonstrate ability to work effectively with others.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Required:
 Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems, Information Technology and Sciences, or related field, or
an equivalent combination of training and relevant work experience;
 Proven experience with 7 or more years of experience within information technology and 5 or more
years of management responsibility and oversight of information technology.
 Ability to manage projects and teams
 Excellent understanding of CRM (Customer Relation Management) databases and process
management
 Proven ability to solve problems creatively
 Experience seeing projects through the full life cycle
 Demonstrated ability to effectively interact, communicate, and collaborate with people from all
cultural backgrounds.
 Must have the ability, judgement, poise, and personal capabilities to build and maintain trust.
 Ability to work & navigate emotionally taxing conversations/contexts related to power, privilege,
racism, oppression with diverse stakeholder groups.
 High personal resiliency skills and tools
 Deep personal commitment to addressing racism with an orientation toward the Kalamazoo
community.
 Ability to work both independently, as a team member, and with a broad range of constituencies.
 Ability to prioritize multiple projects and work under pressure.
 Willingness to learn and be adaptive to support a complex and evolving body of work.
 Ability to create an effective team experience with those not in a direct reporting relationship
 Strong analytical, technical, and problem-solving skills
 Effective organization and time management skills
 Interpersonal and communication skills in a team orientated environment
 Excellent customer service skills
 A high degree of personal integrity and ethics

Preferred:

 Experience working in Community Suite, Financial Edge, Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint
administration level, Google Suite, and applications control management
 CISA certification or other similar recognized information systems management and
administration certification
 Understanding and experience with nonprofits and fundraising and grantmaking practices
 Ability to troubleshoot hardware and software problems or help desk experience to minimize
end user technology disruptions
 Working knowledge of a data warehouse
 Ability to present highly technical information to those with less formal education on the topic
 MAC system familiarity
 Technical accomplishment in large ERP negotiations and conversions
 Proven experience in information systems deployment and project management in an
integrated environment utilizing multiple databases installed both on site and cloud based

Physical/Mental Requirements:
 Work in a well-lit, pleasant, smoke-free office.
 Must be able to sit for prolonged periods of time.
 Able to stoop, bend and move intermittently to do filing, move equipment, and supplies necessary
for job function.
 Involves frequent repetitive movement associated with extended periods of keyboarding.
 Frequently involves extended workdays and periodically involves irregular work hours.
 Occasional travel and/or overnight work schedules.
 Requires attention to detail and ability to concentrate on figures, paperwork, data, etc.
 Regular group and public speaking
 Frequent pressures related to meeting deadlines and fulfilling scheduling requirements.
 Frequent distracting influences such as people, phone calls, noise and so forth.
 Frequent simultaneous handling of multiple tasks and intermittent or cyclical work pressures.
 Occasionally requires on-call availability to handle work problems, emergencies/crisis situations etc.
 Occasional work at multiple sites or travel.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications
The Kalamazoo Community Foundation shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed),
gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation,
or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include hiring and termination of
staff, selecting volunteers, selecting vendors, and providing services.

Please send a resume and cover letter to hr@kalfound.org with the role you are applying for in the
subject line.

To apply for this job email your details to hr@kalfound.org