Career Opportunities

The Acton Institute an internationally recognized world class think tank, is housed in the new Acton Building located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan www.michigan.org . We are situated at the corner of Fulton and Sheldon in the Heartside Community.

Acton is a non-profit educational organization and our mission is to promote a free society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles, learn more about us at www.acton.org  and www.discoveracton.org


EXTERNAL RELATIONS OFFICER

The Acton Institute an internationally recognized world class think tank is housed in the new Acton Building located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, www.michigan.org. We are situated at the corner of Fulton and Sheldon in the Heartside Community.

Acton is a non-profit educational organization and our mission is to promote a free society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles, learn more about us at www.acton.org.

We are currently seeking an External Relations Officer to join our talented and dynamic Development Team. As External Relations Officer you will play a vital role in our development efforts and implement fundraising strategies to secure revenues for the Acton Institute. You will work closely with our Director of Development, to research and identify potential donors, cultivate donors and communicate and maintain relationships with current donors. Other duties include preparing presentations to deliver to potential donors and key stakeholders, and participating in events and other advancement activities as needed. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in generating revenue while working in a fast-paced and multi-faceted environment.

The preferred candidate will possess:

  • Understanding and appreciation for Acton’s mission
  • Minimum 3 years experience with a proven track record of setting and achieving fund raising goals
  • Prior professional experience and success with major donors, foundations, and other advancement campaigns
  • Successful relationship building skills
  • Ability to give effective presentations to achieve desired fundraising results
  • Excellent communication skills; sociable, persuasive communicator with first-rate writing and speaking skills
  • Excellent team player attitude
  • Can do spirit with strong attention to details and follow through
  • Ability to travel on a frequent basis

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit the required application materials: a cover letter explaining your interest in Acton’s mission and this role, your resume and your salary history and requirements to: hrjm@acton.org. Only candidates who submit a complete application with all of the required materials will be considered for this position. No phone calls please.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview.


Website Coordinator Assistant

We are seeking a Website Coordinator Assistant to join our talented team and assist Acton’s Website Developer.  This position can be either Full Time or Part Time, depending on the candidate’s availability during our normal workweek hours and will be onsite at the Acton Institute. The right candidate for this integral role will  assist on maintenance, design, and coding websites under Acton’s umbrella using primarily Drupal, Wordpress, and Magento content management platforms.  The Website Coordinator maintains a high level view of what a site should look like and how it should work while keeping Acton’s constituency in mind. 

The ideal candidate should have a strong eye for design as well as a background in back end programming.  A large portion of the work is front end design including HTML, CSS, and designing themes.

Preferred Skills & Technologies

Front End:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript

Back End:

  • PHP
  • Shell Scripting
  • Apache

Processes and Other Skills

  • DevOp: Deploying a website from local, to staging, to production
  • Performing Backups: Shell scripting
  • Google Analytics administration and implementation
  • Familiar with DNS and domain administration and purchasing

Frameworks and Platforms

  • Drupal and Symfony (for Drupal 8)
  • Wordpress
  • Magento
  • Ruby on Rails

Programs

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Raiser’s Edge and ImportOMatic

Preferred candidates will also possess:

  • Understanding of Acton’s Mission
  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field
  • 1+ years of related website experience
  • Professional decorum, business acumen, and a respectful demeanor at all times
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task in a  fast paced environment
  • Superb organizational and time management skills
  • Proficient Computer, Internet, technical and Social Media skills
  • A team player attitude and excellent ability to work well will all staff and colleagues
  • Desire to go the extra mile to see tasks and projects through

If  you are motivated by this opportunity and possess the desired skill sets, we encourage you to apply for this position to join Acton’s talented and dynamic team.

To be fully considered for this position please send a cover letter, your resume, and your salary earnings history to: kabbs@acton.org

Only candidates who submit a complete application with all of the required materials will be considered for this position. 

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview.