Au Sable works with local schools, North American colleges, and federal, state and private environmental agencies to further its mission of inspiring and educating people to restore God's earth. If an opportunity to work for a dynamic Christian community with an environmental mission of international effect appeals to you, consider applying for currently available positions on our staff or faculty.
Position Description: The Au Sable Institute is a Christian institute of environmental studies whose mission is to inspire and educate people to serve, protect, and restore God's earth. Through its programs in education, research, church engagement in environmental stewardship, and development of the Au Sable community of alumni, friends, and donors, the Institute seeks to provide Christian understanding of the care of the earth manifested in teaching, research, and service. The Director of Community Development (DCD) and Alumni Relations of the Au Sable Institute will have the primary responsibility to form relationships of mutual admiration, common purpose and shared achievement between the Au Sable Institute and its donors, friends, neighbors and more than 4,000 alumni worldwide. The DCD will create and implement a development plan to solicit donors and identify funding sources and opportunities such as grants, in-kind donations, charitable events, community outreach events, and marketing opportunities, and will create such plans with the Executive Director and Board of Trustees in a cooperative manner. The DCD will invest large amounts of time in personal meetings with current and potential donors and will work with the ED and Trustees in the development of budgets that provide adequate support for fund-raising activities. The DCD will ensure that supporters of the Institute are aware and make productive use of Au Sable's services, including course offerings, professional mentoring and support, and social networks. Additionally, the DCD will contribute to efforts to recruit, train and support board members, and to identify potential new board members for the Institute, especially those with the ability to aid the financial development of the Institute. The DCD will also, with the assistance of the Office Manager and Business Manager, help to create, maintain, and manage donor databases for fundraising purposes. The DCD will assist the ED and the Director of Educational Development in maintaining and expanding the Institute's program of Sustaining Partner Institutions which make direct financial contributions to the Institute's educational programs.
Qualifications: Minimum 5 years experience in community and financial development at organizational levels similar to or larger than the Au Sable Institute with a record of significant accomplishment in institutional fund-raising. Demonstrated effectiveness in community building, donor identification, and engagement, and successful grant writing, with the ability to maintain donor contributions over longer time periods. Demonstrated effectiveness at forming cooperative and mutually beneficial relationships, including but not limited to financial relationships, between the Au Sable Institute and other organizations, with ability to effectively present organizational mission to diverse audiences, including and especially churches, Christian colleges, and other Christian organizations, and to articulate the mission of the Au Sable Institute from a comprehensive biblical perspective.
Setting: Au Sable Institute is located near Big Twin Lake in northern lower Michigan, a region of exceptional natural beauty. Opportunities for outstanding outdoor recreation abound in every season, with forest environments of deciduous and coniferous trees covering a landscape interspersed with glacial lakes, pristine rivers, and scenic bogs. The Institute is 45 minutes from Traverse City, Michigan, located on Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay, and within 80 minutes of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The Straits of Mackinac leading to Michigan's Upper Penninsula and Lake Superior are also within 80 minutes of the Institute. State and national forest lands, as well as national, state and local parks and nature preserves, are numerous within 90 minutes of the Institute. Overall local costs of living are low, with costs of land, housing, taxes and services substantially below national averages.
Salary and Benefits: $70,000 starting annual salary. Benefits include health, dental and vision insurance with Institute-contributed retirement allocation.
Application Process: Applications will be accepted through Friday, 3 February 2017, with the offer extended to the successful applicant by Friday, 3 March 2017. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three letters of support from professional references addressing experience and record of achievement in development and one pastoral reference addressing Christian commitment, maturity, and service to a local church to:Fred Van Dyke, Executive Director Au Sable Institute 7526 Sunset Trail NE Mancelona, MI 49659 USA
Position Description: The summer cooks will be responsible for all tasks involved in preparing and serving food as well as the upkeep of the kitchen/dining facility under the supervision of the Food Service Manager and Director of Support Services. Cooks will be responsible to make nutritious meals from scratch in a timely manner for approximately 25-70 people. Cooks will be required to follow food safety standards while prepping ingredients, following recipes and handling and storing food. Cooks will have a hospitality role, introducing meals and engaging positively with members and guests of the Au Sable community. They can expect to work 35-45 hours per week. Schedules are flexible and may change week to week as far as the times and days working. Cooks will have at least one day off each week.
Qualification: Must be passionate about food and extending a pleasurable eating experience to others. Must be responsible, trustworthy, teachable, organized and have an attention to detail. Must be able to lift 50 lbs and work on your feet for 8 hour shifts. Must work adequately under time pressures and constraints. Preferably cooks will have some experience in food service: cooking, baking, food prep, following recipes and/or be in an academic culinary program. However, neither are requirements. We can train the right person who is teachable.
Setting: Au Sable Institute is located near Big Twin Lake in northern lower Michigan, a region of exceptional natural beauty. Forest environments of deciduous and coniferous trees cover a landscape interspersed with glacial lakes, pristine rivers (including Michigan's Jordan River, a designated National Scenic River) and bogs. The Institute is 45 minutes from Traverse City, Michigan, located on Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay, and within 80 minutes of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The Straits of Mackinac leading to Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Lake Superior are also within 80 minutes of the Institute. State and national forest lands, as well as national, state and local wildlife refuges and nature preserves, are numerous within 90 minutes of the Institute. Endangered and threatened animal species, species of special or local conservation designation, and species currently under consideration for listing as threatened and endangered in the local area include Kirtland's warbler, eastern massasauga, piping plover, bald eagle, pine marten and mottled sculpin ( a USFS indicator species). Local game species of birds and mammals include white-tailed deer, elk, black bear, ruffed grouse, and turkey. Game fish species include salmon, brook trout, brown trout, large and smallmouth bass and walleye.
Fall, winter, and spring internships are available where interns have the opportunity to lead and teach natural history lessons for K-12 students in groups of 8-12.
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