Employment Opportunities

Fetzer Institute
Culinary Services Assistant, Part Time

The Fetzer Institute announces an opening for a culinary services assistant with experience in food preparation in a service-oriented environment. Qualified applicants will possess strong and varied culinary skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented atmosphere. This position is part-time, including evenings and weekends.

The ideal candidate will possess excellent interpersonal skills, moderate reading, writing, and math skills (especially fractions), and the ability to follow written and oral instructions and procedures. This position requires the ability to lift up to 50 pounds, stand for long periods of time, reach, bend, and push and pull carts weighing up to 300 pounds. The ability to operate basic kitchen appliances is essential.

This position will assist in preparing and serving meals for Institute staff, retreat center guests, and special events. Key responsibilities include:

  • Preparing cold food items and assisting in the preparation of hot food items.
  • Complying with applicable sanitation, health and personal hygiene standards and following established food production procedures.
  • Assisting in the set-up and teardown of meal and break services, serving lines, and banquet tables.
  • Completing assigned cleaning tasks, including sweeping and mopping floors, clearing tables, washing dishes, and taking out trash.
  • Assisting in maintaining proper inventory levels and unloading and storing weekly deliveries.

The Fetzer Institute is a nonprofit, private operating foundation located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Our mission is to help build the spiritual foundation for a loving world.

A competitive compensation and benefits package, and an excellent working environment is offered. We encourage applications from people representing diverse backgrounds. Qualified candidates may email Kim Harroun or phone her at 269-324-2715 to apply.

The Fetzer Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Program Assistant

As part of our program team, you will provide administrative support in the development, implementation, and monitoring of projects, including research, project management, and meeting coordination. Specifically, you will be:

  • assisting with arrangements and materials for on- and off-site meetings, processing collaboration agreements and payments, and assisting in the preparation and submission of project proposals;
  • monitoring the project implementation process, including budgets, reporting requirements, payment schedules, and collaboration agreement expirations;
  • editing and proofreading documents such as contracts and other business documents;
  • making travel arrangements, processing expense reports, and scheduling meetings;
  • participating in project meetings;
  • utilizing a program management system and filesharing system to maintain project documents;
  • conducting internet research and assembling information as requested;
  • responding to program partner inquiries regarding projects;
  • participating—with staff and guests—in learning experiences that foster spiritual exploration and personal growth; and
  • serving on cross-functional teams and committees as requested.

We invite applications from candidates who have:

  • an associate’s degree and a minimum of five years’ administrative experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • mastery of all Microsoft Office applications and internet research abilities;
  • exceptional business writing and editing skills as well as proofreading and document formatting skills;
  • an ability to see the larger scope of activities while attending to details and shifting priorities and turning around routine matters in a timely manner;
  • experience with scheduling and calendar management;
  • demonstrated initiative;
  • strong project management skills;
  • excellent interpersonal and communications skills; and
  • a team-oriented work style emphasizing inclusiveness, collaboration, and flexibility.

Read the position announcement below for complete details on this opening and how to apply.

The staff of the Fetzer Institute is comprised of approximately 60 talented individuals working in Programs, Administration, and Operations:

Programs – Program staff work collaboratively with outside partners and consultants to develop, manage, evaluate, and promote Institute programs. 

Administration – Administrative staff work with Finance, Human Resources, and Information Systems and Services, in support of our many programs.

Operations – Our Operations team maintains Institute’s properties and provides culinary and other guests services for visitors to Seasons, our private retreat center in Kalamazoo, and GilChrist, our public retreat center in Three Rivers, Michigan.

The Fetzer Institute uses a multi-step applicant review process and contacts only those candidates whose qualifications meet the criteria listed in our job postings. We do not accept unsolicited applications or résumés.

The Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination against an applicant for employment, or an employee, on the basis of race, religion, national origin, creed, ethnic group, gender, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identification, color, age, disability, marital status or veteran status.

The following links about Kalamazoo may be helpful if you are considering employment at the Fetzer Institute:
Discover Kalamazoo
City of Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo Promise: Tuition for graduates of the public high schools of Kalamazoo, Michigan
Kalamazoo Public Schools