Introducing The Skillman Visionary Awards

Job opening & staff updates

The Skillman Foundation is activating new, community-informed strategies, partnering with people to transform the education system. To support our efforts, we’re welcoming new team members.

We’re seeking a Vice President of Program. This role will lead the Foundation’s grantmaking strategies and team. Reporting to the president & CEO, the vice president or program will guide and implement the Foundation’s grantmaking work while ensuring strong collaboration across teams, operational efficiency, authentic community engagement, and maximum impact.

Download the full job description here.

Dylan Nelson and Chris Stockton have joined the team as administrative assistants. Dylan (he/him) supports the vice president of Operations & CFO and the vice president of Communications. He also supports office management and in-house technology needs. Chris (he/him) supports the vice president of Learning & Impact and director of Policy & Systems.

Tyler Parlor and Titus Scott have joined The Skillman Foundation and Council of Michigan Foundations through two-year fellowships. Tyler (she/her) is a communications fellow, managing a variety of storytelling projects including the Rose for Detroit Blog, Let’s Talk virtual conversation series, e-newsletter, and more. She will also contribute as an editor for internal materials and other external staff writings. Titus (he/him) is a data fellow, supporting data insights, storytelling, and visualization, as well as organizational learning.

As new energy flows in, vibrant energy is also flowing out. Terry Whitfield, who served as a partnership manager of Policy & Systems, departed The Skillman Foundation on April 12 to pursue his next chapter. We are grateful for his six years of service and commitment to furthering the Foundation’s mission. We will miss his high-fives, his heartfelt wisdom, and his signature expressions such as, “you don’t have to get ready if you stay ready.”

The Skillman Foundation

The Skillman Foundation is a grantmaking organization established in 1960 by Rose Skillman. We have granted out more than $730 million and have served as a vocal advocate to strengthen K-12 education, afterschool programming, child-centered neighborhoods, youth and community leadership, and racial equity and justice.

We are in the process of developing a new strategic framework, co-designed with Detroit youth and their champions.

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