Alumni Relations Manager

The Alumni Relations Manager is responsible for successfully initiating, implementing and managing a robust alumni relations program for Cranbrook Academy of Art (the Academy) to increase the Academy’s outreach to alumni and to increase alumni support as donors, advocates and volunteers.  The Alumni Relations Manager maintains accurate alumni data, outreach efforts to alumni and their families (via newsletters, web and social networking) and assists in identifying alumni for the Academy’s recruitment efforts.  The position serves as a liaison to the Alumni Circle Committee. 

Responsibilities include: Successfully initiating, implementing and managing a robust alumni relations program. Proactively identifying and successfully implementing opportunities and strategies for engagement and cultivation of individual Academy alumni or groups of alumni through research, communications, on- and off-campus events and personal visits by representatives of the Academy. Proactively consulting and successfully working with the Academy's Director of Development and the Marketing and Communications team to develop appropriate and regular communications for alumni cultivation, recognition and engagement. Maintaining on Cranbrook databases accurate and complete alumni information, including addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, significant accomplishments, employment information, and family information.

Requirements: A Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and a minimum of 3 years of experience in alumni relations, customer relations, development, communications/public relations or comparable employment experience is required, with demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically in order to successfully accomplish goals and objectives.  Experience must demonstrate a record of successful alumni or customer relations, management or fundraising skills.  Must also demonstrate ability to write effective letters, introductions, proposals, acknowledgements, and alumni/donor communications.  Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills are required in order to work successfully with high level alumni, Board members, and other internal and external constituents.  Personal computer literacy and understanding of computerized relational database operations and ability to perform data management, retrieval and analysis are essential. Experience working in an educational institution is preferred. Demonstrated experience with The Raiser's Edge or Senior Systems software is a plus.  A graduate degree  from Cranbrook Academy of Art or another accredited graduate art or design program is also a plus.  

Business Services Manager

The Business Services Manager serves as a back-up to the Director in most departmental activities in the absence of the Director, and manages the Business Services and Events functions.  Responsibilities include a variety duties such as:  Administration of day-to-day Purchasing and Contract Services, manage Event staff and services, determine work priorities, design workflow, assign work and monitor completion of work in order to achieve goals and objectives of Business Services and Events.  Make recommendations to the Director regarding improvements to functions, procedures, controls and systems to improve effectiveness, efficiency and reduce costs. Requirements: At least 5 years’ experience in the fields of Purchasing and Contract Administration required, along with demonstrated Business Management skills.  Experience must include at least 3 years of supervisory/management experience.  Event management and sales/marketing experience a plus. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required. Requires extensive computer skills, with proficiency in Word, Excel and Internet Browsers. Proven proficiency in effective project and time management required. Requires strong oral and written communication skills with the ability to edit and compose communications utilizing an excellent command of English grammar and spelling. Must have demonstrated effective customer service and negotiating skills. A valid Michigan driver’s license with satisfactory driving record required.

Director of Development

The Director of Development for Cranbrook Institute of Science (CIS) is responsible for successfully developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising program for CIS, including annual giving; membership; corporate, foundation, and government support; major and planned giving; and special events.  The Director also manages a team responsible for raising annual fund, membership, and unrestricted support for CIS.  The Director reports to the Director of CIS and the Chief Advancement Officer of Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC).  This position has a critical role in the successful operation of CIS and in CIS’s ability to meet its financial and program goals and objectives and those of CEC. Requirements: Minimum of bachelor’s degree. Minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible development experience, preferably with a museum, cultural or educational institution.  Excellent interpersonal skills and high level organizational skills. Capability of working with major donors, high level volunteers and major administrators. Computer proficiency necessary. Knowledge of government grants and governmental processes. Solid interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse constituencies and high level volunteers and donors, including corporate and foundation officers at all levels. Requires a valid Michigan driver’s license with satisfactory driving record.

Director of Annual Fund

Primary responsibility is the strategic execution, management, and growth of our annual giving program, including communication and solicitation through direct mail, email, phone-a-thon, personal visitation and volunteer engagement. The Director also provides mentorship and direction to annual giving staff in the context of growing the annual giving program while supporting broader development and campaign goals for alumni and parent relations. Will cultivate and model best practices in the areas of gift processing, data management and donor relations related to annual giving to ensure that the Schools remains a leader among its peers in terms of dollars raised, participation, and leadership giving, and internally in terms of data integrity, solicitation and timely donor stewardship.Requirements: Bachelors degree with a minimum of five to seven years of experience in fund development required. Understanding of the fundamental principles and practices associated with annual giving, including face-to-face solicitations, direct mail, telephone solicitations, and stewardship. Independent school experience preferred. Management experience preferred, with emphasis on mentorship. Valid Michigan driver’s license with satisfactory driving record required. Additional qualifications include: Collaborative, dynamic individual with seasoned fundraising skills. Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with all constituents including staff, administration, volunteers, donors and Board members. Experience in planning and managing special events and fundraising activities. Experience in identifying, training, and working with volunteers. Experience managing successful Annual Fund program during a campaign preferred. Commitment to the school and its mission, program, and future aspirations.

Library Assistant

Provides paraprofessional and clerical support in the School Libraries. Responsibilities include:Manages circulation - Day-to-day check in and out of materials, shelving of materials, writing and posting of overdue lists, letters and billing of students accounts; faculty over-dues and notices. Assists in maintaining new orders for new and replacement materials and processes materials into the collection. Works with cataloger to maintain collection records. Assists in managing and maintaining computer support: liaison for library with Department system manager, IT personnel and Schools’ Technology Department (Director and Instructional Support Technician). Assists with student and faculty orientation and library skills classes (students and faculty in library use), and more. Requirements: Library Technician Degree preferred.  Academic library experience preferred, but not essential.  Must be proficient with library circulation systems (Epitech Horizon), and skilled with Microsoft Office (Word and Excel). This is a full-time, school session position with a work schedule that runs from mid-August through mid-June each year.


We seek an experienced registrar to join our team of museum professionals to help us realize our mission to engage visitors, both within and beyond the Cranbrook community, in relevant and transformative moments in the visual arts. The Art Museum is part of Cranbrook Educational Community, which also includes the pre K-12 college preparatory Cranbrook Schools, an Institute of Science, the historic Cranbrook House and Gardens, and an internationally acclaimed Academy of Art. This position is responsible for the management of the Cranbrook Art Museum collections and for incoming and outgoing loans of art to the museum. Responsibilities include: Administers an accurate inventory of all Art Museum collections. Maintains records in a sound and secure manner that provides current and accurate information on each object, including its location, catalogue information, status, and condition, and responds to general inquiries about the collections. Manages the collections management database system (TMS). Manages all incoming and outgoing loans to Cranbrook Art Museum of art and objects related to its collections, acquisitions, and exhibition program. Manages the Art Museum objects in storage or on display in the Art Museum. Works with the Cultural Properties registrar on the care of objects for the Art Museum collection on long or short term loan to Saarinen House and Cranbrook House, and other Cranbrook divisions and departments. Coordinates photography of the Art Museum collections and works with the Center for Collections and Research on the storage and maintenance of the resulting physical and digital photographic materials. And more. Requirements: Three to five years of professional experience in a registrar's office that includes experience in records management, art transport arrangements, accessioning and deaccessioning, loan management, exhibition management, database management, and administrative and supervisory experience.  Experience with TMS required. Knowledge of accepted museum registration practices, art handling techniques, US customs and copyright laws, and risk management practices and standards. Master's degree in Museum Studies, Art History or related field desired.  A valid Michigan driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record is required.

Cranbrook Art Museum is situated on a lush, 319-acre campus of world-renowned architecture, sculpture, and gardens in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, just north of Detroit. The Art Museum features year-round, changing exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, architecture, craft, and design, as well as guided tours of its holdings housed in a state-of-the-art facility that showcases a collection of nearly 6,000 works. 

Robotics Program Manager

The Robotics Program Manager will provide vision and leadership for the robotics program at Cranbrook Schools. This person will be responsible for articulating and implementing the mission, vision, scope and sequence of the program, and curricular design.  This position is responsible for the overall operation of a student-centered robotics program that includes: integration of robotics in the schools academic program, organization and oversight of robotics teams/competitions, coaching robotics teams, and continued development of after school and summer robotics programs.   Strong organizational, communication, and collaboration skills, together with a knowledge of and engagement in the Robotics community, will provided a platform from which  the candidate will effectively oversee  and coordinate the work of the coaches, volunteer staff, students, parents, and faculty involved in the program.  The Robotics Coordinator will continue to build and foster relationships with external organizations, students, parents, and colleagues to ensure the ongoing implementation of a successful robotics program. Requirements: A Bachelor’s Degree required (a Master’s Degree preferred); 3 years of experience in the robotics, engineering or computer science fields demonstrating progressive leadership and responsibility; experience working with lower, middle and upper school-aged students; demonstrated ability for long term strategic planning; proven fiscal and personnel management skills; and superior communication and leadership skills.  Preferred: Teaching experience in a science, engineering, or mathematics related field; experience with designing and building using various materials; understands principles of design thinking; able to plan competitions.