Saturday, November 22, 2014

EMPLOYMENT: Michigan Nonprofit Job Center - November 21, 2014

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!!!

My Brother’s Keeper Initiative Coordinator (Detroit & Lansing)
The position will play the lead role in a statewide initiative to launch successful programs that address issues outlined in the My Brother’s Keeper initiative. The position will monitor the progress of and provide support to organizations that received a grant as part of the Volunteer Generation Fund.

Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) is seeking an experienced professional to join a committed team that is serving volunteering and mentoring programs throughout Michigan. The My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Initiative Coordinator will be housed in Detroit four days a week and Lansing, Michigan one day a week.

Assist communities with becoming involved in the MBK call to action to enact sustainable change through program and partnership development.
Plan and implement an Action Summit to build MBK communities throughout the state.
Work with cities, towns, businesses, nonprofits, higher education institutions, schools and foundations to connect young people to mentoring, volunteerism, support networks, and skills they need to find employment, access college or technical training.
Assist programs with implementing cradle-to-career strategies to improve the life outcomes of opportunity youth – in particular young boys and young men of color.
Provide resources to implement mentoring as a MBK strategy and to ensure quality-based practices are utilized in developing and maintaining mentoring relationships.
Assist programs with implementing volunteerism as a MBK strategy to allow youth to be involved in their communities and engaged in making a difference.
Support Volunteer Days of Service initiatives in the state.
Develop mentoring and volunteer resources to engage young boys and men of color.
Oversee the Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) grant and provide support to sub-grantees.
Provide resources that will assist sub-grantees with meeting performance measures.
Monitor progress of sub-grantees and develop tools that support their success.
Create templates and trainings to support programs to meet quality based standards.
Identify strong training tools and create links to existing sites.
Other duties as assigned.
Full position and application instructions available here.



Development Director (Detroit)
The Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order

Inspired by the gospel of Jesus and the example of Francis of Assisi, the Capuchin friars of the Province of St. Joseph, together with our partners in ministry, prayerfully build sister-brotherhood in the world. We attend simply and directly to the spiritual and other basic human needs, especially those of the poor and disenfranchised, promoting justice for all.

The Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order is currently seeking a Development Director whose responsibility will be to plan, develop, and maintain a comprehensive fundraising program on behalf of the Province and its Michigan ministries. The Director is also available to consult with Provincial ministries regarding Development plans and opportunities.

Please see full list of Responsibilities and Qualifications at:
http://www.thecapuchins.org/who-we-are/employment-opportunities

Please submit letter of interest and resume to:
employment@thecapuchins.org Include Development Director in the subject line.
OR
Attention: Human Resources
Development Director
The Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order
1820 Mt. Elliott Street
Detroit, Michigan 48207



Executive Director (Ann Arbor)
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) at Alpha House is a non-profit agency in Ann Arbor providing emergency shelter and supportive services to children and families experiencing homelessness in Washtenaw County. IHN seeks a dynamic, enthusiastic individual with a proven track record in management, fundraising, grant writing, community collaboration, personnel and budgeting to lead this important organization. Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required, master’s degree preferred. At least five years progressive, relevant management experience preferred. Familiarity with homelessness/low income population required.

Competitive salary, full benefits offered.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Send resume and cover letter to: jobs@alphahouse-ihn.org.



Chief Operating Officer (Taylor)
Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) is conducting a search for a Chief Operating Officer.

Essential Responsibilities:
Directs, administers, and coordinates the daily activities of the organization in support of policies, goals, and objectives established by the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors. Actively participates with the SEMCA Leadership Team including the CEO, CFO and CIO to set strategic direction and ensure the successful attainment of SEMCA’s mission and goals.

Responsible for the coordination of agency operations to ensure consistency and compliance with state and federal mandates and the timely issuance of program plans, contracts, requests for proposals and reports. Supervises SEMCA program management staff in the performance of their duties and serves as SEMCA’s Equal Opportunity Officer.

Qualifications:

Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Social Services or related field.
Five (5) years managerial experience, non-profit or governmental entity preferred.
Excellent communication, organizational and written skills.
Pay Range:
Annual salary range: $85,000 - $100,000 with competitive benefit package including medical, dental, and optical insurance; paid holidays and paid time off.

Application Process:
A copy of the formal job description and employment application may be viewed on SEMCA’s website at www.semca.org. Please submit application, resume and cover letter including salary requirements via email to employment.opportunities@semca.org. Indicate “Chief Operating Officer” in the subject line of the email.

Federal Contractor - Equal Opportunity Employer & Programs – Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans
Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request.



Program Director (Flint)
Ele’s Place, a healing center for grieving children with branches in Lansing, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, is opening a new branch in Flint. Each week, peer support group programs help hundreds of children, ages 3-18, learn how to cope and begin to heal after the death of a parent, sibling or other close family member or friend.

Ele’s Place is seeking a full time Program Director for the Flint, MI branch.

The Program Director develops, implements and oversees programming; supervises staff and volunteers. Provides guidance and information to grieving families and others; oversees support group sessions and ensures consistency and quality of programming. Speaks to community groups and professionals who work with children.

Requirements:

Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in Social Work or a related human services or medical sciences field.
Knowledge of grief issues
Minimum 5 years departmental management experience
Minimum 2 years program coordination experience
Experience with support groups for adults and children
Experience working with volunteers
Send cover letter & resume to:
Elizabeth Webb,
Director of Operations
Ele’s Place
1145 W. Oakland Avenue
Lansing, MI 48915
Or email this information to: ewebb@elesplace.org



Sales Associate (Detroit)
A full-time salaried position, with occasional weekend and evening availability necessary, leading facility rental sales and assisting with group tour sales efforts for the Detroit Historical Society and its two museums.

Specific responsibilities include:

Performing administrative tasks associated with scheduling facility rentals at the Detroit Historical Museum and Dossin Great Lakes Museum.
Tasks include, but are not limited to, responding to phone and email inquiries from potential clients; scheduling and executing walkthroughs; placing booked events on the company calendar; drafting and sending rental contracts and invoices; tracking bookings and payments on a spreadsheet; follow up with pending clients and issuing payment reminders to booked clients; creating and updating event folders for all rental bookings.

Maintaining an accurate database of all client information and transactions.
Researching potential customers, recommending a sales plan and executing against that plan to create new business.
Producing monthly productivity reports.
Assisting in Society customer relations, including responding to phone inquiries and providing general Society information.
Attending industry and community outreach events.
Qualifications:

Excellent customer service skills
Strong organization skills with keen attention to detail
Sales experience with knowledge of the metro Detroit community
Demonstrated time management ability
Proficiency with Microsoft Office
College degree or post-high school coursework preferred
1 – 2 years experience preferred
To apply, send your cover letter and resume to bobsadler@detroithistorical.org by Wednesday, November 26, 2014.



Academic Specialist in Diversity and Civic Engagement (East Lansing)
The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (http://rcah.msu.edu), Michigan State University (MSU), seeks applicants for academic specialist position in diversity and civic engagement. Successful applicant will establish strong collaborative programs with diverse community, faculty, and student partners inside and outside MSU to enhance our groundbreaking civic engagement curriculum and commitment to recruitment and retention of a diverse student body. This involves designing, implementing, and improving programs that increase the diversity of our student body, teaching courses in our civic engagement curriculum, and supporting continued college-wide enthusiasm for engaged citizenship and pedagogy. Application review begins 1/15/2015 until position filled. Position starts 8/16/2015.

Master’s degree, demonstrated experience with historically marginalized populations and ability to develop/implement programs supporting networks of these populations required.

More information/apply at https://jobs.msu.edu. Click on Search Postings at left, enter 0302 in Posting Number field, click Search and follow prompts. All applicants must apply using this application portal.

Candidates must submit 1) letter of intent detailing career goals/interests, 2) curriculum vitae, (3) portfolio documenting leadership in community partnerships, teaching experiences, and programs; and (4) full names/contact information (phone numbers, e-mail, postal address, fax numbers) of three individuals to submit confidential reference letters (letters solicited automatically). Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation. MSU actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.



Executive Director (Owosso)
The Owosso Community Players, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, seeks a dynamic and vibrant individual to join us as the theater matures into its next stage of growth and development.
Owosso Community Players, a growing nonprofit community theater located in Owosso, Michigan seeks a full-time executive director. Applicants must be dynamic public speaker, illustrate the ability to implement the strategic plan of the organization, have fundraising and marketing skills, excel at building relationships with sponsors, donors, and board members, and be organized and have the ability to supervise staff and volunteers.
The ideal candidate will have a passion for and an understanding of the performing arts.

Candidates must have a minimum of five years experience in strategic planning, financial management, staff/board development, and a proven track record in seeking earned and contributed revenues (including season tickets, corporate sponsorship, government and foundation grants, and individual contributions). A degree in a relative discipline is preferred. Experience in non-profit fiscal management and fundraising is preferred. Computer skills in Word, Excel, email, donor data systems and web management are required.

How to Apply / Contact
Please send your resume along with a letter of interest detailing experiences that are applicable to this position and your salary requirements and three references by December 12, 2014 to:
Dr. Doug Strong, Chair
Search Committee
Owosso Community Players
114 East Main Street Suite 222
Owosso, MI 48867

Owosso Community Players is an equal opportunity employer.

Email: president.owossoplayers@michonline.net



Communications/Marketing Director (Lansing)
This is an exciting opportunity to work with a dynamic, growing Lansing-based nonprofit that provides STEM and other educational programs for children and youth throughout Michigan.

The Director will work closely with the Executive Director, Communications Committee, staff, consultants and instructors; supervises the Communications Intern and the PR and Communications Coordinator; understands the organization’s mission, and developing and implementing supporting communication/marketing tactics (such as collateral materials, website content and social media outreach) to support the mission.

The ideal candidate will have:
• Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, or public relations and a minimum two years of related experience, preferably in a nonprofit setting.
• Experience developing communications and marketing plans, strategy and brand awareness • Strong creative writing skills, including website content, social media, newsletters, and press releases • Experience in blogging, building social media presence and website content and maintenance • Media relations experience • Ability to work both independently as well as in teams • Excellent attention to detail while maintaining the ability to see the big picture • Supervision experience • Ability to work on multiple projects, prioritize and meet tight deadlines • Basic graphic design skills, such as use of Adobe Creative Suite
• Experience using e-mail marketing programs such as Constant Contact, MailChimp & Eventbrite
• Experience in planning and executing special events, and/or fundraising events preferred.

Salary DOE

Send cover letter (including salary requirements), resume, and brief work portfolio to Alexandera Jones, Program Coordinator, at jobs@iteclansing.org by December 1st. Call (517)708-4394 with questions.



Executive Director (Farmington Hills)
POSITION SUMMARY: The Executive Director provides professional leadership to the CCFA Michigan Chapter, and is responsible for the implementation of CCFA’s mission through programs, fundraising campaigns and events, and board and volunteer development and staff development.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:Develop, implement and monitor an annual budget and work plan, including fundraising, public and professional education programs and support services. Work with the chapter president in developing, recruiting and motivating an action- driven board of directors. Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with board members. Work with national staff to increase major gifts.Identify and implement creative strategies to meet fundraising goals through special events, corporate underwriting and grants (participate in national programs where applicable).Cultivate relationships. Provide leadership to help volunteers establish program goals and objectives, and to assist in implementing program activities and fundraising events.Direct administration of chapter.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Five to seven years in not-for-profit association management, preferably within a health-related organization.
Proven fundraising experience
Proven and applicable skills in planning and budgeting volunteer and staff development and supervision.
Self-motivated, results oriented leader with strong organizational skills.
An effective communicator, both written and oral.
Able to interact successfully with staff and volunteers.
Click on this link to apply: http://jobs.ccfa.org/executive-director/job/4983304



Operations Manager (Detroit)
Mercy Education Project is seeking an Operations Manager who will be responsible for the management of day-to-day office and business operations and related staff to ensure high quality administration, accounting, human resources, office management, and program support. The Operations Manager is a full-time, 40-hours/week, salaried position reporting to the Executive Director.

The full job position description is posted at http://mercyed.net/job-opportunities

The successful candidate should have an undergraduate degree, 3+ years of relevant experience, commitment to the organization’s mission and values, have a collaborative, team-oriented work-style, and excellent communication skills.
Benefits include medical, vision, and dental insurance, 403b retirement plan contributions, and paid time off. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to employment-om@mercyed.net. No phone calls please. Mercy Education Project is an equal opportunity employer.



Development Officer-Foundation Relations (Detroit)
POSITION CONCEPT:
The Great Lakes Field Service Council (GLFSC) is currently searching for a dynamic and talented Development Officer with a focus on Foundation Relations. The Development Officer-Foundation Relations will oversee submission, tracking, reporting and renewing private foundation funding with a strong emphasis on grant writing. He or she will also be responsible for identifying new public and private funding opportunities. The ability to coordinate and manage relationships with multiple departments within the organization as well with external prospects and donors is integral to this position.

QUALIFICATIONS:
•Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of three years direct experience in grant writing •Advanced, superior writing skills and experience with budget preparation and analysis •Familiarity with local and national foundations and their funding priorities •Proficient in Microsoft Office with strong internet research skills •Strong verbal, interpersonal and communications skills •Ability to work independently and as a team, meet deadlines and coordinate with other GLFSC staff •Strong organization and management skills; organized and detail oriented

TO APPLY:
Please email a cover letter (including salary requirements), resume and two writing samples to Brenda Byrd; Executive Assistant to the Director of Development at brenda.byrd@scouting.org.



Marketing and Communications Director (Detroit)
POSITION CONCEPT:
The Great Lakes Field Service Council (GLFSC) is currently seeking a talented and dynamic Marketing and Communications Director, responsible for the strategic development and implementation of internal and external communications, spearheading the strategy and development for integrated marketing and fund development objectives. The Director is responsible for creative direction and execution, brand management, collateral development, and online strategy, ensuring a consistent and constant message.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of two years of experience in marketing or communications
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to multi-task, set priorities and work on deadline.
Print and digital design and production experience
Excellent organizational skills.
Ability to negotiate contracts with and manage relationships with designers, printers, photographers and other vendors.
TO APPLY:
Please email a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Brenda Byrd; Executive Assistant to the Director of Development at brenda.byrd@scouting.org.



Housing Specialist (Wayne)
The Housing Specialist reports directly to the Director of Wayne Division and is responsible for updating the CHN Wayne database and ensuring that the negotiation process begins and leases are executed in a timely manner. The position requires the ability to work independently, simultaneously managing a variety of tasks, while providing all stakeholders with a superior customer experience.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

Utilize database to track end dates of leases and prepare reports
Coordinate Housing Choice Preference progress including organization, tracking, follow up and data entry
Processing and distribution of leases and lease amendments to the appropriate persons and departments:
Preparation of communication and documents for signature by all parties
Tracking and follow-up on outstanding documentation
Distribute executed leases to all stakeholders
Track job related requests and caseload of home leases
Assist persons in their replacement housing searches using the internet and the services of appropriate real estate agents
Maintain an accurate and current database
QUALIFICATIONS:

Applicants should have a valid real estate license or the ability and willingness to obtain one upon hire
Experience of 2 to 3 years in related field
Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and the ability to maintain automobile insurance requirements on personal vehicle in accordance with company policy
Must be attentive to details and able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment to meet deadlines
EMPLOYMENT STATUS:

Full Time, Salary, Exempt
To apply for this position CLICK HERE: https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=11497451



Executive Director, Playworks (Detroit)
At Playworks we believe in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid.

Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that improves school climate, reduces bullying and increases student engagement in school through play and physical activity. Through both our training programs and our on-site direct service, Playworks teaches children to resolve their own conflicts that arise at recess and carry over to the classroom, restoring valuable teaching and learning time. We help transform recess into a safe, fun and inclusive time that gets students active and engaged so they can return to the classroom focused and ready to learn. For more information, please visit www.playworks.org.

We're looking for a dynamic, entrepreneurial and talented leader to lead our organization in the Detroit, Michigan area. The Executive Director will be responsible for the financial sustainability and growth of the program by developing local funding sources, increasing the number of school partnerships and leading the team that delivers excellent Playworks programs for schools throughout the local districts. This position requires demonstrated success in fundraising, board support and staff leadership. Successful candidates must bring a strong knowledge of the public school system, ability to lead/develop teams and proven experience managing the day-to-day operations of a growing direct service organization. This position reports to a regional executive director and is located in Detroit, Michigan.

Interested candidates should review the position description and requirements at http://www.playworks.org/join-the-game/join-our-team/clone-michigan-executive-director



Director (Detroit)
This position is a management position, which entails supervisory, business operation, and managerial/financial components. REQUIREMENTS: Ph.D., or MA, MS, or MSW, or MBA or MPA. Licensed Psychologist, or Licensed Professional Counselor, or Licensed Master Social Worker, or Certified Business Manager, or Public Administration. 4 years Human Services experience; 5 or more years Management/Supervisory experience; experience in a Managed Care environment, knowledge of research methodology and statistics, and experience in contract management and implementation. Valid Michigan driver’s license and proof of auto insurance.

PLEASE SUBMIT RESUMES TO nsojobs@nso-mi.org or visit us at www.nso-mi.org or mail to NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICE ORGANIZATION 882 OAKMAN BLVD, SUITE C, DETROIT, MI 48238 ATTN: HUMAN RESOURCES. EOE



Director of Development (Traverse City)
The Director of Development collaboratively develops, implements and evaluates strategies for a comprehensive fundraising program to increase funds raised from individuals, corporations and foundations.

Applications submitted by 12/15/2014 will receive first consideration. Please apply at http://www.nmc.edu/jobs

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Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities and admissions. nmc.edu/nondiscrimination

Michigan Law requires that a person with a disability or handicap requiring accommodation for employment must notify the employer in writing within 182 days after the need is known.



Therapist (Detroit)
Positive Images, Inc. located in Detroit, MI is a licensed substance abuse treatment program. Our services include traditional and intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment, residential treatment and a Maternal Infant Health Program.

Positive Images is seeking a Therapist or Limited License Counselor, LLMSW or LMSW to join our team of talented professionals. Part time and full time positions available. This individual should have at least three years subsequent experience working with adults in a mental health / substance abuse / human services facility. We offer full time employees a competitive salary, a paid time off package and health benefits.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your resume to: humanresources@positiveimageinc.org



Maintenance / Driver (Detroit)
Positive Images, Inc., located in Detroit, MI is a licensed substance abuse treatment program. Our services include traditional and intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment, residential treatment and a Maternal Infant Health Program.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Maintenance / Driver individual to join our team of talented professionals. Regular working hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. This individual needs to have a High School diploma and a current Chauffeur's License. This job is a mix of maintenance work and driving. The majority of driving will be on the East side and downtown Detroit. We offer our employees a competitive salary, a paid time off package and health benefits.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your resume and or a letter of interest to humanresources@positiveimageinc.org



Clinical Supervisor (Detroit)
Positive Images, Inc. located in Detroit, MI is a licensed substance abuse treatment program. Our services include traditional and intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment, residential treatment and a Maternal Infant Health Program.

Positive Images is seeking a licensed Clinical Supervisor to oversee the work of Therapists, limited license Counselor's, LLMSW's or LMSW's. This individual should have at least three years as a Clinical Supervisor working with adults in a mental health, substance abuse, human services facility. We offer our employees a competitive salary, a paid time off package and health benefits.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your resume to humanresources@positiveimageinc.org



Development Manager (Wyandotte & Detroit)
Scope: Responsible for implementing agency fund development strategies, including grant proposal writing, in support of agency programs.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 5 to 7 years of progressively responsible fund development experience with a particular emphasis on grant writing, proposal development, program design, and non-profit administration, or a combination of education and experience which is similarly equivalent.
Experience in non-profit philanthropy is preferred.
Knowledge of Wayne County demographics, the needs of low-income persons in Wayne County, and services available to meet those needs.
Ability to assist in the design of social services targeted towards persons facing economic, social, health, age, and educational barriers.
Knowledge of methods to seek and secure funding in support of program operations and the ability to effectively solicit funds through the preparation of funding requests to entities including foundations, state and local governmental entities, and private donors.
If you are interested in this position and you meet the minimum requirements, please visit https://www.irecruit-us.com/jobRequest.php?OrgID=I20141105&RequestID=545cf7869b4b8&source=XML to submit an online application, cover letter, resume and a 1 page case for support writing sample (required to be considered).



Development/Financial Officer (Big Rapids)
The Muskegon River Watershed Assembly, a nonprofit organization in Big Rapids, MI, is seeking a person to accomplish development and financial tasks of the organization. For more information and a job description, please visit www.mrwa.org.



Civic Engagement Manager (Flint)
The Civic Engagement Manager is primarily responsible for the management of the Flint National Service Accelerator Initiative which helps promote the importance of national service members’ and volunteer activities throughout Genesee County. The manager will work with organizations to build their capacity for implementation of national service, summer associates, and volunteer positions and projects. The position will provide capacity building support to national service members through the facilitation of customized workshops, assessments, and networking opportunities. In addition, the manager will assist the City of Flint with the implementation of its national service members and community volunteers; and, work with Director of Community Impact to develop local, regional, and national partnerships to maximize civic engagement opportunities for Genesee County. Education/Training/Experience: Bachelor’s degree in human service, public policy, business administration or related field retired, Masters preferred. Minimum three years’ experience managing projects and volunteers. Familiarity with the nonprofit sector through work experience or volunteering required. Understanding of National Service preferred. Resumes and salary requirements should be emailed to jgaskin@unitedwaygenesee.org no later than December 3, 2014.



Grant Writer (Grandville)
Are you passionate about bringing people to Christ and our role as Christians in philanthropic giving? With an estimated 412 million people in India who have never heard of Jesus Christ, the fields are ripe for harvest. For over 30 years, Mission India has been transforming India through Church Planter Training, Adult Literacy & Children’s Bible Club programs.

We are seeking a Grant Writer who has an enthusiasm for the Great Commission. We are a non-profit mission organization seeking a professional that embraces the importance of this calling and the impact of how fundraising supports our mission. Candidates must have a minimum of 2 years experience in researching and analyzing grant-making organizations, identifying new funding sources, and securing major gifts. It is important for this individual to be proficient in Microsoft Office, have excellent written/verbal communication skills, ability to write clear, structured and persuasive proposals, and have strong editing skills with superb attention to detail.

We are looking for a candidate that excels working in an environment of interfacing with varied groups, individual donors, and departments. Our ministry requires staff that can be effective in a fast-paced and agile organization. Named one of the 2014 Best Christian Workplaces, we offer great benefits and a friendly work environment with people who believe in the mission of the organization and agree to Mission India’s Statement of Faith.

For immediate and confidential consideration, please submit resume and three relevant writing samples online at: http://app.hireology.com/s/30999 Resumes without writing samples included will not be considered.



Director of Client Services (Southfield)
The Director of Client Services is a full-time position that will serve as a key representative for ArtOps (a wholly-owned LLC of Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings) to its clients, partners, and prospects. The position will also provide marketing services to the multiple collaborating organizations. ArtOps provides staff and expertise to non-profit arts organizations, uncovering opportunities to manage and improve their businesses with assistance in strategic planning, board building, development and marketing. ArtOps offers value-driven management options that free organizations to focus on their artistic missions.

Responsibilities:

Serve as primary administrative liaison between ArtOps, clients, and prospective clients;
Work with management team to ensure that staff resources are aligned to deliver the best services to the partners;
Ensure that partners/clients are provided and receiving services at the highest level;
Provide support to the ArtOps Board;
With Executive Director, serve as community spokesperson for ArtOps;
Play a lead role in establishing internal business processes and procedures;
Play a lead role in establishing guidelines for recruiting and accepting new clients;
Assist Director of Marketing & Patron Engagement in marketing projects for ArtOps and clients;
Assist at performances and special events.
Qualifications:

A college degree in the performing or liberal arts, or commensurate professional experience;
At least five years of experience in administration of a non-profit or for-profit business;
The ability to work on a flexible schedule that will include occasional evenings and weekends.
Send resume/cover letter to hoplamazian@detroitchamberwinds.org.



Product Sales Systems & Strategies Analyst (Detroit)
The Product Sales Systems & Strategies Specialist is primarily responsible for the overall management of the department's sale systems, while working closely with staff and volunteers to facilitate effective implementation of new online systems, including Digital Cookie, and other related software products. She/he will be responsible for compiling data from sales systems, and using data to propose and implement new strategies to boost sales in key areas.

Key Responsibilities:

Manage eBudde sales system for the Girl Scout cookie sale.
Manage vendor systems for the nut, candy and magazine sales.
Plan and execute the Council’s launch of Digital Cookie 1.0.
Manage VIP eTraining, the Council’s online product sales training platform.
Develop training materials to help volunteers better utilize online systems.
Extract data from sales systems and prepare requested reports based on current data.
Use sales data to propose, plan and implement new strategies to boost sales.
Provide quality customer service and support to districts, troops, girls and families as related to their use of product sales systems.
Position Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in business, information systems, public administration, or a related field
Experience in database management, especially Microsoft Excel
Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed during peak sale season
Must have valid drivers’ license and reliable transportation
Physical Demands: Occasional lifting of 10-30 pounds.

Send resume to abenitez@gssem.org



Kids' Food Basket - Volunteer Coordinator (Grand Rapids)

Coordinate extensive volunteer program, including managing/tracking/scheduling volunteers for onsite projects/special events.
Provide outstanding customer service to KFB’s volunteer base of 15,000+.
Navigate donor management/volunteer scheduling software.
Responsible for administrative work with this position.
Provide tours/basic orientation for new individuals /groups as requested.
Lead/work with diverse volunteer groups to assist operations department in meeting Sack Supper output goals
Can expect approximately 60% to be scheduling and managing volunteers and 40% direct programming assistance for sack supper program.


Bachelor degree or equivalent work experience required.
Volunteer management experience strongly preferred, (including recruitment and retention efforts).
Exceptional customer service experience required, including excellent interpersonal phone skills with a high level of professionalism.
Outgoing, friendly personality.
Must be able to effectively interact with a diverse population of volunteers from a variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as various abilities/disabilities.
Comfort in speaking to groups, making presentations and facilitating projects with up to 40 people.
Organized and detail-oriented in a fast paced, ever changing work environment.
Project and time management.
Microsoft Office required, experience with scheduling software desirable - not required); comfortable typing for multiple hours.
Demonstrate the ability to solve problems, multi-task, and take initiative.
Physical requirements: typical office environment with longer periods of sitting at a computer screen and being able to lift up to 25 lbs.
Duties off-site including local travel, exposure to heat, cold, inclement weather conditions, and standing for periods of time may occur periodically.
Have a basic understanding of hunger and poverty issues in Grand Rapids.
Please send cover letter and resume to: brad@kidsfoodbasket.org.



Executive Director (Southfield)
The National Bone Marrow Transplant Link (nbmtLINK) Southfield, MI. serves patients, caregivers, and families nationally to help them cope with the social and emotional challenges of a bone marrow/stem cell transplant by providing vital information and personalized support services . The Executive Director, (three-quarters time), will be responsible for the leadership and effective functioning all aspects of the nbmtLINK’s operations with a specific focus on fund development.

To apply for this position, register with NPPN online (www.nppn.co/candidates/) and upload your resume and a cover letter addressed to The National Bone Marrow Transport Link.



Senior Lead Accountant (Detroit)
The Senior Accountant assists the Chief Officer in the day-to-day operation of the department and has primary responsibility for all facets of revenue accounting. The incumbent is responsible for processing transactions and adjustments necessary to maintain an accurate general ledger. This position coordinates the month end closing process and reconciles bank accounts and other subsidiary ledgers/accounts to the month end ledger balance. The Senior Accountant generates financial reports and assists the CFO with tax reporting for the organization.

The incumbent provides supervision and direction to the Accountant and Accounts Payable function.

Bachelor's degree in Business, Finance, Accounting or related degree is required; MBA is a plus Five (5) years experience in public and/or private accounting
Not-For- Profit Fund Accounting experience is required Experience with financial systems Financial Edge accounting software is preferable Advanced Excel skills required Strong detail orientation, mathematical and analytical skills are a must

Send resume and cover letter to our recruiter at:

PERSONNA UNLIMITED
personnaul@gmail.com

EEO/D/M/V Employer



Executive Director (Rochester)
Executive Director - Neighborhood House, Inc., a nonprofit human service organization, seeks an energetic, committed and experienced leader. Neighborhood House serves the greater Rochester & Auburn Hills, Michigan areas by helping our neighbors-in-crisis move towards self-sufficiency. Primary programs and services include emergency food, clothing, transportation, financial assistance and counseling. Reference www.ranh.org for full description of services provided.

Executive Director responsibilities include • Providing leadership to carry out the RANH mission and its many human service programs • Act as the main spokesperson for RANH. • Manage and supervise RANH employees. • Plan and manage financials In coordination with the Board of Directors • Lead RANH to grow financially and expand community reach of services.

Qualifications • Bachelor’s Degree in human services-related field, Masters or other relevant advanced degree preferred. • Non-profit management experience or equivalent, including supervising staff, program development and management, implementing strategic planning efforts and goals, managing multiple grants/contracts, creating and implementing budgets. • Excellent oral and written communication and public speaking skills. • Successful fund development, grant writing and fundraising experience. • Competent computer skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, QuickBooks, PowerPoint, Access) • Experience working with staff, the public and a Board of Directors.

Send resume and cover letter with references & salary requirements to RANHposition@gmail.com by December 15, 2014.



Vice President for Advancement (Midland)
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy seeks a vice president for advancement to lead its fundraising team. Responsibilities include establishing fundraising strategies and goals, donor cultivation and solicitation, management of annual giving campaigns, advancement publications, grant requests, fundraising events, and fundraising recordkeeping. Qualified candidates will have outstanding communication skills, a proven track record of successful fundraising through personal solicitation, the ability to lead a team, and willingness to travel extensively throughout the State of Michigan. Compensation will be commensurate with ability and experience. A more detailed job description is available at www.mackinac.org/17285. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to careers@mackinac.org.



Quality Assurance Manager (Pontiac)
Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network (OIHN) is a 501c3 Federally Qualified Health Center - Look-Alike (FQHC-LA) dedicated to meeting the health and wellness needs of vulnerable populations of Oakland County through the provision of comprehensive, integrated primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care.

Reporting to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), the full-time Quality Assurance Manager is a member of a high performing clinical team and provides management and direction for Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement at Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network (OIHN). The QA Manager is responsible for day-to-day management of Quality Assurance standards and oversight and implementation of Quality Improvement projects. The QA Manager is responsible to the CMO for QA/QI and administrative functions.

Qualifications:
Education: BS/BA degree in nursing, public health or related degree, or equivalent experience. Masters degree is preferred.
Experience: Minimum 3-5 years of related healthcare experience, with 1-3 years of direct experience in quality assurance strongly preferred.
Licensure/Certification: Must possess valid driver’s license. If a nurse, must possess a current, unencumbered, active license to practice in the State of Michigan.

Please email cover letter and resume to hr@oihn.org.



Resources Acquisitions & Community Relations Officer (Pontiac)
Medium sized, well established non-profit human services agency located in Pontiac seeks a Resources Acquisitions & Community Relations Officer. 3-5 years experience in executing and organizing outreach efforts to acquire in-kind and cash donations to support programs including a food pantry and residential program. Valid driver's license & ability to drive a must. Ability to load & unload up to 50 lbs a plus. The ability to educate, recruit and steward donors a must. Ideal candidate will be highly proficient in developing and maintaining a robust and loyal donor and volunteer base, flexible and able to work with various constituencies. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge and Microsoft Office a plus. Excellent oral and written communications skills required. Competitive salary and benefits package. Equal Opportunity Employer. Send resume to perkinsloc@gmail.com or fax to 248 335-1008.



Donor Engagement Specialist (Detroit)
The Children’s Center of Wayne County leads the way in providing an integrated approach to community mental health that treats the whole child and the whole family.

The Children’s Center of Wayne County is seeking a Donor Engagement Specialist in our Philanthropy Program:

This position will be responsible for some the following:

Primary responsibility for maintaining Raiser’s Edge donor database of more than 18,000 records.
Primary responsibility for processing all gifts received by the Philanthropy team according to established operating and finance procedures.
To assist with annual fundraising campaigns, mailings and publications.
To qualify for this position you will need:

Bachelor’s degree preferred.
Mandatory and extensive knowledge of Raiser’s Edge donor management software, with emphasis on processing and coding gift
Expertise in the Microsoft Suite of products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, with emphasis on advanced skills in Word and Excel. Be proficient in Microsoft Visio and Project.
Knowledgeable in prospect research with a preference for Wealth Engine experience.
A history of strong customer service support is required.
Benefits we offer
medical, dental, and vision coverage - Life & dependent life insurance - 403(b) Thrift Plan with Employer Match - Staff continuing education reimbursement - Longevity pay - 160 hours of paid time off your first year - 10 paid holidays

If you are interested in becoming part of our team, please submit your resume on-line by logging onto our website at http://www.thechildrenscenter.com/about-us/career-opportunities/
Equal Employment Opportunity



Executive Director (Detroit)
Overview: To assist the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers to implement and direct resource development, including identification of funding prospects, collaboration with foundations and funding agencies 1)Fundraising-oversees fundraising, planning, and implementation, including identifying resource requirements, researching funding sources, establishing strategies to approach foundations and funding entities, submitting proposals and administering fundraising records.
2)Work with the Board of Directors and it committee to assist it in its governance role of the agency. This will include implementing policies adopted by the Board of Director 3)Financial, Facilities Management---insures PCS is fiscally sound, recommends yearly budget for board approval and prudently manages organization resources within those budget guidelines, recommending increase in funding for programs and disbanding of programs which are not fiscally viable.
4)Program and Service delivery--- working with the Board of Directors to plan, develop and implement a program of human services which will fulfill the mission of People’s Community Services to serve neighborhoods, individuals and families most in need.
5)Research the needs of the Community – research and spearhead the development of a long range plan for the agency and the services it provides 6)Board Administration and support---develop with the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors a balanced budget which will implement the programs of People’s Community Services.
7)Human Resource Management--- Primary person responsible for recruiting, hiring, supervising, and evaluating the staff of People’s Community Services.
8)Facility Management--- accountable for the maintenance and operation of all agencies facilities.
Please email resume to: Pecose420@gmail.com or fax to (313)554-3113


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Friday, November 21, 2014

FREE 3rd Annual Detroit Red Carpet Backyard BBQ at Masonic Temple - SATURDAY 11/22

Shumake Family and Friends Foundation Aims to feed 10,000 of Detroit’s Homeless Community this Holiday Season...

With over 20,000 homeless citizens in the city of Detroit, Shumake Family and Friends Foundation will kick off the 2014 holiday season with their 3rd Annual Detroit Red Carpet Backyard BBQ for the Homeless and Hungry on November 22nd.

The event is free and open to the public from 11 AM – 5 PM.

Taking place at the historic Masonic Temple, 500 Temple St, Detroit, MI 48201, this one day event will once again provide meals for up to 10,000 low-income and homeless citizens in the Detroit and Metro-Detroit communities.

As an official National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week event, The Detroit Red Carpet Backyard BBQ aims to put an end to Homelessness and Hunger by providing healthy, hot-cooked meals prepared by Celebrity Chef, Jeff Toney, distribute blankets from Radio One's "Warm Detroit" Blanket Drive, provide live entertainment, human service agency vendors, and health screenings.

“With the negative publicity surrounding Detroit as a "bankrupt City", through this event, we’ve seen the exact opposite represented. There is unlimited wealth and prosperity that exists in the hearts and spirits of Detroiter's. That is what the Detroit Red Carpet Backyard BBQ is all about. It embodies the spirit of Detroit,” said Robert Shumake, Chair of the Shumake Family Friends Foundation and Event Founder.

Hosted by world-renowned Comedian Horace H.B. Sanders, this event is one the entire family can enjoy. Joining Horace, the event will also feature appearances and live performances by other VIPs including Grammy & Stellar Award Winner Dorinda Clark Cole. The dynamic DPS All City High School Marching Band will also perform. Other distinguished guests scheduled to attend include, Trinidad & Tobago Ambassador, Dr. Neil Parsan and Councilwoman Brenda Jones. Year-after-year community leaders, citizens and avid supporters of Detroit, continue to be eager to partake in such a rewarding cause.

“We are excited to give back to the people of this great city and appreciate what the organizers of the Detroit Backyard BBQ are doing to make our city's homeless population feel special and cared for," said Reginald Humphries, Senior Manager within General Motors Supplier Diversity division.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE 3RD ANNUAL DETROIT RED CARPET BACKYARD BBQ


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HOME: 11 Guest Bedroom Essentials to create a Hotel-like Retreat for the Holidays #BBNshops #ad

Find out how to turn a plain guest bedroom into a hotelilike retreat that any overnight holiday guest will love...

Whether by plane, train, or by automobile,  most people will be traveling across the country to visit friends and family for the upcoming holidays. And soon that unused guest bedroom in your home will become a home-away-from-home for a few of your loved-ones.

While you don't want your loved-ones to over stay their welcome, you do want them to be comfy and cozy while they are in your home.  That's why BOOMbox Network has partnered with me to sponsor the following guide (which contains affiliate links) listing 11 guest room essentials for creating a hotel-like retreat that your guests will love this holiday season:
  1. Custom blanket - A custom blanket that says "Welcome" would be instantly heartwarming. Or personalize or monogram it any way you'd like. Order it here.
  2. Custom pillows - It's easy to add color and custom designer touches to the guest bedroom (or the entire home!) with this service by LoomDecor.com. Simply click a pillow style and customize it with the fabric of your choice. Also consider creating your own custom designs in bedding and window treatments. It takes about two weeks from order to delivery. Start designing here.
  3. Bamboo towel set - Bamboo fiber is incredibly soft and absorbent. Bamboo towels are an addition to the guest bedroom that will make your guests feel pampered. Buy them here.
  4. Unisex bathrobe - A Turkish cotton bathrobe that will only get softer with every wash. A must for every guest room. Find it here.
  5. Fold-able luggage rack - So your guests can get their suitcase off the floor and more accessible. This one accommodates a smaller bag on the bottom shelf. Check it out and other models here.
  6. Reed diffuser - An elegant way to freshen up a room. Guest will certainly enjoy the distinctive scents developed by Nest Fragrances. Buy it here.
  7. Orchid in vase (a faux) - You could get the real thing, but this faux orchid will last forever. And look beautiful that whole time. Check it out.
  8. Bedside water carafe - A simple, colorful glass bedside carafe will brighten up the room and be useful too. Find it here.
  9. Wireless charging station and clock - Your guests forgot their chargers? No worries, small electronics can be charged here. The wireless charging station also doubles as a clock. Find out more here.
  10. Sample organic spa gift set - A beautifully packaged set of sample beauty products by Hollybeth Organics. All true beauty USDA Organic Certified products that smell amazing. Order the spa gift set here.
  11. Mattress topper - Offer your guests luxurious slumber for the price of a fluffy mattress topper. Shop for it here.
And in order to make your guests feel extra special, consider offering some spa-like amenities, such as this aromatherapy eye pillow, to make them feel extra relaxed and so happy to be in your home instead of a generic hotel room.

So which items on the list are your favorites???

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Boombox Network . The opinions and text are all mine.



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Thursday, November 20, 2014

HOME: How I'm using Social Media to Update my Blue and Pink 1943 Bathroom

I love these bathroom fixtures...
After 16 years, my home could use a little TLC...

I can still remember the first time that I set foot in my home.  I had been looking to buy a single family house for a while and I hated everything that my real estate agent was showing me. I did not think that I was asking for much - just 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, 2 big closets in the master bedroom, forced heat, central air, tall ceilings, hardwood floors throughout, and a quiet manicured neighborhood.  Now looking back I see that really was a tall list of wants.

My home hit all the wants on my long list and it has served my well over the last 16 years.  But now it is starting to show its age.  After 14 years of my son's abuse, the rooms are not as pristine as they used to be. Things are looking a little stale and a little worn.

Now I don't have the stomach, nor the funds, for a total redo.  My plans entail more of a freshening since I still love the overall way my home looks.  And I know just where I want to start - in my pink and blue bathroom.

Yes, my bathroom sink is blue, but it has grown on me - not so much the 10 year old faucet...
Now I am sure that you are probably grimacing from the color combo that I just mentioned, but my bathroom's decor has grown on me over the years and I love my original circa 1943 blue pedestal sink and pink tile work on the floor and walls. But what I don't like are the fixtures. My shower head and sink faucets have seen better days. My sink faucet is over 10 years old and my shower head is over older and replacing them is where I plan to start my updating.

I love beautiful faucets and fixtures since I think they are like the jewelry of a home.  I have been having a great time using social media sites like Pinterest and Houzz to put together design boards of shower heads and bathroom faucets that catch my eye. And I am finding that I can purchase beautiful fixtures at all price points.

I love the bathroom design ideas that I get using Houzz...
Social Media makes Home Project Organizing Easy....
I especially love using the Houzz app on my iPad since it contains tons of beautiful photos of professionally designed bathrooms of all sizes, shapes, and costs.  Houzz allows you to create an account and make idea books to organize all the photos that you want to keep.  It also allows you to upload your own photos to be part of the idea books.

I love using Pinterst Boards for organizing my Home ideas...
In addition to Houzz, I love using Pinterest Boards since they can be used to share ideas and collaborate with others.  If you want to see some of the bathroom fixture ideas that I have pinned thus far, you can check them out at http://www.pinterest.com/freeismylife

So watch out for upcoming posts as I figure out how I am going to update my bathroom fixtures.  And if you have any tips to share about how you have updated your own bathroom fixtures, be sure to leave them in the comment below...


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

DEAL: $10 Starbucks eGift card for only $5 from Groupon - ENDS 11/21 (SOLD OUT!!!)

Let the Starbucks lovers rejoice!!!!

Groupon has a new deal where you can get a $10 Starbucks eGift card for only $5 until Friday, November 21, 2014.

You can keep this great deal for yourself or give it as a holiday gift to a friend since you can use eGift cards to buy physical ones at Starbucks.

New to Groupon? CLICK HERE - IT'S FREE TO JOIN (Affiliate Link)

CLICK HERE TO STEAL THIS DEAL: $10 Starbucks Gift Card for only $5  (SOLD OUT!!!)

Legal Stuff: limit 1 per person, expires 180 days after purchase


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Tweet #VZTurboSweeps to WIN a Verizon Droid Turbo, Find Gift Elves at Detroit Tree Lighting

Look for Verizon Elves & their Goodies at the Detroit Tree Lighting & Tweet to WIN a Droid Turbo!

This Friday November 21, 2014 is the  Detroit Tree Lighting Show and Ceremony presented by DTE Energy Foundation.  The ceremony will take place from 5pm – midnight at Campus Martius Park with the Tree lighting at approximately 7:30 PM

The festivities for the Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by DTE Energy Foundation will include entertainment, live music, and many other seasonal family activities. Click here to see the entire Detroit Tree Lighting Schedule.  This year's tree from Cadillac in the northern Peninsula will be wrapped in 19,000 multicolored LED lights and adorned with red and silver ornaments.

But in addition to the fabulous tree lighting, Verizon Wireless will have their own elves on hand to share the joy of the holiday season.

In celebration of launching the Droid Turbo, exclusive to Verizon, the elves will be handing out and placing shells of Droid devices around Campus Martius Park that can be redeemed at one of five metro Detroit Verizon stores for a special prize. 

If you find or receive a Droid phone shell, return it to one of the following stores on November 22, 2014 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. for your chance to spin the virtual prize wheel to get a Verizon accessory, fun swag bag, or a Verizon Gift Card valued between $5 to $50 -

- Auburn Hills: 3920 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326
- Clair Shores: 23975 Harper Ave., Saint Clair Shores, MI 48080
- Novi: 26401 Novi Rd., Novi, MI 48375
- Troy: 636 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, MI 48084
- Taylor: 23495 Eureka Rd., Taylor, MI 48180


TWEET TO WIN A DROID TURBO POWERED BY VERIZON WIRELESS

Verizon Wireless is also sponsoring a Twitter Giveaway to celebrate the recent launch of the Droid Turbo. Just Send a tweet with the #VZTurboSweeps hashtag between now and November 23 at 7 p.m. to be entered to win a new Droid Turbo! All you have to do is tweet with the hashtag #VZTurboSweeps to enter the sweepstakes!

One winner will be selected on November 24.  Will it be you???

Find out more about these Giveaways on the Verizon Wireless Midwest Blog 


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FREE Dearborn Main Library Blockbusters Film Series - December 2014 January February 2015

Blockbusters Free Film Series

HFCL Auditorium
16301 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI
(313) 943-2330
Monday Evenings
7:00 p.m.


DECEMBER 1—EDGE OF TOMORROW (2014) - REIVEW  - An alien race, undefeatable by any existing military unit, has launched a relentless attack on Earth, and Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) finds himself dropped into a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage is thrown into a time loop, forced to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again and again. Training alongside warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), his skills slowly evolve, and each battle moves them one step closer to defeating the enemy in this relentlessly entertaining action thriller. (Rated PG-13, 113 min.)

DECEMBER 8—JERSEY BOYS (2014) - REIVIEW - Clint Eastwood’s big screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of the four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic `60s rock group The Four Seasons. Their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the hit songs that made them famous and influenced a generation. (Rated R, 134 min.)

DECEMBER 15—THE WIND RISES (2014) - Join us for a special screening of the final film from Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki. Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting his loves, friendships, and key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war. Moving and beautifully animated. (Rated PG-13, 135 min.)

DECEMBER 22—ELF (2003) - Take a break from that holiday shopping with this classic tale of Buddy (Will Ferrell), mistakenly adopted and raised as an elf, traveling to New York City to discover his true identity. Also starring James Caan as Buddy’s reluctant father, Zooey Deschanel and Bob Newhart. (Rated PG, 95 min.)

DECEMBER 29—GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014) - REVIEW - Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance. One of the biggest hits of 2014! (Rated PG-13, 121 min.)

JANUARY 5—THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY (2014) - REVIEW - The opening of a new Indian restaurant in the south of France, next to a famous Michelin-starred eatery, is nearly cause for an all-out war between the two establishments until Le Saule Pleureur's icy proprietress Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren) recognizes her rival's undeniable brilliance for preparing masterful meals. A succulent treat for everyone! (Rated PG, 122 min.)

JANUARY 12—DOLPHIN TALE 2 (2014) - REVIEW - The story of Winter, the adorable dolphin with the prosthetic tail, continues as the team at Clearwater Marine Hospital attempts to find a new companion for their most famous resident. As time begins to run out, a young rescued dolphin named Hope may be the only key to Winter’s survival. A funny, warm and uplifting tale for the whole family! (Rated PG, 107 min.)

JANUARY 19—NO PROGRAM—MLK HOLIDAY

JANUARY 26—BOYHOOD (2014) -REVIEW - Filmed over short periods from 2002 to 2013, Boyhood is a groundbreaking cinematic experience covering 12 years in the life of a family. At the center is Mason, who with his sister Samantha, are taken on an emotional and transcendent journey through the years, from childhood to adulthood. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime film. Starring Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. (Rated R, 164 min.)

FEBRUARY 2—MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT (2014) - Set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight is a romantic comedy about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic medium named Sophie (Emma Stone) as a fake. However, Sophie accomplishes numerous feats of mind-reading and other supernatural deeds that defy all rational explanation, leaving him dumbfounded. Before long, Stanley begins to wonder whether Sophie’s powers are real and what this might mean for his own worldview! (Rated PG-13, 97 min.)

FEBRUARY 9—THE TRIP TO ITALY (2014) - The largely improvised 2010 film, The Trip, took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on a restaurant tour around northern England. In this witty and incisive follow-up, the pair reunites for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets' grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and dueling impersonations. The characters enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri while riffing on subjects as varied as Batman's vocal register and, of course, the virtue of sequels. (Not Rated, 108 min.)

FEBRUARY 16—NO PROGRAM—PRESIDENTS DAY HOLIDAY

FEBRUARY 23—GET ON UP (2014) - Chadwick Boseman stars as James Brown in this fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of one of the most influential musical figures of the 20th century. The film takes audiences on a journey from Brown’s impoverished childhood to his evolution into the Godfather of Soul. Features terrific music and a transformative performance by Boseman. (Rated PG-13, 139 min.)


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Thursday, November 13, 2014

REVIEW: Ringling Bros. BUILT TO AMAZE circus charms Metro Detroit Families #RInglingInsider

Special thanks to Feld Entertainment for sponsoring tickets for my family as part of their Insider Program. The opinions I have expressed are my own....

BUILT TO AMAZE has classic circus fun for kids of all ages...

Last night, my son and I had the pleasure of attending the opening night performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey "Built to Amaze" show at the Palace of Auburn Hills.  BUILT TO AMAZE shines in it's simplicity and charm with classic circus fun that brought smiles to kids of all ages.

Everyone was loving the pre-show action
When we arrived, the pre-show was in full swing with kids and parents dancing with the circus performers and everyone having a great time.

My contest winner and her family 
I ran into the winner of my contest for a FREE Family 4 pack of tickets to see the show. Sakinah H. from Southfield, MI and her family were having a great time before the show even began (FREE will do that for you). So I know this family must have been really enjoying themselves once the show was in full effect.


From the human cannon ball (my favorite - see my amazing video above) to the trick animal acts (I think the poodle act charmed everyone in the audience), BUILT TO AMAZE has a little something for everyone to enjoy.


The animal acts are always a favorite and this year Ringling Bros. spiced up the Asia Elephants act by having them dance to Phy's "Gangnum Style" which had everyone in the audience smiling and chapping to the music - as you can tell from my Instagram video above.

The Lion and Tiger Act never gets old...
The lion and tiger act is always a favorite and this year was just as exciting as it has been since I was a kid.


New to the show is a Basketball Unicycle act which was like seeing the Harlem Globetrotters on wheels.


I was initally disappointed that the Globe of Steel was not part of this year's show, but Ringling Bros. made up for their absence with the Wheel of Death which is just as exciting - see my video above.


And I always love the end of the a Ringling Bros show because of the confetti and fireworks. (see video above)

"BUILT TO AMAZE" TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents "Built to Amaze" has eight (8) performances left in the Metro Detroit area at the Palace of Auburn Hills for the following nights and times -

- Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 7:30pm
- Friday, November 14, 2014 at 11:00am and 7:30pm
- Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 11:30am, 3:30pm, and 7:30pm
- Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 1:00pm and 5:00pm



Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baileys Presents BUILT TO AMAZE
Palace of Auburn Hills
6 Championship Drive
Auburn Hills, MI, 48326

For more information on Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, visit Built To Amaze!

Love the photos in this post? They were taken with my Samsung Galaxy Smart Camera using the stop action mode. Check out my review.

And check out my other Instagram videos from the show that I didn't embed into this post -

- Lion and Tiger Taming live action
- Aerial High Wire live action


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