Michigan Land Use Institute

MLUI / About / Job openings

Job openings

To Apply

If you have any questions about the positions advertised, please call MLUI at (231) 941-6584

Available positions:

1. Taste the Local Difference™ Project Coordinator

2. MLUI Clerical Support Contractor

Taste the Local Difference™ is Hiring!

Taste the Local Difference™, the local food marketing program managed by the Michigan Land Use Institute, is expanding its program and hiring a TLD Project Coordinator. TLD is one of the country’s best-known local food marketing programs, now in its 11th year of operation. 

The project is entering an exciting phase of focus and expansion. TLD is searching for a passionate and entrepreneurial self-starter capable of taking on the audacious goal of providing 20% of northwest Michigan’s food from the region’s farms by 2020. This position will help to execute the TLD marketing strategy in stores and markets across northwest Michigan.

The key aspects of this position will include:

  • Providing marketing campaign support

  • Doing research on local food consumption

  • Helping to create a long-range strategic plan for TLD

  • Managing TLD social media

  • Managing TLD partner photographs for use in print and online publications

  • Managing sales of advertising on TLD materials

  • Writing for publication

The position will be housed at the Michigan Land Use Institute’s office in downtown Traverse City, but will require a moderate amount of travel in the region. The environment will be fun and fast-paced, helping TLD to move at the pace of business. 


  • Self-starter; able to work well without constant direction 

  • Entrepreneurial skills

  • Strong oral and written communication skills 

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail 

  • Strong computer skills (MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) 

  • Strong social media skills (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

  • Previous marketing skills strongly preferred 

  • Communications, marketing, food systems experience or interest preferred

  • Responsible for following MLUI personnel Policy and Procedures Handbook.

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) in marketing, natural resources, or other related field.

Time Commitment

This is a full-time, 40-hour per week position starting in the fall of 2014. 

Start / End Dates

Starting November 1, 2014, and ongoing.

If you believe you possess the passion and qualifications to take on this position, please send a letter or introduction and resume to: 

Bill Palladino – TLD Project Director  
Michigan Land Use Institute  
148 E. Front Street, #301
Traverse City, MI 49684


Cler​ical Support Contractor

The Michigan Land Use Institute is looking to contract with someone on a part-time basis to fulfill numerous office and clerical, data entry, light bookkeeping, and communications tasks. MLUI will compensate the contractor with an hourly wage that is commensurate with skills and experience. The contractor will be expected to work at the office located in downtown Traverse City and keep a consistent but flexible weekly schedule to be agreed upon in advance. It is expected that the contractor will work approximately 20-24 hours per week. The contractor will work with the Accountant, the Development Director, and the Communications Manager to fulfill the tasks listed below. The list below is a working document and is subject to change depending upon MLUI’s needs and the contractor’s skills.

Administrative / Office Assistance

  • Answer main line at MLUI office and forward messages to appropriate staff.

  • Order office supplies, including, i.e., coffee and cream, toiletries, staples, pens, etc.

  • Retrieve, open, and distribute mail daily.

  • Run errands, i.e. checks to bank, packages to post office.

  • Keep postage meter supplied and nonprofit postage account up to date.

  • Do weekly filing for accountant and development team.

Development Assistance

(Prior experience with a constituent management database helpful but not required.)

  • Enter contributions (donations, sponsorships, event income).

  • Process thank you letters and tax receipts.

  • Maintain data integrity through address changes, email and phone updates.

  • Record activities for contacts, i.e. mailings received and solicitations made.

  • Pull mailing lists from database for policy and development staff as requested.

  • Enter prospects to database.

Assistance to Accountant

(Some bookkeeping experience and knowledge of QuickBooks very helpful but not required.)

  • Enter bills and make payments by check.

  • Enter invoices and send.

  • Enter employee timesheets.

  • Keep grants calendar up to date and send out all necessary reminders to staff.

Communications Assistance

(Some design experience and working knowledge of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. helpful.)

  • Maintain website integrity by posting new articles, removing old, and making other web updates as directed.

  • Make sure MLUI social media activity is engaging, and increases hits and likes to relevant sites.

  • Track and report monthly the statistical results of MLUI social media sites.

  • Assist with procuring bids for print vendors, design contractors, and media.

  • Be the intermediary for print jobs between MLUI staff and printing vendor to handle details for printing and publishing reports, campaign materials, and marketing materials.

Please contact Amy MacKay at amy@mlui.org or by calling (231) 534-5259 for more information.


Michigan Land Use Institute

148 E. Front Street, Suite 301
Traverse City, MI 49684-5725
p (231) 941-6584 
e comments@mlui.org