Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Michigan Community Resources Posts a Job Opening


Michigan Community Resources seeks a self-directed, enthusiastic and energetic candidate to fill an immediate vacancy for the position of Program Manager. We provide free legal, educational, and technical services to nonprofits and community organizations in Michigan. Since its inception in 1998, we have secured legal representation for over 900 non-profit organizations. The estimated market value of these services exceeds $10 million. Michigan Community Resources is also leading an effort in Detroit called the Detroit Vacant Property Campaign to address the foreclosure and vacancy crisis.

The Program Manager will report to the Director of Education and Outreach programs and will be responsible for managing Education and Outreach Initiatives, which could include the direction, coordination, and implementation of Michigan Community Resources’s education workshops, seminars, publications, the Community Resource Library, and various outreach andcommunity engagement activities. Qualified candidates will be pro-active, able to manage multiple projects at once, possess excellent written and communication skills, and work well with diverse groups. The Program Manager will work closely with the other Program Managersand will coordinate work flow both internally and externally in order to meet time-sensitive project goals.

Specific Responsibilities Include:

  • Promote Michigan Community Resources’s mission, purpose, values and provide value to our clients;
  • Build community relationships and networks of support for Michigan Community Resources with the nonprofit, legal, community development, government, and philanthropic communities;
  • Promote our products and services and recruit new clients;
  • Facilitate the execution of Education and Outreach Initiatives, which includes helping to design scope, goals and deliverables of specific projects;
  • Analyze the systems in place that affect neighborhood quality of life (i.e., vacant properties, foreclosure process, tax reversion, nuisance abatement, code enforcement, repair/rehab resources, property disposition, etc.) and offer ideas for program offerings;
  • Identify innovative and comprehensive strategies to connect communities to program resources as well as public decision making processes;
  • Assist in the continued development of the Education Series and the development of a Community Resource Library;
  • Manage distribution of education materials;
  • Track program deliverable using appropriate tools;
  • Develop reports defining program progress, problems, and solutions;
  • Write technical reports and other communications;
  • Assist with writing educational publications on relevant community issues;
  • Support the Director of Education and Outreach in identifying program needs and opportunities and raising funds to support the education and outreach programs; and
  • Other duties as assigned by Program Director or Chief Program Officer

Skill Requirements and Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Education, Social Work, Nonprofit Administration, Political Science or a related discipline;
  • Highly proficient with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Microsoft Access, and Adobe Creative Suite, strongly preferred;
  • Exceptional project management skills, qualification or certification in project management a plus;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Direct work experience in project management capacity;
  • Proficient in project management software a plus;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in multiple, diverse settings;
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills;
  • Ability to work effectively in a dynamic, highly-productive, team environment;
  • Enthusiasm for Michigan Community Resources mission to serve non-profits and low-income communities; and
  • 3-5 + years relevant experience, preferred.

Michigan Community Resources is an equal opportunity employer and offers a full range of benefits, including paid vacation, health, dental and optical insurance, short term and long term disability insurance, and basic term life insurance. Annual salary starts at $40,000 and is commensurate with experience and credentials. Interviews begin immediately. Interested persons should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Shamyle Nesfield, Director of Education and Outreach of the Michigan Community Resources at 615 Griswold, Suite 1805 in Detroit, Michigan 48226 or via email to snesfield [at] clronline [dot] org.
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