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Title Project Manager
Employment Type Regular Full Time
City Detroit
State MI
Description Project Manager for Focus: HOPE Advocacy, Equity & Community Empowerment
Job Description

Organization Overview:
Focus: HOPE is a nationally renowned antiracism and social justice organization, one of the largest educational and empowerment agencies in Michigan, and a trusted member of the Metro Detroit community for over five decades. Founded in 1968 as a response to Detroit’s 67 unrest, Focus: HOPE’s mission pledges “practical and intelligent action to overcome racism, poverty and injustice and to build a metropolitan community where all people can live in freedom, harmony, trust and affection” by advocating for systems change, empowering community and operating through a racial equity lens.

General Statement of Duties:
Focus: HOPE’s Project Manager provides administrative support and project leadership for the newly created Office of Advocacy, Equity & Community Empowerment and to its Director. The Office oversees the alignment of Focus: HOPE’s holistic menu of services under common advocacy and empowerment themes and agendas. The person serving in the role of Project Manager will be responsible for the creation and execution of systems for managing and delivering on the diverse load of communications and tasks that come through the Office, which is an ever-evolving and fast-paced environment. This person will serve as a special assistant to the Director, responsible for a range of tasks from the coordination of schedules to liaising with stakeholders to assuming ownership of key initiatives and projects.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
• Strengthen the coordination and sharing of information through the development and management of filing, scheduling, meeting, reporting and communication systems for the director and the division.
• Accompany or stand in for the director and other colleagues at important internal and external meetings.
• Cultivate community partnerships.
• Organize and facilitate stakeholder meetings and other external communications.
• Develop and manage an office-wide task list for delivering on deadlines.
• Manage the meeting and task schedule for the director and coordinate scheduling for the Office.
• Coordinate communications between the office and the rest of the agency, creating buy-in on special projects and “managing up” and across for achieving organizational goals.
• Manage agency partnerships with community stakeholders.
• Plan, champion and coordinate training, forums, campaigns and other special projects such as Focus: HOPE’s annual March; its HOPE Speaks series; and voter, census and other civic engagement projects.
• Co-create and disseminate agency-wide communications and execute mandatory training's for promoting an internal anti-racism culture.
• Contribute to grant applications, prepare reports and drive outcomes and deliverable for multiple projects at a time.
• Develop and manage project budgets.
• Contribute to op eds and other thought pieces for raising awareness on key issues in the region.
• Support the Manager of the Center for Working Families model to successfully increase uptake of bundled economic services to each of Focus: HOPE’s four core program areas of Early Learning, Youth Development, Workforce Development & Education and Food Justice (seniors).
• Support the development of peer support groups and resource exchanges among Focus: HOPE program participants.
• Oversee the implementation of a research-based advocacy agenda.
• Other duties as assigned.

Requirements Requirements:
• Extensive experience with or demonstrated sensitivity to diverse issues and culture.
• 4-year Degree with concentrations in cultural or social justice studies or clearly demonstrated effectiveness on race equity issues.
• Five years of management experience or demonstrated ability to produce outcomes in an institutional setting.

Rare blend of administrative and social strengths.
Absolute commitment to racial equity.
Self-direction; highly organized; and ability to create easily-implemented, outcomes-driven processes.
Exceptional oral and written communication.
Comfortable working alone but enjoy working with others.
Tendency toward optimism and ability to focus in fast-paced and changing environments.
Experienced in “managing up and across” to accomplish goals.
Computer software adeptness, proficiency in Microsoft Suites and cloud-based and collaborative work applications.
At-ease speaking before groups and providing instructions.
Tendency to thrive in both support and leadership roles.

Supervision Received By
Director of Advocacy, Equity & Community Empowerment and RACE Initiatives

This position is currently grant funded

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