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Title Special Project Coordinator
Employment Type Regular Full Time
City Detroit
State MI
Description JOB DESCRIPTION:
HOPE VILLAGE INITIATIVE, FOCUS: HOPE
THE SPECIAL PROJECT COORDINATOR

ORGANIZATIONAL INFORMATION:
Focus: HOPE is a vital Detroit community asset that has transformed lives, families and neighborhoods over the last 48 years. In 1968, Father William Cunningham and Eleanor Josaitis cofounded Focus: HOPE, as a civil rights organization to challenge hunger, economic disparity, inadequate education, racial divisiveness and social injustice for those under-represented in our area. Our founders began this work by bringing together the diverse metropolitan Detroit community to build shared understanding and avoid a recurrence of the riots and events of the summer of 1967. Our mission of applying intelligent and practical action to overcome racism, poverty and social injustice is just as relevant today as it was at the time of our founding in 1968. We continue to innovate new programs and collaborative partnerships to address these issues by creating access to opportunities, education and community participating for many generations of those underserved and disadvantaged in our community. Our three core focus areas Food and Basic needs; Workforce Development and Education; and Neighborhood Revitalization provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to challenging the very systems that perpetuate inequity, inequality, exclusivity and injustice for those we serve. Our programs provide a comprehensive, multi-generation and holistic approach to challenging the systems that perpetuate poverty, inequality, exclusivity, inequity, racism and injustice.

The HOPE Village Initiative is a long-term, comprehensive, place based initiative designed to radically change the odds of success for children, their families and the neighborhoods immediately surrounding Focus: HOPE's campus. The Initiative aims to ensure that by the year 2031, 100% of the residents in the service area will be educationally well prepared,
Economically self-sufficient, and living in a safe and supportive environment. Focus: HOPE is located on Oakman Boulevard in the heart of the city of Detroit. We serve residents across the Southeast Michigan region, who are marginalized, underrepresented, disadvantaged, without access to education and opportunity, to lead a fulfilling, self-sufficient life, reach their full potential and provide for their families. We have also focused particular attention on the neighborhood surrounding our 32-acre campus, where the population is 97% African American; 50% or whom live at or below the poverty line; and fewer than 10% have an associate’s degree or higher. Mission Statement: Recognizing the dignity and beauty of every person, we pledge intelligent and practical action to overcome racism, poverty, and injustice. And to build a metropolitan community where all people may live in freedom, harmony, trust and affection. Black and white, yellow, brown and red from Detroit and its suburbs of every economic status, national origin and religious persuasion we join in this covenant. – Adopted March 8, 1968



GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
The Special Project Coordinator will work as a part of the HOPE Village Initiative to provide project management services to Focus: HOPE for the Kresge FreshLo Implementation grant project. The purpose of the grant is to implement our “Cultivate to Curate” project within the HOPE Village, building access to fresh local food while growing resident leadership and creating local art installations in gardens across the neighborhood.
The time commitment for this position is 30 hours per week. The position will last for the duration of the grant period, November 30, 2018 through September 31, 2019; and is contingent upon a successful grant award.
PROJECT SUMMARY:
FreshLo Cultivate and Curate Project: With this project, we intent to create a vibrant food system in which local residents can attribute ownership through their participation in food production and distribution; a food system that embraces our local heritage through artistic expression; creates a culture of health, equity and sustainability, and distinguishes this community as a place where healthy people live and flourish.
This multi-faceted initiative will include working with gardeners and growers, local artists, businesses, and technical assistance providers, evaluators and funders. The Special Project Coordinator will be required to manage resources and relationships among these different entities.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Special Project Coordinator
• Manage project work plan and timelines, keeping project on time and on budget
• Track and document process steps, goals and outcomes;
• Lead Multi-stakeholder, pubic and community engagement;
• Plan and facilitate community, and stakeholder meetings
• Interface with partners, stakeholders and consultants to establish scope or engagement with each
• Manage relationships; track outputs and outcomes
• Make appropriate connections between partners and residents

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
• Experience with food security issues, policies and programs; community gardening and market gardening, in Detroit and Southeast Michigan,
• Strong commitment to diversity and civil and human rights.
• High level or oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to take initiative
• Proficient computer skills, especially MS Office Suite
• Highly organized and able to manage multiple projects while working as part of a team under pressure of deadlines and conflicting priorities.
• Experience in working with persons of diverse backgrounds and opinions to achieve consensus.

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Community Development or related field required.
• Minimum three years of work experience with demonstrated increasingly responsibility
• Background in or knowledge of urban economic development issues required
• Experience with food security issues, policies and programs; community gardening, and market gardening, in Detroit and Southeast Michigan,

SUPERVISION:
Performs duties under the supervision of the Manager of Neighborhood and Economic Revitalization.

Requirements EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Community Development or related field required.
• Minimum three years of work experience with demonstrated increasingly responsibility
• Background in or knowledge of urban economic development issues required
• Experience with food security issues, policies and programs; community gardening, and market gardening, in Detroit and Southeast Michigan,
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