Program Manager, Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project

Michigan, United States
02 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Summary

NOTE: A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position. The cover letter should be included in the same document as your resume and should specifically address your interest in this position and highlight related skills and experience.


The Center on Finance, Law, and Policy at the University of Michigan is an interdisciplinary research center, which draws together faculty and students from more than a dozen of Michigan’s nineteen schools and colleges, to work on a broad range of research projects focused on creating a financial system that is safer, fairer, and better harnessed to the real economy.

The Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP) is a two year old initiative that links faculty, staff, and students from across the University of Michigan – including the Law School, the Ross School of Business, the Stamps School of Art & Design, the Ford School of Public Policy, and the College of Engineering – with small business owners in Detroit to find solutions to business problems and address barriers to growth.

Students, under faculty supervision and for course credit, work in interdisciplinary teams with entrepreneurs to provide professional services ranging from legal representation, to branding and marketing plans, to financial modeling and analysis.

The Center on Finance, Law, and Policy is seeking an energetic and highly motivated individual to provide leadership and coordination for all partners. This person will be an employee of the University of Michigan (U-M) reporting to the Center on Finance, Law, and Policy’s Assistant Executive Director, and will work with current DNEP faculty, students and staff to build relationships with relevant campus schools, units, departments, programs, and faculty members open to working with Detroit small businesses to introduce DNEP and learn about their programs.

There are dozens of University of Michigan courses, programs, and initiatives that focus on promoting entrepreneurship, Detroit, or engaged learning opportunities for students. The Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project sits at the center of all three.

The DNEP Program Manager will identify and bring in additional resources to assist Detroit entrepreneurs by identifying resources at U-M and in Detroit, and in creating new resources where there are unmet needs.

The Program Manager will divide their time between the Ford School of Public Policy in Ann Arbor and the U-M Detroit Center, traveling between Detroit and Ann Arbor. The Program Manager will have responsibilities in a number of areas, including but not limited to, program development, data management and analysis, and outreach and communications.


  • Program development, including identifying, initiating, and cultivating partnerships around the University of Michigan, with Detroit small business owners, and with Detroit-based technical assistance providers, CDFIs, lenders, and other strategic partners.
  • Manage administrative activities associated with DNEP educational programming, including; course management, reimbursing faculty, scheduling meetings and coordinating programmatic needs between DNEP faculty, students, and staff.
  • Develop and implement program evaluation metrics to assess overall effectiveness of the program and identify areas for improvement.
  • Manage operational activities including; tracking budget expenditures, managing compliance, and ensure grant reporting deadlines and project milestones are met.
  • Develop and manage communications and outreach strategies, including managing a media and marketing plan and regularly sharing information across all partners.
  • Work closely with CFLP leadership to develop a sustainable funding model to maintain high quality programmatic activities and allow for continued growth in DNEP programs.
  • Identify grant funding opportunities and assist in writing grants and funding proposals.
  • Represent DNEP at public functions, Detroit events, workshops, academic conferences and policy events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

A comprehensive understanding of entrepreneurship and the obstacles facing minority entrepreneurs (preferably in Detroit), typically acquired through a graduate degree in business management, public policy, economics or a related field. A bachelor’s degree and significant work experience may be considered in lieu of a graduate degree.

A minimum of three to five years experience in a position focused on economic development and/or community relations.

Past success working with diverse constituencies and the ability to coordinate across multidisciplinary stakeholders.

Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to project management with the ability to set and achieve strategic objectives.

Thorough understanding of program evaluation concepts and practices.

Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.

Desired Qualifications*

Prior knowledge of and/or experience with the University of Michigan’s entrepreneurship programs.

Knowledge of and experience working in the city of Detroit.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.