City of Detroit Homelessness Policy Fellow

Michigan, United States
02 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Summary

NOTE: This is a 2-year term-limited appointment.

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 homelessness policy and highlight related skills and experience.


As part of a Partnership on Economic Mobility with the City of Detroit Mayor’s Office, Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan is seeking a Homelessness Policy Fellow to support homelessness prevention efforts in Detroit. The Fellow will be housed within the Housing and Revitalization Department, with supervision from top City officials and direct mentorship from U-M faculty and staff. The Fellow will be responsible for convening partners, developing methods to track and evaluate city-efforts, and identifying and incorporating best practices for homelessness prevention in Detroit. The goal of the position is to provide strategic research and policy support to city staff while offering in-depth skills working in city government. The Fellow will participate in professional conferences, national training and networking events.

Poverty Solutions is an interdisciplinary initiative at the University of Michigan (U-M) that seeks to foster research to identify and test strategies for the prevention and alleviation of poverty. The Partnership on Economic Mobility is an effort to boost economic mobility and break the cycle of poverty in Detroit. The partnership leverages U-M resources to enhance Detroit initiatives, provides research and analytical support, and tracks overall progress and impact. The partnership draws in the departments of technology and innovation, workforce, housing and revitalization and others in the city and a number of units at U-M including the Ford School of Public Policy, the Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning, the Institute for Social Research, and more.


This position will be housed in the City of Detroit’s Housing and Revitalization Department with additional oversight support from U-M faculty and staff. The Homelessness Policy Fellow will have responsibilities in a number of areas, including development of knowledge about the scale and quality of Detroit’s homeless population and existing efforts to combat homelessness among different populations; convening stakeholders to identify and align assets; identifying opportunities and best practices to prevent and mitigate homelessness; using data to track, analyze and evaluate impacts over time; and dissemination of research findings and lessons learned (along with other possible duties). This person will:

- Act as a central home for information and understanding of Detroit’s homelessness prevention efforts.- Add capacity to the City’s existing efforts to provide leadership to the broader community around homelessness policy.- Build internal and external support for supportive housing and other homelessness prevention efforts, engaging City Council, the Department of Neighborhoods, the Public-Private Partnership Team, the Mayor’s Office, community groups, and the business community.- Act as a convener of the multitude of partners involved in homelessness prevention efforts in Detroit, and in concert with partners work to effectively/efficiently connect and grow the resources available to Detroiters to secure stable housing.- Leverage the resources and expertise available through the University of Michigan to identify national best practices around a systemic approach to homelessness prevention.- Develop a methodology to track and evaluate homelessness prevention efforts, and the impact of those efforts over time.- Conduct analysis, prepare presentations, produce reports, memos and briefs, and develop MS Excel models.- Work with Assistant Director of the Detroit Partnership to enhance communication between the City of Detroit and Poverty Solutions on issues relating to homelessness. - Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

Master’s degree in public policy, or other closely related field At least 2 years of work experience in a related field (policy engagement, program management, data management)Significant knowledge of the homelessness and housing policy landscape Strong data analysis skills with MS Excel and other statistical analysis software Thorough understanding of program evaluation concepts and practices Experience successfully working in team-based setting and with diverse groups Personal commitment to high quality work Excellent communication skills, both oral and written Ability to think critically and creatively Detail oriented and entrepreneurial Ability to multi-task and prioritize efforts across multiple simultaneous projects

Desired Qualifications*

Experience working on city government initiatives Experience working with city, state and federal-level datasets Demonstrated interest in economic mobility and poverty prevention and alleviation

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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