Detroit Executive Director

The Urban Alliance Foundation

Posted: 9/9/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Other

Primary domain: Youth Development

City: Detroit

Postal code: 48226

State: Michigan

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$1M - $3M


Mission statement:

Urban Alliance empowers under-resourced youth to aspire, work and succeed through paid internships, formal training, and mentoring. Urban Alliance provides high school students with a work experience that builds their pathway to self-sufficiency.

Position Details:

Job Description:

Urban Alliance (UA) is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as its Detroit Executive Director, leading regional operations, programming, and partnerships. The Detroit Executive Director is responsible for securing, managing, and growing revenue-generating employer partnerships; collaborating with the National Development team to secure philanthropic grants; negotiating and implementing strategic partnerships; and supervising regional program delivery to ensure fidelity to key outcomes. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Detroit Executive Director represents UA publicly, manages regional staff, and maintains a strong organizational culture. This position reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer and collaborates closely with the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Development Officer, and Managing Director.


Sales, Fundraising, and Relationship Management

  • Effectively communicate how UA’s mission addresses the needs of students served, the local community, school partners, and employer partners to grow its regional footprint 

  • Develop and implement regional sales and fundraising plans to secure and grow revenue-generating partnerships 

  • Collaborate with the National Development Team to solicit and secure grants from regional philanthropic organizations

  • Ensure accurate tracking of the sales pipeline via Salesforce

  • Represent the organization externally by participating in public speaking engagements, maintaining a robust social media presence, and regularly participating in or attending community events 

  • Maintain large regional partnerships with key stakeholders, including employer partners hosting UA intern cohorts  

  • Serve as a thought partner to youth workforce development peers in the field and collaborate with the National team on high-visibility publications and events 

Strategic Partnership Ideation and Implementation 

  • Identify, secure, and implement strategic partnerships to increase regional sustainability, competitiveness, and impact based on local market conditions 

Program Management

  • Lead a growing regional team, including by directly supervising the regional Program Director and Alumni Director to ensure programmatic delivery meets key deliverables and evaluation targets 

  • Cultivate and maintain high-level school district relationships, including by collaborating with the Director of Human Capital and Operations to negotiate the terms of related agreements 

  • Collaborate with the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Development Officer to establish annual budgets, and track and project expenses

Team Management

  • Facilitate strong working dynamics between the National and Detroit teams 

  • Build consensus around critical decisions that inform the Detroit region’s evolution  

  • Support the Detroit Program Director with recruiting and managing a high-performing team

  • Promote strong organizational health and culture throughout the region


For nearly 25 years, UA has been building a diverse and inclusive next generation workforce, leveling the playing field for young people of color by equipping them with the tools to overcome the systemic barriers that prevent them from accessing the same educational and professional opportunities as their more privileged peers. 99% of the young people we serve are students of color, 91% qualify for free or reduced school meals, and one in three speak a language other than English at home. 


We fight for equity by empowering students of color to achieve economic self-sufficiency. In partnership with more than 250 employers, we provide students with the skills, networks, and experiences required to succeed after high school; and the exposure to upwardly-mobile careers as well as the resources to attain them, expanding their idea of what is possible for the future. 

Our core youth employment model -- the High School Internship Program -- places high school seniors in paid internships with local employers, while providing mentoring and in-depth training in transferable skills required to succeed in any professional environment, from September to July annually. Nearly 80% of interns use their UA paycheck to contribute to household expenses and 80% remain connected to economically self-sufficient pathways (college, living wage work, or continued career training) one-year post-program. Since 1996, we've provided over 5,700 internships to underserved youth across Washington, DC (including Montgomery County and Prince George's County, MD), Northern Virginia, Baltimore, Chicago, and Detroit.

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Urban Alliance is an equal opportunity employer. UA prohibits discrimination against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex age, citizenship status, handicap, religion, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors unrelated to job duties. Each person is evaluated on the basis of personal skill and merit. 



  • Bachelor’s degree preferred 

  • At least five years of progressively senior experience required 

  • Passion for ensuring that all young people -- no matter their race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic

background -- have equal access to the skills training, paid work experiences, and professional networks needed to achieve economic mobility

  • Demonstrated track record of fundraising and/or sales, including relationship cultivation and partnership management 

  • Demonstrated experience leading and developing a team of at least four staff

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Excellent cross-functional project management ability 

  • Strong organizational skills, time management, and attention to detail

  • Ability and desire to thrive in a fast-paced and highly entrepreneurial environment



  • Annual salary range: $100,000-$110,000 (negotiable commensurate with experience)

  • Access to health insurance, including medical, dental, and vision

  • Retirement benefits package

  • Three weeks of paid annual leave and one week of organizational leave in December

  • All federal holidays off


$100k - 120k

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:


Please submit a resume and cover letter in a single PDF document addressed to Paul Remy, Director of Human Capital & Operations by September 18, 2020. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis and should be emailed to [email protected] with the subject line: Detroit Executive Director.

Note: Please do not call to inquire about the position. Any application submitted through means not stated above will not be considered. Due to the volume of applications received, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.


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