Detroit Program Coordinator

The Urban Alliance Foundation

Posted: 9/9/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Education/Training

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, 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 Program Coordinator in Detroit to provide local participants of UA’s core youth employment model – the High School Internship Program (HSIP) – with professional development and skills training, dedicated case management, and post-high school planning support. This position reports to the regional Program Director and manages a cohort of 30-35 high school seniors who are participating in year-long skills training and six-month paid internships at local employers via the HSIP to support their connection to economically self-sufficient pathways (college, living wage work, or continued career training) after high school.  

Key Responsibilities

Program Delivery

  • Assist Program Director with recruiting students to participate in the HSIP, including by delivering presentations to prospective students and school partners.
  • Monitor the professional and academic performance of a cohort of interns.
  • Facilitate pre-employment and ongoing training in soft skills, basic digital literacy, and financial capabilities independently and in partnership with external organizations.
  • Formally evaluate intern job performance and skills development.
  • Counsel interns on post-high school options, college application process, and develop individual plans for all interns in the cohort.  
  • Troubleshoot and mediate conflicts at job sites where students are completing internships.
  • Oversee planning and execution of events in collaboration with Program Director.
  • Demonstrate flexibility with the understanding that working with youth requires going above and beyond.

External Relationship Management

  • Build and maintain relationships with students, mentors (i.e., job site supervisors), parents, and school-level staff.
  • Build and maintain professional relationships with relevant organizations and community partners in collaboration with the Program Director.
  • Represent the organization at events, as needed.

Data Management

  • Collect and synthesize data to assist with student reporting and to inform programming.
  • Enter and maintain up-to-date data in Salesforce within established deadlines.
  • Actively use outcome data and pre-determined metrics to guide program decisions for real-time course corrections per the Program Director and National Alumni Director’s guidance.
  • Assist the Development, Communications, and Evaluation team with the collection of data and student stories, as needed.

About UA

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.


Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • Bachelor/s degree required
  • Ability to commit to at least two consecutive years of employment with Urban Alliance preferred
  • At least two years prior experience in youth development and curriculum planning/facilitation preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required
  • Proficiency in Salesforce preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to implement programming at fidelity, make date-driven decisions, and execute long-term strategy while addressing unforeseen student needs, as they arise
  • Ability to build strong relationships and engage with diverse high school and college aged youth
  • A results-oriented history of professional achievement
  • Strong ability to take initiative and be creative
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills (including mediation skills and the ability to have direct and open conversations)
  • Ability to work successfully independently and collaboratively with a team
  • Experience with social media and event planning preferred
  • Ability to maintain effective, professional working relationships with youth and adults
  • Entrepreneurial and proactive nature
  • Flexibility and desire to quickly adapt to change
  • Ability to travel between assigned high schools and job-site locations


Compensation & Benefits

  • Annual salary range: $40,000-$45,000
  • 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


Less than $60k

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

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 Program Coordinator


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