Employment and Opportunities

Michigan Community Resources is a dynamic organization that offers competitive salary and benefits. We are always looking for individuals interested in bringing their expertise to our mission.

Employment

Job Title: AmeriCorps Program Associate

Classification: Full Time Exempt

Location: Detroit, MI

Date: August 30, 2018

Michigan Community Resources and Local Initiatives Support Corporation are seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member to serve as a Program Associate. The candidate will ideally begin service on October 1, 2018 and serve a minimum of 1700 hours though the end of his/her term on July 31, 2019. The exact start and end date is confirmed by the Member Agreement of Participation. The individual selected to serve is not considered to be an employee of MCR or LISC.

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUNDS
Michigan Community Resources (MCR) is a statewide nonprofit organization that seeks to build strong communities through strong organizations, strong leaders, and a strong nonprofit network. Since 1998, we have equipped nonprofit organizations serving low-income communities with the tools, resources, training, and consulting they need to do their best work.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) With residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families. Over the last 38 years, LISC and its affiliates have invested approximately $20 billion in businesses, affordable housing, health, educational mobility, community and recreational facilities, public safety, employment and other projects that help to revitalize and stabilize underinvested communities. These investments have leveraged more than $50 billion in development activity and helped families and communities raise their standards of living. LISC investments impact the lives of nearly 7 million Americans. Headquartered in New York City, LISC’s reach spans the country from East coast to West coast in 31 markets with offices extending from Buffalo to San Francisco. Our rural programs make an impact in 44 states and are supported by LISC’s talented and dedicated workforce. Visit us at www.lisc.org

AMERICORPS MEMBER ACTIVITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES                                           

  • Conduct outreach to community organizations to understand their needs as well as connect to MCR and external resources  
  • Cultivate content for MCR website – www.mi-community.org
  • Support administration of one-on-one appointments between MCR staff and community leaders to address their organizational needs
  • Assist with long-term one-on-one assistance with community groups across the city to support their capacity building needs
  • Assist with design and facilitation of educational & networking events.
  • Conduct research and provide technical and/or narrative report writing as needed.

PERFORMANCE, CAREER DEVELOPMENT, AND SERVICE REQUIREMENTS
This is an AmeriCorps position. LISC and MCR will not allow the member to engage in activities that are considered prohibited under the terms of the grant while serving as a LISC AmeriCorps member. Members will be provided with goal(s) at the onset of the service assignment based on the activities and responsibilities noted above. Members will track goal attainment monthly through an on-line system (training provided). Members will also discuss professional performance in the form of a mid-term and final appraisal. Members are required to track time and submit on-line (training provided) timesheets twice per month. Members will perform day to day service at MCR and serve a minimum of 40-42 hours per week. Normal service hours are Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm with 30 minutes for lunch per day. There will be opportunities to serve evenings and weekends. Members will have an immediate supervisor and a local LISC supervisor throughout the term of service as identified by LISC and MCR. Members are expected to attend and participate in all LISC AmeriCorps sponsored activities including but not limited to:                                                                               

  • Attending a local onboarding session coordinated by LISC and an onsite orientation to our organization;
  • Attending a national leadership conference tentatively scheduled for March 2019;
  • Attending all locally sponsored monthly meetings;
  • Participating in nationally sponsored webinars;
  • Actively participating in at least two team coordinated service projects (one for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and one for National AmeriCorps Week); and,
  • Engaging in any other LISC events as determined by the local LISC office.

DESIRED SKILLS  

  • Desire and ability to work with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in low-income distressed neighborhoods
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule (some night and weekends may be required)
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Prior experience in community engagement, group facilitation, and/or program management.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Computer skills

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
To be eligible to participate as a LISC AmeriCorps member the candidate must meet all eligibility requirements to serve as a National Service participant including but not limited to:

  • Be eligible to earn 100% of the education award associated with this description
  • Be eligible to perform the term of national service associated with this description
  • Have unexpired proof of status as a US citizen or possess unexpired permanent resident status and be able to provide documentation as determined by CNCS during the pre-enrollment period
  • Be at least 17 years of age (note there is no upper age limit)
  • Be able to complete at the hours within the timeframe of the service term and serve the full term
  • Possess a high school degree, GED certificate or agree to achieve GED during the term of service

NATIONAL SERVICE CRIMINAL HISTORY SEARCH REQUIREMENT
If a candidate has a criminal record, it does not necessarily make a candidate ineligible for service. Only candidates who are subject to registry on the National Sex Offender Public Website or have been convicted of murder may not participate as an AmeriCorps member. Only candidates being offered and then accepting the position must consent to a search of the National Sex Offender Public Website, a State Level Criminal History Search and an FBI search. Consent is provided via the LISC AmeriCorps application. Candidates must be cleared by CNCS prior to the first day of service.

PROGRAM BENEFITS
Upon successful completion of the term of service, the member will be eligible for a $5,920 education award to pay off existing, eligible student loans or return to school. Members are eligible to place existing student loans (loans must qualify and not in a state of default) into AmeriCorps forbearance. The position pays a total stipend of $17,000. The stipend is taxable and paid in 20 equal checks twice a month from LISC. Direct deposit is required. A health care benefit is available for the participant only (dependents are not eligible). For members with children under the age of 13, there is a child care subsidy benefit available which is dependent on the participant meeting all eligibility requirements (This benefit is administered by a contracted provider via the Corporation for National and Community Service). Additional benefits for alums can be found here: https://www.nationalservice.gov/special-initiatives/employers-national-service/alumni and information on Public Service Loan Forgiveness can be found here: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service.

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send cover letter and resume to Alisha Opperman at aopperman@mi-community.org by Monday, September 24, 2018. For more information on Michigan Community Resources, please visit www.mi-community.org.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process. This program is available to all, and we treat all persons without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Job Title: Legal Assistant/Client Management Associate

Classification: Full Time Exempt

Location: Detroit, MI

Date: August 20, 2018

THE ORGANIZATION

Michigan Community Resources (MCR) is a statewide nonprofit organization that seeks to build strong communities through strong organizations, strong leaders, and a strong non-profit network. Since 1998, we have equipped non-profit organizations serving low-income communities with the tools, resources, training, and consulting they need to do their best work.

THE ROLE

A successful Legal Assistant/Client Management Associate possesses excellent project management and organizational skills. He/She excels at communication and relationship building with a wide range of stakeholders, especially nonprofit leaders and law firms.  The ideal candidate is passionate about the importance and impact of the nonprofit sector in Michigan and seeks to build strong communities through supporting the development of strong organizations, strong leaders, and a strong nonprofit network. The Legal Assistant/Client Management Associate thrives in a collaborative environment working on multiple projects and prefers to work as part of a team. Additionally, the Legal Assistant/Client Management Associate will provide exceptional administrative support, develop efficient processes, and enhance program effectiveness.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
  • Client Management
    • Provide professional services to non-profit clients that promote MCR’s mission, vision, and values.
    • Manage expectations and provide prompt communication to MCR clients to facilitate their particupation in MCR programs.
    • Cultivate strong relationships and communication directly with attorneys at state-wide law firms on referral cases for nonprofit clients.
    • Work under the direction of in-house attorneys on direct counseling cases and the referral system.
    • Assist in organizing pro bono legal cinics and workshops throughout Michigan.
    • Provide editing for legal and organizational development related publications and toolkits.
  • Program Organization & Management
    • Manage files and maintain accurate, complete records for all nonprofit clients.
    • Assist in the development and management of a comprehensive client record management system encompassing all MCR programs.
    • Provide general administrative support to enhance the effectiveness of MCR programs.
    • Tactfully juggle deadlines and calendars to promote an efficient organization and an exceptional experience for our partners.
    • Demonstrate sound judgment and issue spotting to identify matters to be handled directly and what requires escalation to an attorney or Program Manager.
  • Capacity Building & Technical Assistance
    • Support nonprofit organizations in developing strong organizational skills like community organizing, project management, fund development, board governance, and more.
    • Identify innovative and comprehensive strategies to connect communities to resources and public decision-making processes through MCR programs.
  • Additional Responsibilities
    • Support implementation of the organization’s communications plan including contributing to content for the website, newsletters, and other internal or external communications.
    • Review national best practices related to MCR’s work and offer recommendations on applications throughout the state.
    • Other duties as assigned by the CPO and CEO.
  • Skill Requirements:
    • Enthusiasm for MCR’s mission to serve nonprofits and low-income communities.
    • 4+ years of work experience comparable to the job description.
    • Exceptional project management skills, evidenced by previous work experience.
    • Creative problem-solving skills.
    • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic team environment.
    • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with diverse populations.
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • Highly Proficient in MS Word, MS Powerpoint, and MS Excel.
  • Preferred but not required qualifications:
    • Experience working for a nonprofit organization or law firm.
    • Experience using the SalesForce platform.
    • Proficient in various social media platforms, Adobe Creative Suite, and WordPress.
    • Ability to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings and/or weekends.

Michigan Community Resources is an equal opportunity employer and offers a full range of benefits. Annual salary is commensurate with experience and credentials. Interested persons should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references to Alisha Opperman, Michigan Community Resources, 615 Griswold, Suite 805, Detroit MI 48226 or via email to jobs@mi-community.org with “Legal Assistant/Client Management Associate” in the subject line.

Job Title: Program Manager

Classification: Full Time Exempt

Location: Detroit, MI

Reports to: Chief Program Officer (CPO)

Date: May 21, 2018

THE ORGANIZATION

Michigan Community Resources (MCR) is a statewide nonprofit organization that seeks to build strong communities through strong organizations, strong leaders, and a strong non-profit network. Since 1998, we have equipped non-profit organizations serving low-income communities with the tools, resources, training, and consulting they need to do their best work.

THE ROLE

A successful Program Manager possesses excellent project management skills and excels at relationship building with a wide range of stakeholders. He or she is passionate about the importance and impact of the nonprofit sector in Michigan and seeks to build strong communities through supporting the development of strong organizations, strong leaders, and a strong non-profit network. The Program Manager thrives in a collaborative environment working on multiple projects and prefers to work as part of a team. Additionally, the Program Manager is comfortable leading collaborative projects with several external partners to guide the collective to successful implementation of a shared vision. He or she enjoys facilitating conversations and meetings of all sizes, from one-on-one to large groups. The Program Manager will report to the Chief Program Officer (CPO).

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
  • Program Management
    • Provide professional services to non-profit clients that promote MCR’s mission, vision, and values.
    • Lead program design and implementation, vision setting, goal creation and attainment, problem solving, and evaluation for his or her assigned projects with support from the CPO and other programmatic staff.
    • Supervise and evaluate the performance of associate level program staff and interns on project specific initiatives as directed by the CPO.
  • Non-profit Cohort Development & Relationship Building
    • Cultivate strong relationships and a culture of cross-organization learning between non-profit organizations participating in various collaborative projects managed by MCR.
    • Develop trust and strong working relationships with non-profit organizations involved in assigned programs.
    • Build strong community relationships and networks with the nonprofit, faith-based, education, government, local business, and philanthropic communities.
    • Represent organization externally at trade associations, meetings, conferences, trainings, speaker panels, and other public forums as approved by the CPO and/or CEO.
  • Capacity Building & Technical Assistance
    • Support non-profit organizations in developing strong organizational skills like community organizing, project management, fund development, board governance, and more.
    • Identify innovative and comprehensive strategies to connect communities to resources and public decision-making processes through MCR programs.
    • Design and facilitate one-on-one, small group, and large group training and networking opportunities.
    • Serve as a co-author on publications geared toward nonprofit organizations, community leaders, policy makers, and more.
  • Additional Responsibilities
    • Support fund development by identifying opportunities and contributing to grant writing and grant reporting activities.
    • Assist in the preparation of invoices and/or other required reports for funders, the Management Team, the Board of Directors, or Committees on an as needed basis.
    • Support implementation of the organization’s communications plan including contributing to content for the website, newsletters, and other internal or external communications.
    • Review national best practices related to MCR’s work and offer recommendations on applications throughout the state.
    • Other duties as assigned by the CPO and CEO.
  • Skill Requirements:
    • Enthusiasm for MCR’s mission to serve nonprofits and low-income communities.
    • 4+ years of work experience comparable to the job description.
    • Exceptional project management skills, evidenced by previous work experience.
    • Exceptional small-group and large meeting facilitation skills, evidenced by planning and designing meeting processes.
    • Creative problem-solving skills.
    • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic team environment.
    • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with diverse populations.
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • Highly Proficient in MS Word, MS Powerpoint, and MS Excel.
  • Preferred but not required qualifications:
    • Masters in Social Work, Education, Urban Planning, Public Administration, or related discipline.
    • Experience working for a non-profit organization.
    • Proficient in various social media platforms, Adobe Creative Suite, and WordPress.
    • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and/or weekends.

Michigan Community Resources is an equal opportunity employer and offers a full range of benefits. Annual salary is commensurate with experience and credentials. Interested persons should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references to Alisha Opperman, Michigan Community Resources, 615 Griswold, Suite 805, Detroit MI 48226 or via email to jobs@mi-community.org with “Program Manager” in the subject line.

Internships/Externships

We accept internships for fall, spring, and summer semesters in multiple areas, including law, urban planning, communications and more. If you are interested in an internship/externship or would like to submit a general job inquiry, please contact: jobs@mi-community.org.