Detroit, Michigan

Fellow, Detroit Market, Enterprise Community Partners

The Organization

Enterprise is a national nonprofit on a mission to make home and community places of pride, power and belonging for all. To make that possible, we operate the only organization designed to address America’s affordable housing crisis from every angle: we develop and deploy programs and support community organizations on the ground; we advocate for nonpartisan policy at every level of government; we invest capital to build and preserve rental homes people can afford; and we own, operate and provide resident services for affordable communities. All so that people not only make rent, they build futures. With this end-to-end approach, 40 years of experience and thousands of local partners, Enterprise has built and preserved 662,000 affordable homes, invested $53 billion in communities and changed millions of lives.

Over the last four years, Enterprise’s Detroit Market team has been working with local government agencies, affordable housing developers, community development organizations, and other partners to increase access to opportunity through system improvements and transformational changes to policy, programs, and investment strategies. Our major initiatives promote housing stability through the preservation and production of affordable housing and tenant protections, increased capacity and organizational sustainability for community development organizations (CDOs), as well as cross-sector initiatives to advance economic mobility and sustainability.

Enterprise recognizes diversity as a driving force that allows us to further our goal of building stronger communities, ending housing insecurity, and lifting individuals out of poverty. We believe an inclusive environment broadens our perspective, enabling us to better support the communities we serve, and makes for a richer, more dynamic place to work every day.

Position Overview

The Detroit Fellow is a two-year position to advance Enterprise’s aim to improve Detroit’s neighborhoods and achieve equitable revitalization. The Fellow’s principal focus will be managing Enterprise’s Community Development Organization Fund (CDO Fund,) although the Fellow will be brought into other projects as needed.

Through management of the CDO fund, the Detroit Fellow will help provide local nonprofits with financial resources and technical assistance to grow organizational sustainability and enhance their efforts to advance equitable community revitalization. Operating support will enable CDOs to fund critical investments in organizational systems, staff training and leadership development, as well as obtain customized technical assistance. Enterprise’s support of CDOs will also enable us to further collaborate with local organizations, fostering community improvement from the ground up, multiplying the impact of local efforts, targeting community needs, and helping CDOs meet their goals and scaling their solutions. This role requires working closely with internal colleagues, including Detroit Team and Enterprise national staff, as well as with external partners including a funder collaborative and CDO grantees.

The position reports to the Detroit Senior Program Director. The successful candidate will be a highly motivated, enthusiastic, effective team player eager to support the Enterprise team and external partners. This role is dynamic and changing and different responsibilities are emphasized depending on the status of various projects. Team spirit is critical for the success of this position, as this is a small and nimble office.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work with colleagues from the Enterprise Detroit and National teams to administer general operating support grants for up to 32 Detroit CDOs.
  • Work with a collaborative of funders including the Kresge Foundation and Ford Foundation to administer and refine the recently launched CDO Fund.
  • Provide technical assistance, application support, and ongoing monitoring of grantees; includes managing semi-annual check-ins.
  • Analyze CDO capacity building needs and assist with designing strategy for addressing those needs through technical assistance and local service provider partnerships.
  • Report to funders and assist with evaluation of program; adapt grantmaking program requirements and reporting based on feedback from funders and grantees.
  • Manage all new contacts for grantmaking and programmatic partnerships, including conducting timely follow-up and maintaining ongoing relationships.
  • Manage grant funding process which includes:
    • Developing online application and scoring criteria
    • Synthesizing application data to present for collaborative scoring and selection
    • Conducting financial reviews/risk assessments
    • Scoring applications and selecting finalists
    • Setting up grant accounts, generating grant agreements, and distribution of awards.
  • Manage grant performance and monitoring which includes:
    • Maintaining annual metrics on grantee performance with respect to “indicators of success” outlined at the application phase
    • Conducting semi-annual, grantee check-ins (in coordination with funder if desired)
    • Overseeing financial reporting, obtaining grantee financial information during grant period and at conclusion of grant term
  • Other projects as needed.


  • Undergraduate degree and at least four (4) years relevant experience preferred; graduate degree may be substituted for up to two (2) years of relevant experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of and proficiency with MS Word, Excel and Power Point.
  • Ability to travel on occasion.
  • Basic knowledge of urban planning, community development, and affordable housing, in addition to experience with nonprofit program management preferred.
  • Demonstrated capacity for project management.
  • Strong organizational skills to coordinate complex activities, meet deadlines, and use good judgment in managing conflicting demands and priorities.
  • Strong communication skills with ability to clearly express ideas, thoughts and concepts verbally and in writing; excellent writing and editing skills to produce complete, correct correspondence, proposals and reports.
  • Demonstrated professionalism, diplomacy, composure, flexibility and ability to adapt to a variety of situations.
  • Ability to work independently, solve problems and take responsibility for moving tasks forward with moderate supervision.
  • Experience working with diverse range of communities and people.
  • Lived experience and/or service that informs worldviews and/or perspectives about creating social equity across race, ethnicity, language, social class, gender, sexuality, religion, disability, and other dimensions.
  • Candidate is expected to:
    • Demonstrate strong ethics in interpersonal relations.
    • Continually improve systems and procedures within own job, office and organization.
    • Treat internal and external partners with respect, honesty and professionalism.

Additional Information

Enterprise is committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds. We highly encourage women, LGBTQ people, and people of color, people with different abilities, people of maturity/age and other diverse groups to apply. It is important to us to foster this core value in our work, in our business strategies and in our decision making so that we are reflecting sensitivity and commitment to the communities that we serve.


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