Posting: Urban Neighborhood Initiatives- Director of Organizing and Learning

April 28, 2022

Job Description

Title: Director of Organizing & Learning

Reports to: Executive Director

Type of Employment: Full-time with benefits

Start Date: Immediate hire

Hours/week: 40 hours/week

Job summary:
Urban Neighborhood Initiatives (UNI) is seeking candidates to fulfill our Director of
Organizing & Learning position. The Director of Organizing & Learning will be central
to UNI’s commitment to measure our impact in the Springwells neighborhood of
southwest Detroit, while also leading our advocacy and organizing strategies.
Alongside staff and stakeholders, the Director of Organizing & Learning Director will
design and implement creative participatory research approaches to inform UNI’s
strategic direction and will be responsible for leading neighborhood organizing
networks and campaigns. They will also serve as a supervisor to UNI’s community
organizing and leadership programming and initiatives.

Candidates must have community organizing experience to qualify for this position.

Summary of essential job functions:
Community Organizing (50%):

  • Supervise UNI’s community organizing and leadership staff
  • Coordinate and facilitate weekly team meetings
  • Build out and/or refine UNI’s community organizing strategies, while also leading organizing networks and campaigns
  • Work with all UNI employees to identify areas for integration, intersection, and partnership
  • Represent the organization in various leadership and organizing activities and projects, including Steering Committee meetings, networks, trainings, and research partnerships
  • Ensure all of UNI’s organizing and leadership evaluation plans are implemented, including, but not limited to disseminating and collecting surveys, coordinating focus groups, tracking attendance, and scheduling observations
  • Lead grant writing and fundraising for organizing programs and initiatives at UNI
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and huddles
  • Assist in planning and participating in UNI annual events
  • Assumes responsibility for other projects and new assignments related to the scope of this role.
  • Contribute to organization-wide priorities and special projects as appropriate.

Learning and Evaluation (50%):

  • Supervise and support the Impact & Improvement Coordinator in implementing the Program Improvement Cycle, based on Weikart Center’s
  • Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI), by planning and leading quarterly evaluation meetings and supporting staff to create Program Improvement Plans
  • Develops, implements, and monitors evaluation plans addressing logic models, strategic and program evaluation questions, data collection methods, analysis and reporting in partnership with the Impact & Improvement Coordinator
  • Build out processes and initiatives to identify and track neighborhood-level indicators and data to better position UNI to understand our impact on the neighborhood and policy advocacy efforts
  • Understand and strategically align learnings related to research, evaluation, organizing, and advocacy efforts of UNI
  • Lead grant writing and fundraising for evaluation and leadership programs and initiatives at UNI
  • Represent the organization in various evaluation and learning activities and projects, including Steering Committee meetings, networks, trainings, and research partnerships
  • Supports programs by using data to improve programs and respond to neighborhood needs, including identifying and leveraging additional resources and trainings when necessary
  • Oversee grants management for all evaluation and learning-based funding
  • Oversee and coordinate evaluation, community-based participatory research, and neighborhood listening and outreach strategies
  • Work alongside UNI’s Executive Director to identify ongoing trainings and learning opportunities for UNI staff
  • Assumes responsibilty for other projects and new assignments related to the scope of this role.

Minimum requirements:

  • Must have community organizing experience.
  • LLMSW or LMSW preferred, but not required
  • Must have good written and oral communication skill
  • Must have strong organizational skills, time management, and ability to meet multiple deadlines
  • Must have experience working with youth
  • Must have some experience and/or knowledge in evaluation and youth development
  • Bilingual in Spanish is strongly preferred
  • Strong preference for candidates who have previously live and/or worked in southwest Detroit

Abilities required:

  • Motivated
  • Ability to create strategies
  • Organized
  • Ability to supervise and lead
  • Critical thinking
  • Evaluation
  • Organizing
  • Advocacy
  • Ability to work well on teams
  • Flexible

$45,000-$55,000 salary with benefits OR commensurate with experience

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work
being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be
construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of
personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of
their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Additional information

How to apply: Send your resume to We aim to fill this
position as soon as possible, but will accept resumes on a rolling basis until the
position is filled.

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