The Detroit Program Manager (DPM) is responsible for leading and driving community development work in the Detroit market and manages development and implementation of the Detroit Priority City strategy. The DPM maintains a track record of successful program development and implementation in alignment with Cinnaire’s corporate goals to achieve greatest community impact and represents Cinnaire in the greater Detroit Community Development Ecosystem. The DPM reports to the Vice President, Community Development and works closely with related Cinnaire business units on all matters related to the organization’s community development activity in Detroit.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Functions as the interface with DBLA and City of Detroit on behalf of Cinnaire to coordinate site acquisition due diligence efforts.
  2. Develops and maintains relationships with key stakeholders working in the McDougall-Hunt Neighborhood.
  3. Prepares and delivers reports and updates on implementation activity for the McDougall-Hunt Sustainable Redevelopment Plan (MDHSRP) to internal and external stakeholders as well as reports to support resource development.
  4. Develops and maintains relationships with City of Detroit, Detroit Land Bank Authority, and other public entities, non-profits and non-governmental organizations to advance the MDHSRP.
  5. Provides research, insight and strategy development for the refinement and implementation of Cinnaire’s Detroit Priority City Initiatives.
  6. Identifies and creates new collaborative relationships to advance Cinnaire’s partnership within the McDougall-Hunt Neighborhood.
  7. Supports and facilitates the growth of community development capacity for the Director and Staff of the Bailey Park Neighborhood Development Corporation.
  8. Coordinates activity with Cinnaire business units to advance real estate development projects.
  9. Oversees timely and efficient progress on projects and work closely with community development partners toward successful and highly impactful outcomes.
  10. Provides leadership, guidance, and support for mature and emerging community development leaders and neighborhood focused real estate developers.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in real estate, urban planning, community development, public policy, business, or similar degree required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of prior real estate and/or community development program delivery, capacity building, community relations or technical assistance experience required.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of the principles of equitable community development required.
  • Superior level of accuracy, organization, and attention to detail required.
  • Experience and/or familiarity in developing feasibility analyses, creating and managing proformas, monitoring project budgets and timelines required.
  • Experience with and working understanding of various community development organizations in Detroit and the broader community development ecosystem required.
  • Experience in direct engagement with local, state and federal governmental agencies and programs required.
  • Experience in direct engagement with competitive grant making from public and private funders required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required, with proficiency in Advanced Microsoft Office Tools (SharePoint, Dynamics, Teams) preferred.
  • Previous experience with a Community Development Finance Institution, non-profit, relevant local, state or federal agency or Community Development organization preferred.
  • Three years of training and/or experience in community development real estate analysis preferred.
  • Real estate development experience, training or certification preferred.
  • General knowledge of CDFI and community development industry tools (grants, HUD Section 4, LIHTCs, NMTCs, CDBG, HOME, FHLB-AHP, historic credits, and energy credits) preferred.
  • Experience with relevant presentation software platforms beneficial.
  • Master’s degree in real estate, urban planning, architecture, public policy preferred.

Key Competencies:

  • Intellectual Agility: Flexes and adapts thinking skills to meet the needs of different situations and circumstances. Does not limit problem solving to one approach or methodology.
  • Perseverance: Accepts uncertainty by remaining focused and engaged on assignments. Looks for plausible solutions to difficult problems.
  • Resource Optimization: Applies knowledge of internal and external structures and available talent to accomplish a goal.
  • Customer Focus: Stays ahead of customer needs and uses insight to develop new or modified client services.
  • Diversity Awareness: Identifies the benefits and advantages of harnessing the collective insights from various individuals.

Reporting Relationship: Reports to Corporate Counsel – EVP for Equitable Engagement

Supervisory Relationship:

  • Detroit Public Schools Community District students engaged in work-based learning or internship programs.
  • Volunteer, Fellowship, or Internship program participants.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to travel.
  • Ability to work on a computer for extended periods of time.

Travel Required: 10%. Commensurate with need and opportunity to obtain knowledge, collaborate or explore resources to support outcomes in the Detroit Market.