The Kresge Foundation’s Detroit Program has an immediate opening for a Fellow who will serve a two-year term.
About the Foundation
The Kresge Foundation is one of the top 20 largest private foundations in the U.S. Our staff of over 100 employees works to expand opportunities in America’s cities for people with low incomes. We do this through grantmaking and social investing nationally in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and placed-based work in Detroit, Memphis, New Orleans, and other parts of the country.
Our state-of-the-art headquarters maintains an array of energy-efficient, water-conserving and health-promoting features. The foundation also operates an office in Detroit’s Midtown district.
About the Detroit Program
We place our highest priority on neighborhood-based, resident-led organizations, seeking to join with them in strategies for tomorrow’s transformations. It is imperative that the city’s resurgence be broadly inclusive of neighborhoods and their residents, the city’s heart and soul.
We do so by investing our resources in these areas:
Along with our partners, we are reimagining the city’s neighborhoods by putting the essential building blocks in place that will support the healthy development of young children and prepare them for educational success.
We support metro Detroit arts and culture at multiple levels, from operating support to organizations of various sizes, to support for neighborhood-based efforts and projects in the city of Detroit, to unrestricted financial support for individual creators. We actively promote the power of arts and culture to enhance identity, connectedness and opportunity.
We support an array of activities and investments that make transformative changes to improve the conditions and prospects of residents. We particularly seek to bolster – through project and operating support – a range of community development organizations best positioned to involve the voice of residents in neighborhood-level change.
We aim to build the beliefs, knowledge and skills necessary for residents, their nonprofit organizations and representative government bodies to work together to enhance the collective ability of Detroiters to self-direct their future. This includes support for citywide organization networks and intermediaries, the development of resident leaders and the elevation of community voice.
Combining the right resources at the right time in the right place has proven catalytic possibilities when there is a strong neighborhood steward organization with deep connections to residents. Stewards are key in connecting these layered resources to amplify the strengths and enhance the unique character of the neighborhood. Today we seek to extend and adapt these lessons in Live6 (Livernois-McNichols), in Eastern Market, in Jefferson Chalmers and in the New Center and North End.
We deploy multiple forms of capital – grants, loans, deposits, equity and guarantees – to advance our goals. Further information about the Detroit Program’s work can be found on Kresge’s website.
About the position
The Fellow will support the Detroit Program in advancing its goal to promote and expand long-term, equitable opportunity in Kresge’s hometown for its residents. The fellow will gain experience and insight into place-base philanthropy, community development and strategies to incorporate racial equity into a philanthropic strategy. This position provides a valuable career development opportunity for an emerging professional as well as added capacity to both the Detroit Program and Place-based Practice (which includes the Detroit Program and the American Cities Program) to fulfill its commitment of providing resources to and elevating voices of Detroit residents, leaders, and nonprofit organizations.
The fellowship is a two-year appointment and is open to those who have completed a minimum of bachelor’s level training and at least two years of relevant experience.
Application deadline for this position is 11:59pm EST on April 11, 2021.
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Kresge is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability or other applicable legally protected characteristics.
Please note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all Kresge staff are working remotely, and our Troy and Detroit offices remain closed until further notice. Kresge staff will not be traveling or attending in-person meetings during this time. Thank you for your understanding.