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Job Summary

Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan is an interdisciplinary initiative that aims to become a leader in informing, identifying, and testing new strategies for the prevention and alleviation of poverty in Michigan, the nation and the world. While rooted in an understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty, the focus of Poverty Solutions is an action-based research agenda. Poverty Solutions partners with community and policy makers to inform and test strategies for the prevention and alleviation of poverty.

As part of a newly launched Partnership on Economic Mobility with the City of Detroit Mayor’s Office, Poverty Solutions is seeking an energetic and highly motivated individual to provide leadership and oversight to all partners. This person will be an employee of the University of Michigan (U-M), will serve as the lead liaison with the City of Detroit, and will provide guidance and support on all related economic mobility strategies and engagement activities.

This position will be housed at the University of Michigan Detroit Center, with two days in the City of Detroit Mayor’s Office and one day at the Poverty Solutions office located at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy on the U-M Ann Arbor Campus.  The Assistant Director of Economic Mobility will have responsibilities in a number of areas, including partnership oversight, data management and analysis, and outreach and communication (along with other possible duties).


Partnership Oversight: 

  • Oversight of all partnership activities including strategic planning and engagement with City of Detroit staff and initiatives; managing timelines and deliverables, coordinating the work of others and gathering and analyzing data to ensure efforts meet their stated objectives. 
  • Provide and coordinate advisory support from U-M to the City of Detroit on evidence-based practices to inform economic mobility policies and priorities. 
  • Provide and coordinate programmatic and data support from U-M to the City of Detroit on economic mobility programs and initiatives.
  • Identify opportunities to engage with U-M faculty and cultivate collaborations aimed and leveraging U-M resources to enhancing economic mobility initiatives in Detroit.
  • Build strong and active relationships and engagement with key constituencies, including City of Detroit staff, U-M faculty experts, and other potential stakeholders. 
  • Data Management and Analysis:
  • Provide real-time evaluation support on City-wide programs aimed at enhancing economic mobility in order to understand the impacts as they are implemented. 
  • Assist in defining, tracking and analyzing short and long-term metrics of economic mobility within and across City departments. 
  • Design databases and maintain tracking and documentation systems for various city-wide indicators of economic mobility.
  • Gather, process, manage and archive data using data software as appropriate.


  • Establish and implement strategies for outreach and information sharing across all partners.
  • Oversee development of written materials (memos, policy briefs, presentations, reports, web content) and present findings and results of projects to a broad set of constituencies.
  • Plan events to help raise awareness of the partnership.  
  • Represent the partnership at public functions, city-wide events, workshops, academic conferences and policy events. 

Required Qualifications*

The Assistant Director of Economic Mobility will be thoroughly committed to the mission of Poverty Solutions and to economic mobility in the City of Detroit, have proven leadership, management and policy experience, and ideally will have experience working in Detroit. 

The qualified candidate will have:

  • A comprehensive understanding of public policy, typically acquired through a graduate degree in a related field and/or a bachelor’s degree and significant relevant work experience. 
  • A minimum of three to five years of experience in a policy related position focused on economic development, poverty alleviation, and/or community relations, engaging with senior leaders in organizations focused on influencing and or enacting public policy. 
  • Excellent project management skills, with ability to set and achieve strategic objectives.
  • Past success working with multi-nodal partnership and the ability to coordinate across diverse, multidisciplinary stakeholders. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in poverty alleviation and economic mobility.
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to project management.
  • Significant knowledge of social science research methods and concepts. 
  • Strong data skills with MS Excel.
  • Experience with social science software packages for both data management and analysis operations.
  • Thorough understanding of program evaluation concepts and practices. 
  • Personal commitment to high quality work.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to multi-task and prioritize efforts across multiple simultaneous projects.
  • The ability to work both as part of a team and individually while meeting deadlines.  

Desired Qualifications*

Knowledge of and experience working in the City of Detroit.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.