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Job Summary

NOTE: This is a 2-year term-limited appointment. 

A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position.  The cover letter should be included in the same document as your resume and should specifically address your interest in affordable housing policy and highlight related skills and experience.


As part of a Partnership on Economic Mobility with the City of Detroit Mayor’s Office, Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan is seeking an Affordable Housing Policy Fellow to support Detroit’s Housing and Revitalization Department (HRD) in the implementation of citywide affordable housing strategies. The Fellow will work with the HRD on a variety of projects such as the establishment of the Affordable Housing Preservation Partnership, building the vacant multifamily housing database with the Office of Public-Private Partnership, establishment of the Affordable Housing Leverage Fund, the Single-Family Housing Plan, and/or aligning use of tax-incentives to achieve affordable multifamily development goals.  The goal of the fellowship is to provide strategic research and policy support to city staff while gaining in-depth skills working in city government. Fellows will gain direct mentorship and support from U-M faculty and top staff within HRD. They will participate in professional conferences, national training and networking events. 

Poverty Solutions is an interdisciplinary initiative at the University of Michigan (U-M) that seeks to foster research to identify and test strategies for the prevention and alleviation of poverty. The Partnership on Economic Mobility is an effort to boost economic mobility and break the cycle of poverty in Detroit. The partnership leverages U-M resources to enhance Detroit initiatives, provides research and analytical support, and tracks overall progress and impact. The partnership draws in the departments of health, workforce, housing and revitalization and others in the city and a number of units at U-M including the Ford School of Public Policy, School of Social Work, the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Michigan Engineering, the Institute for Social Research, and more.


This position will be housed in the Detroit Housing and Revitalization Department Office of Policy Development and Implementation with additional oversight support from U-M faculty. The Affordable Housing Policy Fellow will have responsibilities in a number of areas, including research and data analysis,  initiative planning and implementation,  data processing, management, and analysis; and dissemination (along with other possible duties).  This person will: 

  • Complete housing market analysis using development data and spatial statistics.
  • Develop and implement data driven initiatives to accomplish major policy priorities of HRD.
  • Identify metrics and track progress towards achievement of housing preservation and production goals, and social mobility progress including gathering, processing, managing and archiving data; designing databases and entering data into databases; documenting all data processing steps; and performing statistical analysis.
  • Support development of new policy initiatives.
  • Conduct analysis, prepare presentations, produce report, memos and briefs, and develop MS Excel models.
  • Evaluate existing housing programs.
  • Lead development of project implementation scopes.
  • Serve as a liaison between Poverty Solutions at U-M and the Detroit Mayor’s office.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

•    Master’s degree in urban planning, public policy, business, economics, real estate, or other closely related field
•    At least 2 years of work experience in a related field (policy engagement, data management, analysis)
•    Demonstrable interest in urban development and policy
•    Significant knowledge of affordable housing policy and concepts
•    Strong data analysis skills with MS Excel and other statistical analysis software
•    Thorough understanding of program evaluation concepts and practices
•    Personal commitment to high quality work
•    Excellent communication skills, bot oral and written
•    Ability to think critically and creatively
•    Detail oriented and entrepreneurial
•    Ability to multi-task and prioritize efforts across multiple simultaneous projects
•    Ability to work both as part of a team and individually while meeting deadlines

Desired Qualifications*

•    Experience working on city government initiatives
•    Experience working with city, state and federal-level datasets
•    Demonstrated interest in economic mobility and poverty prev

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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