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Job Summary


  • This is a 2-year term-limited appointment 
  • Applicants must be willing to travel within Washtenaw County for summer programming.
  • A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this posiiton. The cover letter should be inclued in the same document as your resume and should specifically address yourinterest in summer youth employment programs

In partnership with Michigan Works! Southeast, the Washtenaw County Department of Community & Economic Development and several other partner groups, Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan is looking for a fellow to support implementation of SummerWorks, the Washtenaw County Summer Youth Employment Program. The fellow will receive direct guidance and mentorship from Michigan Works! Southeast and Washtenaw County leadership. While housed at the Ford School of Public Policy, the fellow will spend considerable time coordinating and attending meetings, events and programmatic activities within county partner offices and at local community sites.

SummerWorks wants to address a long history of disinvestment and systemic racism in housing, education, and employment in Washtenaw County by providing professional development, mentorship, and career exploration opportunities for young adults. While the program has seen fewer participants from the east side of the county in recent years, staff are committed to increasing recruitment efforts in this area.

The program builds long-term, equitable partnerships with community members and provides job and mentorship opportunities to youth, mentors, and employers. These opportunities influence career paths, hiring practices, employment policy, and more. SummerWorks is intended as a national model to test best practices in summer youth employment programs and workforce development strategies aimed at creating career pathways and improving economic mobility. To learn more about SummerWorks, visit:

The program is in a dynamic time with growth opportunities on the horizon. The goal of this position is to provide strategic oversight to the county programming, expand recruitment from local youth and county employers, and convene program partners while gaining in-depth skills and training working within local government entities. The fellow will also work to both ensure alignment with existing racial equity goals and also coordinate and expand the program across the broader MiWorks Southeast multi-county region.


The fellow will work with SummerWorks staff to convene county partners, identify and incorporate best practices for program implementation, support young adults through summer programming, and assist with data tracking and evaluation efforts. You will have responsibilities in the following areas:

Project Management: Provide planning and coordination support for SummerWorks in coordination with the program lead at U-M. Managing program timelines and activities such as marketing, recruitment, implementation and wrap-up; coordinate meetings and events with program partners and participants; and supporting the work of other program staff including MiWorks Career Advisors.

Liaison Work: Be a convener of the multiple partners involved in SummerWorks, and together with partners, work to connect and grow the SummerWorks program. Establish working relationships, build trust, and handle incoming requests for information and engagement with the program from several partners.

Data Management, and Analysis: Gather and manage program-wide data, including entering information into databases; maintaining program applications; developing feedback surveys and documentation; conducting analysis of program results; analyzing information relative to desired program outcomes.

Dissemination: Draft promotional material and publications such as fliers, memos, presentations, briefs, and reports; help create web-based resources; work with communications staff, graphic designers, and printers to produce and distribute program information, reports, and findings.

Fundraising and Sustainability Planning: Identify and research potential funding sources for county employers who provide internships to young adults; document strategies for continued/expanded programming and activities.

Required Qualifications*

  • Master's degree in education, public policy, public health, or relevant social science discipline or bachelor's degree and 2+ years of equivalent experience.
  • Knowledge of and interest in youth workforce development, youth engagement strategies, and economic mobility
  • Commitment to social justice and diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • At least 2 years of experience working on youth educational and social support programs and interventions
  • At least 2 years of experience with MS Excel or other statistical analysis software and with data management and statistical analysis
  • Experience with program evaluation concepts and practices

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience working with local government agencies and in partnership with communities
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in youth education or pipeline programs, youth workforce development programs

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


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