Vice President and Director of Michigan Initiatives

Center for Community Progress

Posted on: Mar 20, 2013

JOB TITLE:   Vice President and Director of Michigan Initiatives       

REPORTS TO:   President and CEO

BASED IN:   Center for Community Progress’ Flint, Michigan Office 


The Center for Community Progress seeks an experienced manager and innovative policy expert, who can build upon Community Progress’ successes in Michigan and develop a set of initiatives that can serve as a model for communities and states throughout the country that are seeking to revitalize their neighborhoods through effective land redevelopment and reuse strategies. 

The Vice President of Michigan Initiatives will work in partnership with Community Progress’ President and CEO and senior staff to determine the strategic direction of Community Progress’ Michigan initiatives and develop and manage all programs and staff related to Community Progress’ mission in Michigan.


All staff responsible for program implementation in Michigan will report directly to the Vice President of Michigan Initiatives.  National staff based in the Flint, Michigan Office will have a separate reporting structure.


  • Manage all staff responsible for program implementation in Michigan;
  • Work with President and CEO and other senior staff to determine strategic direction of all Michigan initiatives, including but not limited to policy development, research, outreach, capacity building, and implementation;
  • Implement current Michigan initiatives and develop new programming to expand the operations of the Michigan office;
  • Strengthen Community Progress’ role as the statewide expert on land banking in Michigan and build new areas of expertise related to the prevention and reuse of vacant and abandoned property, including but not limited to code enforcement, data-driven decision-making, financing strategies for redevelopment and reuse, tax foreclosure reform, and effective governance models.
  • Work with Community Progress staff to expand Community Progress’ capacity building role in Michigan communities, through technical assistance and training targeting a range of audiences including local officials, anchor institutions, CDCs, neighborhood groups, and the private sector;
  • Strengthen Community Progress’ state-level policy agenda and advise state officials on legislative reforms that support the revitalization of Michigan communities through the prevention and reuse of vacant and abandoned property;
  • Build strategic partnerships with local, statewide, and national organizations active in Michigan to better support the aims of Community Progress and to more effectively connect our programming with a broad constituency and wide range of issue areas, including but not limited to economic development, public health, and safety;
  • Identify and secure funding to support Michigan-related programming;
  • Ensure visibility of Community Progress in Michigan by presenting at conferences, authoring reports, and participating in key statewide policy discussions.


The Vice President and Director of Michigan Initiatives should:

  • Be a strategic thinker and effective manager;
  • Possess knowledge of the policy issues facing America’s cities as they relate to vacant properties, land use and revitalization;
  • Possess familiarity with Michigan laws and programs related to vacant property reuse;
  • Have experience raising funds to support program development and managing grants;
  • Be willing to travel frequently within Michigan and occasionally to other states.
  • Possess the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, adapt to changing directions;
  • Be detail-oriented and work well under pressure and tight deadlines;
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to public and community service with an enthusiasm for Community Progress’s mission


Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of seven (7) years of experience in government, nonprofit management or other closely related experience.


Master’s degree in law, policy, or related field and a minimum of three (3) years working on policies related to prevention and reuse of vacant properties.


Submit a cover letter (including salary expectations), resumé, writing sample, and at least three references via e-mail to Leah Landes at Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The position will be advertised until filled.


The Center for Community Progress is an equal opportunity employer.
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