• Full Time
  • Detroit

The Southeast Michigan Grants Coalition (SEMGC) is a subsidiary of the Detroit Regional Partnership (DRP), formed in response to the Economic Development Administration’s Build Back Better Regional Challenge. The EDA awarded the region a $52 million Build Back Better grant, funding six unique projects within the Global Epicenter of Mobility (GEM) to help the region and country maintain its global automotive leadership. SEMGC serves as the GEM initiative’s central administrative body, supporting the work of its six core projects.


Through an inclusive and equitable lens, GEM will help the Detroit Region redefine every aspect of mobility – from the cutting-edge technology that moves people and goods in new and exciting ways to creating quality new jobs and readying new sites for business. GEM’s vision is to accelerate economic growth by building on the region’s unrivaled mobility assets. It will create a smart, secure, sustainable, and inclusive advanced-mobility industry, starting with the transition to next-generation electric, autonomous, and fully connected vehicles.  Simply put, it will support workers, startups, and companies as they adapt to the new high-tech advanced mobility industry as it rapidly evolves.   We are building an inclusive prosperous 21st century in which every resident will benefit.


About the Position


In building the GEM program, project partners defined mobility to include products and processes, but they also centered the core values of economic mobility and community inclusion in their work. All coalition members acknowledge great opportunity to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice within the mobility industry and have developed a vision of the region that fully activates HEC-mobility innovation, talent, and entrepreneurship. With this vision in mind, GEM Central plans to continually engage the region’s historically excluded communities (HECs) through the development and implementation of a DEIJ strategy led by its DEIJ Officer. The DEIJ Officer will leverage strategic insights from the GEM DEIJ advisory body to provide project partners with support, guidance, and assessment of their individual DEIJ strategies. The DEIJ Officer will ensure these individual efforts establish a collective, cluster-wide inclusion strategy. In addition, all project partners have developed a suite of filters to triage their offerings in service of HECs: prioritizing HEC-led companies, program offerings within geographic HECs, prioritizing company leaders demonstrating a sound commitment to DEIJ, and supporting demonstrations and technologies that serve or are informed by HECs. GEM Central will aggregate and track all project partners’ DEIJ-related outcomes and performance metrics to ensure projects adhere to GEM’s agreed-upon inclusion focus.


The DEIJ Officer will be responsible for the following:

DEIJ Leadership

  • Drive progress toward achieving GEM’s vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice across the organization, including developing an organization-wide plan, metrics, and evaluation processes to assess the effectiveness of DEIJ initiatives
  • Coordinate, facilitate and implement enterprise wide DEIJ strategies, across multiple constituencies
  • Serve as an internal DEIJ consultant for GEM’s Initiatives, supporting DRP and its internal and external partners including executive leadership, boards and advisors.
  • Communicate GEM’s DEIJ plan progress both internally and externally, in collaboration with the Communications team


Project Management

  • Plan, document, track, and report progress on multiple DEIJ actions and project work teams; help define goals and targets, identify relevant metrics, implement assessment mechanisms and appropriate key performance indicators (KPIs)
  • Align all work activities, defined KPIs and DEIJ intentions to ensure effective contribution to overall organizational culture
  • Meet with project partners to establish program charters, define success metrics, provide support, identify barriers, and understand progress
  • Coordinate communication across project partners to ensure consistency and clarity


DEIJ Training & HR Strategy

  • Build the strategy, development, and implementation plan for an enterprise wide DEIJ training curriculum; assess and identify specific DEIJ training goals
  • Facilitate in-house portions of the training plan, and identify external training opportunities
  • Perform other duties as assigned, in support of GEMs HR function


Qualifications and Personal Characteristics

  • Master’s Degree in organizational development, DEI, business, or nonprofit management
  • 5-7 years of dedicated, progressive DEIJ leadership experience, including demonstrated success contributing to change management efforts
  • 2+ years of project management and program implementation experience
  • Highly effective communication and public speaking skills with the ability to clearly articulate ideas, concepts, and proposals with diverse audiences at all levels
  • Strong analytical capabilities and experience deriving insights from data
  • Experience with regional mobility landscape/industry preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to garner trust with partners and build lasting relationships


When you join the Detroit Regional Partnership, you will be part of a small but talented team – a mission-minded group of individuals you will be proud to work with.


Are you ready to do what you love with us? Submit your resume and any relevant supporting materials for consideration to Darrell Maurer .


DRP is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.