Website Global Epicenter of Mobility (GEM)


The Senior Program Coordinator will serve as the main program coordinator for the Detroit Regional Partnership (DRP) Build Back Better Regional Challenge (BBBRC) Grant – Global Epicenter of Mobility. The candidate will oversee, on behalf of the DRP, adherence to grant requirements and support partners and vendors in achieving committed deliverables. They will be responsible for preparation and submittal of grant reporting documents as required for EDA grant administration. This position will be responsible for convening the GEM co-recipients and supporting convenings of other GEM councils and boards. The Senior Program Coordinator will also function as Corporate Secretary to the Southeast Michigan Grants Coalition (SEMGC) Board.


DRP was awarded a Build Back Better (BBBRC) Phase 2 federal grant through the Economic Development Administration (EDA), focused on mobility. This position is a member of the team managing this 4-year grant.



The Senior Program Coordinator will be responsible for the following throughout the grant period:


  • Administer GEM Central’s Salesforce system to ensure contact information, data and associated fields are kept current.
  • Administer the Asana project management system to monitor team progress and ensure coordinated activity, communication, and successful delivery of grant
  • Proactively communicate with internal staff to establish timelines and deliverable due dates; follow up with support and persistence to ensure deadlines are met with quality deliverables.
  • Oversee grant-related contractual work to ensure consultant milestones are met and expectations for product deliverables are clearly communicated and monitored; coordinate related engagement with key internal stakeholders.
  • Support internal GEM team on development of partner communications and meeting scheduling.
  • With the Executive Vice President, support GEM-related coordination and communication among all internal staff.


  • Create and manage an annual schedule of initiative convenings, including SEMGC Board of Directors meetings, convenings of the GEM Central Work Groups, project partners, full coalition, etc.
  • Manage associated planning and scheduling of all internal preparatory meetings before convenings.
  • Plan and manage all convening logistics details including communications, agenda development and dissemination, venues , food and beverage, and attendance
  • Synthesize discussions from each convening, document needed follow-up, and share learnings with appropriate audiences.
  • Serve as the Corporate Secretary to SEMGC Board, manage meeting minutes production and all associated governance and housekeeping requirements.


  • Lead and coordinate all grant reporting, including development of all initial drafts and data summaries for reports.
  • Establish clear and efficient workflows to ensure latest activities, inputs and outcomes are appropriately captured in reporting drafts.
  • Develop and communicate clear preparatory timelines to ensure adequate review and engagement by key stakeholders.
  • Lead relationship with grants compliance consultant, ensuring regular interactions and engagement with other grant staff members, as necessary.



All DRP team members are expected to be technically competent and committed to continuous development of their skills. The following skills, knowledge and education or certifications are specifically required for this position:


  • Knowledge of the Southeast Michigan mobility industry highly
  • Knowledge and experience with federal grants
  • Knowledge of Michigan specific companies/automotive industry a
  • Demonstrated mastery of organization, process development, problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Strong sense of personal drive and accountability, professional judgment, and solutions
  • Ability to communicate and coordinate effectively in a team-driven
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities with efficiency and focus on detail and
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree in social science, economics, public management, statistics, or other related field of study.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Power
  • Familiar with Salesforce and Asana
  • General knowledge of policy and procedure related to education, workforce, community and/or economic development.



The following items reflect critical components of the culture at DRP and are the personal responsibility of every member of the DRP organization. The effective DRP team member:

  • Takes personal responsibility for achieving objectives and meeting expectations of the organization; effectively manages time and priorities with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and adapts to changing needs and
  • Recognizes that anyone who receives or is touched by our services is our Our customers are both internal and external to the organization, and include clients, service providers, investors, partners, peers, board members and the general public.
  • Communicates effectively with all customers, internal and external, and listens and responds to their needs.
  • Actively supports the spirit of teamwork at
  • Recognizes and respects the confidential nature of the information exposed to at Understands that what we see and hear here, stays here.
  • Treats others with respect and Values differences and honors the perceptions and capabilities of others.
  • Demonstrates commitment to personal growth and learning, and continually seeks ways to improve skills and take customer service to the next level.
  • Adds value to the organization by leveraging creative approaches to solve problems, simplify processes, and improve productivity.



Duties require sufficient mobility to work in a normal office setting and use standard office equipment including a computer, vision to read printed materials and an LCD screen, hearing, and speech sufficient to communicate in person or over the telephone. These requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting and/or needing additional accommodation.


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 supporting materials for consideration to Darrell Maurer at .


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.