Position Title: Officer of Programs & Grants 
Status:  Full-Time  
Directly Reports to: Chief Development Officer  
Salary Range: 65K- 80K  

How to Apply: Interested applicants, please submit a cover letter and resume to: info@dpsfdn.org.  
Subject Line: OOPG POSITION. 


Employer Background: 

The Detroit Public Schools Community District Foundation’s (Foundation) mission is to create and enhance educational opportunities that are equitable and inclusive for the Detroit Public Schools Community District’s (District) students, families, and educators by building strong community philanthropic partnerships and advocating for policy, systematic, sustainable change. The Foundation has worked collaboratively with the District since 2009 as its fundraising and fiduciary arm and has implemented and managed over 100 programs focused in several areas that improves education and serves the students holistically with priority areas being: education and literacy, health, fine arts, science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM), workforce, college pathways, and experiences beyond the classroom. This is achieved by executing fiduciary responsibilities over donations, leveraging partnerships and resources, grant administrative management and fiscal and programmatic oversight. The Foundation in partnership with the District has established an exciting strategic plan with key sustainable program growth opportunities.  


Officer of Programs & Grants Position Summary:

The Foundation is seeking a dynamic, creative, passionate Officer of Programs & Grants who will lead program creation, implementation, facilitation, and evaluation of program cycles from creation to completion. This person will also lead grant facilitation and grant writing efforts to support the programs and projects that Foundation administers. Responsibilities will include managing overall program efforts that includes grant funded programs, a small portion of scholarships, working closely with the finance team to track grant payments and expenditures, preparing progress and final reports for funders, ensuring compliance with grant regulations, assisting in managing grant databases, and some engagement with donor agencies. This role will also be responsible for grant writing efforts inclusive of local, state, and federal proposal curation, and corporate and foundation stewardship. This position is vital to ensuring programs are delivered on time, within budget, and according to quality standards, while ensuring ongoing sustainability through grant writing efforts. The primary goal of the Officer of Programs & Grants will be to align organizational goals and objectives to measure and evaluate program results that positively impact students and families. They must also be excellent communicators and be able to collaborate with their teams and stakeholders.  


 The Officer of Programs & Grants will report directly to the Chief Development Officer of the DPSCD Foundation and will work closely with District leaders, administration, principals’ counterparts to design and develop sustainable programming for K-12 students. Innovation and transformational program design will also be a key functionality of the role. The goal is to align programs with organizational goals and objectives to measure and evaluate program results. 


Key Responsibilities: 

  • Initiate and set goals for programs according to the strategic objectives of the organization. 
  • Oversees the planning, development, and implementation of Foundation programs and operations, inclusive of overseeing and meeting deadlines, setting and meeting milestones, and developing and refining processes needed for success. 
  • Works with contractual partners, providers, and state government stakeholders to develop and execute service obligations and contracts. 
  • Collects and analyzes data for demonstrated efficacy of integration and new programs, thereby identifying improvement and growth opportunities. 
  • Develop or approve program budgets and functions.  
  • Devise evaluation strategies to monitor performance and determine the need for improvements. 
  • Manage and coordinate with all program partners and project leads involved to provide feedback and resolve complex problems. 
  • Identify, research and develop grant proposals from government funders, corporate and local foundations, and philanthropy; experience with local and federal grant writing and technical proposal submission experience preferred. 
  • Oversee grant writing efforts with strategic alignment to overall mission; track data to help understand and development increased ROI, improved economies of scale, and ongoing fundraising benchmarks. 
  • Coordinates and administers pre-award and non-financial post-award activities for all grant submissions.  
  • Manage the process of supplying timely progress reports when required by a grant-making organization that has funded a project or program. 
  • Coordinate the development of grant requests by establishing timelines outlining tasks, assignments, and deadlines; meet all deadlines; facilitate timely communications with program leadership; collect grant submission materials from program leadership. 
  • Oversees Grant Tracker and Grant Management Systems to monitor all grant submissions and reporting deadlines. 
  • Maintain complete files for all grant requests submitted including copies of compliance reports submitted by District departments as required by funding sources. 
  • Discover ways to enhance efficiency and productivity of procedures and people.  
  • Apply change, risk and resource management principles when needed. 
  • Read and examine reports prepared by managers to determine progress and issues. 
  • Ensure program operations and activities adhere to legal guidelines and internal policies. 
  • Keep senior management informed with detailed and accurate reports or presentations. 
  • Work closely with all stakeholders in developing and implementing programs and the contracts and processes for monitoring service delivery and contractual compliance for the Foundation and the District programs and services. 




  • Bachelor’s degree required and 5+ years key relevant experience in workforce development, college readiness, youth enrichment, youth education, social services, or human services. 
  • Nonprofit program management experience is required.  
  • Knowledge of and experience administering federal contracts, grants, and other funding sources preferred. 
  • Knowledge of regulatory and industry best practice standards. 
  • Knowledge of and experience addressing compliance standards of funders (foundation, corporation, government). 
  • Ability to understand, analyze, and interpret federal and state laws. 
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw conclusions. 
  • Possess managerial skills (technical, conceptual, interpersonal, communication, organization, and decision-making)  
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to 
  • Computer literacy and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite 365, Adobe Acrobat, and other online portals and platforms (i.e., Fluxx, Cyber Grants, and Donor Perfect, Constant Contact)  
  • Ability to professionally interact with a wide range of individuals, including key stakeholders, vendors, students, educators, and parents.  
  • Ability to multi-task and problem-solve.  
  • They must also be excellent communicators and be able to work collaboratively with their teams and stakeholders. 
  • DPS/DPSCD graduate preferred but not required.