Two-year Policy & Program Fellow, Hudson-Webber Foundation and Council of Michigan Foundations

The Hudson-Webber Foundation (“Foundation”) is dedicated to improving the quality of life of the metropolitan Detroit community.  Hudson-Webber Foundation’s origins date back to 1939 with major contributions from Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Webber, other members of the Webber family and the J.L. Hudson Co. The foundation is governed by a 15-member board of trustees, with assets of approximately $180 million and has contributed over $200 million to improve the quality of life in Detroit. The mission areas of the foundation include support of community and economic development, built environment, safe and just communities, and arts and culture.

The Council of Michigan Foundations is a community of members committed to growing the impact of Michigan philanthropy through investing in the state's charitable organizations, convening business, government and nonprofit leaders, collaborating on critical issues, seeking innovative solutions, sharing knowledge and advocating. Collectively, CMF members comprise nearly 85 percent of the state’s organized philanthropic assets. 

Provide support to the Hudson-Webber Foundation and Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) in advancing an agenda for shared prosperity in Detroit and communities across Michigan. The fellow will be embedded in the Hudson-Webber Foundation team, with approximately 80% of time allocated to advancing programmatic, research, and grant making activities of the Foundation and 20% of time to the Council of Michigan Foundations. This position will identify areas of mutual importance to the Hudson-Webber Foundation and CMF and/or its membership network and advance research, communications, and convening in support of shared issues. 

Responsibilities: 
  • Conduct research on public policy issues relevant to the mission of the Hudson-Webber Foundation, including criminal justice reform, economic development, workforce development, and neighborhood development.
  • Support the grantmaking activities of the Hudson-Webber Foundation, including meeting with community partners, reviewing proposal materials, developing materials for grant review meetings, and managing administrative grant processes.
  • Plan meetings and events around relevant policy and program issues, including briefings with city, regional and state department directors, and state and federal policymakers.
  • Develop “White Papers” and/or background papers around policies that could impact Detroit, vulnerable populations, and communities of color.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to collaborate with fellows at CMF and peer foundations on projects of shared interest.
  • Write articles, web content, event recaps, and other materials for the Hudson-Webber Foundation and CMF.
  • Contribute to development of Hudson-Webber Foundation’s annual strategic grant plan and annual mission reviews.
  • Participate in related CMF affinity group and Public Policy Committee meetings
  • Develop public policy sessions for the CMF Annual Conference to advance an agenda of shared prosperity.
  • Present reports to the Boards and staff of the Hudson-Webber Foundation and CMF.
  • Represent the Hudson-Webber Foundation, and CMF at state and national conferences and meetings
Qualifications: 

Successful candidate should be an early to mid-career professional with experience working in nonprofit, government, or policy settings. The ideal candidate will have a graduate degree in public policy, public administration, political science, or equivalent, however candidates with a bachelor’s degree and significant policy and research experience will be considered. The candidate must have a serious interest in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, and have the following:

  • Skills: research, analysis, external relations, project management, and excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Characteristics: quick learner, self-starter, creative problem solver, detail oriented, flexible, well-organized, and committed to meeting deadlines
  • Abilities: works well independently and in a team
  • A willingness to travel within the state and out of state to attend meetings and conferences
How To Apply: 

Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Tammie TenBroeke at jobs@michiganfoundations.org. Items must be received no later than Friday, June 1, 2018.

Hiring Organization: 
Hudson-Webber Foundation and Council of Michigan Foundations
Position: 
Two-year Policy & Program Fellow
City and State: 
Detroit, MI
Hiring Deadline: 
June 1, 2018

The Council of Michigan Foundations is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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