Now Hiring: Officer of Programs

May 26, 2023


Position Title:
Officer of Programs


Directly Reports to:
President & CEO

Salary Range:
55K- 70K

How to Apply: Interested applicants please submit a cover letter and resume to: Subject Line: DPSF OOP POSITION.

About DPS Foundation:

The Detroit Public Schools Foundation’s (DPSF) mission is to create and enhance educational opportunities that are equitable and inclusive for the Detroit Public Schools Community District’s (DPSCD) students, families, and educators by building strong community philanthropic partnerships and advocating for policy, systematic, sustainable change. DPSF has worked collaboratively with the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) 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, 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 DPS Foundation in partnership with DPSCD has established an exciting strategic plan with key sustainable program growth opportunities.

Officer of Programs Position Summary:

The DPS Foundation is seeking a dynamic, creative, passionate Officer of Programs who will lead program creation, implementation, facilitation, and evaluation of program cycles from creation to completion. 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 position is vital to ensuring programs are delivered on time, within budget, and according to quality standards. The primary goal of the Officer of Programs will be to align organizational goals and objectives to measure and evaluate program results that ultimately positively impacts students and families. They must also be excellent communicators and be able to work collaboratively with their teams and stakeholders.

The Officer of Programs will report directly to president and CEO of the DPS Foundation and will work closely with DPSCD 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. They must also be excellent communicators and be able to work collaboratively with their teams and stakeholders.



• Initiate and set goals for programs according to the strategic objectives of the organization.

• Plan the programs from start to completion involving deadlines, milestones, and processes.

• Develop or approve budgets and operations.

• Devise evaluation strategies to monitor performance and determine the need for improvements.

• Supervise all program partners and project managers involved to provide feedback and resolve complex problems.

• Discover ways to enhance efficiency and productivity of procedures and people.

• Apply change, risk and resource management principles when needed.

• Read 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.



• 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 experience is required.

• Possess managerial skills (technical, conceptual, interpersonal, communication, organization, and decision-making)

• Excellent oral and writen communication skills with the ability to

• Computer literacy and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite 365, Adobe Acrobat, and other online portals and plaftorms (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.

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