Executive Director At the Grace Guild of Sinai-Grace Hospital


Grace Guild of Sinai-Grace Hospital and Community Development Corporation

Executive Director Job Description



The Grace Guild of Sinai-Grace Hospital and Community Development Corporation (GGSGHCDC) is a nonprofit community development corporation focused on improving the quality-of-life for all in Northwest Detroit. The mission of GGSGHCDC is to advance comprehensive community development in Northwest Detroit. The vision is a diverse, vibrant, thriving Northwest Detroit. The role of GGSGHCDC in the neighborhood is to lead community and economic development and community engagement efforts while advancing health and wellness, arts and culture, beautification, and education and youth strategies in partnership with other organizations, businesses, and neighborhood groups.


General Description of the Position

The Executive Director (ED) will work across disciplines to increase Northwest Detroit’s vitality through community and economic development efforts and neighborhood activation, while participating and leading a wide variety of community development projects. The ED will work with community groups, business owners, and partner organizations to improve and draw attention to the neighborhood business district and increase participation in neighborhood activities. The Executive Director reports to the Guild of Sinai-Grace Hospital and Community Development Corporation (GGSGHCDC) .



  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to develop the vision and implementation plan for the goals of the GGSGHCDC.
  • Support development of the Grace Guild.
  • Maintain and enhance relationships with stakeholders in the neighborhood business district, including the formation of a Northwest Detroit business group. Manage support programs for businesses.
  • Develop programs to assist existing Northwest Detroit businesses such as marketing efforts and promotional events and assist Northwest Detroit entrepreneurs with developing their businesses.
  • Work with businesses and resident groups to improve the physical appearance of the neighborhood business district.
  • Work with area agencies and community groups as needed in developing a community development plan
  • Maintain comprehensive list of available commercial property.
  • Research and apply for grants to assist with housing, education, public safety, creative place making, public art, and business district improvement efforts.
  • Working with the accountant, consultant or other appropriate party, ensure that all annual financial, tax, audit and other corporate reporting for is properly completed filed timely, as required.
  • Manage the affairs of and nurture the growth and development of an engaged Board of Directors.
  • Develop a programming and sponsorship plan that increases demand for economic investment.
  • Lead initiatives to improve transportation infrastructure and programming in the neighborhood focusing on pedestrian, cycling, and mass transit. This includes the promotion and development of trails, walking paths, bike infrastructure, and bike racks in coordination with multiple community partners. This also includes partnering on health programming to increase physical activity in the neighborhood.
  • Lead small and large group meetings to gain consensus and to advance neighborhood initiatives.
  • Work with GGSGHCDC staff and residents to plan large community-based events.
  • Attend and participate in community programs and meetings.
  • Assist resident-led groups to plan events, tackle projects, and take on neighborhood projects.
  • Assist with special projects.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements

  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated successful experience leading groups in a committee environment focused on a common goal.
  • Interest in and understanding of neighborhood development and urban planning.
  • Solid time management skills; ability to handle multiple projects, meet deadlines, and function independently in a busy office environment. Must have demonstrated experience managing multiple projects at once.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Executive presence.
  • Attention to detail in his/her work.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills and ability to independently and thoroughly seek out answers to problems and questions.
  • Passionate about neighborhood development, resident participation, and the idea of people working together to create positive change. Has demonstrated vision and creativity.
  • Personable and positive attitude, both within the office and out in the community.
  • Proficient in computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Graphic design experience will be looked upon favorably.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse groups of people.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends, in order to attend community meetings and events.
  • Experience in developing budgets.
  • Experience in successfully identifying and securing grants is preferred.
  • Background in community planning, community development, and/or economic development is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of relevant experience. Master’s degree preferred. Must have a valid driver’s license and have own transportation.

All resumes should be emailed to Juanita Dickerson at  info@graceguildcdc.org. Candidates will receive confirmation of their submission once it has been received.