• Full Time
  • Lansing


Position Description: Executive Director

CEDAM is a nonprofit trade association serving the community economic development (CED) industry in Michigan. Our members are nonprofit affordable housing developers, Main Street organizations, Community Development Corporations (CDCs), Community Development Organizations (CDOs), community foundations, local governments and municipalities as well as many other types of organizations working to ensure their communities are financially empowered, equitable and vibrant. We host conferences and training events, manage programs, offer funding and capacity building opportunities as well as other resources available online. CEDAM is also involved in advocacy at the state and federal level, working closely on issues like the Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP), predatory lending and more.

Our Mission: CEDAM supports its diverse membership to create vibrant, sustainable and resilient communities. We enhance locally-driven community economic development efforts through training and resources, technical assistance, capacity building and policy advocacy.

We are currently searching for an Executive Director to work at our office in REO Town in Lansing, Michigan.

Position Summary:

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the day-to-day operations of a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a more than $2 million budget, including overseeing staff and programs, fundraising, implementing the strategic plan on behalf of the Board of Directors and acting as a liaison and advocate for its members.

Responsibilities of the ED include:

Work collaboratively with Board of Directors

  • Implement the strategic plan and create policies and procedures on behalf of the board
  • Work collaboratively with the finance committee to create and monitor the budget and audit
  • Keep the organization in compliance with all laws and regulations
  • Ensure that staff have guidance and support
  • Provide board members with necessary and relevant information

Manage Employees

  • Oversee a full-time staff of 11; part-time employees and contractors
  • Create opportunities to grow staff diversity
  • Administer all contracts on behalf of the organization
  • Attract, retain and grow organization staff including completing annual reviews, compensation determination and handles all HR issues including setting policies
  • Create and nurture a diverse and positive corporate culture
  • Ensure programmatic excellence via strategic goals and comprehensive work plans

Advocacy & Training

  • Act as a liaison for the CED field with state departments, the legislature and congress
  • Facilitate strong partnerships across the field
  • Facilitate relevant and timely training and networking opportunities
  • Speak on behalf of the CED field
  • Advocate for resources for CED work across the state


  • Create and adhere to an annual operating budget
  • Ensure funders/sponsors are kept up-to-date and that program obligations are met in a timely fashion
  • Write grants, seek supporters and maintain an adequate budget
  • Provide clean and accurate audits and management letters
  • Grow investments for future use


This position requires a Bachelor’s degree or work equivalent with an emphasis in nonprofit administration, human services, education, community economic development or a related field. Must have a minimum of five years of demonstrated nonprofit management, staff supervisory experience and dynamic leadership abilities. Experience in statewide program coordination and knowledge of affordable housing issues is preferred. Also required:

  • Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with a variety of stakeholders
  • Proven success in fundraising, including grant writing, management and reporting
  • Experience creating and implementing strategic plans and work plans
  • Ability to work with statewide government and policy makers
  • Proficient with G Suite, Word, Excel, Internet and web page usage/updating, social networking, Basecamp and other technologies
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including working with the media
  • Background in event/conference planning and management
  • Ability to multitask and set priorities

Location & Travel

The ED position is based out of Lansing but requires statewide travel. ED must have reliable personal transportation.


The ED will be a staff member of CEDAM and will receive direct supervision from the Board of Directors. The ED will be responsible for all other CEDAM staff.

Salary and Benefits

This position is a salaried full-time position with a generous PTO and benefits package including health, vision and dental insurance for the employee, spouse and all dependents and a strong retirement match after one year of employment. The salary range is $80,000 to $120,000 as a base salary depending on experience.

Culture and Work Environment

CEDAM’s office is located in Lansing’s REO Town neighborhood. We have a dog-friendly office two days a week, approximately eleven full-time staff members and encourage a balance between work and life. While this position will often require more than a 40-hour work week with travel, we encourage employees to generally work 40-hours per week. Our office hours are 8:30am-5pm Monday through Friday.

CEDAM celebrates diversity of all kinds and is committed to providing a welcoming and non-discriminating environment for all who seek to work with us.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter including a numeric based salary requirement, resume and three professional references to Chris Wardell, Executive Assistant, at wardell@cedamichigan.org by 5pm on Friday, February 22, 2019. Partial packages will not be considered.