Project Director
  • Full Time
  • Detroit

Website Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC)

The Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) is a multidisciplinary, nonprofit design center based in the University of Detroit Mercy’s School of Architecture and Community Development. DCDC exists to bring high-quality and community-engaged design to all neighborhoods in Detroit. We do this by engaging, educating and promoting equity in design processes and outcomes. We work with community partners citywide on a range of projects at different scales, prioritizing participation in the planning and design process with the belief that local expertise leads to the best ideas and solutions.
The University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) has been awarded a Department of Energy (DOE) Renew America’s Nonprofits grant. The grant was made possible through the Biden Administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), and it aims to:

• Reduce energy use and energy cost in nonprofit buildings, generating sustainable savings that can amplify
nonprofits’ community impacts.

• Lower emissions, reducing community exposure to pollutants and putting America on a path to a net-
zero energy economy by 2050.

• Promote a nonprofits-supporting-nonprofits model, laying the groundwork for a pipeline of energy and
cost-saving projects to continue beyond the life of the grant.

DCDC in partnership with the College of Engineering and Science will improve the energy efficiency of 13 nonprofit-owned buildings located in Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck over 4 years. UDM Engineering Faculty and students will do energy audits and building models and DCDC will manage the initiative and work with nonprofit, subrecipients to help them implement energy upgrades. Focus: HOPE, a Detroit-based nonprofit organization offering workforce development programs that prepare individuals for successful careers, is also an initiative partner. They will train individuals in their pre-construction program and connect them to contractors who will be working on the energy improvement projects. DCDC is seeking an individual to direct and manage the overall initiative for the 4-year grant period. The Project Director for the Department of Energy (DOE) UDM Sustaining Service Organizations initiative will be responsible for the day-to-day direction and management of all DOE related grant activities and DCDC general office administration.

Tasks include, but are not limited to:
• Managing DOE grant activities timeline
• Working with DCDC staff to maintain and/or establish partnerships and collaborations with nonprofit
• Working with nonprofits to collect verification information and determine the sequence of projects
• Working with DCDC staff to develop and maintain a list of mechanical and electrical engineers,
architects, and contractors
• Working with nonprofits to assist with the selection/bidding process for engineering and architecture
firms and contractors
• Working with nonprofit organizations to help them understand energy audit and modeling
recommendations and technical drawings
• Coordinating with Focus: HOPE to ensure that people are participating in their pre-construction
program and that trainees are being connected with contractors
• Ensuring that all subrecipients and contractors meet DOE grant requirements including but not limited
to following the Build American Buy American Act and the Davis-Bacon Act
• Organizing team meetings and taking and distributing meeting notes
• Directing and managing junior staff assigned to grant activities
• Working closely with the rest of the DCDC staff and Engineering and Science faculty to ensure all
internal grant and reporting requirements are met in a timely manner
• Working closely with the DCDC Co-Executive Director to ensure that all grant activities are being
completely on time and on budget
• Attending DCDC general meetings and activities and completing other general office administration
responsibilities such as tracking time, submitting expense reports, etc.

Position details:
4-year grant funded position
Full time, salaried with benefits
$60,000 to $75,900 annual salary, depending on experience
Computer and software provided

2 plus years of professional experience in architecture
Strong project management skills and some project management experience a plus
Experience and/or interest in energy efficient building upgrades
Experience collaborating with and leading work with multiple partners
Familiar with InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, AutoCAD, and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

To apply, please visit:

Application materials include a cover letter, resume and portfolio/work samples

EXTENDED: Applications are due Monday, March 4, 2024 by 5:00pm EST.

Anticipated start date is the end of March or April, 2024, but is contingent on the DOE issued
grant start date.

For more information about DCDC:

Please contact Christina Heximer with any questions:

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