Skip to content
Jan 18 / BARD CEP

Program Manager — Detroit, MI

Organization: The Greening of Detroit

Job Title: Program Manager

Location: Detroit, MI

Hours and Compensation: full time and paid

Application Deadline: open until filled

Posted On: Jan. 17, 2013

Organization Overview

The Greening of Detroit is a 501(c) (3) not “for” profit organization established in 1989 to guide and inspire the reforestation of Detroit. In 2006, a new vision was established, expanding The Greening’s mission to guide and inspire others to create a ‘greener’ Detroit through planting and educational programs environmental leadership, advocacy, and by building community capacity.


The Program Manager develops and leads maintenance, design, scheduling, project planning/ implementation, community engagement, partner coordination, evaluation and supervision of medium and large-scale projects. S/he will be the key point person in the installation, maintenance and continued coordination of greenways and park projects throughout the City of Detroit. S/he will be expected to supervise small crews efficiently to develop and meet project and maintenance schedules, design small-scale landscape plans, coordinate outdoor educational activities, and collaborate with lead and community partners to increase awareness and engagement. Program Manager will work closely with diverse organizations and groups of people throughout the city of Detroit to help maintain and beautify some of the City’s parks, greenspaces, greenways, vacant land and schoolyards. Program manager will report to the Director of Workforce Development.


Manage development, maintenance and community engagement of greenspaces, including greenways, parks and school yards, in the city of Detroit:

Program Management

  • Work with lead partners to identify, develop and implement projects including landscape plans, signage, educational and/or outdoor activities, volunteer events, maintenance issues and priorities
  • Work with Director of Workforce Development to actively participate in stakeholder and coalition groups related to greenway and park projects
  • Meet with community groups, residents, school to increase awareness, develop outdoor programming and increase usage of greenways and parks
  • Develop, track, evaluate greenway and parks programs through database management, site visits/ evaluations, work orders to develop project reports, recommendations and best practices
  • Manage budget, crews, equipment, volunteers to meet project goals and deliverables
  • Develop landscape plans and coordinate volunteer recruitment for installation of new projects

Community Engagement

  • Work closely with various community organizations and groups to increase neighborhood engagement in outdoor, site-specific projects and learning opportunities
  • Collaborate with neighborhood residents and liaisons to develop community driven projects Develop and/or teach sessions on the environment, healthy living, recreation
  • Develop scheduling, planning and coordination of various outdoor events and programs that cater to surrounding community needs/desires

Workforce Management

  • Develop maintenance and project schedules for routine site-specific landscape maintenance including mowing, weeding, planting, mulching, etc.
  • Train and supervise volunteers and workforce crews as related to project goals and deliverables
  • Manage and coordinate multiple workforce crews, develop training opportunities, enforce workforce guidelines and encourage team work
  • Record daily maintenance logs, issues/concerns as reported by crew leaders


Possess two-year associate degree in Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Science, Community Engagement, Outdoor Education, Environmental Engineering, or related field. The ideal candidate will hold a Bachelor of Science in one of the above or a related field and leadership experience in community organizing, urban planning, workforce management or environmental studies. Candidates will be considered who have not achieved a degree but who have comprehensive experience in landscape design, community organizing, program management, urban agriculture, workforce development, complete streets/alternative transportation. Candidates should possess the capabilities to collaborate with others on common project goals in a fast-paced work environment. Candidates must also display professionalism, independent judgment and decision-making ability, self-motivation and a team mentality. Must be willing to work in a diverse work environment, retain excellent communication and organizational skills, computer literacy, and a genuine appreciation for the urban environment, and a proven ability to create successful partnerships.

How to Apply

Send cover letter and resume to

Leave a comment