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Executive Director, Non-profit

Client Engagement
Detroit, MI
Req ID: 5766


Position at VMLY&R

About Us 

At VMLY&R, we create connected brands. We resist the usual ways of seeing, doing, and thinking — harnessing creativity, technology, and culture — to reimagine the entire connected consumer experience. Our goal? To create work that becomes part of people's lives, to drive value for our clients and, in the best of cases, to impact the world.

The Detroit Experience Studio (DES) is committed to building excitement, access, and knowledge to inspire Detroit's black and brown high school students to explore a creative future. DES brings awareness where there is no informed path, increases students' career opportunities, and reduces barriers to promote a thriving, equitable entry into our industry.

The team leverages vast industry experience to help students discover and define their creative passions through hands-on learning and unique real-world experience. DES will empower participants with tools and knowledge foundational to any career development and provide a roadmap for the skills necessary to succeed, delivered in a safe space where students feel comfortable experimenting and discovering.

DES will serve as a pathway for rising talent and amplifying a diverse voice within the industry. Whether students want to finesse their abilities or simply explore if this field is right for them, the Detroit Experience Studio exists to promote creative leaders and provide a path for students to flourish among the best and brightest talent.

About the Role

With Detroit Experience Studio, our agency companies are committed to advancing racial equity within the advertising industry. We are looking for a driven, experienced, and passionate leader to direct the operations of the inaugural 2022 DES outreach program and bring its impactful vision to life.

You Will

  • Lead the planning and implementation of the Detroit Experience Studio, including studio procedures, processes, and policies
  • Provide strategic direction and leadership in recruiting students while building partnerships with schools and community groups
  • Collaborate with subject-matter experts and take a lead role in project management, design, curriculum development, communications, and community outreach
  • Work under the direction of the DES Board of Directors to determine strategic initiatives and develop success metrics for the studio, leveraging data to develop continuous improvement strategies
  • Financial responsibilities include the DES program budget and goals

You Bring

  • Bachelor's degree or relevant work experience
  • 10+ years of experience in public or private education administration, educational community outreach programs, or non-profits serving BIPOC communities
  • 5+ years of experience managing a team
  • Close ties and familiarity with metro-Detroit metro area, including local schools, administrations, or community groups
  • A servant leadership approach that encourages and develops future leaders shows empathy and promotes inclusive working relationships
  • Experience measuring the success of education or other non-profit programs
  • Comfortable developing classroom instructors and assistants while troubleshooting gaps and concerns

Benefits of Working Here

  • Best of benefits (health, dental, vision, 401(k), etc.)
  • Corporate gift matching program
  • Paid Time Off for Volunteering
  • Technology Allowance
  • Parental Leave
  • Corporate discounts
  • The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) team at VMLYR guides, celebrates, and promotes cultural literacy; increases employee engagement; recruits and retains a diverse workforce; and builds internal opportunities for people to learn and grow.

VMLY&R is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 


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