Career Opportunities

Marketing and Promotions Manager

1. Branding for a not-for-profit

2. Expertise in telemarketing, media and ability to organize major events

3. Readiness to expand the program through securing and networking with collaborative partners – LD brings programs to schools and community

  • Literacy Project
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Social Emotional Learning

4. Board raising the funds – support for networking

Grant Writer

The Grant Writer is responsible to partner with the Board in grant identification and writing. The grant writer will collaborate with the Program Manager and Administrative Coordinator to ensure grant submissions align with the Mission, Vision and values of Life Directions.

The primary function of the Grant Writer is to develop the funds needed to maintain and expand the work of Life Directions serving at-risk young adults and youth with a priority on financially challenged communities. The candidate wants to promote prevention through developmental values among youth and young adults. The candidate has a sound understanding of non-profit organizations. The candidate is skilled at identifying and soliciting major financial support from corporate, foundation and government organizations for a Board of Trustees in southeastern Michigan.


  • Have at least five years demonstrated experience in non-profit environment or with equivalent experience.

  • Three years of demonstrated not-for-profit fund raising experience.

  • Experienced at working with boards and/or committees.

  • Successful experience in writing grants to foundations, corporations and government agencies.

  • Excellent written communication skills.

  • Working knowledge of the dynamics of at-risk youths.

  • Ability to work both independently and with others

  • Detailed and deadline oriented.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Business Administration or related field

  • Proficiency in working with a computer, word processing, social media and spreadsheet software programs required (preferred experience in Salesforce)

  • Ability to understand different cultures is a plus

  • Must have a proven track record of grant-writing accomplishments

  • Strong set of values and be a self-starter

  • Respecting and working within different cultures is a plus

Life Directions Program Associate

Program Associate Job Description – Life Directions

Life Directions (LD) is a community based non-profit organization begun in 1973. The organization is guided by the vision of “Peers Inspiring Peers Through Forgiveness”. The mission of LD is to “work with and for the benefit of young adults, particularly those who are ages 13 through 35, to foster the attitudes needed for growth into responsible adults”. Life Directions focus is the reduction of violence in all Life Directions’ Communities. In the Public Schools, peers inspire peers to gain greater social and emotional awareness, to practice interpersonal skills and to make college or quality career viable options through youth-led programs, youth from 8th to 12th grade engage in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). In the community, the priority is to identify the cause of violence.

The Program Associate will assist the Project Director in planning, coordinating and implementing in the following areas:

Peer Motivation Program:

• Develop a partnership with high school(s) to develop the “Peer Motivation Program” in both school and neighborhood.

Establish, lead, facilitate, and coach peer to peer sessions on a weekly basis.

Home visit achieving students on a regular basis to provide a basis for contacting and recruiting young adults, ages 18-35, and adult volunteers.

Be a guide to the young people as they do service projects in school and community.

Peer Mentor Program:

• Develop a partnership with the local high school and middle schools (8th Grade) to conduct the “peer mentor program.”

Assist in the training of Peer Mentors (10th/11th graders) to mentor 8th graders in a pyramid of support.

High School Peer Mentors will be mentored (coached) by adults from business and community.

Neighborhood Enrichment Program –

Assist in contacting and recruiting young adults (18 to 35 years old) for development of volunteer driven programs, activities, events and service projects relating to young adults in Metro-Detroit with a primary emphasis on the Southwest side of Detroit and selected contiguous suburbs.

Focus: LIFE Retreat Process – contacting and recruiting young adults, ages 18-35 and adult volunteers to participate in the focus:LIFE retreat weekend.


Bachelor's degree in Human Services

Ability to select and manage volunteers.

Ability to motivate a values-based process for cultural maturity among volunteers and participants

Work with teens (13-17) and young adults (18-35) as to assertive decision-making.

Work in large urban settings and multi-cultural populations.

Ability to inspire institutional networking with agencies and organizations in their link with corporations and education.

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