Project Lead – Mobility Initiatives


STATUS: Full-Time for the duration of our Global Epicenter of Mobility (GEM) grant
DIVISION: Design Core Detroit
REPORTS TO: Co-Executive Director(s)



For the duration of our GEM grant, this Project Lead will be responsible for supporting Design Core Detroit by providing administrative, organizational and technical support in planning, coordination and execution to achieve project and department goals, specifically those related to the mobility sector.  As a subgrantee of the GEM Coalition (see description below), Design Core is charged with connecting mobility related partners, clients and stakeholders to regional design providers and for providing on demand inclusive design training to support the Coalition’s equity objectives.


  • Identify, initiate contact, and develop relationships with all partners, clients and key stakeholders in the GEM initiative to share information about College for Creative Studies mobility programs and Design Core’s B2B matchmaking and inclusive design training services;
  • Recruit and retain designers relevant to mobility businesses and entrepreneurs into the Detroit Design Network, deliver member benefits, including technical assistance, and manage member event communications;
  • Recruit mobility businesses, entrepreneurs and stakeholders to our B2B matchmaking services to connect them to the Detroit Design Network and secure contracts for inclusive design training services;
  • Refer inquiries for talent, internships, research or educational partnerships with CCS to CCS’s Office of Partnerships;
  • Manage the daily administration of Design Core Detroit’s mobility initiatives, including but not limited to registration and payments, reporting, membership onboarding, updates, event planning, and materials;
  • Track and understand any mobility projects or efforts taking place in CCS academic departments, working with CCS Office of Partnerships and Academic Affairs;
  • Provide technical assistance to designer buyers in the mobility sector on drafting a scope of work, establishing realistic project milestones, deliverables and budgets for design projects, etc.;
  • Supporting the Detroit Month of Design application, review and acceptance process within the mobility sector and supporting independent event organizers and sponsored activations throughout the festival season;
  • Supporting Detroit City of Design initiatives within the mobility sector, including but not limited to writing proposals and reports, organizing events, engaging with other UNESCO cities and events, etc.;
  • Initiating and planning workshops and public events related to design in the mobility sector, including management of registration, attendance, follow up communication, and oversight of internal post event processing, i.e. add attendees to mailing list, send and collect surveys, report metrics, etc.;
  • Help to collect, aggregate and report all quantitative, qualitative and anecdotal information related to program performance;
  • Hosting both virtual and in-person meetings and events related to mobility sector objectives, which may include business-to-business matchmaking sessions via Zoom, membership appreciation events, educational programming, public programs, or Detroit City of Design events locally, nationally or internationally;
  • May be asked to take the lead on drafting initial copy and compiling metrics and stories to support grant proposals and / or reports;
  • May occasionally supervise temporary, or part time project assistants.

Every person on this team is expected to:

  • Be cross trained to serve all functions and goals of the organization;
  • Notice challenges or barriers to programs and service delivery and take thoughtful action to make change and improve results;
  • Maintain current and accurate records of engagement and activities with members, nonmembers, buyers, partners, sponsors and funders;
  • Initiate, develop and maintain collaborative relationships with partners, members and stakeholders in Detroit’s design community, through delivery of excellent work and exceptional customer service;
  • Be able to produce activity and designer matchmaking reports, as needed to serve potential design buyers, etc.;
  • Support the acquisition, management and reporting of grants, contracts and sponsorships;
  • Support our business clients by sharing news and information, discovering and communicating opportunities, and collecting and reporting metrics and feedback;
  • Represent Design Core at meetings and events, as assigned.



  • Desire to reach beyond what’s expected;
  • Experience in business, design, or economic development positions that demonstrate increasing responsibility and competencies;
  • Proven track record of organizational and time management skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects, data, and deadlines, while producing superior results;
  • Demonstrated customer service, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills;
  • Must be a self-starter, and creative thinker, with a genuine interest in continuous learning and ownership of assigned projects;
  • Attention to details and commitment to excellence in planning, execution and follow up is required;
  • Clear and concise written and verbal communication;
  • Ability to comprehend and synthesize complex information and effectively communicate ideas and goals verbally and nonverbally;
  • Basic understanding of MS Office applications such as Word, Excel as well as Google Drive and G-suite applications;
  • Ability to utilize various technology platforms and systems in pursuit of goals and objectives is required, including customer relationship management (CRM) systems, project management tools, etc.;
  • Must be flexible and comfortable solving problems and making decisions in a fast-paced, dynamic environment;
  • Must be able to travel occasionally to local, national and international locations to attend conferences or participate in meetings. If driving, valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record required. International travel will require a valid passport.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and relationships within the region’s mobility sector, including existing automotive manufacturers and suppliers, the startup ecosystem, and economic development / coalition stakeholders;
  • Proficiency in Design Core’s current technology tools and platforms, including WordPress, Neon, Mailchimp, Eventbrite, Google Drive, Neon, Asana, Slack and Submittable;
  • The ability to speak in front of small or large groups and to varying audiences ranging from students to C-level talent;
  • Candidates should possess an interest in the creative economy, small business development, and economic development in general;
  • Design Core prefers candidates who are self-motivated, organized, strong writers, creative thinkers, and thoughtful problem solvers;
  • A passion for Detroit or urban economic development is a plus.



This is a full time position, Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm, for the duration of our GEM grant. Hours can be flexed to meet personal and professional needs, but the team is expected to work together in the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Other days can be virtual, in person or a hybrid, based on individual work demands. Some evenings and weekends are required.


This job operates in a professional office and college campus environment.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to maintain a stationary position, use a computer and other office equipment, and communicate effectively in person, by phone, and virtually.  Frequent interaction with others, including staff, faculty, students and third parties is required.  The employee may occasionally be required to move files or other objects weighing up to 25 pounds, including from low and high places.  The ability to move around within the office and between buildings on campus, attend off-site meetings and events, and travel between Ford Campus site to Taubman Center site are required.  CCS will make reasonable accommodations that will allow individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


College for Creative Studies is a nonprofit institution; it is one of the leading art and design colleges in the world. CCS is ranked by LinkedIn as a top three design school in the US and the best in the Midwest, based on alumni success. CCS has state-of-the-art facilities to support the complete range of creative production, from traditional art forms such as painting, glassblowing, foundry, and printmaking, to the most contemporary systems, including the latest digital imaging technology and extensive rapid prototyping output tools. The College currently enrolls more than 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 13 majors:  Advertising Design, Art Education, Art Practice, Communication Design, Craft and Material Studies, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design. It also offers a Master’s degrees in four majors: Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Systems Design Thinking, and Transportation Design.  


A program within College for Creative Studies, Design Core offers services to strengthen, grow and attract design businesses, strengthen market demand for design services, and tell Detroit’s design story locally and globally. We are a small but mighty team of energetic, self-driven, compassionate doers. We’re looking for others who see gaps and opportunities and take independent, thoughtful action to initiate programs and processes in response.


The Global Epicenter of Mobility (GEM) coalition, led by the Detroit Regional Partnership Foundation, will receive approximately $52.2 million to transform the Detroit area’s legacy automotive industry into a highly competitive advanced mobility cluster. Despite significant local assets and potential leverage of more than $5 billion in private investment, the region’s prospects are threatened by rising global competition in the electric and autonomous vehicle market, by the rapid pace of innovation in new mobility solutions and by an aging workforce that needs continuous reskilling to keep up with new products and technologies. EDA funding will address these challenges through a new Supply Chain Transformation Center, through which the coalition will provide direct assistance to existing legacy manufacturers to transition to the needs of broader mobility products. A talent transformation project will work with businesses across the supply chain to identify talent needs and it will invest in wraparound supports and training for workers to fill those gaps. The Mobility Accelerator Innovation Network will help identify and support more fundable start-ups in the mobility space. EDA funding will support foundational infrastructure, increasing accessibility and capacity of testing and proving sites, and preparing industrial sites for private investment. GEM unites 136 coalition members – including the Big Three automakers; United Auto Workers; universities; and state, local, and community leadership – with a vision for a more collaborative and equitable regional economy.



To Apply

Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The search will close when a suitable candidate is hired. Interested candidates should submit the following in PDF format:
Resume and a letter of application should be submitted to:
CCS website:





The College for Creative Studies, a leading college of art and design, represents a community composed of individuals with many perspectives, personal experiences, values, identities and worldviews and we value the diversity this brings to our organization.  CCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.


The College for Creative Studies subscribes to the principle of equal opportunity in its employment, admissions and educational practices and strives to provide an environment and workplace free from unlawful harassment or discrimination. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are part of our Core Institutional Values and we encourage applications from all individuals.