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The GTRI International Student and University Outreach, Southeast Michigan Program Manager

About Global Detroit

Global Detroit is a statewide economic and community development organization. We develop and implement immigrant-inclusive strategies to drive the growth, revitalization and broadly shared prosperity of Michigan.

Cities and regions that are welcoming to immigrants are vibrant. They have strong neighborhoods, competitive companies, successful small businesses, and a rich and diverse cultural life. By intentionally including immigrants in our economic development strategies, we aim to spark growth, revitalization and sustained prosperity throughout Michigan. We work as trusted connectors, architects of ideas and change agents to build a high-growth, prosperous and inclusive regional economy.

Joining the Global Detroit Team

Global Detroit is a nationally recognized leader in building inclusive economic development strategies that begin with immigrant families and entrepreneurs, as well as international students and global talent, and lead to lasting change for our region. We are a group of thinkers and doers from Michigan and all over the world. We work strategically to build an equitable economy where immigrants are valued and meaningfully included. As a member of the Global Detroit team, you will have a chance to flex your creative muscles, step outside of what is expected and find new solutions to old problems. We welcome energetic and innovative thought leaders to apply!

Team Ethos

Our shared belief is that we can create an equitable economy by taking a strategic approach and ensuring that immigrants are valued and fully integrated. Being part of the Global Detroit team means embracing creativity, challenging norms, and finding innovative solutions to longstanding issues.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

At Global Detroit, we recognize the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB). We are committed to cultivating an inclusive culture throughout our organization and a team with the skills needed to advance our mission.

Position Overview

The GTRI International Student and University Outreach, Southeast Michigan Program Manager leads Global Detroit’s efforts to connect with international students interested in joining Southeast Michigan’s workforce. Michigan is home to over 33,000 international students, the 9th largest international student population in the U.S., the majority of whom are STEM majors interested in working in the U.S. after graduation. Over a decade ago, Global Detroit worked with the region’s top research universities and private sector partners to launch the Global Talent Retention Initiative (GTRI) as the nation’s first international student retention program outside of university to connect the considerable international student talent emerging from these universities with unmet talent needs among the region’s employers, especially in high-skilled STEM positions. With new State of Michigan investment into this initiative, as well as even more dire talent shortages, GTRI is poised to expand.

This position will be located in our Detroit location. The position will concentrate on university outreach throughout the Southeastern Michigan region (i.e., Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties) and some travel may be required. Mileage for business travel over 20 miles will be paid at Standard Mileage Rates as determined by the Internal Revenue Service. Car parking costs will be reimbursed for business related parking as long as a receipt is submitted in line with the expense reimbursement procedure.

The GTRI International Student and University Outreach, Southeast Michigan Project Manager reports to Global Detroit’s Senior Director of Talent Initiatives and the GTRI Program Director.


  • Help implement Global Detroit’s GTRI international student and university program to ensure that goals within GTRI are producing mission critical outcomes.
  • Develop and manage relationships with external partners critical to the success of GTRI, including universities, international student offices, and career service offices.
  • Develop and manage relationships with international students and graduates, international and ethnic student groups, and ethnic communities on university campuses.
  • Develop and execute strategies to help businesses and organizations connect and recruit international talent, including raising awareness of the economic benefits of hiring international students, and graduates through employer workshops.
  • Maintain and update an active database of contacts in CRM and foster collaborative working relationships.
  • Support the Global Talent Retention Initiative, Global Talent Accelerator (GTA) and Global Talent Employer (GTE) programs including planning and implementation of job fairs, facilitate employer meet and greets, employment practices surveys, roundtable discussions, and corporate events.
  • Work to ensure that our international student and university outreach is responsive, racially equitable, culturally competent and results driven, as well as structured to drive regional systems change

Required Skills and Experience

To fulfill this role successfully, we are looking for candidates with the following:

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college, or or has relevant experience in project management, job placement/coaching, talent recruitment, hiring, or international education
  • Minimum two years of experience in project management, job placement/coaching, talent recruitment, hiring, or international education
  • Strong ability to build relationships; outgoing and engaging with great interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong planning, organizational and project management skills with the ability to set priorities, plan, prioritize, and coordinate activities
  • Ability to attend after hours events and travel, as needed
  • Able to make decisions, while remaining adaptable in a fast-paced, and evolving workplace
  • Flexibility and openness to adjust to a fast-paced and evolving workplace
  • Self-starter, ability to multitask, and manage demands on time
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and able to perform in multicultural settings; exhibits cultural competency with a range of diverse stakeholder

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Masters degree and/or experience in a university setting or business environments
  • Experience with international students
  • Experience with contact management software, as well as other project management software tools
  • Knowledge of U.S. immigration policy, especially employment-based visas
  • Foreign language abilities and international cultural experiences are a plu

Salary and Benefits

This position is a full-time (40 hours/week) salaried position. Salary will range between $48,750 and $60,000 per year, depending on experience, and will include benefits. The Global Detroit team is currently working remotely, but this position will ultimately be based in Detroit, with the option for hybrid hours (partial office time, partial remote).

Global Detroit’s benefits package includes retirement contributions and a SIMPLE IRA plan. We provide a 2% automatic contribution. Employees have the opportunity to contribute additional funds on a tax-free basis.

Other Benefits

Bi-Monthly Payment Structure

Annual Salary Review

Paid Time Off (Vacation, Personal and Sick Time)

Flex Time

Paid Sick Leave

Health Insurance

Professional Development and Training Opportunities

Salary Bands

In order to promote transparency and reduce bias for salary comparisons across Global Detroit and provide a clearer understanding of promotion pathways and expectations, we have implemented salary bands (pay ranges established for each role that rank job pay by experience, education and level of responsibility, and provide opportunities for more effective pay management). Global Detroit has salary bands for each full-time position. The GTRI International Student & University Outreach Program Manager, Southeast Michigan is in the Grade 2: Program Manager salary band.

Equal Opportunity Employment Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or any other protected status.

To Apply

Apply here!

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. For additional information on Global Detroit visit www.globaldetroitmi.org. If you have questions, please contact Arda Eurdekian at arda@globaldetroitmi.org.

You can learn more about GTRI at www.globaldetroitmi.org/gtri.

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