Give Merit, Inc Fate Program Lead Detroit, MI · Full time

The FATE Program Lead is primarily responsible for delivering FATE’s high school program to participants including the administration, oversight, and execution of the FATE Classes of 2025 & 2028, ultimately striving to ensure 100% of each class graduates from high school. This individual will also be responsible for working with the program team to deliver high quality, interactive, and innovative weekly curriculum, and capstone projects. This position will perform essential functions under regular supervision.


Are you ready to be a part of growing non-profit organization located in the city of Detroit? At Give Merit, we are preparing for an exciting period of growth as a direct result of our successful mission and vision dedicated to serving youth. To ensure our continued success, we are seeking a FATE Program Lead.



  • Develop a deep knowledge of Merit’s/Give Merit’s history, purpose, and goals to create platforms for young people to create the future 
  • Work toward the organization’s shared vision by being mission-driven and operating with a growth mindset
  • Seek, be accepting of, and adjust to regular feedback to improve performance

FATE HS Program

  • Facilitate student recruitment and selection
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with priority groups to include but not limited to students and parents to foster trust, communicate regularly, and provide support where needed
  • Prepare for and execute program workshops
  • Keep accurate and up-to-date information for students and parents
  • Remain knowledgeable and communicative of all student records related to FATE Program Standards
  • Manage student data, maintain confidentiality, and ensure accuracy in record keeping
  • Lead high quality, interactive, and innovative weekly curriculum, and capstone projects
  • Support the management of the high school program team during regular workshop programming
  • Regularly travel to partner school to accompany students to and from workshop location(s)
  • Required to work some evenings and/or weekends in accordance with programmatic needs and/or events
  • Participate in mandatory program training, professional development, and team meetings
  • Provide support on special projects related to social media, CRM, events, or similar areas, as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college preferred or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Experience working in youth development – preference for working with ages 14-24
  • Passion for serving the Detroit community, especially youth
  • Has a growth mindset and views growth as important for personal and professional development; seeks out opportunities to expand skills, and demonstrates curiosity and eagerness to learn
  • Personal understanding and knowledge of the demographics, challenges, and changing landscape of Detroit
  • Drive to impact change for our students
  • Ability to bring the absolute best out of individuals
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly organized with a strong attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability with managing multiple tasks with time sensitive deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Must have a high sense of integrity and handle confidential information in a professional manner
  • Exhibit strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Familiarity with Google applications (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive)
  • Ability to adapt to new technology and/or applications
  • Must be able to work some evenings and weekends 
  • Must have reliable transportation


This position primarily functions in an office setting and an individual is regularly required to stand; walk; use finger dexterity, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The individual is frequently required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Must be able to regularly lift and/or move up to 20lbs. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. While performing the duties of this job, an individual is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. Some travel may be required.

Give Merit is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We provide health benefits, earned time off benefits, and summer half-day Fridays. If you want to join this team of dynamic, talented professionals, please submit a copy of your cover letter and professional resume. Minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply!

Job Type: Full-time


  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Paid time off
  • 401K

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Detroit, MI 48204: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


$55,000 - $65,000 per year