Director, Public Space

The Public Space team aims to increase the economic and social resiliency of Detroit by providing universal access to safe and inclusive public spaces.

The Director of the Public Space team acts as a professional, conscientious and attentive ambassador for Quicken Loans and the Rock Family of Companies through all internal and external communications and community engagement. First and foremost, this position is a leadership position, so it requires transparent, effective communication skills as well as the ability to set strategy and lead team members through the successful implementation of that strategy with a creative "we'll figure it out" mindset and a continued commitment to ensuring that all work is completed with the Quicken Loans Community Fund mission at heart.

Specifically, the Director of Public Space should have a background in investments in public space activation and infrastructure. Additionally, this job places a high value on community engagement and the ability to navigate conversations with community organizations and team members that identify challenges and opportunities that can be addressed by the Quicken Loans Community Fund. This requires negotiation, patience, flexibility and a data-driven mindset. This director will operate in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and must possess the necessary skills and understanding to execute public space activation best practices locally and nationwide, working collaboratively across the Quicken Loans Community Fund team to do so.


  • Develop a world-class philanthropic public space strategy and lead the execution to hit target objectives
  • Research global best practices within and outside the organization to establish benchmark data and use continuous process improvement disciplines to achieve results
  • Ensure the strategy builds opportunities to create and support inclusive and diverse public spaces and parks
  • Manage public space development partnerships and projects for a multimillion-dollar portfolio of investments and partnerships across downtown as well as neighborhood parks and public spaces
  • Oversee a team that is executing on activations, infrastructure improvements, etc., and ensure that team members are supported and held accountable
  • Build and maintain a comprehensive yearly budget, with the ability to track and pull data throughout the year
  • Build internal and external partnerships by "tying threads" with other Quicken Loans Community Fund focus areas (housing stability, entrepreneurship, education and employment) as well as Rock Family of Companies teams like the Bedrock experience team, public art and more
  • Build relationships and interest from external funding sources, including local and non-local foundations, real estate development companies and other corporate entities
  • Build and maintain professional relationships with business leaders, civic leaders and community partners
  • Negotiate contracts and grants with existing and future partners with the Quicken Loans Community Fund's best interests in mind
  • Ensure that community engagement is embedded in every project, and work alongside community partners to build opportunities for community engagement
  • Provide consistent support and feedback to direct reports in a manner that builds trust and aids in professional development
  • Communicate consistently and transparently with team members
  • Maintain a strong commitment to the Quicken Loans Community Fund's mission and values with the ability to demonstrate that commitment in daily interactions

  • 5 years of experience preferred, with extensive leadership experience
  • Bachelor's degree preferred
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite
  • Proficiency in Salesforce and Fluxx or the ability to quickly become proficient

Who We Are

The Quicken Loans Community Fund drives the Rock Family of Companies "For-More-Than-Profit" work by strategically investing in our home cities of Detroit, Cleveland, Charlotte and Phoenix. The Community Sponsorship team creates and supports catalytic events in Detroit to build community, promote local culture and contribute to Detroit's economic growth.

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