Detroit Future City opens search for new director

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

Detroit Future City has launched its search for a new executive director, part of its transition to an independent, non-profit organization.

The search is being led by The Hawkins Company.

“The recruitment profile for the new executive director was developed with feedback and input from a diverse cross-section of stakeholders,” said Dr. George Swan, TMC chair.

“We are making every effort to ensure the new director reflects the needs of Detroit today and in the future, and has the expertise and experience to lead a team and collaborate with DFC’s diverse audiences to effectively steward the critical recommendations in the DFC Strategic Framework.”

The Detroit Future City plan is a framework to guide city revitalization. It's a 345-page book completed in 2012 seen as the core of a city master plan.

Launched as initially as “Detroit Works,” the DFC plan is seen as an effort to engage citizens, map the city, analyze land use and population, and make recommendations for the best ways to use land and the city's water, people and other resources.

DFC announced in June it would go through a transition to become an independent nonprofit organization. Plans call for selecting a candidate by early fall to fully transition to a nonprofit organization by 2016.

Dan Kinkead, DFC’s director of projects, is serving as acting executive director during the search. DFC's current and new projects will continue during the transition, officials said.

Information about the position, including a recruitment profile, is available at