Transition Consultant

Transforming Power Fund | Detroit, Michigan


The Transforming Power Fund (TPF) is a Detroit-based social justice fund committed to transformative systems change. TPF is an attempt to put into practice the 12 Recommendations for Detroit Funders produced in 2015 by Allied Media Projects and Detroit Peoples’ Platform. It is also informed by the research of the 2017 report, Changing the Conversation: Philanthropic Funding and Community Organizing in Detroit. Through community-led grantmaking and donor organizing, TPF aims to model a more equitable approach to traditional philanthropy. TPF is rooted in the values of inclusion, equity, justice (racial, economic, gender, disability, environmental), personal transformation, structural transformation, intergenerational relationships, cooperation, collaboration, continual learning, creativity, audacity, healing, and working across boundaries.

Job Summary

Transforming Power Fund (TPF) is seeking a contractual (1099), temporary position to support in the transition of TPF’s Executive Director. The Transition Consultant will evaluate TPF and its programs and recommend a new organizational structure to the Board of Directors. This consultant will help continue the work of the Executive Director while managing the search for a new Director; this consultant will also learn the tasks of the Executive Director and lead the onboarding process for the new Executive Director to ensure a smooth transition.

This consulting role is expected to take approximately 20 hours per week.    

This is a temporary, contractual position with an estimated start date of May 1st, 2021. The Transition Project is expected to take 6-9 months. The application deadline is April 20, 2021 at 5:00pm.

Reports To

The Transition Consultant reports to the Board of Directors


The Transition Consultant will be a contractor with a scope of work that includes the following:

  • Conduct an evaluation / assessment of the organization's work and programs to date
  • Develop recommendations for future iterations of TPF’s programs
  • Develop recommendations for a future leadership structure (Co-Executive Directors, a single Executive Director, or other model)
  • Develop job descriptions for new hire(s)
  • Lead or engage a third party firm to lead the work of searching for candidates, interviewing, hiring, and onboarding
  • Support and coordinate with TPF staff and contractors
  • Report to the TPF Board of Directors


The ideal candidate has the following qualifications:

  • At least three years' experience in a senior leadership role or as an organizational development consultant.    
  • Experience facilitating executive-level hiring processes.      
  • Experience conducting organizational and programmatic assessments / evaluation
  • Ability to take initiative and be a self-starter
  • Strong project management skills and ability to meet deadlines.    
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with transition and succession planning
  • Comfort with horizontal / collaborative decision-making
  • Deep knowledge of social justice issues and demonstrated pursuit of racial equity in organizational development.      
  • Familiarity with the community organizing ecosystem of Detroit

How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following items by April 20, 2021 at 5:00PM to

1) Resume with at least two professional references.      

2) Cover Letter detailing:

  • How you would approach the scope of work
  • Relevant experiences that demonstrate how you meet the desired qualifications           

3) Estimated cost and timeline of services.

Transforming Power Fund