Chief of Staff/COO

Office of Councilmember Raquel Castaneda-Lopez

About the organization

Raquel Castañeda-López, a lifelong Detroiter, made history in November 2013 by becoming the first Latina elected to the Detroit City Council. A social worker by trade, Castañeda-López has over ten years of experience in the non-profit sector and is committed to working for social justice to improve the quality of life for all Detroiters. She developed a strong resident service program, through grassroots organizing and a mobile office, helping residents and businesses cut through the 'red tape' in order to access services and resources. She is working to ensure Detroiters have a voice on City Council championing policies that promote access, inclusivity and equity.



Under the leadership of Council Member Raquel Castañeda-López, the Chief of Staff plays an integral role acting as an adviser, strategist and implementer, ensuring that all activities within the organization move forward smoothly. As Council Member seeks to enhance the quality of life of the residents in Detroit, the Chief of Staff serves as confidant and right hand for the Council Member, managing all staff, planning and overseeing all strategy efforts, as well as financial and operations activities for the organization, creating and fostering an environment that ensures the long term success of the organization.

For full job description:

To Apply:
E-mail a letter of interest and résumé to [email protected]
Please include “Chief of Staff/COO” in the subject line.


Ideal Candidate:
5+ years of experience in leadership/management/executive roles.
Master’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration or closely related field.
Bilingual (Spanish or Arabic) is a plus.
Must live in Detroit or be willing to relocate.
High Emotional IQ, self-awareness and empathy
In depth knowledge of issues impacting City of Detroit residents and respect for communities and diverse cultures is highly preferred.
Experience with budget management.
Experience with HR and staff management
Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
Must possess impeccable organizational and project management skills.
Must be outcome oriented.
Must possess excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.
Ability to work strategically and collaborative across departments, internal and external stakeholders.
Ability to multitask and prioritize workload.
Must be an individual who approaches challenges effectively, pro-actively and is solution focused.
Must be comfortable representing Council Member with the media (video and pictures) and with general interactions with the public.
Proficient in Microsoft Office and social media outlets.
Possesses a strong work ethic.
Ability to work a very flexible schedule including early mornings, evenings, and weekends.
A motivated individual who is passionate about a bright future for Detroit and the wellbeing of its residents.



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

For full job description:

To Apply:
E-mail a letter of interest and résumé to [email protected]
Please include “Chief of Staff/COO” in the subject line.

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