Expanding opportunities in America’s cities

Communications Officer

The Kresge Foundation’s External Affairs and Communications Team has an immediate opening for a Communications Officer.

About the foundation

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The Kresge Foundation is one of the top 20 private foundations in the United States and is metro Detroit's largest foundation. With a $3.8 billion endowment and a staff of nearly 100 employees, we work to expand opportunities in America's cities for people with low incomes. We do this through grantmaking and social investing nationally in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development in Detroit. The foundation’s state-of-the-art headquarters maintains an array of energy-efficient, water-conserving and health-promoting systems. The foundation also operates an office in Detroit’s Midtown district.

About the position

Primary responsibilities

  • Identifies, captures and packages new knowledge generated by program/practice teams for sharing within their respective fields, with the sector and with mainstream audiences.

  • Identifies, researches and writes news stories, press releases, case studies and other materials to promote understanding of Kresge’s mission, grantmaking and investing through compelling, data-driven storytelling across all media.
  • Writes columns and opinion pieces for assigned program/practice teams as needed.
  • Conceptualizes, originates content, scripts and produces video, multimedia, web and audio products.
  • Creates and/or edits content for speeches and presentations for assigned program/practice teams, assuring alignment with the foundation’s overall communications plan and key messages.
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  • Creates, posts and updates content for foundation website.
  • Brings the full complement of communications tools to bear – traditional, digital, graphic, social and event management – to create and deliver content that is visual, consistent and integrated for maximum reach to desired audiences.
  • Helps build the social media presence and capacity of the foundation through direct creation and training for assigned program/practice team members.
  • Assists Kresge grantees and partners with their communications needs, including advising, reviewing and editing press releases, research reports and other materials, as needed; orchestrating from behind the scenes or assisting with media and other events, as needed.
  • Stays abreast of the local, regional and national media to identify and pitch new stories that illustrate Kresge’s programmatic priorities and objectives, makes visible issues of strategic importance to the foundation, and extends the work of program/practice teams.
  • Provides research and project support for the External Affairs and Communications Office as needed.
  • Assists with copyediting, fact checking and quality control as needed.
  • Serves as backup to fellow communications office staffers as needed.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism or related liberal arts field. 
  • A minimum of seven years of progressive external experience working as a professional writer or communications officer.
  • Demonstrates ownership of responsibilities with some management oversight.
  • Strong commitment to the foundation’s vision, values and equity with the ability to demonstrate that commitment in daily interactions.
  • Demonstrated news judgment, writing, researching and interviewing skills.
  • Ability to accurately translate complicated technical and/or scholarly information to sector and mainstream audiences using clear, accessible prose.
  • Experience with content-management systems, social media, search-engine optimization and web-based technology.
  • Thorough knowledge and practice of Associated Press style.
  • Ability to juggle tasks, quickly adapt to changing needs and work independently and as part of a dynamic and evolving team.
  • Fervor to keep up with rapidly changing communications technology.
  • Experience with web and print publishing desirable.
  • Experience designing, scripting, developing content and producing video, multimedia, web and audio products desirable.

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to careers@kresge.org. The deadline for application submission is July 12, 2018

Kresge is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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