Communications Officer

16 Feb, 2021


Communications Officer

The Kresge Foundation
Detroit, MI

Communications Officer
The Kresge Foundation’s External Affairs and Communications Team has an immediate opening for a
Communications Officer.
About the Foundation
The Kresge Foundation is one of the top 20 largest private foundations in the U.S. Our staff of over 100
employees works 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 placed-based work in Detroit, Memphis, New Orleans, and other parts of the country.
Our state-of-the-art headquarters maintains an array of energy-efficient, water-conserving and healthpromoting features. The foundation also operates an office in Detroit’s Midtown district.
About the position
The Communications Officer is responsible for identifying, researching, writing, visualizing and
promoting news stories, press releases, case studies, videos, and other content to promote understanding
of The Kresge Foundation’s mission, grantmaking and investing through compelling data-driven
storytelling across all media. This position serves as an integral partner and strategic advisor to develop
and execute communication plans that advance the priorities of the Foundation.
Primary responsibilities
• Identifies, captures and packages new knowledge generated by the Foundation – as well as
specific Program and Practice teams for sharing within their respective fields – with the
philanthropic sector, more generally, and with other important external audiences and partners.
• 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, datadriven storytelling across all media.
• Writes columns and opinion pieces for the Foundation and Programs and Practices, as needed.
• Conceptualizes, originates content, scripts and produces video, multi-media, web and audio
• Creates and/or edits content for speeches and presentations, assuring alignment with the
Foundation’s overall communications plan and key messages.
• Creates, posts and updates content for the Foundation’s website,
• Brings the full complement of communications tools to bear – traditional, digital, graphic, social
media 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 – and specific Program and
Practices – through direct creation and social media training.
• 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 and Practice teams.
• Provides research and project support for the External Affairs and Communications Office as
• Assists with copyediting, fact checking and quality control as needed.
• Serves as back-up to fellow communications staffers, as needed.
• Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience in communications, journalism or related liberal
arts field.
• A minimum of 5 years of 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. 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, multi-media, Web and
audio products desirable.
Application deadline for this position is 11:59pm EST on March 8, 2021
Kresge is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer and strongly
encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.
We do not discriminate based upon 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.
Please note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all Kresge staff are working remotely, and our Troy and
Detroit offices remain closed until further notice. Kresge staff will not be traveling or attending in-person
meetings during this time. Thank you for your understanding.

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Job posted: 2021-02-16