Communications Officer, Michigan
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Website: W. K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a leading philanthropic institution helping communities create the conditions children need to thrive, is seeking nominations and applications for a Communications Officer for Michigan Programs. Working on the team led by the Vice President of Communications and reporting to the Director of Communications, the new Communications Officer will execute the foundation’s internal and external strategy with each Officer managing that strategy from different locations throughout the foundation’s network. The new Communications Officer will be a seasoned, skilled storyteller with the ability to craft content that engages audiences around the foundation’s identity, mission, programming and impact. The Communications Officer for Michigan will join the place-based team in Battle Creek to implement a communication and outreach strategy to raise awareness and advance the social impact of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s priorities. The Communications Officer will be responsible for telling the foundation’s story in Michigan and managing media relations, social media platforms, writing high level editorial content and other relevant communication and outreach activities.
Under the direction of Kathy Reincke, Director of Communications, the new Communications Officer will not only oversee the foundation’s internal and communication strategy, they will also contribute to the development of national and place-based programs. Leveraging the foundation’s matrixed or networked model, the Communications Officer will collaborate closely with the program staff and foundation leadership as they strategize the goals and objectives of each portfolio. This collaborative working model positions Communication Officer not only a thought-partner on the communication strategy, but also as a thought-partner to Program Officers as they conceptualize and execute the foundation’s grantmaking strategy in Michigan.
The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in journalism, public communication, fine arts, marketing, communications, or related field and at least eight years’ experience in communications with an agency, corporation, publication, or a nonprofit organization. He/She/They will be committed to advancing social change and achieving racial equity, with particular interest in the foundation’s mission to create healthy communities for children and families; and a desire to lean into the foundation’s new networked model that relies on agile, collaborative teams. Additionally, he/she/they will have demonstrated experience partnering with leadership to create content across mediums; the ability to analyze and translate raw data and or technical information; the ability to translate it into accessible language for multiple audiences; and an in-depth understanding of current digital marketing technologies, industry trends, and audience engagement tactics. Success at a networked organization requires each team member to be highly-motivated and nimble, results-oriented and adaptable. The ideal candidate will bring passion, maturity, creativity, and humility to the role of Communications Officer.
Applications, including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: Communications Officer Michigan WKKF-COMI@nonprofitprofessionals.com
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