About the Foundation
The Kresge Foundation is one of the top 20 private philanthropic foundations in the United States and the only one focused exclusively on expanding opportunities for people with low income in American cities. With an endowment of approximately $4 billion and a staff of over 100 employees, the foundation deploys grants and social investments across arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development. 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
The Internal Communications Officer manages a portfolio of communication products and responsibilities, including, but not limited to: (1) Providing primary communications support for operational departments; (2) Researching, creating, and developing content to enhance internal and external understanding of Kresge’s mission, grantmaking, investing, and impact; and (3) Developing and implementing communication plans that promote the internal and external priorities of the Kresge Foundation.
Bring the full complement of communication tools– traditional, digital, social, and event management – to create and deliver high-impact communication plans, products, and deliverables to internal and external audiences.
Identify, research, write, and create news stories, press releases, case studies, presentations, speeches, and other communications needed to promote understanding of Kresge’s mission, values, grantmaking, investments and organizational activities to internal and external audiences.
Develop and edit organizational messages and plans to inform staff of news and key developments – from message conceptualization and refinement to internal distribution, follow-up, and evaluation.
Publishes relevant content weekly on Intranet site. Partners with Information Technology to maintain Intranet software, manage changes and introduce new features to HUB ambassadors and staff.
Serve as editor and publisher of biweekly internal newsletter.
Co-lead internal intranet ambassador group and provide training so that “super users” have the skills to create and post content on the HUB, further contributing to the flow of information throughout the foundation.
Anticipate and support communication challenges as a trusted organizational partner, including crisis communication readiness.
Collaborate with the digital team to maintain a consistent visual identity.
Periodically may assist 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.
Prudently manage resources and demonstrate a commitment to fiscal stewardship.
Provide research and communications project support for the External Affairs and Communications Office as needed.
Provide regular updates to the Director on project developments and status.
Embody Kresge values in both professional and personal behavior.
Exhibit consistency, dependability, and reliability.
Engage in scheduled team and foundation events to promote collaboration, personal development, and enrich the overall work environment.
Bachelor's degree in communications, journalism or related field.
A minimum of five years corporate communications experience; three of the five years in an internal communications role preferred, and nonprofit experience preferred.
Demonstrated news judgment, writing, researching and interviewing skills. Ability to accurately translate information to internal and external audiences using clear, accessible prose.
Experience with content-management systems required. Experience with Microsoft SharePoint intranet platform and WordPress desirable.
Demonstrated professional maturity and ability to use professional judgement, manage information confidentially, and apply discretion.
Solid interpersonal skills; ability to participate in collaborative project teams and coordinate deliverables/deadlines throughout all phases of a project.
Thorough knowledge and practice of Associated Press style.
Ability to juggle tasks, quickly adapt to changing needs, and meet deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to work independently on projects and assignments.
Experience with video production and scripting desirable.
This position is full-time. The starting salary for this position begins at $110,174.00 per year. Individual offers will be based on the candidate's years of experience and our practice of upholding salary equity within the foundation.
The application deadline for this position is Midnight EST on March 21, 2023. Please attach a cover letter for consideration for this position. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
This position is located in Troy, Michigan and currently has a hybrid schedule. Tuesday and Wednesday are the standard in-office days, however, there may be times when you will have to adjust the days based on work needs.
This position requires occasional travel for foundation activities, events and professional development activities.
Some of the benefits include:
- Health, dental, vision and life insurance
- Paid time off
- Half day Fridays
- 401k and 401k matching
- Tuition reimbursement
- Life, accident and disability insurance
Kresge is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ 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.
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