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Communications Officer

We’re looking for an innovative storyteller, multimedia creator, and cross-platform communicator with exceptional project management skills and attention to detail. 


Advance the story of Detroit’s visionary young people and bring life to the Foundation’s multiple platforms through leading, developing, and implementing storytelling and digital engagement strategies.  


  • Multichannel Communications: Design and deliver multichannel communications strategies across the Foundation’s social media, website, videos, e-newsletters, press materials, and other distribution channels.  
  • Social Media: Take our social media presence to the next level by publishing lively content that harnesses the voices, energy, and lived experiences of young Detroiters, stoking two-way conversation and measurably increasing engagement. 
  • Ongoing Communication Support: Ensure our website reflects who we are, explains what we do, and features the voices of our team members, grant partners, community members, and—especially—our beloved Detroit youth.  
  • Branding for Impact: Write and edit for clarity, conciseness, brand tone, and social impact—including blogs, board memos, press materials, presentations, etc. 
  • Equity Focused: Hold equity and justice as core values for each project.  


Produce articles, blogs, videos, and other multimedia content to inform, inspire, and influence 

  • Express and deploy key messages (of the Foundation and its partner initiatives) in creative and effective/resonant ways 
  • Showcase the impact of the Foundation and its partners 
  • Work with Detroit youth and Foundation partners to amplify their perspectives, aspirations, and impact 
  • Support the development of talking points, press releases, memos, presentations, board materials, and other materials 
  • Work with the Foundation’s Strategic Learning and Evaluation function on storytelling products 
  • Repackage board materials as appropriate for external audiences  

Social Media 
Devise and execute audience and content strategies 

  • Leverage each platforms’ medium and optimal demographic/audience to influence and engage 
  • Amplify youth voice  
  • Showcase the work of the Foundation’s partners 
  • Build the Foundation’s reputation   
  • Set and achieve engagement goals  

Devise and execute audience and content strategy 

  • Responsible for SEO, content uploads, posting grants (at least quarterly), and managing an external web developer 
  • Set and achieve engagement goals  

Email Marketing 
Build and maintain outreach list(s) and produce the Foundation’s monthly e-newsletter, grant partner updates, letters from the president, and other email content for targeted and mass audiences 

  • Set and achieve engagement goals 

Additional Responsibilities Include: Copy editing, working with creative vendors, and maintaining the Foundation’s brand guide 


  • Minimum Experience: At least 5 years of professional experience in a related field (i.e., communications, marketing, journalism, storytelling, digital media)   
  • Reporting: This role will report to the Director of Communications 
  • Job Type: This is a full-time position offering an exceptional benefits package including medical, dental, vision, retirement plan, PTO, flexible work schedule, technology stipend, and more 
  • Salary: The annual salary range for this position is $75,000 to $82,000 


A voice for children since 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy that works to ensure Detroit youth achieve their highest aspirations. To this end, we are focused on strengthening K-12 education, afterschool learning opportunities, and college and career pathways in Detroit. 


If you are interested in this opportunity, please send the following information to 

  • Resume 
  • Cover letter 
  • Creative sample of your authorship as a storyteller (This could be written, video, or audio format. For video and audio, please include as a hyperlink.)   

This posting will close on Thursday, January 27, 2022.  

The Skillman Foundation is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.  

The Skillman Foundation

A voice for children since 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy that serves as a fierce champion of Detroit children. The Foundation works to ensure Detroit youth achieve their highest aspirations by strengthening K-12 public education, afterschool learning opportunities, and college and career pathways.

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