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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. 

WHAT YOU’LL DO: 

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.  

CORE OBJECTIVES:  

  • 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.  

RESPONSIBILITIES:  

Storytelling  
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  

Website 
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 

STRUCTURE

  • 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 

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW: 

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. 

HOW TO APPLY

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send the following information to hr@skillman.org: 

  • 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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