Communications Officer

Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Position Title: Communications Officer
Reports To: VP, Marketing Communications
Pay Grade F: $73,204 – $86,015
Position Status: Full Time
FLSA Status: Exempt
Posting Dates: January 20, 2023 – February 17, 2023

About KZCF:
KZCF, established in 1925, has the vision of Kalamazoo County being the most equitable place to live,
with the mission to mobilize people, resources, and expertise and to advance racial, social, and
economic justice. Learn more at

Core Values:
Center Anti-Racism and Equity
Advance Racial Justice
Nurture Healing and Love
Cultivate Transformative Relationships
Serve the Greater Good
Learn and Grow
Embrace Joy

Position Summary:
The Communications Officer is responsible for developing and implementing Kalamazoo Community
Foundation’s communications strategies to support messaging continuity and brand protection, which
include leading communications tactic development, public and media relations, sponsorship
committee, and the execution of print publications from start to completion. Collaborate with the Vice
President of Marketing Communications to develop, implement and ensure the seamless integration
and implementation of communications strategies to accomplish the mission and strategic objectives of
the Community Foundation.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities:
 Assist in developing, enhancing, implementing and evaluating the Community Foundation’s
communications strategy and tone/voice are consistent with the organization’s brand.
 Assist in developing, enhancing, implementing and evaluating all functional area-specific and
internal communications tactics and initiatives.
 Develop and implement the editorial calendar and content of publications and electronic
communications (e.g. Annual Report, newsletters, email blasts, etc)

 Write speeches and presentations for the organization as needed.
 Develop and distribute content (written and/or video) to appropriate communication channels
that assist in promoting the work of Community Foundation grant recipients, initiatives, public
policy agenda and specialty grants received.

Content/Collateral Development
 Create print publications, collateral and other materials as identified or needed by the
organization, which include managing contractors/freelancers to accomplish copywriting and
graphic design needs.
 Oversee production of print materials by ensuring the timely production, mailing and
distribution of publications.
Public/Media Relations
 Write media releases and story pitches.
 Execute and manages reputation-building activities.
 Proactively develop and maintain relationships with the media.
 Coordinate media interviews and prepare media briefings/training for spokespeople in the
 Develop, enhance, implement and evaluate a public relations strategy and assists in crisis
management public relation duties.
 Lead Sponsorship Committee to review sponsorship requests supporting events/initiatives to
provide the most exposure and engagement opportunity in alignment with the Community
Foundation’s strategic objectives.
 Develop alliances with community partners to further Community Foundation’s organizational
objectives and priorities.

Other Duties
· Please note that this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing
of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties,
responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Anti-Racism:
 Apply an equitable and anti-racist analysis to all functions to achieve organizational goals.
 Embrace, support, and integrate Community Foundation philosophies related to diversity,
inclusiveness, and anti-racism with a willingness to acknowledge and address other forms of bias.
 Ability to confront personal, individual, and internal systemic bias regarding race, age, gender,
gender- identity, sexual orientation, ability, etc., which will require sharing and discussing personal
identities related to the work environment.
 Ability to work and navigate emotionally taxing conversations related to power, privilege, racism,
and oppression on a regular basis.
 Must have strong emotional intelligence and resiliency skills to lead and/or actively participate in
advancing our work relative to racial, social, and economic justice.

 Support the mission, vision, and strategic goals, as a part of the Performance Excellence Model of
the Community Foundation, to serve both internal and external customers.
 Follow and support Community Foundation policies and procedures.
 Evaluate own performance and assumes responsibility for professional development.
 Embrace philosophy of one actively engaged in lifelong learning.
 Demonstrate and models Process documentation for clarity and consistency.
 Maintain current knowledge of all changes affecting area of work.
 Conduct self in a professional manner and follows and support the core values, commitments, and
 Maintain appropriate professional appearance and confidentiality.
 Actively represents KZCF at community-based meetings and events which may require evening and
weekend engagement throughout the year
 Actively participate in meetings, committees, and volunteer opportunities within the organization
 Apply an anti-racism analysis and engage with others in support of learning ways to advance
collective DEI understanding and skills.
 Participate as a team member utilizing a collaborative style to achieve mutual goals.
 Provide proactive, creative cross-functional thinking and ideas to enhance services to customers.
 Demonstrate ability to work effectively with others.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
 BA degree in communications, public relations, journalism or related field, or an equivalent
combination of training and relevant work experience
 Strong writing, storytelling and communications skills.
 Proven professional with 5 or more years of experience in the following areas:

o Journalism
o Corporate communications
o Crisis management communications
o Positioning and branding
 Creative problem solver and imaginative.
 Ability to bring focus and clarity to issues and identify accompanying solutions.
 Must be creative, flexible and highly organized and must have strong written and oral
communication skills; must have the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously; and the
ability to understand the products, services and mission of the organization.
 Effective and competent in personal abilities to guide and direct others.
 In-depth knowledge/understanding of computers including general business software (i.e. Microsoft
Office 365)
 Demonstrated ability to effectively interact, communicate, and collaborate with people from all
cultural backgrounds.
 Must have the ability, judgement, poise, and personal capabilities to build and maintain trust.
 Ability to work & navigate emotionally taxing conversations/contexts related to power, privilege,
racism, oppression with diverse stakeholder groups.

 Portfolio of applicable communications work from current or past employment (i.e. press releases,
print publications, blog articles, etc)
 Experience using Adobe Creative Cloud (i.e. InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
 A sense of aesthetics and a love for great copy and witty communication
Physical/Mental Requirements:
 While working virtually, must ensure remote environment has consistent access to high-speed
internet, generally free from distractions.
 Work in well-lit, pleasant, smoke-free office.
 Must be able to sit for long periods of time.
 Frequent requirement to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and
 Frequently involves extended workdays and periodically involves irregular work hours.
 Regular group and public speaking.
 Occasional travel and/or overnight work schedules.
 Requires attention to detail and ability to concentrate on figures, paperwork, data, etc.
 Frequent pressures related to meeting deadlines and fulfilling scheduling requirements.
 Frequent distracting influences such as people, phone calls, noise and so forth.
 Frequent simultaneous handling of multiple tasks and intermittent or cyclical work pressures.
 Occasionally requires on-call availability to handle work problems, emergencies/crisis situations etc.
 Occasional work at multiple sites or travel.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications
The Kalamazoo Community Foundation shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed),
gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation,
or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include hiring and termination of
staff, selecting volunteers, selecting vendors, and providing services.

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