Communications Coordinator, Council of Michigan Foundations

The Council of Michigan Foundations is a community of philanthropists committed to improving outcomes for Michigan and beyond. We are the nation’s foremost philanthropy serving organization, highly respected for our leadership role in advancing the sector’s public policy engagement. We maintain a reputation for excellence because our staff and the organizations we partner with are invested in growing the impact of Michigan philanthropy. We do this by investing in the state’s charitable organizations, convening business government and nonprofit leaders, collaborating on critical issues, seeking innovative solutions, sharing knowledge and advocating. Collectively, CMF members comprise nearly 85 percent of the state’s organized philanthropic assets. CMF trustees and members have developed endowment funds to support the organization’s advocacy efforts. 

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The Communications Coordinator, reports to the director of communications and leads content development and storytelling efforts on various platforms. The ideal candidate for this role will be located within Greater Grand Rapids / West Michigan. This role will be based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

  • Lead the department’s weekly editorial process to gather story ideas, write and produce CMF’s award-winning publication, “The Download.”
  • Monitor news and issues emerging as they relate to Michigan philanthropy.
  • Lead email marketing and communications for CMF events and special announcements.
  • Manage CMF’s email marketing platform, including data tracking.
  • Ensure content shared via CMF’s channels (online, print, social media, multimedia) is accurate, culturally competent, aligned with CMF’s brand and up to date.
  • Elevate CMF’s social media strategy through curating daily content, boosting engagement and managing CMF’s brand and presence on its social media channels.
  • Support the development of CMF’s marketing and promotional efforts of events including its Annual Conference.
  • Assist in the development of multimedia projects.
  • Attend special events to provide communications support.
  • Provide support for communications needs across the organization.
  • Provide content and editorial support to the director on large-scale communications publications and projects.
  • Other duties as assigned, which may include minimal administrative support.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A strong personal commitment to accuracy and excellence with particular attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience using e-marketing providers and/or Adobe Suite   
  • Experience using social media platforms at a professional level (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
  • Experience using video production tools preferred.
  • Early adapter and curious mind
  • High level of individual initiative and creativity; highly self-motivated
  • Ability to work with limited supervision and successfully within a team
  • Ability to be a creative problem solver
  • Ability to deal effectively and tactfully with a wide variety of individuals in person, on the telephone and in writing
  • Experience working with diverse populations and demonstrates a commitment to diversity in the workplace
  • Bachelor’s Degree with focus in communications or marketing discipline preferred
  • Minimum three years of relevant work experience
  • Experience managing multiple projects with many stakeholders
  • Experience in the philanthropic sector preferred, but not mandatory

 Physical and Mental Activities and Requirements:

  • While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel to perform the duties. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk around to perform the duties. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel or crouch. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.
  • The employee may operate any or all of the following: telephone, cellular telephone, copy and fax machine, imaging equipment, computer and printer.
  • This position may require travel by automobile and airplane.
  • This position requires the employee to make decisions in a timely manner and anticipate all of the potential ramifications of decisions made.
  • The employee must be ability to read, and interpret documents, understand/follow complex written and oral instructions, be able to express oneself clearly/concisely, perform mathematical functions and handle multiple, concurrent tasks.
  • This position requires regula and predictable attendance and cannot be performed remotely.
How To Apply: 

Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Tammie TenBroeke at [email protected]

Hiring Organization: 
Council of Michigan Foundation
Communications Coordinator
City and State: 
Grand Rapids, MI
Hiring Deadline: 
Until Filled

The Council of Michigan Foundations is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

All correspondence will remain confidential.

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