Detroit, MI

Communications Officer, The Skillman Foundation

The Organization


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.

Position Overview

WHO YOU ARE: 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.


  • 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.


Storytelling  – Produces articles, blogs, videos, and other multimedia content to inform, inspire, and influence

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

Social Media – Devises and executes audience and content strategies

  • Leverages each platforms’ medium and optimal demographic/audience to influence and engage
  • Amplifies youth voice
  • Showcases the work of the Foundation’s partners
  • Builds the Foundation’s reputation
  • Sets and achieves engagement goals

Website – Devises and executes audience and content strategy

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

Email Marketing  – Builds and maintains outreach list(s) and produces the Foundation’s monthly eblast (newsletter), grant partner updates, letters from the president, and other email content for targeted and mass audiences

  • Sets and achieves 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


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.

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