Here at the Community Foundation we are a team of people who love where we live and love what we do. We give back to Kalamazoo County by investing in people and programs that will help create a community where every person can reach full potential.

Established in 1925, we are one of the oldest and most successful community foundations in the country. With assets of about $426 million, each year we and our donors invest about $15 million in the community in the form of grants to nonprofit organizations.

Located in Southwest Michigan (about two hours northeast of Chicago and two hours southwest of Detroit), the Kalamazoo Community Foundation offers a competitive benefits package; team-oriented, performance excellence culture; and unlimited opportunities to make life in Kalamazoo County better for everyone. In 2017 – for the fourth year in a row – we were named one of West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.

We believe the strength of our organization depends on our commitment to value, respect and embrace diversity, and we look forward to hearing from talented people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and perspectives. We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to demonstrate our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in all of our policies, procedures and practices.

Unfortunately, we don't have any career opportunities available right now. However, we're always interested in hearing from talented people. If you would like to send us a résumé, please do so. We also suggest that you keep an eye on this page or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Current Opportunity


Director, Marketing Communications

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation is looking for a proactive leader with a collaborative style to serve as a member of its Strategy and Leadership Team; lead its Marketing Communications Team; design, direct, implement and evaluate a comprehensive and strategic marketing communications program; and support the mission, vision and values of the Community Foundation.

What you'll do

  • Organizational Leadership  As a member of the Community Foundation’s Strategy and Leadership Team, you’ll use your knowledge and experience to help make organizational decisions that align with the Community Foundation’s priorities and values, develop experiences that build the intercultural competency of the Community Foundation team and community partners; and lead internal cross-functional teams. You’ll also play a key role in strategic planning, and program and policy design and evaluation.
  • Team Leadership  As the leader of the Community Foundation’s Marketing Communications Team, you’ll supervise staff to ensure performance excellence, alignment and integration with the organization as a whole. For the team and its individual members, you’ll plan and review work, establish priorities, supervise projects, conduct performance evaluations and provide job coaching.
  • Oversight  You’ll create, disseminate and ensure the quality and continuity of the Community Foundation’s messaging, brand and products; develop and execute external and internal communications plans to support organizational strategies; and ensure messaging is accurate, culturally competent and meets organizational brand identity standards.
  • Communications  You’ll translate complex subject matter into messages for multiple internal and external audiences, support the president/CEO in developing and executing consistent internal communications, develop impact stories to highlight the organization's work in the community, support communications strategies for the organization’s grantmaking and leadership initiatives, coordinate and oversee public relations activities and perform crisis management public relations duties as needed. You will serve as the organization’s primary spokesperson.
  • Marketing  You’ll develop strategies to market the Community Foundation by creating clear, consistent and culturally competent messages based on the organization’s brand and value propositions, lead strategies that will empower the Community Foundation to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted audiences, and support engagement strategies with key stakeholders to advance fundraising and donor cultivation.
  • Branding  You’ll be responsible for overseeing the master branding plan across all organization communications channels including content for the website, social media and publications.
  • Evaluation  You’ll develop and implement tracking and survey methods to assess image/brand awareness and perceptions; conduct return-on-investment analysis and provide detailed reports of communications activities; and achieve marketing communications goals by setting objectives and priorities for staff, holding staff accountable and monitoring and evaluating results.

The qualifications you need


  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, public relations, journalism or related field, or an equivalent combination of training and relevant work experience;
  • Proven professional with five or more years of experience in leading sophisticated communications strategies;
  • Strong cultural competence and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to adapt messages to diverse audiences with credibility and relevance;
  • Creative problem solver;
  • Imaginative;
  • Complex problem-solving abilities;
  • Effective in guiding and directing others; and
  • A love of Kalamazoo County and a strong desire to make it a place where every person can reach full potential.


  • Three or more years experience in philanthropy and/or the nonprofit sector working on communications, public relations, marketing or development at local, regional, state or national level; and
  • In-depth knowledge/understanding of computers including general business software such as the Microsoft Office Suite. 

What we offer

  • A competitive salary and benefits package;
  • A team-oriented, performance excellence culture; and
  • A fantastic work environment.

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How to apply

Applications are submitted online. Click on the blue Apply Now button below to submit the application by 5 p.m. EST on Monday, October 16, 2017. You will be asked to upload your cover letter and résumé to the online application.

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If you do not have access to a computer, you may make arrangements to use a computer here at the Community Foundation between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on any week day. The following organizations also have computers available for public use.

Michigan Works
1601 South Burdick Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Kalamazoo Public Library
315 South Rose Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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