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 nearly $450 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 2014 and again in 2015, 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.

Current Opening

Communications Manager, The Learning Network

The deadline to apply for this position was Sunday, October 18. If you applied and have questions about your application, you may call 269.381.4416 or email

We’re looking for a communications multi-tasker to join our team as the Communications Manager for The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo. If you love where you live, are passionate about the power of education and thrive in a fast paced environment, read on.

The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo — the Community Foundation’s “cradle to career” education initiative — is a dynamic collaboration of people and organizations who are committed to transforming how people who live in Kalamazoo County are prepared for lifelong success.

Who we are looking for

We need a confident, positive, energetic communications professional who is well versed in all aspects of communication strategies and tactics.  Someone who can create and implement a communications plan, ensuring that all communications and collateral materials are compelling, effective, and represent our mission and vision.  Someone who will create persuasive, relevant, and accurate communications materials that will introduce The Learning Network, engage community members, and build community support for the effort.

What you’ll do

You will be the point person for all Learning Network communications. That said, you will wear a few different hats:

Hat 1: Communications Manager

  • Manage production of communications activities and events.
  • Oversee the production of print publications and coordinate their release.
  • Project manager overseeing the work and deadlines of communication consultants.

Hat 2: Story Teller

  • Capture compelling success stories to build community awareness and support for The Learning Network.
  • Generate ideas for timely blog-posts, op-eds and press releases.

Hat 3: Social/Digital Media Guru

  • Oversee the compilation and release of our monthly e-newsletter.
  • Continuously improve our social media presence and ensure the media channels are kept up to date with rich, timely content. 
  • Generate ideas for charts, infographics, maps and other visualizations that enhance our ability to communicate complex ideas.

What you need to do the work


  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent and three to five years of experience in a communications, public relations or journalist role.
  • Knowledge and ability to execute current trends in digital and social media.
  • Excellent project management skills; including ability to meet strict deadlines; and hold others accountable.
  • Strong editing skills and attention to detail, and the ability to manage complex operations in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an aptitude for managing key relationships and setting expectations with tact and diplomacy.
  • A good sense of humor.
  • A passion for public education and commitment to justice and equity for people of all ethnicities, races, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, economic circumstances, physical and mental abilities and characteristics, and philosophies.  

What we offer

  • A competitive salary and benefits package;
  • A team-oriented, performance excellence culture;
  • Opportunities to grow and advance;
  • Really cool office space;
  • A chance to be in the center of educational transformation in Kalamazoo County; and
  • A real opportunity to help people in Kalamazoo County reach their full potential.

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