Communications Associate

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Company: Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
  • Location: Detroit, Michigan

The Opportunity

The New Economy Initiative (NEI) of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is seeking a Communications Associate.

The NEI Communications Associate is responsible for implementation of NEI related program communication, research, grant reviews, grant monitoring and assessment activities, along with support for program staff.


  • Assist the Executive Director in a communications strategy development that will increase entrepreneurial programs and knowledge
  • Develop and manage NEI’s internal and external communications activities and strategies with a focus on establishing key messages and strategies for reaching out to NEI’s various constituencies
  • Build and maintain a positive image of NEI through a comprehensive strategic communications program including print, broadcast and electronic publications, web 0 social networking and marketing, media and public relations, marketing and events
  • Assist the Executive Director and coordinates with Community Foundation staff in fund raising activities associated with NEI and in the preparation of reports and materials to funders and meet fundraising goals
  • Coordinate with Community Foundation staff to develop a brand and communication strategy for key NEI entrepreneurial initiatives. Articulate NEI’s desired image and position, ensure consistent communication of image and position to internal and external constituencies
  • Review, evaluate and manage NEI grant proposals including conducting background research, meeting with the organizations seeking grants, making site visits, preparing formal written reviews of grant applications, staffing volunteer advisory committees and, as appropriate, attend grantee and stakeholder meetings and related events
  • Work with team to develop new grantmaking projects, including conceptualizing new programs, writing funding proposals, and building collaborative relationships with colleagues in the field, volunteers, and community members, including potential funders
  • Represent NEI, its mission, and work in a variety of community settings and forums, and with a variety of community constituencies
  • Assist in preparing for and making NEI-related presentations; discussions with funders, collaborators, community groups, media and interested partners
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, related field or relevant work experience
  • Experience in project management with cross functional and complex projects
  • Experience delivering high-quality business communications (emails, blog posts, presentations).
  • Experience distilling complex technology or policy concepts into consumer language
  • Organized and detail oriented, capable of managing numerous projects and work streams end-to-end, with a keen sense of prioritization and proven to consistently produce high-level work
  • Working proficiency in G Suite (Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets) and Keynote
  • Working proficiency in Excel, Qualtrics, or related data analytics programs
  • Experience working in a collaborative environment where you must partner cross-functionally.

To Apply

Send your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Nancy Davies, Human Resources Director at


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