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Communications Officer (Program Communications) based in Jackson, MS, New Orleans, LA, or hybrid opportunities also available based in Battle Creek, MI

Communications officers at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation are responsible for developing and implementing a strategic communication plan in support of an assigned body of work, including collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to design, plan and implement campaigns and projects; cultivating media relationships; managing the organization’s reputation and brand; and identifying and nurturing opportunities for affecting positive systemic change within communities.


  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, journalism, English or other field relevant to assigned area is required; master’s degree is preferred.
  • Minimum five years’ related work experience creating and managing objective-focused communications content (for both internal/employee-focused and external audiences) for online, social, and traditional media and related project management required. Preference for significant relevant work experience (8-12+ years) with strong networks and contacts.
  • Foundation or nonprofit experience preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish or Vietnamese preferred.
  • Ability to work effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds.

Additional Info

The salary range for this position is $124,300 – $170,900. Actual starting salary of candidate will be commensurate with years, breadth, and depth of relevant experience, education, certifications, credentials, special skills, accomplishments, and other factors relevant to the position.

  • Experience working on topics related to the Mississippi and New Orleans areas, strongly preferred.
  • Exceptional communication skills (written and verbal) with evidence of proficiency in writing (to include short analytic communications, interviewing and listening, narrative/storytelling in a range of forms, media outreach).
  • Strong real-time analytic capabilities in all phases of communication work (related to audience analysis, understanding context, connecting relevant information, message development, assessing results, debriefing and adaptation).
  • Effective and collaborative interpersonal skills to work with staff at all levels of the organization and with a range of external stakeholders.
  • Strong independent problem-solving skills, including strategic curiosity, the ability to pose questions and the tenacity to find answers.
  • Strong, demonstrated interpersonal and relationship-building skills, including social intelligence, the discipline to work independently and to flexibly step into team roles as needed – as leaders, partners, or project managers. Eagerness to be proximate to the work and develop authentic relationships within communities.
  • Willingness to adapt and a deep desire to learn.

Download the internal and external job descriptions.

How to Apply

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applicant materials will begin immediately and continue until finalist candidates have been identified.

APPLICATIONS/NOMINATIONS PROCESS:  We are partnering with Koya Partners/Diversified Search Group to assist with this search. Please submit all nominations, inquiries and/or application materials, including a letter of application, resume and a list of references in confidence to Koya Partners/Diversified Search Group at the following link: https://talent-profile.diversifiedsearchgroup.com/search/v2/21053.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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