Communications Officer, Thought Leadership (Assigned to the Battle Creek Foundation office)

Communications officers at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation are responsible for managing communication projects that support an assigned body of work; collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to design, plan and implement strategic communications campaigns and projects; managing communications; and identifying and nurturing opportunities for affecting positive systemic change within communities. The communications officer, thought leadership will conduct research and write primarily for the president and CEO, including speeches, talking points, op-eds, quotes, etc., while also lending expertise and support to the entire executive council to position foundation executives as thought leaders and skillful communicators through a proactive and compelling narrative strategy.


  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, journalism, English or other field relevant to assigned area is required; Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Minimum seven years’ related work experience creating and managing objective-focused communications content (for both internal/employee-focused and external audiences) for executive and organizational visibility and thought leadership platforms and related project management required. Preference for significant relevant work experience (10-12+ years) with strong networks and contacts.
  • Foundation or nonprofit experience preferred.
  • Ability to work effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Experience working in a high performing and agile organization with a team-oriented culture.
  • Demonstrated ability to write effectively for diverse audiences, including funders, grantees, business and community leaders, media, policymakers, influencers, employees and general public. Understanding of how to translate policy and advocacy agendas into compelling content that urges others to take action.
  • Exceptional communication skills (written and verbal) with evidence of proficiency in writing in particular (to include short analytic communications, interviewing and listening, narrative/storytelling in a range of forms, media outreach).

Additional Info

  • Develop a thought leadership strategy that defines narrative focus and advances the critical work of the foundation, identifying key audiences, key venues and key messages to tell our story and inspire action.
  • Steward the Office of the President and the executive council in the execution of this thought leadership strategy, providing editorial and content development support and ensuring a high, consistent level of editorial excellence and quality of communications.
  • Maintain a speakers bureau for foundation leadership, identifying opportunities at national, local and sector conferences to showcase the thought leadership and vision of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Work with event organizers to identify appropriate platforms and execute communications surrounding each opportunity. Develop a master editorial calendar of secured and pending speaking opportunities and proactively identify support needs for success (i.e. scripted remarks, speeches, bios, program copy, etc.).
  • Provide support to WKKF president and CEO and executives in advance preparations and onsite or virtually during speaking engagements.

How to Apply

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applicant materials will begin immediately and continue until a finalist candidate has been identified.

APPLICATIONS/NOMINATIONS PROCESS: The foundation is partnering with an executive search firm, Koya Partners, to fill this position. Please submit all nominations, inquiries and/or application materials, including a letter of application, resume and a list of references in confidence to the link below:

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

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