Communications Officer — Civil Society

  • Date Posted
  • Department Communications
  • Location Flint, Michigan

About the Communications Officer position

If you want to spend your time and talent working to foster engaged, empowered and equitable communities throughout the world, this may be the job for you.

The Mott Foundation seeks a communications officer who will develop and implement communications strategies to support and advance the work of the Foundation and our Civil Society program. The communications officer will report to the vice president of communications. This hybrid position is based at the Foundation’s headquarters in Flint, Michigan, with some remote work.


  • Identify strategic communications opportunities in concert with the Civil Society program team.
  • Lead the planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of communications activities.
  • Assist the Foundation in monitoring and, when appropriate, responding to issues of potential public, government, and media interest and impact.
  • Assist the Foundation’s grantees, when appropriate, in communicating about their Mott-funded programs and initiatives.
  • Lead the development of compelling content in various formats — text, photos, video, graphics, etc. — for multiple audiences and uses, including the Foundation’s website and social media.
  • Assist in the development of materials presented to external and internal audiences, including the Foundation’s board of trustees.
  • Identify and respond to other program team communications needs.
  • Coordinate and oversee the work of freelance writers, videographers and other vendors working on projects for the Foundation.
  • Regularly share knowledge, strategies and results of communications efforts with colleagues.
  • Collaborate on Foundation-wide projects led by the Communications Department, such as our annual report and communications related to our forthcoming 100th anniversary.


You may be a strong candidate if you have the following attributes:

  • You’re able to think strategically and execute on strategy.
  • You have outstanding written and verbal communications skills.
  • You’re comfortable interacting with and presenting to internal and external audiences at all levels.
  • You work collaboratively, building relationships, trust and credibility along the way.
  • You’re a self-starter, capable of working on multiple tasks on deadline and under pressure.
  • You work well in a fluid environment where priorities may change quickly.
  • You would welcome feedback to improve the effectiveness of your work and that of the Communications Department, and to strengthen the Mott Foundation’s overall impact.

Qualifications and requirements

  • A degree in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism or a related field.
  • Ten years of experience in communications. Experience in philanthropic and/or public interest communications is preferred.
  • Preference may be given to candidates with prior experience in communications related to civil society work.
  • The position requires an on-site presence in the Flint office Monday through Thursday, with the option to work remotely on Friday. Employees may flex their hours earlier in the week to work a half day on Friday, and they also have an additional bank of remote-work days each year.
  • The position requires occasional travel in the U.S. and abroad.

How to apply for this position

To apply, please email your resume to Emma Mitchell at Scion Staffing, Inc. at

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage interested parties to apply as soon as possible.

About the Mott Foundation

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, established in 1926 in Flint, Michigan, by an automotive pioneer, is a private philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society. It supports nonprofit programs throughout the United States and, on a limited basis, internationally. Grantmaking is focused in four programs: Civil Society, Education, Environment and Flint Area. In addition to Flint, offices are located in metropolitan Detroit, Johannesburg and London. In 2022, the Foundation made 385 grants totaling more than $187 million and had year-end assets of nearly $3.7 billion. For more information, visit

The Mott Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity of thinking, background and perspective among its staff. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

This position offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, as well as generous benefits and retirement plans.