Communications Manager

Kalamazoo College is a community of students, faculty, staff and alumni who are committed to making an exceptional place to learn, live, and work. Kalamazoo College is committed to a sense of belonging and strives to support inclusivity. Individuals who share similar commitments are invited to apply for employment.

The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership (ACSJL) is looking for an exceptional digital organizer with strong communications and public relations skills. The person who fills this role will join a dynamic and collaborative team. The role will serve as the primary lead on developing the ACSJL’s social media and e-communications strategy and its implementation. This role will be expected to engage with community, campus, national, and global partners. The ideal candidate will possess background and expertise in social justice.

The Communications Manager will oversee digital and external-facing written communications for the Arcus Center for ACSJL. This position will serve as the primary lead in developing and implementing the ACSJL’s social media and broader communications strategy which should include content creation that builds upon the ACSJL’s ongoing programming and educates the ACSJL’s network and communities on pressing social justice issues in line with the Center’s mission and goals. The Communications Manager is responsible for maintaining the ACSJL’s online presence including: website, e-newsletter, social media and podcast platforms. The Communications Manager will also be expected to raise awareness broadly about the ACSJL and its work, while fostering online community and engagement on behalf of the ACSJL and in service of its mission.

The mission of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College is to develop and sustain leaders in human rights and social justice through education and capacity-building. We envision a campus and world where: every person’s life is equally valued, the inherent dignity of all people is recognized, the opportunity to develop one’s full potential is available to every person, and systematic discrimination and structural inequities have been eradicated.

Ongoing responsibilities include:

-Creating promotional materials such as: flyers, social media graphics, website content, and mass email messages, etc

-Documenting and communicating the impact of ACSJL’s events and programs

-Update and organize website content

-Manage social media accounts and build community

-Develop social media content in line with the ACSJL’s strategic goals and priorities

-Lead the development and implementation of ACSJL’s social media strategy

-Analyze social media/online engagement metrics and strategize ways to increase engagement and traction

-Work collaboratively with Executive Director and ACSJL Team to develop new and strengthen existing programs and events

-Create, Write, and maintain a social media calendar

-Co-strategize social media campaigns that broaden awareness of key social justice issues and increase visibility for ACSJL’s work, and encourage engagement with the center’s programming

-Prepare and send regular E-newsletter

-Provide direction and guidance to student workers to support in the implementation of overall social media and communications strategy.

-Provide support as necessary to ongoing work of the ACSJL


The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications or a related field with a minimum of 3 years of professional experience. An extensive portfolio demonstrating the ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the role may be accepted in lieu of a Bachelor’s Degree. The position requires extensive experience with and knowledge of social justice issues and activism. Community organizing, policy advocacy, and/or movement-building experience is highly desired. Please submit a cover letter with resume and application.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

-The ability to be a dynamic and collaborative team player

-The ability to be an inclusive and compassionate leader

-Strong project management and organizational skills

-Extensive knowledge of social media platforms, Campaign Monitor, Canva, and Microsoft Suite

-The ability to successfully manage multiple projects and priorities

-The ability to foster and maintain strong relationships with multiple constituencies

-Flexibility to work some nights and weekends; occasional travel is required

-The ability to pay attention to detail in a fast-paced environment

Kalamazoo College is a selective, nationally known liberal arts college offering students a personalized, integrated undergraduate experience known as the K-Plan that interweaves a traditional liberal arts curriculum with individualized research and experiential educational experiences in both domestic and international settings. Founded in 1833, Kalamazoo College is one of 40 dynamic Colleges That Change Lives, a group of 40 colleges that excel at developing potential, values and initiative, and provide the foundation for success beyond college. The campus is located midway between Chicago and Detroit in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a metropolitan community of 225,000 that supports four college and university campuses along with numerous civic arts and cultural associations. Thirty-five miles from Lake Michigan, the area offers many opportunities for outdoor activities.

An equal opportunity employer, Kalamazoo College is committed to equal rights, equal opportunities, and equal protection under the law.  The College administers its programs without regard to race, creed, religion, age, sex, national origin, height, weight, marital status, physical disability as protected by law, or sexual orientation.  The College’s definition of sexual orientation proscribes discrimination based on a person’s sexuality, or gender identity, actual or presumed.