Detroit Zoological Society
  • Communications
  • Royal Oak, MI, USA
  • Hourly
  • Part-time

The Social Media Coordinator, under supervision of the Communications Manager, advances the Detroit Zoological Society's mission and vision by supporting the management of social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube). The Social Media Specialist will be responsible for assisting with the creation of high-quality, consistent and engaging social media content that aligns with the organization's mission; conducting regular platform analyses; monitoring feeds and comments of all platforms; developing responses to inquiries; analyzing data and metrics to gain insight on effective strategies, results and demographics; formulating strategies that optimize each platform to increase content visibility; and identifying new opportunities for engagement including emerging platforms and participation in viral campaigns. This individual will report to the Communications Manager, effectively executing and managing all requests that align with the organization's mission and goals of the department. 

The Social Media Coordinator will support, both publicly and privately, the principles of the Detroit Zoological Society. This individual will support and enhance a clean, safe, enjoyable, and educational experience at the Detroit Zoological Society by actively engaging in the enforcement of Customer Service Standards, and specifically by knowing and understanding the Detroit Zoological Society's "SCOPE" of service, animal care, community relations and facility appearance guidelines; by enforcing safety and security policies, and following all other policies set by the organization. The Social Media Coordinator will maintain a professional manner when dealing with all constituents and always preserve a high level of integrity, professionalism and confidentiality. 

This job description is by no means all-inclusive and may be subject to change during a performance period due to the needs of the Detroit Zoological Society and its leadership. This document will be reviewed on a continual basis and will be modified as needed. 

Authority and Accountability

The Social Media Coordinator has the authority to carry out the job requirements and responsibilities. This individual is accountable to the Communications Manager.  

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Makes recommendations for high-quality, engaging social media content that aligns with the Detroit Zoological Society's mission and vision 
  • Monitors social media platforms, feeds, posts and comments, and proposes responses to inquiries where appropriate
  • Provides input for strategies that optimize and increase the DZS's visibility online 
  • Conducts regular platform analyses to monitor changing trends and algorithms
  • Identifies new opportunities for engagement, including emerging platforms and participation in viral campaigns 

Working Conditions

Work is performed indoors in a typical office or remote environment. Flexibility and availability to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends as needed to perform job requirements. May be outdoors, with exposure to all seasonal weather conditions. Frequent exposure to the public through online communication. 

Physical Requirements

Able to perform essential functions which typically involve seeing well enough to read standard text, often on video display monitors; speaking, lecturing and giving clear instructions; standing or walking to guide small and large groups. Must be able to lift and carry up to 20 pounds. 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


  • Bachelor's degree in public relations, marketing, communications or related field 
  • 2+ years' professional experience in social media and digital marketing 
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills (including a strong understanding of AP Style) 
  • Photography, videography and photo/video editing skills 
  • High proficiency in social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, as well as content management systems and social analytics tools 
  • Experience in the development, execution and analysis of social media campaigns 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively on a fast-paced team 
  • Strong time-management and organizational skills 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines 
  • Customer service skills 
  • Impeccable attention to detail 
  • Flexibility and availability to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends as needed to perform job requirements


Note: This is a part-time position - minimum of 24 hours/week, maximum of 29 hours/week. Salary requirements must be submitted to be considered for this position

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