Career Opportunities

The Acton Institute an internationally recognized world class think tank, recently moved into its new home, the Acton Building located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan www.michigan.org.  We are situated at the corner of Fulton and Sheldon in the Heartside Community.

Acton is a non-profit educational organization and our mission is to promote a free society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles, learn more about us at www.acton.org and www.discoveracton.org.


Marketing & Film Promotion Specialist

We are seeking a Marketing & Film Promotion professional to join our talented team and leverage  Acton’s media products.  The right candidate for this integral role will ensure our media and film products reach their fullest potential by innovating and employing highly effective promotional and distribution methods, while building on our institutional brand and mission to help sustain our forward growth and vision.

The Marketing & Film Promotion Specialist is responsible to market and promote several of our media products including some of our more recent productions:  

  • Our most recent documentary, Poverty, Inc., the film’s balanced and principled approach has allowed it to flourish in the most unexpected places, and has earned over eight awards from national and international film festivals.
  • The PovertyCure DVD Series, a six-session curriculum designed for group and homeschool study, presents a detailed poverty elimination plan that promotes private property, the rule of law, limited government, free markets, and microfinance.
  • For the Life of the World: Letters to the Exiles, a ground breaking curriculum that explores our themes through the lens of Christian cultural engagement.  The film has been well received from the beginning and has continued tremendous potential, with over several hundred thousand online promo views, and favorable reviews in Christianity Today and other high-profile mediums.

These films are well-suited to university campuses; helping students to understand the need for liberty and its connection to virtue and personal responsibility.  As our Marketing & Film Promotion Specialist, you will be responsible to arrange and facilitate the film screenings of our media products on numerous college campuses across the country. This will also include creating a comprehensive promotional kit, including physical and digital resources that will help hosting universities and groups to inspire interest in advance of the film screenings.

Preferred candidates will possess:

  • Values consistent with the Acton Institute
  • Understanding of Acton’s Mission
  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field
  • 2+ years of product Marketing and Promotional experience
  • Professional decorum, business acumen, and a respectful demeanor at all times
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task in a  fast paced environment
  • Superb organizational and time management skills
  • Proficient Computer, Internet, technical and Social Media skills
  • A team player attitude and excellent ability to work well will all staff and colleagues
  • Desire to go the extra mile to see tasks and projects through
  • This role requires travel

If you are motivated by this opportunity and possess the desired skill sets, we encourage you to apply for this position and consider joining  Acton’s talented and dynamic team.

To be fully considered for this position please send a cover letter, your resume, and your salary history to: kabbs@acton.org.

Only candidates who submit a complete application with all of the required materials will be considered for this position.  

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview.


Radio Broadcast, Assistant Producer

We are currently seeking an Assistant Producer for our Radio Broadcast team http://radio.acton.org. In this position you will play a vital role in Acton Radio Broadcast to support our Executive Producer at the Acton Institute.  The ideal candidate is proficient to operate standard broadcast console, including “faders” or “pots”; will upload productions to appropriate FTP/Satellite servers or other distribution platforms; will protect any and all licenses owned by Acton Institute (FCC, music licenses, etc.), will successfully execute E-A-S tests, log transmitter readings and follow regulations and policies under the direction of the Executive Producer, with the ability to work in a fast paced, results-oriented fashion while demonstrating professional decorum at all times.

This is a part-time position and in this role you will work closely with the Executive Producer and/or Host and will work behind the scenes to perform assigned production duties, such as; recording, editing, adding “drops’, music beds, and actuarials to create a finished audio production, and other duties as assigned by the Executive Producer. This is not  an “on-air” position.

The preferred candidate will possess:

  • Understanding and appreciation for Acton’s mission
  • High School Diploma or GED at minimum
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative environment with a commitment to Acton’s core principles and vision
  • Prior experience in talk radio format preferred
  • Experience editing and producing long-form “live to tape” audio productions
  • Proficiency with digital audio and digital editing systems (Adobe Audition, Audacity)
  • Proficiency with FTP (File Transfer Protocol) and call screening software (Call Commander)
  • Computer proficiency and ability to use Windows and Linux-based systems and programs
  • Experience working with  broadcast automation systems
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) skills, attention to detail and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to handle confidential information discreetly

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit the following application materials:  a cover letter detailing your interest in this role and the mission of the Acton Institute; your resume; your salary history & expectations, and apply to: kabbs@acton.org  by January 17, 2015. 

Only candidates who submit a complete application with all of the required materials will be considered for this position. No phone calls please.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview.