The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a leading philanthropic force helping communities create the conditions children need to thrive and the nation’s fifth largest foundation, is seeking nominations and applications for a Program Officer with a focus on Battle Creek programming. In recent years the Foundation has sharpened its focus on improving conditions for vulnerable children, concentrating on three key factors of success and their intersections: education and learning; food, health and well-being; and family economic security. Across these three areas, they have committed to seek opportunities to promote racial equity and healing, build a critical mass of engaged volunteers, and expand the reach and influence of the philanthropic community.
Reporting to the State Director of Michigan Programs, the Program Officer will provide leadership and oversight for on-the-ground execution of programs that strive for educated, healthy kids and secure families within the Battle Creek community. S/he will screen and recommend grants for funding; conduct site visits; and manage and monitor a portfolio of grant programs aligned with the strategic framework, and collaborate with the other foundation program staff to foster a rigorous, inclusive, and interdisciplinary approach to grant-making. Maintaining strong, authentic relationships with grant seekers and grantees, the program officer will act as a spokesperson for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, effectively communicating the foundation’s goal of working with communities to improve the lives of their children.
The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree and substantial work experience in economic and/or community development as well as experience developing robust partnerships across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. A deep and comprehensive understanding of program design and development along with local, regional, and national networks of contacts is desired. S/he will bring the capacity, skill and hunger to assume leadership and management of a large body of work and foster trust, accountability, and mutual investment both internally and externally. Successful program officers at the Foundation are holistic and interdisciplinary thinkers with a current understanding of broad social and economic forces affecting communities and families, demonstrated ability to develop and implement impactful programs, and the skill to facilitate authentic, productive dialogue within diverse communities and settings.
APPLICATIONS AND NOMINATIONS
This search is being conducted with assistance from Allison Kupfer Poteet and Nureen Das of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group.
Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Nominations or applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), salary history and where you learned of the position should be sent to:
firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
More information about the W.K. Kellogg Foundation may be found at http://www.wkkf.org.