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Program Officer - Education and Learning

The foundation supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. The foundation’s integrated approach centers on whole child development – ensuring the emotional, social, cognitive, physical, cultural and civic development of young children, with a special emphasis on prenatal to age 8, within the context of families and communities.

Through technical, programmatic, and financial support, the foundation is currently partnering with hundreds of organizations to reach its goal of developing educated and healthy children who thrive in secure families and communities. The foundation approaches this work by employing “two-generation strategies,” recognizing that interventions in childrens’ lives have more enduring positive outcomes when the prospects for their parents’ lives are also improved.

Education/Experience

Serving under the direction of the director, the program officer is responsible for identifying and nurturing opportunities for affecting positive systemic change within communities, and executing programming efforts that are aligned with the organizational direction.

The program officer will work closely with other staff to ensure integration and coordination of efforts.

The prerequisites of the Program Officer position come from a combination of academic training and professional experience and include:

  • Master’s degree in a field relevant to assigned areas is preferred.
  • Minimum five years’ experience in fields relevant to assigned responsibilities. Preference for significant relevant work experience (8+ years) with strong networks and contacts, as well as a broad, generalist background with deep and comprehensive understanding of program design and development, systems, networking, and community change.
  • Evidence of effective work beyond areas of relevant field of practice and technical skills in one or more core programming areas (family economic security; food, health and well-being; education and learning; civic engagement; racial equity, etc.) that support the goal area/regional strategy are essential.
  • Successful experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds.

Additional Info

Technical skills:

  • Comfort with and ability to work effectively within communities, including appreciating historical contexts, discerning nuances of relationships and power dynamics, understanding racial/ethnic realities and respecting community needs and desires.
  • Accurate and current knowledge about trends, movements, and developing policy to stimulate appropriate programming directions and capitalize on emerging opportunities.
  • Understanding of broad social and economic forces that affect communities and families and shape programming efforts.
  • Ability to translate concept to action; entrepreneurial nature.
  • Problem solving skills, including the ability to develop novel approaches to generate solutions.
  • Sound judgment and the ability to make complex, multidimensional decisions based on both facts and experience.
  • Thorough knowledge and grasp of systems change and the ability to identify and orchestrate the levers of change.
  • Innovation orientation.
  • Organization, administrative and management skills.
  • Organizational savvy and constructive political skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate knowledge and learning.

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How to Apply

Submit resume electronically to:
WKKFProgramOfficer@polihire.com
Mr. Kenyatta Uzzell
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20004
(202) 204-3003

Program Officer - Racial Equity

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 program officer in the area of Racial Equity. 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 & Learning; Food, Health and Well-Being; and Family Economic Security. Given that a disproportionate number of vulnerable children in our society are children of color, as a consequence of both the legacy of this nation’s history of racial oppression and the structural racism that continues to permeate systems and institutions, both racial healing work and the dismantling of structural racism are key ingredients in any effort to, as the foundation’s mission statement reads, “propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.” Thus, the foundation has made a commitment to being an effective anti-racist organization and to working to achieve racial equity.

Education/Experience

  • The ideal candidate will be first and foremost committed to the foundation’s mission and will have an exceptionally strong, nuanced, and current understanding of complex psychological and inter-personal dynamics, as well as a working knowledge of the broad systemic forces at work in racial healing, structural racism and narrative change. S/he will be distinguished in a relevant field of practice, with a strong team orientation, a high tolerance for ambiguity, the ability to adapt quickly to change, and success working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds. An advanced degree in a relevant field is preferred.
  • Significant work experience (five years minimum, eight + years preferred) in fields relevant to the responsibilities outlined above, with strong networks and contacts, as well as a broad, generalist background with deep and comprehensive understanding of program design and development, systems, network building, and community change;
  • Demonstrated application of holistic and multi-dimensional concepts and approaches to leadership development, as well as organizational or community change;
  • Accurate and current knowledge about trends, movements, and policy development to stimulate appropriate programming directions and capitalize on emerging opportunities in the areas of racial healing and reconciliation, and the dismantling of structural racism; an entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to translate these concepts to action;
  • Evidence of effective work beyond areas of relevant field of practice and technical skills in one or more core programming areas (e.g., measurement and accountability, media strategy, systems change, community organizing) that support the goal area/regional strategy are essential;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement programs that have impact. The ability to think globally while working locally, representing WKKF to a variety of stakeholders and intermediaries in a credible and influential way and with a selfless manner focusing on values and the greater good;
  • Comfort with and the ability to work effectively within communities, including appreciating historical contexts, discerning nuances of relationships and power dynamics, understanding racial/ethnic realities, and respecting community needs and desires;
  • Successful experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds. Willingness to set aside a personal agenda in favor of organizational and/or community goals and objectives;
  • Strong relationship building and communication skills; the ability to have authentic dialogue around sensitive issues including funding priorities, WKKF expectations, and community concerns. Highly developed emotional intelligence and active listening skills, and the ability to use interpersonal and political skills in collaborative, diplomatic ways;
  • Thorough knowledge and grasp of systems change and the ability to identify and orchestrate the levers of change; sound judgment and the ability to make complex, multi-dimensional decisions based on both facts and experience;
  • Excellent writing, editing, analytical, and oral communication skills including the ability to collect, review, synthesize, and present information and findings;
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines within designated timeframes, and demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities. Strong organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail with the ability to work both independently without close oversight, take initiative, and contribute ideas for enhancing performance;
  • An optimistic outlook and the humor, integrity, and patience necessary to work within a transformative environment; and
  • The ability and willingness to travel.

Additional Info

The new program officer will identify and nurture opportunities to support locally-driven racial healing efforts and positive systems change within communities and will execute programming efforts that are aligned with the organizational direction and strategy. S/he will lead and oversee on-the-ground execution of program efforts in the area of Racial Equity, including: screening and recommending grants for funding; preparing funding documents; conducting site visits; managing and monitoring a grant portfolio; and providing high-level technical assistance to grantees, including consultation on model development, partnership negotiations, leadership capacity building, and coaching. The Program Officer will also develop and maintain strategic external partnerships with colleague foundations, businesses, governmental agencies, and other key decision-makers to further the foundation’s mission to bring sustainable improvement to communities. The ideal candidate will be a holistic and interdisciplinary thinker firmly committed to the foundation’s mission and will have a current understanding of broad social and economic forces affecting communities and families, demonstrated ability to develop and implement impactful programs, and success facilitating authentic, productive dialogue within diverse communities and settings. S/he will be able to translate concept into action, stimulating direction for the program that capitalizes upon emerging opportunities. S/he will be distinguished in a field of practice relevant to addressing racial healing and equity issues and will possess a strong team orientation, a tolerance for ambiguity, the ability to adapt quickly to change, and the skill to work effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds.

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How to Apply

The search is being assisted by Allison Kupfer Poteet and Erica Nicole Griffin of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 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: wkkf-pore@nonprofitprofessionals.com. 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.

Program Officer - Community Engagement and Leadership

Under the leadership of the Director of Community Engagement and Leadership and working with a dedicated and highly-talented team, the Program Officer will manage this exceptional fellowship program for individuals who can be catalytic actors. S/he will oversee the on-the-ground execution of the fellowship curriculum and programming including: coordinating leadership development sessions, managing external vendors and consultants, and providing individual and group support to fellows in the pursuit of social change. The Program Officer will develop and support strategic communication to stakeholders, sharing critical information about the fellowship internally and externally to engage them in the work of the fellowship. S/he will serve as an ambassador, building extensive internal and external community networks, strengthening relationships within communities, leveraging a distinguished and high profile group of former fellows to inspire and nominate new leaders, and working across WKKF teams to further collaboration. The Program Officer will help build metrics and mechanisms for continuous improvement within the program, analyzing and evaluating information and situations to strengthen the curriculum and grow programmatic impact. Through these efforts, s/he will foster the development of social change agents in a community-grounded context to make meaningful and sustainable community transformation.

Education/Experience

  • Master’s degree in a field relevant to assigned areas is preferred.
  • Minimum five years’ experience in fields relevant to assigned responsibilities. Preference for significant relevant work experience (8+ years) with strong networks and contacts, as well as a broad, generalist background with deep and comprehensive understanding of program design and development, systems, networking, and community change.
  • Evidence of effective work beyond areas of relevant field of practice and technical skills in one or more core programming areas (family economic security; food, health and well-being; education and learning; civic engagement; racial equity, etc.) that support the goal area/regional strategy are essential.
  • Experience working effectively with diverse populations, including multi-ethnic groups and economically diverse communities and individuals.
  • Must have or be willing to build strong networks and relationship within the WKKF Community Leadership Network Fellowship Program.
  • Represent the director and the Community Leadership Network Fellowship Program when needed or requested.

Additional Info

The ideal candidate will be a holistic and entrepreneurial thinker. S/he must be firmly committed to the foundation’s mission and will have an understanding of the broad social and economic forces affecting communities and families, demonstrated knowledge of best practices in leadership development and network strategy, and success facilitating authentic, productive dialogue within diverse communities and settings. S/he will have experience managing best-in-class leadership and/or fellowship programs, ideally in a community-based context, and will have strong networks in the leadership development field. S/he will bring a significant set of skills in strategic communication, translating concept into action and building meaningful relationships with persons from diverse cultural, social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds. S/he will be an outstanding writer and communicator and will possess a strong team orientation, a high tolerance for ambiguity, the ability to adapt quickly to change, and the maturity and humility to learn from a variety of stakeholders and partners.

Download executive summary

How to Apply

The search committee is being assisted by Katherine Jacobs, Callie Carroll, and Erica Nicole Griffin of the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group. 

Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 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: wkkf-pocel@nonprofitprofessionals.com. 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.

Planning, Evaluation and Research (PER) Officer

Serving under the leadership of the director of evaluation, the PER Officer is responsible for designing, leading and supporting mission oriented planning, research, and evaluation activities.

Education/Experience

  • Master’s degree is required. Preference will be given to individuals with graduate degrees in program evaluation or applied social science.
  • Experience in the philanthropic or nonprofit sector is preferred.
  • Significant work experience (8-10 years) and strong networks in fields relevant to assigned responsibilities 
  • Track record of creating and implementing new learning and evaluation methods of practice.
  • Successful experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds.

Additional Info

Download executive summary

How to Apply

This search is being conducted with the assistance of Allison Kupfer Poteet and Callie Carroll of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 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: wkkf-pero@nonprofitprofessionals.com. 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.

Communications Manager

Serving under the direction of the communications officer, the communications manager is responsible for planning, executing, monitoring, assessing and adjusting communications work in support of WKKF programs to strengthen the foundation’s overall efforts in support of its mission.

Education/Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (communications, marketing, journalism, English) required.  Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Five to seven years of internal/external communications experience gained through working in one or more of the following organizations, e.g., agency, corporation and/or large non-profit institution.
  • Experience leading communications efforts focused on setting and achieving defined goals and objectives across a broad range of strategic communications initiatives and programs in a complex organization.
  • Experience working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds.

How to Apply

The foundation is partnering with an executive search firm to fill this position. Please submit all application materials, including a letter of application and resume in confidence to:

Beth Hare
Criterion Search Group, Inc.
hare@criterionsg.com
www.criterionsg.com
610 581 0590 phone

More Hiring Information

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

WKKF is an Equal Opportunity Employer and shall continue to adhere to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity to ensure that all applicants and employees are considered for hire, promotion, position status and other employment actions without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, gender, handicap, genetic information or veteran status.

Total Rewards Statement: To support our employees and their families, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation offers a total rewards package comprised of competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. The cafeteria style benefits package includes choices of affordable medical and dental plans designed to meet individuals’ varying needs, disability and life insurance programs, health and dependent care reimbursement accounts, broad retirement benefits and a generous number of paid holiday and vacation days. Additionally, the foundation provides for personal and professional growth through an educational reimbursement program, opportunities for professional recognition and development and work-life balance and wellness programs.

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