- 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.
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.
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: 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.