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Position opportunities at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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Meeting Planner

Provide services to Kellogg Foundation leadership and staff in planning and implementing internal and external events, including networking meetings, convenings and other foundation-sponsored activities. Meeting planning services include locating sites, negotiating rates, and managing all logistics, on-site arrangements, and related contracts.

Education/Experience

  • Associate’s degree in hospitality management, business, or related field required; bachelor’s degree preferred. Minimum five to eight year’s previous meeting planning/management experience.
  • Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation required.
  • Approximately 30 percent travel time required.
  • Experience working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds.

Additional Info

  • Strong team-building, conflict resolution and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to use interpersonal skills with diplomacy.
  • Highly developed customer service skills; responsiveness and resourcefulness.

How to Apply

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Program Officer (Mississippi/New Orleans)

Serving under the direction of the director of or VP for program strategy, 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.

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.
  • Successful experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Team building capabilities within WKKF and in communities.

Additional Info

  • Knowledge of issues and communities in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and the region.
  • Experience with state and local policy development and with policy issues affecting families with children.
  • Familiarity with legislative and regulatory processes.
  • Relevant work experience in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and the region.

How to Apply

The foundation will be partnering with an executive search firm to fill this position. Review of applicant materials will continue until finalist candidates have been identified. Please submit all nominations, inquiries and/or application materials, including a letter of application, resume and a list of references in confidence to:

Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group
WKKF-MSPO@nonprofitprofessionals.com

Program Manager for Mississippi/New Orleans

Provide coordination and leadership support to grant making activities, including the processing and tracking of grants made by the organization; obtaining, maintaining, and analysis of reports; and working both internally with Programming areas, and other departments, as well as externally with grantees to provide excellent customer service with an overall focus on moving grant work through the process efficiently and effectively.

Education/Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to assigned areas is required.
  • Minimum three years’ experience in fields relevant to assigned responsibilities.
  • Foundation or nonprofit experience preferred.
  • Experience working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.

Additional Info

  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships and act as liaison between the MS/NOLA place-based office, Battle Creek headquarters and external stakeholders (estimate approximately 30 percent of time will be spent in liaison/office support role).
  • Provide information, on behalf of the director, in response to internal and external written and/or telephone requests.

How to Apply

The foundation will be partnering with an executive search firm to fill this position. Review of applicant materials will continue until finalist candidates have been identified. Please submit all nominations, inquiries and/or application materials, including a letter of application, resume and a list of references in confidence to:

Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group:
WKKF-MSPM@nonprofitprofessionals.com

Director of Mississippi and New Orleans Programs

Under the leadership of the vice president for program strategy, the director of Mississippi and NOLA programs will serve as a community-based liaison between the foundation and his or her assigned priority place(s), leading the foundation’s strategic presence in the geographic area(s). The director of Mississippi and NOLA programs will also support and facilitate the community change process within his/her assigned region in alignment with the foundation’s mission and strategic framework, in collaboration and partnership with the community and other external partners, as well as other WKKF staff.


Education/Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to assigned areas is required; master’s degree preferred.
  • Significant work experience (8-10 years) in fields relevant to assigned responsibilities as well as a broad, generalist background with deep and comprehensive understanding of program design and development, systems and networking. Distinguished in relevant field of practice.
  • Evidence of effective work beyond areas of relevant field of practice and technical skills in one or more of the foundation’s core programming areas.
  • Successful experienc​e working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds.

Additional Info

  • Knowledge of issues and communities in place.
  • Work experience and significant networks in place is preferred.
  • Supervise MS/NOLA program officers and program managers.
  • Screen and recommend grants for funding; prepare funding documents; conduct site visits; and manage and monitor grant portfolio.
  • Maintain strong, authentic relationships with grant seekers and grantees, ensuring understanding of program direction, goals and expectations.
  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships to leverage participation of other foundations, businesses, governmental agencies and other key decision makers in MS/NOLA.
  • Understand and effectively communicate the foundation’s mission, vision, core values and strategic direction to support MS/NOLA programming framework with internal and external groups, including key stakeholders and intermediaries.

Download the executive summary

How to Apply

This search is being conducted with the assistance of 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-msnola@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 - Michigan

Reporting to the State Director of Michigan Programs, the Program Officer will provide leadership and oversight for execution of programs and policy that strives for educated, healthy kids and secure families throughout the State of Michigan. S/he will screen and recommend grants for funding; build relationships and coalitions throughout the state; conduct site visits; and manage and monitor a portfolio of grant programs and public policy aligned with the strategic framework of the foundation. S/he will collaborate with the other foundation program staff to foster a rigorous, inclusive, and interdisciplinary approach to grant-making. 

The Program Officer will maintain strong, authentic relationships and 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 Michigan team is partnering closely with community stakeholders and policy makers to co-create a network of organizations working together to advance Michigan’s economic stability, racial equity and community and civic engagement, while increasing access to quality education, healthy food and medical care for children and families in need. The incoming Program Officer will play a key role in supporting the work of policy makers, community leaders, and residents as they work towards these ambitious goals.

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.
  • Successful experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Team building capabilities within WKKF and in communities.
  • Time management and ability to multitask and navigate the field effectively both within updated technological systems and community development models.

Additional Info

  • Knowledge of issues and communities in Michigan.
  • Experience with state and local policy development and with policy issues affecting families with children.
  • Familiarity with legislative and regulatory processes.
  • Relevant work experience in Michigan.

How to Apply

External search firm

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: wkkf-pomich@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.

Download the Executive Summary.

Program Officer - Food, Health and Well-Being

Serving under the direction of the Director of Food, Health & Well-Being, 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.

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; 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.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Team building capabilities within the foundation and in communities.
  • Time management and ability to multitask and navigate the field effectively both within updated technological systems and community development models.

Additional Info

  • Strong networks and relationships in the field of maternal and child health.
  • Knowledge of programs, services and interventions that improve health outcomes for children and their parents.
  • Experienced leader in building organizational capacity for delivery of effective programs.
  • Strong knowledge of policy and systems that impact the health of children and families.

How to Apply

The foundation is partnering with an executive search firm to fill this position. Please submit cover letter and resume to: 

Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group
wkkf-fhw@nonprofitprofessionals.com

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.

Download the executive summary

How to Apply

Submit resume electronically to:
WKKF-ELPO@nonprofitprofessionals.com

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.

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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“Empleen el dinero del modo en que crean conveniente, siempre y cuando promueva la salud, la felicidad y el bienestar de los niños.” - Will Keith Kellogg

“Sèvi ak lajan an jan w vle depi se sante timoun, byennèt timoun ak kè kontan pou timoun w ap ankouraje.” - W.K. Kelòg