Program Officer (Based in Detroit, Mich.)

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.


  • Eight to ten years of significant relevant local and state systems experience in workforce development, community development, economic development, and/or employment equity; familiarity and experience with the grantmaking process, as well as strong networks in Detroit and nationally are a plus; master’s degree in a field relevant to the portfolio is preferred.
  • Successful experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Excellent writing, editing, analytical, and oral communication skills including the ability to collect, review, synthesize, and present information and findings. Sound judgment and the ability to make complex, multi-dimensional decisions based on both facts and experience.
  • Experience working in a high performing and agile organization with a team-oriented culture.

Additional Info

  • Understanding of economic disparities in Detroit and throughout Michigan and the related systems and policy landscapes at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Ability to successfully navigate the different legal, social and political forces at play in the local governance systems in Detroit
  • Knowledge of financial systems, capital markets and economic mobility policy and practices that leverage diverse models and effective strategies for economic security, particularly among underserved communities.

Download the position description.

How to Apply

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applicant materials will begin immediately and continue until finalist candidates have been identified.

APPLICATIONS/NOMINATIONS PROCESS: The foundation is partnering with an executive search firm to fill this position. 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

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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