Program Officer – Mississippi & New Orleans Programs, (Location is flexible in Southeastern U.S.)

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.



  • A minimum of eight years of significant work experience, ideally in food systems or a similar field as it relates to economic equity and access for children and families. Experience with agricultural and industrial workers and businesses and rural economic development as they relate to food access is a plus. A Master’s degree in a field relevant to the foundation’s priorities in Mississippi and New Orleans is preferred.
  • Successful experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team to advance systems change is a plus. The Program Officer should have a history of working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds; willingness to set aside a personal agenda in favor of organizational and community goals and objectives.
  • Excellent writing, editing, analytical, and oral communication skills including the ability to collect, review, synthesize, and present information and findings.
  • A strong record of multitasking and meeting deadlines within designated time frames, as well as demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities; strong organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail with the ability to work independently, take initiative, and contribute ideas for enhancing performance.

Additional Info

  • Demonstrated flexible, multidisciplinary thinking required to address key issues facing children and families in the region, particularly food insecurity, disparities in access to government programs, unemployment/underemployment, and racial discrimination; the drive to shape and inform the work based on the immediate issues and opportunities found in communities; an understanding of the broad social and economic forces that affect communities and families and shape programming efforts; a holistic and multi-dimensional approach to leadership development, organizational change, and community transformation.
  • Experience partnering with leaders to build equitable opportunities for farmers and workers in other industries. This includes but is not limited to: experience in or knowledge of sustainable farming and food production practices; and experience in value-added supply chain development.
  • Expertise in the development and financing of local and regional food system infrastructure; and familiarity with building equitable opportunities for farmers, food businesses, and nonprofits engaged in social enterprises that promote the production of and increased access to healthy food for children and families living in under-resourced communities.
  • Sophisticated understanding of the educational and economic disparities in the region, especially the Gulf Coast and the Mississippi Delta, and the related policy landscapes and the enduring legacy of racism; the ability to successfully navigate the various legal, social, and political forces at play within the federal, state, and local governance systems.
  • Expertise in philanthropy’s role in developing policies to sustain program success and identifying the current trends, movements, best practices, and emerging opportunities to advance and magnify philanthropic investments.
  • Extensive and nuanced cultural fluency with deep, trust-filled relationships in relevant communities across the region served by the foundation’s U.S. Southern Programs; experience collaborating with grassroots leaders and a clear understanding of the needs of local constituencies.

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How to Apply

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applicant materials has begun and will 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.

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

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