Director of New Mexico Programs

New Mexico, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Aug 19, 2020
Sep 17, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), a leading philanthropic institution helping communities create the conditions children need to thrive, is seeking nominations and applications for the position of Director of New Mexico Programs. 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: thriving children, working families and equitable communities. Embedded within all they do are commitments to engage authentically with stakeholders, community leaders, and policy makers in New Mexico to co-create a network of organizations working together to advance racial equity, racial healing, and develop leadership while increasing access to quality education, healthy food, and economic stability for children and families in need.

Reporting to the Vice President for Place-Based Programs, the Director will oversee the foundation’s work to influence and promote the conditions that lead to transformational and structural systems change for children and families in New Mexico. This work includes strategy development, priority setting, collaboration and knowledge sharing and relationship development. The new Director will have deep knowledge of and experience within New Mexico’s diverse communities; the economic, social, and political context in the region; and a strong track record of supporting innovation and fostering collaboration that improves the futures of New Mexico’s most vulnerable children and families.

The ideal candidate will be a visionary and seasoned leader with deep knowledge of the role philanthropy can and should play in systems change, including and especially in the dismantling of structural racism. Racial equity, economic equity, food systems, education quality, and health equity are preferred areas of expertise. The new Director will be a seasoned manager of complex organizational processes, of community relations, and of developing the skills of highly talented individuals implementing mission-aligned strategies. S/he/they will have knowledge and experience in at least one of our program areas and program management, and be capable of leveraging knowledge acquired by the foundation and community-informed evaluation into knowledge sharing opportunities.

Success in this role will require an innovative and energetic leader who is excited about the opportunity to be part of a large private foundation with a shared leadership team, and to represent WKKF's values, mission and strategies in New Mexico. S/he/they will be a talented communicator who is able to build rapport, trust, and transparency among the grantmaking team while also bridging relationships between program staff and senior leadership. S/he/they will be a strong public communicator who seeks knowledge, first and foremost from grantees, but also engages in thought-partnership with national partners and stakeholders.

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The search is being led by Katherine Jacobs and Paola Peacock of NPAG. 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 PDF or Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: Please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.