The W.K. Kellogg Foundation with headquarters
in Battle Creek, Michigan, is a leading philanthropic institution
supporting thriving children, working families, equitable
communities, and the dynamic connection between the three.
“The W.K. Kellogg 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 OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU
The Senior Program Officer is responsible for
identifying and nurturing opportunities for effecting positive
systemic change within communities and executing programming
efforts that are aligned with the Foundation’s strategic
priorities. The Senior Program Officer will lead a team of program
officers, and work closely with colleagues within the Foundation,
philanthropy, and the field to ensure that the Kellogg Foundation
leverages opportunities to improve access to high quality, early
childhood education, expanded access to healthcare, and advance
economic mobility for working families in the Grand Rapids area
with a specific focus on early childhood education.
YOUR POTENTIAL IMPACT
The Senior Program Officer will have the following
- Enhance relationships among the Foundation, grantees, and
partners to progress the Foundation’s priorities.
- Lead and grow a high performing team.
- Drive place-based grantmaking strategies that leverage WKKF
investments for maximum impact.
- Be a thought partner to the overall strategic direction and
development of programming efforts.
WHAT SKILLS YOU’LL NEED
Success in the Senior Program Officer role will require a
passion to further the WKKF’s mission and a commitment to core
values of diversity and inclusion, intercultural awareness,
openness, collaboration, and stewardship. The ideal candidate will
also possess the following professional abilities, attributes, and
- Strategic Systems Thinker
- Relationship Builder and Effective Communicator
- Intercultural Competence
- Networked Leader
- Bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to assigned area is
required and an advanced degree is preferred.
- Minimum five years of related work experience and demonstrated
success in a field or fields relevant to assigned responsibilities.
Significant relevant work experience with strong networks and
contacts with deep and comprehensive understanding of program
design and development, systems, networking, and community change
- Experience working with issues and communities relevant to the
programmatic priorities of the foundation.
- Three to five years’ experience in supervising/motivating a
- Experience in the formation or management of effective
strategic and operational partnerships with other
- Understanding of and experience navigating political systems
and processes that need to be disrupted for children and
communities to thrive.
- Experience working effectively on policy equity issues with
persons from diverse cultural, social, economic, religious, and
ethnic backgrounds, specifically in and around the Grand Rapids
Salary range is $134,000 - $168,000. Actual starting salary of
candidate being commensurate with years, breadth, and depth of
relevant experience, education, certifications, credentials,
special skills, accomplishments, and other factors relevant to the
More information about the W.K. Kellogg
Foundation may be found at: www.wkkf.org
This search is being led by Katherine
Chapman and Sharon Gerstman of
NPAG. Due to the pace of this
search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as
possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their
interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is an equal opportunity
employer and proudly values
diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are
encouraged to apply.