Battle Creek, MI

Program Officer - Racial Equity, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The Organization

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a leading philanthropic force helping communities create the conditions children need to thrive, is seeking nominations and applications for Program Officer in the area of Racial Equity. 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: education and learning; food, health and well-being; and family economic security. Since 2015, WKKF has made a full commitment to embedding racial equity into its programming and operations–its DNA–both internally and externally. This stance and the ways in which it is woven into the fabric of the foundation’s work sets it apart from other philanthropic organizations and has become the number one reason given by new staff for joining the team.

Position Overview

eporting to Director for the Office of the President, Arelis Diaz, the program officer will identify and nurture opportunities to support racial equity and healing efforts and positive systemic change, and serve as a thought partner on racial equity and healing across the foundation’s work. She/he/they will lead and oversee on-the-ground execution of program efforts in the area of racial equity, and manage a portfolio that includes WKKF’s investments in the national Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative, a unique partnership of leading national organizations dedicated to racial equity and racial healing. The program officer will also develop and maintain additional strategic external partnerships with colleague foundations, businesses, governmental agencies, and other key decision-makers to further the foundation’s mission to bring sustainable improvement to communities.

The ideal candidate will have significant experience (8+ years preferred) successfully leading racial equity work and will bring a nuanced expertise of race, racism, and how racial healing and reconciliation can manifest in communities to advance systemic change. The successful candidate will be a strategic partner to grantees and other foundation team members, a skilled facilitator, and will bring the ability to co-create solutions, draft strategies, and critically analyze challenges in order to accomplish the work of equity. She/he/they will bring deep and varied experiences in community engagement, leadership development, coalition building, nonprofit leadership, and/or other related areas. She/he/they will be able to translate concept into action and will possess a strong team orientation, a tolerance for ambiguity, the ability to adapt quickly to change, and the skill to work effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds.

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How To Apply

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This search is being assisted by Callie Carroll and Yuniya Khan of NPAG. Due to the pace of the 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) and where you learned of the position should be sent to: 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.

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

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