Battle Creek, MI

Talent Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The Organization

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a leading philanthropic institution helping communities create the conditions children need to thrive, is seeking nominations and applications for a Talent Officer.

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. WKKF partners closely with stakeholders and policy makers to co-create a network of organizations working together to advance racial equity, leadership, and community engagement while increasing access to quality education, healthy food, and economic stability for children and families in need.  Embedded within all we do are commitments to advancing racial equity and racial healing, to developing leaders and to engaging communities in solving their own problems. We call these our DNA and believe they are essential to creating the conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success. This sharpened focus has highlighted the need for a thriving workforce of agile leaders at the foundation who can leverage their expertise across traditional silos of content and hierarchy and break down barriers to positive systemic change and impact both within and outside of the foundation.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Vice President for Talent and Human Resources (THR) and working collaboratively with  dedicated THR, Talent Success, and Leadership Development core teams, the new Talent Officer will be responsible for contributing to the development and implementation of talent strategy, recruitment, and learning and development for the foundation.  S/He/They will partner with the senior core team leadership of the foundation to set priorities for human capital development and internal capacity building, ensuring that foundation talent programs and systems reinforce the organization’s ability to transform grantmaking.  As a member of this strategic team, the Talent Officer will leverage both internal and external consulting resources to ensure effective recruitment, retention, and talent pipeline development for the foundation and its employees and leverages their intrinsic and learned talents in effective ways. S/He/They will also act as a spokesperson for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, effectively communicating the foundation’s goal of partnering with communities to improve the well-being of children and their families.

The ideal candidate will be a mission-driven leader with comprehensive knowledge of best practices in human capital management, recruitment, and learning and development. S/He/They will bring an understanding of how equity, diversity, inclusion, and impact are integrated into organizational development, talent pipeline development, workforce planning, and recruitment and retention processes and will have demonstrated success in the development of talent management initiatives.  The successful candidate will be a holistic thinker who understands how to build strategic relationships both within and outside of the organization and will possess a strong team orientation, a high tolerance for ambiguity, the ability to adapt quickly to change, the ability to travel nationally and internationally, and demonstrated success working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds. The new Talent Officer will be committed to the values and mission of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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How To Apply

The search is being led by Katherine Jacobs and Whitney Herrington of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. To apply please click this link or go to Applications should include a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word or PDF format), and where you learned of the position. Please send questions about the role to

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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