Detroit, MI

Program Officer - Detroit, 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 Detroit-focused program officer for its Michigan Programs and Family Economic Security teams. 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. The foundation has made a generational commitment to grantmaking that advances the vision of a future in which every child thrives. WKKF partners closely with community stakeholders and policy makers to co-create a network of organizations working together to advance economic stability, racial equity, and community and civic engagement, while increasing access to quality education, healthy food, and medical care for children and families in need. This program officer will be dedicated to building pathways to the workforce by leveraging and connecting related systems and infrastructures to improve employment equity in Detroit and southeast Michigan.

Position Overview

As a member of teams led by Faye Nelson and Jonathan Njus, Directors of Michigan Programs and Family Economic Security respectively, the new Program Officer – Detroit will provide leadership and oversight for on-the-ground execution of program efforts that nurture opportunities for achieving positive systemic change that improves economic outcomes for working families and children throughout the Detroit region. The ideal candidate for the role will have a master’s degree, or equivalent work experience, in fields related to Family Economic Security, as well as strong local, regional and national systems, policy and programming networks. The new program officer will have systems and programmatic expertise in economic development, job creation, workforce development, employer engagement, job quality, worker organizing, and labor issues. S/he/they will have experience understanding the opportunities for individuals to enter the workforce through a variety of career pathways and demonstrated experience with partnership, program, and systems development reflecting both long-standing and emerging industries in the region. S/he/they will have the capacity, skill and passion to assume leadership and management of a large body of work.

The program officer will screen and recommend grants for funding, conduct site visits, manage and monitor a portfolio of grant programs aligned with the strategic framework, and collaborate within the Michigan Programs and Family Economic Security teams and across the foundation to develop a more interdisciplinary approach to grantmaking. The program officer will maintain strong, authentic relationships with grant seekers and grantees and 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 program officer will work closely with stakeholders in Detroit as well as state-level partners to foster economic vitality and new investments for the city.

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How To Apply

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is conducting this search with assistance from Katherine Jacobs and Melinda Hull of the national search firm, NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including your resume (in Word or PDF format) and a cover letter describing your interest, qualifications, 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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