Program Officers at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation are responsible for identifying and nurturing opportunities for affecting positive policy and systemic change within communities and executing investments and collaborations that are aligned with the foundation’s strategic priorities. Program Officers work closely with colleagues within the foundation, philanthropy, and the field to ensure that the Kellogg Foundation leverages opportunities to open economic opportunity, address economic injustice, and advance economic mobility for working families in Mississippi.
- Bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to assigned issue and geographic area is required and an advanced degree is preferred.
- Minimum five years of related work experience and demonstrated success in the field(s) relevant to assigned responsibilities. Preference for significant relevant work experience (8+ years) with a deep and comprehensive understanding of program design and development, policies and systems, racial equity and community engagement is preferred.
- Experience in the formation and management of effective strategic and operational partnerships with other organizations in all sectors.
- Understanding of and experience navigating political systems and processes.
- Experience working with issues and communities relevant to the programmatic priorities of the foundation.
- Experience working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, economic, religious, and ethnic backgrounds.
- Track record of successfully developing and leading initiatives and others and comfort within highly collaborative organizations and cross-functional teams.
- Significant experience with local, state, and national issues and systems related to workforce and enterprise development, job quality, worker rights, economic inclusion, and employment equity.
- Sophisticated understanding of economic trends, disparities and opportunities in our priority places and related systems and policy landscapes at the local, state, and federal levels.
- Knowledge of pressing issues, emerging opportunities, leaders, and communities in the region, state, and cities.
- Knowledge of workforce and financial systems, labor and capital markets, and economic policy and practices that leverage diverse models and effective strategies for family economic security, particularly among underserved communities.
- Experience with state and local community organizing and policy advocacy on issues affecting low-income working parents with young children, and philanthropy’s role in affecting change.
- Familiarity with legislative and regulatory processes.
- Relevant work experience in the assigned place, including strong networks in multiple sectors throughout the city, state and nationally.
How to Apply
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applicant materials will begin immediately and continue until a finalist candidate has been identified.
APPLICATIONS/NOMINATIONS PROCESS: The foundation is partnering with an executive search firm to fill this position. Please submit all nominations, inquiries and/or application materials, including a letter of application, resume and a list of references in confidence to the link below:
Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group
Program Officer, Mississippi (focused on Family Economic Security): https://recruitcrm.io/apply/16469423755570007053BXD
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.