Program Officer (Health Equity), New Mexico
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The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), a leading philanthropic institution helping communities create the conditions children need to thrive, is seeking nominations and applications for the position of Program Officer, New Mexico to strengthen the foundation’s work in Health 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. The Foundation has made a generational commitment to grantmaking in the region that advances the vision of a future in which every child thrives. The New Mexico team partners closely with community stakeholders and policy makers to create a network of organizations working together to advance New Mexico’s 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.
Reporting to Director of New Mexico Programs, Frank René López, the new Program Officer will provide leadership and oversight for execution of programs and policy that strive for positive systemic change within communities to ensure educated, healthy kids and secure families throughout the state of New Mexico, focusing on the integration of these areas with efforts to transform public health systems to more effectively address racial equity, community engagement, and social determinants of health. S/he/they will build relationships and coalitions throughout the state that enhance and support the portfolio’s work; screen and recommend grants for funding; and manage and monitor a portfolio of grant programs that have a public policy and community engagement approach aligned with the strategic framework of the Foundation. S/he/they will collaborate with other Foundation program staff to foster a rigorous, inclusive, and interdisciplinary approach to grantmaking. The Program Officer will nurture and maintain strong, authentic relationships to achieve the Foundation’s goal of working with communities to improve the lives of their children by partnering closely with community leaders and policymakers across New Mexico to co-create a network of organizations working together to advance health equity. The incoming Program Officer will play a key role in supporting this work in pursuit of the Foundation’s ambitious goals.
The ideal candidate will have deep knowledge of and experience with New Mexico’s diverse communities and will know how to foster collaboration and support for positive change among and with New Mexico’s most vulnerable children and families. S/he/they will have familiarity with public health networks as well as experience developing robust partnerships across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors that impact access to quality healthcare. S/he/they will possess a thorough knowledge of systems change and will be a holistic and interdisciplinary thinker with significant mastery of the broad social, economic, and place-based forces affecting the social determinants of health among communities and families in New Mexico. S/he/they will have a demonstrated ability to oversee development and implementation of programs that target disparities and possess the skills to facilitate authentic, productive dialogue within diverse communities and settings. S/he/they will possess a strong team orientation, a high tolerance for ambiguity, the ability to adapt quickly to change, and a record of success in working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds. The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree and substantial policy work and leadership experience in a relevant field.
The search is being led by Carolyn Ho and Melinda Hull of NPAG. Due to the pace of this 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: WKKF-PONM@nonprofitprofessionals.com. 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.