Program Manager, Latin America & the Caribbean
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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 Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean Programs. The Latin America and the Caribbean Programs are comprised of foundation efforts in Mexico and Haiti, and the Program Manager will be based in WKKF’s office in Mexico City, Mexico. 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 Haiti and Mexico teams partner closely with community stakeholders and policy makers to create a network of organizations working together to advance economic stability, racial and ethnic equity, and community and civic engagement, while increasing access to quality education, healthy food, and medical care for children and families in need.
Serving under Rui Mesquita Cordeiro, Director for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Programs, and alongside a team of three Program Officers, including Alejandra Garduño and Veronica Fernandes de Castro, the new Program Manager will support the place-based grantmaking portfolio by working to enhance the grantee experience throughout the lifecycle of the grant. S/he will build relationships with colleagues and grantees that enrich and support the portfolio’s work, taking a proactive, service-oriented stance toward grantee engagement and adopting management practices that are reflective of the foundation’s mission and desired community impact. The incoming Program Manager will play a key role in supporting the foundation’s ambitious goals that strive for educated, healthy kids and secure families throughout Haiti and Mexico.
The ideal candidate will have experience organizing and directing grant administration processes that enhance and support the foundation’s efforts to bring about positive change among and with children and families in Mexico. S/he will bring specific knowledge in defining, developing, and implementing various project-based work and initiatives. S/he will have a demonstrated ability to analyze information and develop strategies to solve problems, specifically creating mechanisms to solicit input from and respond to internal and external stakeholders. S/he will have a strong customer service orientation and be able to adjust processes to maximize the impact of the grantmaking portfolio. S/he will also 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 must have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field as well as professional experience in philanthropic or nonprofit administration.
The search is being led by Carolyn Ho and Courtney Thomas of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group. 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-PMMEX@nonprofitprofessionals.com . Please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.