Program Manager, 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 Manager, New 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 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 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 the State of New 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 New Mexico’s most vulnerable children and families. 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, adapting processes to maximize the impact of the grantmaking portfolio. S/he 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 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 Melinda Hull. 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-PMNM@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.