W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Program Officer, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan

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Website: W.K. Kellogg Foundation


The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a leading philanthropic institution helping communities create the conditions children need to thrive, is seeking nominations and applications for 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 in the region 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 and improving employment equity in Detroit and southeast Michigan.

Faye Nelson and Jonathan Njus, directors of Michigan Programs and Family Economic Security respectively, will provide leadership and oversight for on-the-ground execution of program efforts that nurture opportunities for achieving positive systemic change that improve economic outcomes for working families and children throughout Michigan. The Michigan Team is distributed across the State with offices in Battle Creek, Detroit, and Grand Rapids and is one of four critical place-based teams at the foundation. The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree, or equivalent work experience, in fields related to Family Economic Security, as well as a strong regional and national network. She/He/They will have expertise in economic development, job creation, workforce development, employer engagement, job quality, worker organizing, and labor policy. She/He/They will have experience understanding the pathways for individuals to enter the workforce through the skilled trades and other training opportunities and partnership and program development which is responsive to industry in the region. She/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 also work closely within the city of Detroit to foster economic vitality and new investments for the city.


The search is being led by Katherine Jacobs and Javier Garcia 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-PODET@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.

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Katherine Jacobs, Ph.D.

As a trained psychologist, teacher, researcher, and consultant with twenty years of experience both in the U.S. and abroad, Katherine guides organizations through change with particular expertise in founder transitions, facilitation of Board and executive level decisions, and the implications for growth and strategic talent development. 

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