Program Officer (Early Childhood Education), 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, with a focus on early childhood education grantmaking. 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 of the portfolio’s programmatic and policy initiatives that strive for educated, healthy kids and secure families throughout the State of New Mexico with a special emphasis in early childhood education. 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, partnering closely with community leaders and policymakers across New Mexico to co-create a network of organizations working together to increase access to quality Early Childhood Education opportunities. 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, the educational context in the region, and how to foster collaboration toward positive change among and with New Mexico’s most vulnerable children and families. S/he/they will bring comprehensive knowledge of the learning experiences of young children, from birth through eight years, who live and learn in underserved communities. 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 educational opportunities and outcomes among communities in New Mexico. S/he/they will have a demonstrated ability to oversee the development and implementation of programs and policies that target disparities, and possess the skills to facilitate authentic, productive dialogue within diverse communities and settings. These policies and programs include, but are not limited to: teacher preparation and professional development, equitable funding, child advocacy, culturally-relevant coursework, and flexible, results-driven assessments. The successful candidate will also be a holistic thinker who understands how to leverage relationships to drive the foundation’s mission forward. S/he/they will understand how to motivate social change not only as a partner with community organizations but also as a connector whose portfolio engages all areas of educational advocacy. 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 work and leadership experience in education, early childhood, or a relevant field.
The search is being led by Carolyn Ho and Hallie Dietsch 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-POECENM@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.