Program Manager, Michigan
Grand Rapids, MI
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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 Manager for its Michigan Programs. 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.
Reporting to the Director of Michigan Programs, Faye Nelson, the new Program Manager will support the place-based grantmaking portfolio by working to enhance the grantee experience throughout the lifecycle of the grant. She/He/They 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 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 Michigan’s most vulnerable children and families. She/He/They will bring specific knowledge in defining, developing, and implementing various project-based work and initiatives. The new Program Manager 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.The ideal candidate will have a strong customer service orientation and the capacity to adapt processes to maximize the impact of the grantmaking portfolio. She/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. A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field as well as professional experience in philanthropic or nonprofit administration is preferred.
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-PMGR@nonprofitprofessionals.com. Please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.
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.