Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation
Battle Creek, MI
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The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), a leading philanthropic force helping communities create the conditions children need to thrive, is seeking nominations and applications for a Program Officer for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT). Launched in 2016 with 14 communities across the country, TRHT is a comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change addressing the historic and contemporary effects of racism.
The TRHT framework and process will help communities gain understanding of the predominant factors and conditions that are supporting the racial hierarchy and blocking progress, and through the process, heal and produce actionable change. 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. Due to our nation’s ongoing legacy of racism, a disproportionate number of vulnerable children in our society are children of color. Both racial healing work and the dismantling of structural racism are crucial to, as the foundation’s mission statement reads, “propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.” Thus, the foundation has made a commitment to actively pursue racial equity through healing efforts and the eradication of structural racism as an explicit approach of its programming.
Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation is a key component of the overall racial equity strategy of the foundation. Reporting to Arelis Diaz, Director for the Office of the President, the Program Officer will collaboratively serve as a strategic partner to the leaders of the 14 multi-sector community partnerships that are carrying out TRHT work across the US and be a thoughtful advisor and resource to colleagues as they engage in racial equity work across the foundation’s program areas. Additionally, the Program Officer will build public support and awareness of TRHT and the overall work of racial equity and healing among nonprofit executives, business leaders, government officials, community leaders, parents, and other external stakeholders of the foundation. The ideal candidate will have significant experience (8+ years preferred) successfully leading racial equity and healing work at both local and systems levels and will bring a nuanced expertise of race, racism, and how racial healing and reconciliation can manifest in local communities to advance systemic change.
The successful candidate will be a holistic and interdisciplinary thinker and an enthusiastic strategic partner to grantees, with the ability to co-create solutions, draft strategies, and critically analyze challenges in order to accomplish the work of healing across a diverse cohort of communities. He/she/they will bring deep and varied experiences in community engagement, leadership development, movement building, coalition building, nonprofit leadership, faith-based organizing and/or other related areas.
This search is being assisted by Callie Carroll and Erica Nicole Richardson of NPAG. Due to the pace of the 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-POTRHT@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.