Director, Michigan Programs
Battle Creek, 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 the position of Director of 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. As part of the WKKF’s place-based strategy, the Michigan team partners closely with community stakeholders and policy makers to co-create a network of organizations working together to advance Michigan’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 Vice President for Program Strategy, Joe Scantlebury, the Director of Michigan Programs will provide oversight for the strategic execution of the area’s portfolio. S/he will maintain strong, authentic relationships and act as a spokesperson for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, effectively communicating the foundation’s goal of working with communities to improve the lives of their children. S/he will be a skilled manager who will align the team’s programmatic work with the overall strategy of the foundation. The Director will be an advocate for racial and economic equity in the region, and bring expertise and familiarity with the strengths and growth areas of Michigan within and across political, economic, social, and historical contexts. The Director will develop and maintain innovative and strategic relationships to leverage the collaboration and support of experts and cross-sector partners including governmental agencies, local and regional businesses, policymakers, and other key decision makers and stakeholders. S/he will work collaboratively with the programming team to coordinate and carry out all aspects of the grantmaking, evaluation, and learning process. S/he will join a vibrant support the coordination with place-based programs in New Orleans, New Mexico, and Mississippi to integrate strategy within these priority sites.
The ideal candidate will have deep knowledge of and experience with Michigan’s diverse communities and will know how to leverage and nurture the strengths of a highly experienced team to build collaboration and support for positive change for Michigan’s most vulnerable children and families. S/he will have a thorough knowledge of systems change and will be a holistic and interdisciplinary thinker with significant mastery of broad social and economic forces affecting communities and families in Michigan. S/he will have a demonstrated ability to oversee development and implementation of programs that target racial disparities, poverty, and gender inequities and possess the skills to facilitate authentic, productive dialogue within diverse communities and settings. S/he will possess a strong team orientation, a high tolerance for ambiguity, the ability to adapt quickly to change, and success 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 one or more relevant fields.
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