Program Officer, Family Economic Security
Battle Creek, Michigan
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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 Program Officer for Family Economic Security. Reporting to the Director of Family Economic Security, Jonathan Njus, the Program Officer will identify and nurture opportunities for affecting positive systemic change within communities, and executing programming efforts that are aligned with the organizational direction. S/he will join a team responsible for grantmaking nationally, specifically to advance key campaigns for Family Economic Security, including but not limited to, employment equity, workforce development, community development, and economic development.
The Program Officer will provide leadership and oversight for on-the-ground execution of program efforts. S/he will screen and recommend grants for funding; conduct site visits; and manage and monitor a portfolio of grants and collaborate with the other Foundation program staff to maintain an 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 working with communities to improve the lives of their children.
The new Program Officer will bring deep experience partnering with national and local leaders to support workers as they build power in the workplace and within systems. Furthermore, s/he will lead efforts to build coalitions between nonprofits and employers who are committed to creating equitable and sustainable environments for low-wage workers, women, and persons of color. The new Program Officer should bring a critical awareness to the often adverse relationship between technology and the low-/mid-wage workforce. S/he will be guided by answering such questions as: How can we more effectively engage the private sector to support workers, families and communities? How can we utilize technology to better serve working families? How can we address persistent bias and discrimination in labor, capital and financial markets? How can we leverage grantmaking partnerships to promote income stability and workforce mobility for families, ensuring that all children thrive?
The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree and substantial work experience in fields related to Family Economic Security as well as a national network of contacts and a deep and comprehensive understanding of program design and development. S/he will have expertise and experience in economic development, job creation, workforce development, employer engagement, job quality, worker organizing, and labor policy. S/he will have the capacity, skill and passion to assume leadership and management of a large body of work.