Program Officer, 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. 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 one of two areas: health equity or economic security. S/he 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 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 by partnering closely with community leaders and policymakers across New Mexico to co-create a network of organizations working together to advance health equity or increase economic 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 and will know how to foster collaboration and support for positive change among and with New Mexico’s most vulnerable children and families. S/he will bring specific knowledge in working in and partnering with the various systems that foster the success of communities and impact access to quality healthcare and economic wellbeing. S/he 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 the social determinants of health or economic sustainability among communities and families in New Mexico. S/he will have a demonstrated ability to oversee development and implementation of programs that target disparities 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 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 a relevant field.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation - New Mexico is being assisted by Carolyn Ho, Melinda Hull and Nureen Das of the 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-PONM@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.