Program Officer – Fellowship Alumni

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Battle Creek
Position Description: 

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 Program Officer, working with alumni of their fellowship programs.  WKKF’s work focuses 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. Across these three areas, WKKF has committed to approaches that undergird racial equity and healing, community and civic engagement, and leadership capacity building.  Key to the leadership capacity building approach, fellowships have been one of the foundation’s most effective tools for realizing the belief that community-grounded leadership is a critical tool for both individual development and broad societal change.  In 2014, the foundation launched a new Community Leadership Fellowship program, targeting individuals who can be transformative change agents in their communities so that vulnerable children and their families can achieve optimal health and well-being, academic achievement, and financial security.As a member of the foundation’s Racial Equity, Community Engagement, and Leadership Programs team, and serving as a peer to the program officers on the grantmaking teams, the new program officer will co-design and support programming for alumni of WKKF fellowship programs that realizes a vision where fellowship alumni are engaged with the work of the foundation and connected to each other in meaningful ways. The program officer will assume responsibility for fellowship alumni engagement and programming; cultivating a rich network of former fellows in the foundation’s priority places of Michigan, Mississippi, New Orleans, and New Mexico, and worldwide. Together with this distinguished group, the program officer will engage in thought partnership with foundation leaders to envision, articulate, and operationalize a community leadership and talent network that nurtures ongoing individual growth opportunities for fellows, builds continued connections to human capital in communities, and helps to  inform leadership development programming throughout the foundation.The ideal candidate will be a seasoned connector and network builder. S/he/they must be firmly committed to the foundation’s mission and will have an understanding of the broad social and economic forces affecting communities and families, demonstrated knowledge of best practices in leadership development and network building strategy, and success facilitating authentic, productive dialogue within diverse communities and settings. The successful candidate will have experience directing meaningful engagement with alumni groups or fellowship networks, ideally in a community-based context, and will have strong understanding of trends and networks within the leadership development field, both domestically and internationally. S/he/they will bring a significant set of skills in strategic communication, translating concept into action, and building meaningful relationships with persons from diverse cultural, social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.  S/he/they will be an outstanding writer and communicator and will possess a strong team orientation, a high tolerance for ambiguity, the ability to adapt quickly to change, and the maturity and humility to learn from a variety of stakeholders and partners.


The ideal candidate will be first and foremost committed to the foundation’s mission and will have an understanding of the broad social-economic, systemic forces affecting the health and well-being of children, their families, and their communities.  S/he/they will be versed in leadership development,  racial equity, and community engagement practices and will possess a strong team orientation, a high tolerance for ambiguity, the ability to adapt quickly to change, and a track record of success working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds.While no one person will embody all of the qualities enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes and experiences:

  • Significant work experience (five years minimum, eight plus preferred) in fields relevant to the responsibilities outlined above, with strong national and regional networks and contacts, and a deep and comprehensive understanding of program design and development, systems, network development, and community change; experience managing a best-in-class alumni outreach program or network is a plus;
  • Current knowledge of best practices in fellowship alumni engagement and communication to stimulate appropriate programming directions and capitalize on emerging opportunities; an entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to translate concept to action;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement programs that have impact; the ability to think globally while working locally, representing WKKF to a variety of stakeholders in a respectful, credible, and selfless manner focusing on the foundation’s core values and the greater good;
  • Ability to work effectively within vulnerable communities, including appreciating historical contexts, discerning nuances of relationships and power dynamics, understanding racial/ethnic realities, and respecting community needs and desires. Experience working in community-based contexts with a particular focus on racial equity and healing and community and civic engagement; and familiarity with one or more of WKKF’s priority areas of: educated kids, healthy kids, and secure families;
  • Successful experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds; willingness to set aside a personal agenda in favor of organizational and community goals and objectives;
  • Strong relationship building and communication skills; highly developed emotional intelligence and active listening skills, and the ability to use interpersonal skills and political acumen in collaborative, diplomatic ways;
  • Excellent writing, editing, analytical, facilitation, and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines within designated timeframes, and demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities; strong organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail with the ability to work both independently without close oversight, take initiative, and contribute ideas for enhancing performance;
  • An optimistic outlook and the humor, integrity, and patience necessary to work within a transformative environment;
  • The ability and willingness to travel up to 60%; and
  • Fluency in another language in addition to English is preferred.

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Application Deadline: 
Monday, August 31, 2020
Application Instructions: 

More information about the W.K. Kellogg Foundation may be found at search is being conducted with the assistance of Callie Carroll and Vanita Bhargava of the national search firm NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly 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-POCLN [at] 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.The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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Country/US Territory: 
United States