Employment

Position opportunities at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

We encourage you to learn more about WKKF as an organization and an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Talent and Human Resources Manager

Manage one or more talent processes. Drive the day-to-day operations for assigned area including partnering with organizational leaders and hiring managers and leveraging relationships with vendors and external partners to achieve process outcomes. Design, develop and implement programs that improve the organization’s talent processes. Download the executive summary.

Education/Experience

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (human resources, accounting/finance, business administration, organizational development, etc.) required, master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 5-7 years’ related work experience in exempt human resource or related position required, with a combination of generalist/specialist and project management experience. Foundation or non-profit experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated expertise and proven leadership in HR areas of responsibility is required.
  • Relevant professional certifications such as PHR/SPHR, SHRM-CP/SCP, CCP, CBP, GRP, CEBS, CPLP helpful.
  • Experience working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds.

Additional Info

  • Balanced abilities in strategic thinking, intellectual curiosity and execution/project management 
  • Strategic thinking: the ability to engage in strategic, creative and conceptual thinking and support recommendations with facts and data. Demonstrated capacity to translate concept and strategies into action including creating and launching well-defined and operationally efficient systems, practice and processes. 
  • Intellectual curiosity: understands both the issues and theories but also understand other’s thought processes and insight positive contagions of learning and creativity. 
  • Execution: strong project management skills including the ability to multitask and meet targets within designated budgets and timeframes. Demonstrated adaptability, flexibility and resourcefulness in setting priorities and in managing both time and resources in a dynamic environment. 
  • Excellent communication skills including oral, written, presentation, facilitation and listening. Ability to effectively listen, collect, analyze, interpret, synthesize, translate and present data, information, feedback, findings and plans to broad and diverse audiences. 
  • Experience, skill and knowledge with e-learning platforms including developing, launching, promoting, managing and administering is preferred.

How to Apply

The foundation will be partnering with an executive search firm to fill this position. Review of applicant materials will continue until finalist candidates have been identified. Please submit all nominations, inquiries and/or application materials (with the position title referenced in the subject line of the correspondence), including a letter of application, resume and a list of references in confidence to:


Ellen Romberg, Partner
Battalia Winston
eromberg@battaliawinston.com

Program Officer - Michigan

Reporting to the State Director of Michigan Programs, the Program Officer will provide leadership and oversight for execution of programs and policy that strives for educated, healthy kids and secure families throughout the State of Michigan. S/he will screen and recommend grants for funding; build relationships and coalitions throughout the state; conduct site visits; and manage and monitor a portfolio of grant programs and public policy aligned with the strategic framework of the foundation. S/he will collaborate with the other foundation program staff to foster a rigorous, inclusive, and interdisciplinary approach to grant-making. 

The Program Officer 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. The Michigan team is partnering 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. The incoming Program Officer will play a key role in supporting the work of policy makers, community leaders, and residents as they work towards these ambitious goals.

Education/Experience

  • Master’s degree in a field relevant to assigned areas is preferred.
  • Minimum five years’ experience in fields relevant to assigned responsibilities. Preference for significant relevant work experience (8+ years) with strong networks and contacts, as well as a broad, generalist background with deep and comprehensive understanding of program design and development, systems, networking, and community change.
  • Evidence of effective work beyond areas of relevant field of practice and technical skills in one or more core programming areas (family economic security; food, health and well-being; education and learning; civic engagement; racial equity, etc.) that support the goal area/regional strategy are essential.
  • Successful experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Team building capabilities within WKKF and in communities.
  • Time management and ability to multitask and navigate the field effectively both within updated technological systems and community development models.

Additional Info

  • Knowledge of issues and communities in Michigan.
  • Experience with state and local policy development and with policy issues affecting families with children.
  • Familiarity with legislative and regulatory processes.
  • Relevant work experience in Michigan.

How to Apply

External search firm

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Nominations or applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), salary history and where you learned of the position should be sent to: wkkf-pomich@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.

Download the Executive Summary.

Program Officer - Food, Health and Well-Being

Serving under the direction of the Director of Food, Health & Well-Being, the program officer is responsible for identifying and nurturing opportunities for affecting positive systemic change within communities, and executing programming efforts that are aligned with the organizational direction. The program officer will work closely with other staff to ensure integration and coordination of efforts.

Education/Experience

  • Master’s degree in a field relevant to assigned areas is preferred.
  • Minimum five years’ experience in fields relevant to assigned responsibilities. Preference for significant relevant work experience (8+ years) with strong networks and contacts, as well as a broad, generalist background with deep and comprehensive understanding of program design and development, systems, networking, and community change.
  • Evidence of effective work beyond areas of relevant field of practice and technical skills in one or more core programming areas (family economic security; food, health and well-being; education and learning; racial equity, etc.) that support the goal area/regional strategy are essential.
  • Successful experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Team building capabilities within the foundation and in communities.
  • Time management and ability to multitask and navigate the field effectively both within updated technological systems and community development models.

Additional Info

  • Strong networks and relationships in the field of maternal and child health.
  • Knowledge of programs, services and interventions that improve health outcomes for children and their parents.
  • Experienced leader in building organizational capacity for delivery of effective programs.
  • Strong knowledge of policy and systems that impact the health of children and families.

How to Apply

The foundation is partnering with an executive search firm to fill this position. Please submit cover letter and resume to: 

Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group
wkkf-fhw@nonprofitprofessionals.com

Program Officer - Education and Learning

The foundation supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. The foundation’s integrated approach centers on whole child development – ensuring the emotional, social, cognitive, physical, cultural and civic development of young children, with a special emphasis on prenatal to age 8, within the context of families and communities.

Through technical, programmatic, and financial support, the foundation is currently partnering with hundreds of organizations to reach its goal of developing educated and healthy children who thrive in secure families and communities. The foundation approaches this work by employing “two-generation strategies,” recognizing that interventions in childrens’ lives have more enduring positive outcomes when the prospects for their parents’ lives are also improved.

Education/Experience

Serving under the direction of the director, the program officer is responsible for identifying and nurturing opportunities for affecting positive systemic change within communities, and executing programming efforts that are aligned with the organizational direction.

The program officer will work closely with other staff to ensure integration and coordination of efforts.

The prerequisites of the Program Officer position come from a combination of academic training and professional experience and include:

  • Master’s degree in a field relevant to assigned areas is preferred.
  • Minimum five years’ experience in fields relevant to assigned responsibilities. Preference for significant relevant work experience (8+ years) with strong networks and contacts, as well as a broad, generalist background with deep and comprehensive understanding of program design and development, systems, networking, and community change.
  • Evidence of effective work beyond areas of relevant field of practice and technical skills in one or more core programming areas (family economic security; food, health and well-being; education and learning; civic engagement; racial equity, etc.) that support the goal area/regional strategy are essential.
  • Successful experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds.

Additional Info

Technical skills:

  • Comfort with and ability to work effectively within communities, including appreciating historical contexts, discerning nuances of relationships and power dynamics, understanding racial/ethnic realities and respecting community needs and desires.
  • Accurate and current knowledge about trends, movements, and developing policy to stimulate appropriate programming directions and capitalize on emerging opportunities.
  • Understanding of broad social and economic forces that affect communities and families and shape programming efforts.
  • Ability to translate concept to action; entrepreneurial nature.
  • Problem solving skills, including the ability to develop novel approaches to generate solutions.
  • Sound judgment and the ability to make complex, multidimensional decisions based on both facts and experience.
  • Thorough knowledge and grasp of systems change and the ability to identify and orchestrate the levers of change.
  • Innovation orientation.
  • Organization, administrative and management skills.
  • Organizational savvy and constructive political skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate knowledge and learning.

Download executive summary

How to Apply

Submit resume electronically to:
WKKFProgramOfficer@polihire.com
Mr. Kenyatta Uzzell
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20004
(202) 204-3003

Program Officer - Racial Equity

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a leading philanthropic force helping communities create the conditions children need to thrive and the nation’s fifth largest foundation, is seeking nominations and applications for program officer in the area of Racial Equity. 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 & Learning; Food, Health and Well-Being; and Family Economic Security. Given that a disproportionate number of vulnerable children in our society are children of color, as a consequence of both the legacy of this nation’s history of racial oppression and the structural racism that continues to permeate systems and institutions, both racial healing work and the dismantling of structural racism are key ingredients in any effort 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 being an effective anti-racist organization and to working to achieve racial equity.

Education/Experience

  • The ideal candidate will be first and foremost committed to the foundation’s mission and will have an exceptionally strong, nuanced, and current understanding of complex psychological and inter-personal dynamics, as well as a working knowledge of the broad systemic forces at work in racial healing, structural racism and narrative change. S/he will be distinguished in a relevant field of practice, with 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. An advanced degree in a relevant field is preferred.
  • Significant work experience (five years minimum, eight + years preferred) in fields relevant to the responsibilities outlined above, with strong networks and contacts, as well as a broad, generalist background with deep and comprehensive understanding of program design and development, systems, network building, and community change;
  • Demonstrated application of holistic and multi-dimensional concepts and approaches to leadership development, as well as organizational or community change;
  • Accurate and current knowledge about trends, movements, and policy development to stimulate appropriate programming directions and capitalize on emerging opportunities in the areas of racial healing and reconciliation, and the dismantling of structural racism; an entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to translate these concepts to action;
  • Evidence of effective work beyond areas of relevant field of practice and technical skills in one or more core programming areas (e.g., measurement and accountability, media strategy, systems change, community organizing) that support the goal area/regional strategy are essential;
  • 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 and intermediaries in a credible and influential way and with a selfless manner focusing on values and the greater good;
  • Comfort with and the ability to work effectively within communities, including appreciating historical contexts, discerning nuances of relationships and power dynamics, understanding racial/ethnic realities, and respecting community needs and desires;
  • 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/or community goals and objectives;
  • Strong relationship building and communication skills; the ability to have authentic dialogue around sensitive issues including funding priorities, WKKF expectations, and community concerns. Highly developed emotional intelligence and active listening skills, and the ability to use interpersonal and political skills in collaborative, diplomatic ways;
  • Thorough knowledge and grasp of systems change and the ability to identify and orchestrate the levers of change; sound judgment and the ability to make complex, multi-dimensional decisions based on both facts and experience;
  • Excellent writing, editing, analytical, and oral communication skills including the ability to collect, review, synthesize, and present information and findings;
  • 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; and
  • The ability and willingness to travel.

Additional Info

The new program officer will identify and nurture opportunities to support locally-driven racial healing efforts and positive systems change within communities and will execute programming efforts that are aligned with the organizational direction and strategy. S/he will lead and oversee on-the-ground execution of program efforts in the area of Racial Equity, including: screening and recommending grants for funding; preparing funding documents; conducting site visits; managing and monitoring a grant portfolio; and providing high-level technical assistance to grantees, including consultation on model development, partnership negotiations, leadership capacity building, and coaching. The Program Officer will also develop and maintain strategic external partnerships with colleague foundations, businesses, governmental agencies, and other key decision-makers to further the foundation’s mission to bring sustainable improvement to communities. The ideal candidate will be a holistic and interdisciplinary thinker firmly committed to the foundation’s mission and will have a current understanding of broad social and economic forces affecting communities and families, demonstrated ability to develop and implement impactful programs, and success facilitating authentic, productive dialogue within diverse communities and settings. S/he will be able to translate concept into action, stimulating direction for the program that capitalizes upon emerging opportunities. S/he will be distinguished in a field of practice relevant to addressing racial healing and equity issues and will possess a strong team orientation, a tolerance for ambiguity, the ability to adapt quickly to change, and the skill to work effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds.

Download executive summary

How to Apply

The search is being assisted by Allison Kupfer Poteet and Erica Nicole Griffin of 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), salary history and where you learned of the position should be sent to: wkkf-pore@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.

Planning, Evaluation and Research (PER) Officer

Serving under the leadership of the director of evaluation, the PER Officer is responsible for designing, leading and supporting mission oriented planning, research, and evaluation activities.

Education/Experience

  • Master’s degree is required. Preference will be given to individuals with graduate degrees in program evaluation or applied social science.
  • Experience in the philanthropic or nonprofit sector is preferred.
  • Significant work experience (8-10 years) and strong networks in fields relevant to assigned responsibilities 
  • Track record of creating and implementing new learning and evaluation methods of practice.
  • Successful experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds.

Additional Info

Download executive summary

How to Apply

This search is being conducted with the assistance of Allison Kupfer Poteet and Callie Carroll of 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), salary history and where you learned of the position should be sent to: wkkf-pero@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.

More Hiring Information

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

WKKF is an Equal Opportunity Employer and shall continue to adhere to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity to ensure that all applicants and employees are considered for hire, promotion, position status and other employment actions without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, gender, handicap, genetic information or veteran status.

Total Rewards Statement: To support our employees and their families, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation offers a total rewards package comprised of competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. The cafeteria style benefits package includes choices of affordable medical and dental plans designed to meet individuals’ varying needs, disability and life insurance programs, health and dependent care reimbursement accounts, broad retirement benefits and a generous number of paid holiday and vacation days. Additionally, the foundation provides for personal and professional growth through an educational reimbursement program, opportunities for professional recognition and development and work-life balance and wellness programs.

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“Empleen el dinero del modo en que crean conveniente, siempre y cuando promueva la salud, la felicidad y el bienestar de los niños.” - Will Keith Kellogg

“Sèvi ak lajan an jan w vle depi se sante timoun, byennèt timoun ak kè kontan pou timoun w ap ankouraje.” - W.K. Kelòg