Program Officer - Michigan

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.


  • 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

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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