Program Officer-Racial Equity, (Based in Battle Creek, Mich.)

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.


  • Significant work experience (8+ years preferred) successfully leading racial equity and healing work at national, organizational, and systemic levels. Demonstrated application of holistic and multi-dimensional concepts and approaches to community change in a relevant field, including but not limited to: community engagement, organizational change, leadership development, coalition building, and nonprofit leadership. Thorough knowledge and grasp of systemic change and the ability to identify and co-create the levers of change is critical.
  • A bachelor’s degree in sociology, history, political science, faith-based studies, ethnic studies, nonprofit management or a related field is required.
  • Successful experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Excellent writing, editing, analytical, and oral communication skills including the ability to collect, review, synthesize, and present information and findings. Sound judgment and the ability to make complex, multi-dimensional decisions based on both facts and experience.
  • Experience working in a high performing and agile organization with a team-oriented culture.

Additional Info

  • Accurate and current knowledge about national and regional trends, movements, and policy development to stimulate appropriate programming and capitalize on emerging opportunities in the areas of racial healing, community engagement, and the dismantling of structural racism. Engagement in international racial equity issues is a plus.
  • Demonstrated success in forging and stewarding partnerships with the private sector, government agencies, multi-lateral organizations, foundations, policymakers, and stakeholders in support of racial equity. The ability to think globally while working locally, representing WKKF to a variety of stakeholders and intermediaries in an influential and values-focused way.
  • 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.
  • Proven track record of effectiveness in racial healing and racial equity work, both at the local and systems level, as well as training others on racial equity awareness, analysis and implementation plans.
  • High degree of emotional intelligence, psychological insight and cultural awareness in diverse communities.
  • Conflict resolution, negotiation, and community building skills are also valued.

Download the position description.

How to Apply

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applicant materials will begin immediately and continue until finalist candidates have been identified.

APPLICATIONS/NOMINATIONS PROCESS: The foundation is partnering with an executive search firm to fill this position. Please submit all nominations, inquiries and/or application materials, including a letter of application, resume and a list of references in confidence to:

Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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