Program Officer (3 positions)

PURPOSE:  Serving under the direction of the director of or vice president for program strategy, 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.

SALARY INFORMATION:  This position is in salary grade I. Actual starting salary of candidate will be commensurate with years, breadth, and depth of relevant experience (internal and external to WKKF), education, certifications, credentials, special skills, accomplishments and other factors relevant to the position. 


·         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.

·         Experience working effectively with diverse populations, including multi-ethnic groups and economically diverse communities and individuals. 


For RE/CE:

·         Proven track record of effectiveness in racial healing and racial equity work, both at the local and systems level.

·         High degree of emotional intelligence, psychological insight and cultural awareness in diverse communities.

·         Conflict resolution, negotiation, and community building skills are also valued.

For New Mexico:

·         Knowledge of issues and communities in New Mexico and the region.

·         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 New Mexico and the region.

For E&L/FES:

·         Strong networks and relationships in the field of education and learning and family economic security.

·         Develop and maintain strategic relationships and networks in the field.

·         Knowledge of interventions that simultaneously work to optimize outcomes for children and their parents.

·         Background building the capacity of infant and toddler programs, practices and policies.

·         Understand and effectively communicate the foundation’s mission, vision, core values and strategic direction to support a birth to eight educational framework with internal and external groups, including key stakeholders and intermediaries.

APPLICATIONS/NOMINATIONS PROCESS:  If you wish to apply or make a referral, please submit all information to by Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. The foundation will be partnering with an executive search firm to fill these positions. Review of applicant materials will continue until finalist candidates have been identified. 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

Email will be provided in the near future; in the meantime, send to

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