Program Officer – Education

The Kresge Foundation is one of the top 20 private philanthropic foundations in the United States and the only one focused exclusively on expanding opportunities for people with low income in American cities. With a $4.2 billion endowment and a staff of over 100 employees, the foundation deploys grants and social investments across arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development. The foundation’s state-of-the-art headquarters maintains an array of energy-efficient, water-conserving and health-promoting systems. The foundation also operates an office in Detroit’s Midtown district.



The Program Officer for Education will assist in the design and implementation of a grantmaking program that seeks to increase national postsecondary attainment in cities while eliminating equity achievement gaps for low-income students and students of color, especially African Americans, Latinx, Native Americans, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, and other under-represented groups.


The team seeks Program Officer candidates with strong experience and a demonstrated commitment to low-income people, social justice, and the eradication of race-based and other equity gaps in education. Our grantmaking areas have included:


  • Advising
  • City-based efforts to improve local college access and success
  • College access programs
  • College affordability (including financial aid, free community college, and predatory student loans)
  • Community colleges
  • Data analytics
  • Developmental education reform
  • Higher education technology 
  • Minority Serving Institutions
  • Non-academic barriers to student success (including housing and food insecurity, and limited transit and childcare options)
  • South African higher education policy and practice
  • State higher education systems
  • Student-focused public higher education
  • Transfer and articulation
  • U.S. federal, state, and local higher education policy


The individual filling this position will report to the Managing Director and work in close partnership with other members of the Education team, as well as with the Foundation’s Grants Management team, Communications team and Social Investment Practice, a team that uses loans, loan guarantees and deposits in support of Kresge program goals.  



Click here for more information or to apply. The application deadline for this position is Midnight EST on May 14, 2023.

The Kresge Foundation COVID -19 Vaccination Policy requires all employees to be “up to date” on the COVID-19 vaccination. The Foundation defines “up to date” as having received two primary doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna vaccine or one primary dose of the J&J vaccine and any booster dose(s) when eligible. Proof of vaccination must be provided prior to the first day of employment. If you believe you need a disability or religious accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act regarding the vaccination policy, you are responsible for requesting an accommodation prior to your first day of employment by notifying Human Resources. Employment will be contingent upon the outcome of the accommodation review process.


This position is located in Troy, Michigan and currently has a hybrid schedule with remote work from home up to 3 days per week.


Some of the benefits include:


  • Relocation services 401k and 401k matching
  • Health, dental, vision and life insurance Tuition reimbursement
  • Paid time off Life, accident and disability insurance


Kresge is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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  • Kevin Perez
    published this page in Job Board 2023-04-24 22:04:58 -0400