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Kellogg Foundation job opening for Program Officer for Civic Engagement

The Kellogg Foundation has a great job opening right now, for Program Officer for its Civic Engagement team (download the full job description here), and I was asked to share the job announcement with the dialogue & deliberation community…

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, one of the nation’s largest philanthropic organizations, is seeking a Program Officer for its Civic Engagement (CE) team, based in Battle Creek, Michigan. This is an opportunity to join the W.K. Kellogg Foundation at a time of renewed strength and recommitment to its core mission: improving the lives of vulnerable children. To fulfill this critical mission, a focus on Civic Engagement is essential, and this approach, along with Racial Equity, lies at the heart of Foundation’s historical value system and defines its unique contribution to the future of vulnerable children in American communities. The Program Officer for Civic Engagement will report directly to the Vice President for Programs and will participate fully in the team’s objective to use CE to strengthen and create conditions that propel children to achieve success.

The Program Officer will provide leadership and oversight for on-the-ground execution of programmatic efforts that build public will; invest in new pipelines of leadership; foster public philanthropy and new models; and leverage new collaborations and partnerships for increased impact. S/he will screen and recommend grants for funding; conduct site visits; and manage and monitor a portfolio of grant programs aligned with the Foundation’s new Strategic framework, and collaborate with the other Foundation programs to develop a more interdisciplinary approach to grant-making. The Program Officer will maintain strong, authentic relationships with grant seekers and grantees, 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 ideal candidate for this position will possess a master’s degree in a field relevant to the Civic Engagement approach and will have significant work experience in related fields, with strong networks and contacts, as well as a broad, generalist background with a deep and comprehensive understanding of program design and development, systems, networking, model development, and community change. S/he will have experience in public engagement dialogue and leadership development background, across all sectors, and a deep understanding of the community engagement field, organizations and systems. The ideal candidate needs to be an analytical thinker and possess an ability to assume leadership and management of a large body of work. In addition, s/he must excel in building teams internally and externally and motivating diverse players and partners.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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