W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) partners with a diverse portfolio of grantees to help ensure that New Mexico’s children are healthy, well-educated, and economically secure. Working with grantees and partners in the state to tackle the root causes of inequities and to support enduring, community-led solutions, WKKF’s concentrates its investments in Bernalillo (specifically South Valley), Doña Ana, McKinley and San Juan counties and in Native communities across the state, because it is estimated that more than half of vulnerable children in New Mexico live in those places.
The foundation’s commitment to the state is also reflected in the regional office that was opened in Albuquerque in 2012. WKKF’s grantmaking emphasizes several interrelated program areas specific to the needs of New Mexico’s children – including programs that support access to healthy food, extend mother-tomother support for women who breastfeed their babies, and help communities strengthen their local food systems and integrate healthier foods into schools. In addition to this, the foundation also supports programs that improve early childhood education, including increasing access to home visitation. WKKF works with industry partners and technical education programs to ensure there are clear pathways to employment for diverse populations. The foundation also supports families in developing a base of financial security that will enable them to support and engage in the education of their children and to save for the future. Additionally, WKKF is committed to helping develop diverse local leaders with influence and who can help leverage other local and national philanthropic dollars.
The ideal candidate will be first and foremost committed to the foundation’s mission and will have an exceptionally strong, nuanced, and current understanding of complex psychological and inter-personal dynamics, as well as a working knowledge of the broad systemic forces at work in racial healing, structural racism, and narrative change. S/he will be distinguished in a relevant field of practice, with a strong team orientation, a high tolerance for ambiguity, the ability to adapt quickly to change, and success working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds.
While no one person will embody all of the qualities enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
An advanced degree and significant work experience (8-10+ years preferred) in fields relevant to the responsibilities outlined above, with a deep and comprehensive understanding of program design and development, systems, network building, and community change;
Well established networks and contacts in New Mexico and deep experience leveraging those contacts towards impact; in depth understanding of the culture and specific challenges faced by various communities across the state;
Accurate and current knowledge about trends, movements, and policy development in the realms of education, health, and economic security in the state to stimulate appropriate programming directions and capitalize on emerging opportunities in the areas of racial healing and reconciliation, and the dismantling of structural racism;
Demonstrated application of holistic and multi-dimensional concepts and approaches to leadership development, organizational, and community change; thorough knowledge and grasp of systems change and the ability to identify and orchestrate the levers of change; sound judgment and the ability to make complex, multi-dimensional decisions based on both facts and experience;
Evidence of effective work beyond areas of relevant field of practice and technical skills in one or more core programming areas (e.g., measurement and accountability, media strategy, systems change, community organizing) that support the area’s strategy are essential;
Demonstrated ability to develop and implement programs that have impact; the ability to think globally while working locally, representing WKKF to a variety of stakeholders and intermediaries in a credible and influential way and with a selfless manner focusing on values and the greater good;
Comfort with and the 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;
Successful experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds; willingness to set aside a personal agenda in favor of organizational and/or community goals and objectives;
Strong relationship building and communication skills; the ability to have authentic dialogue around sensitive issues including funding priorities, WKKF expectations, and community concerns. Highly developed emotional intelligence and active listening skills, and the ability to use interpersonal and political skills in collaborative, diplomatic ways;
Excellent writing, editing, analytical, and oral communication skills including the ability to collect, review, synthesize, and present information and findings;
Knowledge of human resources management/supervision, philosophy, policy, and legal compliance matters; budgeting and contract negotiation skills;
Ability to multitask and meet deadlines within designated timeframes, and demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities; strong organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail with the ability to work independently and contribute ideas for enhancing performance;
An optimistic outlook and the humor, integrity, and patience necessary to work within a transformative environment; and
The ability and willingness to travel.
How To Apply
The search is being led by Katherine Jacobs, Nureen Das, and Mira Kline of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), salary history and where you learned of the position should be sent to: WKKF-DIRNM@nonprofitprofessionals.com. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.