The ideal candidate will be first and foremost committed to the foundation’s mission and will have a deep and nuanced understanding of the structural forces that impact the wellbeing of children. She/he/they will be distinguished as a leader in regional or national philanthropy and a tested, successful manager.
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:
• At least 10 to 15 years of progressive experience in grantmaking or a related field with demonstrated expertise in strategy development and priority-setting in support of the wellbeing of children, racial equity, economic equity, health equity, educational equity, or a related field;
• Experience shaping strategy in partnership with senior leadership and program officers with the ability to translate strategy into priorities and goals. A thorough understanding of how to leverage best practices in collaboration to achieve program alignment across an organization;
• Capacity to develop and implement impactful programs and effectively communicate conceptual program frameworks to grant-seekers and trustees; deep and comprehensive understanding of program design and development, systems, networking, and community change;
• Demonstrated expertise and experience in innovative grantmaking practices including and especially program evaluation, strategic alignment, and grantee communication;
• The knowledge and sensitivity to effectively work with and support vulnerable communities including appreciation for historical context, discernment of relationship nuances and power dynamics, and understanding of social, racial, and ethnic realities;
• Exemplary public communication skills and experience participating in national and regional convenings as a panelist or keynote;
• Demonstrated ability to develop and implement programs that have impact; 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;
• Successful experience leading 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 with 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;
• Ability to multitask and meet deadlines within designated timeframes, as well as demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities; strong organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail with the ability to work both independently, take initiative, and contribute ideas for enhancing performance;
• An optimistic outlook and the humor, integrity, and patience necessary to work within a transformative environment; and
• Ability to travel approximately 40 percent of time; regular attendance on-site at the Battle Creek headquarters to facilitate interaction and synthesis of the grantmaking programs is required.