Senior Program Officer – Arts & Culture
The Kresge Foundation has an immediate opening for a mission-driven and collaborative senior program officer in its Arts & Culture Program.
About the foundation
The Kresge Foundation is metro Detroit's largest private, national foundation, with more than $3.5 billion in its endowment, a growing staff of nearly 100 employees and a mission to expand opportunities in America's cities for low-income people. The foundation does this through grantmaking and social investing nationally in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, as well as community development in Detroit. Kresge’s Detroit Program is one of the foundation's signature efforts, reflecting its commitment to work in one of America's most challenging and dynamic cities and belief in strategic, interdisciplinary, collective, and innovative approaches to urban revitalization.
About the position
The senior program officer will work as part of a creative team charged with building and implementing a bold, entrepreneurial and innovative program aimed to integrate arts, culture and design into community development practices. The senior program officer will work with national, state, municipal and county leaders to support the creation of tools and strategies that inform, equip, and empower decision makers. Moreover, the senior program officer will strengthen the capacity of place-based entities, community leaders and anchor organizations working to improve life circumstances of low income residents and develop field-bending tools for full adoption of creative placemaking across sectors. In addition, the senior program officer will capture and share learning distilled from grantees and others to inform the field of practice nationally, and will create and provide intellectual support to networks of individuals and organizations working to embed creative placemaking theory and practices.
Reporting to the managing director of the Arts & Culture Program, the senior program officer will work in close partnership with other members of the Arts & Culture team as well as with other staff across The Kresge Foundation. A spirit of, and commitment to, collegiality and collaboration is an essential core value in the foundation and within the Arts & Culture Program.
This is a full-time position in Troy, Michigan. For more information about The Kresge Foundation, please visit kresge.org/.
- Shape grantmaking and investment strategies within the Arts & Culture Program, particularly with respect to community-engaged design, systems integration and comprehensive community development solutions.
- Prepare, individually and with other team members, complex strategy papers, grant recommendations, other written materials, and verbal presentations for the foundation’s management and Board of Trustees.
- Identify, conduct due diligence on, and recommend for support, those grants and social investments that advance the program’s strategies.
- Assess the merit of potential grant and investment opportunities and monitoring active grants and investments through review of written materials, conversations by phone and in-person site visits.
- Analyze grantee reports and updates to determine progress toward expressed outcomes, and contributing to the team’s learning and evaluation efforts.
- Represent the foundation professionally to external entities.
- Represent the team on internal foundation working groups and committees.
- Identify and conduct due diligence on, recommend for support, those grants and social investments that advance the program’s strategies.
- Convene, on occasion, grantees, external funder and cross-sector collaboratives to achieve the program’s objectives.
- Participate in national networks, affinity groups and other external efforts to advance the program’s strategies and the team’s influence within the field.
- Operate in full alignment, with high initiative, effectively lead and manage initiatives and projects across the grantmaking strategy.
The ideal candidate for this position will possess many, if not all, of the following professional qualifications, competencies and personal qualities:
- Commitment to using arts, culture or community-engaged design as a comprehensive community development solution. Experience using this practice in an urban context is preferred.
- Working knowledge of community development activities – affordable housing, transit oriented development, and social change – in urban areas is preferred.
- Experience in the arts, culture, community development or community-engaged design field.
- Grantmaking expertise or experience with other forms of investment designed to positively impact communities.
- Experience working with racially and ethnically diverse and low-income communities.
- Experience in the development and implementation of strategies to effect change and in promoting and contributing to a strong learning culture.
- Experience in project development, development of budgets and work plans, project management and negotiation of contracts.
- Experience using non-grant forms of capital (e.g., debt, equity and program-related investments) in the nonprofit sector.
- Strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to listen well, convey thoughts clearly, speak in public and work effectively as a member of a team.
- Experience working in, or in close partnership with, the philanthropic sector is preferred.
- Personal creativity and strategic vision, coupled with an ability to listen to others and learn from their best ideas – a sense of inquisitiveness and intellectual curiosity.
- Strong commitment to the foundation’s vision and its five values (i.e., stewardship, respect, creativity, partnership and opportunity) with the ability to demonstrate those values in daily interactions.
- An entrepreneurial, creative spirit along with a willingness to challenge conventional wisdom; eagerness to embrace new ideas and perspectives.
- An interest in working as a member of a dynamic team.
- A demeanor that demonstrates both confidence and humility.
- A sense of optimism and humor.
- Ability to travel (primarily within the U.S.) approximately 25 percent-35 percent of work days.
- Minimum of seven years’ work experience in arts and culture, community development, community engaged design, economic development, community health or other related field; 10 or more years preferred.
- Master’s degree in a relevant field of study is preferred. Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study is required.
The Kresge Foundation has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. To apply, please submit a compelling letter of interest and resume to Erin Reedy here.
Kresge is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. 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.
Koya Leadership Partners
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