Senior Program Officer – Human Services
The Kresge Foundation’s Human Services Program has an immediate opening for a senior program officer to assist in the design and implementation of a grantmaking program that addresses the nation’s persistent and growing human services issues.
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. We do this through grant making and social investing nationally in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, as well as community development in Detroit.
The foundation’s state-of-the-art headquarters is located in metro Detroit. The modern facility is anchored by a 19th century farmhouse and a new expansion that houses both a cafeteria and a convening center. Kresge also operates an office in Detroit’s Midtown district.
The Kresge Foundation offers a competitive total compensation package including health, employer-paid dental and vision, basic life insurance, short- and long-term disability, generous paid time off and an attractive 401k plan with employer match and a 10 percent employer contribution. We also provide breakfast, lunch and snacks daily for a nominal charge, robust professional development opportunities and tuition reimbursement. Kresge promotes and supports a healthy and green work environment and encourages intellectual curiosity as we embrace and live out our values of creativity, respect, opportunity, partnership and stewardship.
About the position
We support the advancement of human services to accelerate social and economic mobility for people with low income in America’s cities. Our focus is developing the human services field to do more than even the odds for people who are experiencing low income. Our work aims to reset the odds so that people have an improved set of opportunities to live healthy, economically stable and self-determined lives.
When human services organizations think creatively and work in a bold manner, they have the power to significantly impact equality of opportunity. We invest through these focus areas:
- Advancing innovative, multi-sectoral policy solutions in human services, we look for opportunities to support efforts to change the way the human services sector operates through testing, disseminating and advocating for policy-driven approaches to improving social and economic mobility.
- Fostering the next generation of human services organizations, we support organizations that operate human services programs strategically and with a mind for the future. These programs are person-centered and performance-based.
- Building place-based opportunity ecosystems we focus efforts in select cities to create sustainable, integrated and person-centered networks of supports and services anchored by human services organizations.
The senior program officer will join Kresge at an exciting time, becoming a member of a team that is engaged in human services during a period of reform. Although the program’s broad themes and funding priorities are directed at improving opportunity (social and economic mobility) the position will require the ability to work across non-human services specific sectors. Also, the position involves the ability to work both in the realm of policy and in community-based environments.
The program aspires to position The Kresge Foundation as a recognized leader within human services philanthropy by partnering effectively with other foundations and with the public, private and nonprofit sectors, and by deploying our capital in innovative ways for the benefit of nonprofit organizations and the people they serve. We seek to hire an individual who is excited to help our Human Services team achieve that vision.
The individual filling this position will work in close partnership with the program managing director and a small team of program staff, as well as with the foundation’s Program Operations and Information Management team and Social Investment Practice, a team that uses loans, loan guarantees and deposits in support of Kresge program goals.
- With the Human Services managing director, deputy director and team, contribute to grantmaking strategy development for the program. Contribute to the team’s program development.
- Participate in funder and cross-sector collaborative to achieve program objectives.
- Utilize social investments tools, such asprogram-related investments, to achieve program objectives.
- Contribute to the team’s development of criteria to evaluate the effectiveness of the portfolio and participate in the evaluation of the results.
- With other team members, have individual and collective responsibility for reaching annual investment and grant targets.
- Obtain, maintain and share a high level of knowledge of the most effective strategies and current thinking in field – what works, what are the most effective and /or innovative ways to support the work, and how to implement strategies with partners.
- Participate in national networks, affinity groups and other external efforts to advance the program’s strategies and the team’s standing within the human services field.
- Interact with other human services grant makers, nonprofit leaders and public and private sector stakeholders active in the field of human services to assess developments in the field and strategic points for philanthropic engagement.
- Work with other Kresge program teams on mutually planned and developed collaborative efforts.
- Prepare, individually and with other team members, strategy papers and other written materials for the foundation’s management and Board of Trustees.
- Identify possible grant and social investment opportunities that advance the program’s strategies.
- Develop grant outcomes and evaluation criteria for one’s own grants; review reports and interpret results; reaching annual grants target.
- Evaluate letters of inquiry and grant proposals.
- With the Social Investment Practice, evaluate the feasibility of alternative forms of capital support for human services organizations and contribute to the program’s embrace of social investment tools.
- Manage consultants and commissions research as needed. Help lead research and program development in concert with managing director and deputy.
- Within the team calendar, conduct site visits and partake of professional development opportunities.
- Maintain a high level of external visibility and involvement on behalf of the foundation and lead community initiatives.
- Operate in full alignment, with high initiative, effectively lead and manage projects across the grantmaking strategy. Effectively operate under pressure (high demand, fast-paced environment)
- Effective problem solving, decision-making and timely delivery on work products and deadlines.
- Write and publish complex strategy papers and complex grant write-ups. Actively sources strategic and programmatic grants.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Strong commitment to the foundation’s vision and values with the ability to demonstrate that commitment in daily interactions.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in relevant or related fields is required; master’s degree and relevant credentialing are desirable.
- Minimum of seven to 10 years of experience and leadership in relevant human services or related fields; seven or more years preferred.
- Previous grantmaking or lending experience is preferred, but not required.
- Excellent analytical and writing skills.
- Experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies to effect change.
- Demonstrated financial analysis skills, including the ability to analyze audited financials, balance sheets, and business plans of nonprofit organizations; facility with complex financial instruments desirable.
- Effective time-management skills, with demonstrated ability to manage a diverse and demanding workload.
- Strong verbal communications skills and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
- Experience working collaboratively across the nonprofit, private and public sectors.
- Ability to undertake extensive (~30 percent) national travel.
- Strong commitment to the foundation’s vision and values.
Please submit a cover letter and updated resume by May 31, 2017 to email@example.com
The Kresge Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women and LGBT applicants.