W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Flexible Location

About W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Upon establishing the foundation in 1930, breakfast cereal pioneer W.K. Kellogg instructed future trustees and staff to “Use the money as you please so long as it promotes the health, happiness and well-being of children.” To this day, the foundation envisions, and works toward, a nation that marshals its resource to assure that all children have an equitable and promising future – a nation in which all children thrive.

To advance this mission, the foundation implements an array of change-making tools – grantmaking, impact investing, communications, contracting, networking, and convenings and uses an innovative matrixed organizational design to prioritize investment decisions and maximize effectiveness toward achieving the desired ends and improvements for children and their families. A commitment to racial equity, community engagement and leadership is woven into each endeavor as essential to the creation of a social context in which all children can thrive, particularly the most vulnerable. In recent years, the foundation has sharpened its focus on improving conditions for vulnerable children, concentrating on three key factors of success and their intersections: education and learning; food, health and well-being; and family economic security.

The Opportunity

Communications Officers at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation are responsible for leading communication strategies that support an assigned body of work; collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to design, plan and implement strategic communications campaigns and projects; managing communications; and identifying and nurturing opportunities for affecting positive systemic change within communities.

An Officer at the Foundation generally has the following responsibilities:

• Execute bodies of work requiring deep functional expertise.

• Cultivate, manage and monitor program/vendor/project portfolios.

• Nurture strong, authentic relationships across the organization and with grantees/vendors.

• Define, develop and implement projects.

• Establish and maintain strategic relationships with key vendors and partners internally and externally.

• Provide high-level technical expertise and assistance.

• Identify, document and disseminate results, outcomes and learnings.

• Analyze and solve problems.

• Solicit and respond to stakeholder input.

• Responsible for budget, vendor and contracts management.

This new Communications Officer is specifically responsible for work that will include, but is not limited to, the following:

• Lead, conceptualize, plan, create, deliver, track and assess the foundation’s communication, both independently and as part of teams and work groups across a networked organization operating in the United States, Mexico and Haiti.

• Develop strategic communications aligned with grantmaking strategies for the following DNA communications priorities within the foundation:

o Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) – Lead strategic communications for TRHT, including for announcements of new communities, in partnership with grantees, knowledge product development and promotion to target audiences. TRHT is a comprehensive national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism.

o Catalyzing Community Giving (CCG) – Provide strategic communications and event support to raise awareness and elevate CCG funding. CCG supports communities of color in using philanthropy to become agents of their own change and to positively impact the lives of children and families in their own communities.

o National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH) – Develop strategic communications to promote the National Day of Racial Healing and the national WKKF event – including digital strategy, social media campaigns, media engagement, WKKF internal communications and communications with WKKF grantees and partners. NDORH was created with and builds on the work and learnings of TRHT community partners, bringing all people together in their common humanity and inspiring collective action to create a more just and equitable world.

o Solidarity Council on Racial Equity (SCoRE) – Lead strategic communications planning and engage with SCoRE members for influencer outreach strategies. SCoRE members are recognized global change leaders in advocacy, the arts, business, education and media. Together with WKKF, they are contributing insight and creative energy to advance racial equity and create a platform for collective action.

o Leadership – Lead strategic communications for the Community Leadership Network and the Fellows Alumni Network. As a world-class leadership development program in the United States, the WKKF Community Leadership Network equips leaders with the knowledge and skills to bridge divides in our society and build a more equitable future for all. Fellows become part of a vast network of 1,700+ alumni, who collectively are working to effect systemic change.

• Actively develop and manage working relationships with key staff and external stakeholders and represent the foundation’s voice and profile serving as a lead brand manager to news and social media, key influencers and thought leaders, grantees and employees on behalf of the assigned portfolio of work.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

• Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, journalism, English or other field relevant to assigned area is required; Master’s degree is preferred.

• Minimum five years’ related work experience creating and managing objective-focused communications content (for both internal/employee-focused and external audiences) for online, social and traditional media and related project management required. Preference for significant relevant work experience (8-12+ years) with strong networks and contacts.

• Foundation or nonprofit experience preferred.

• Ability to work effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds.

• Demonstrated experience contributing to the current national conversation around racial equity and racial justice.

• Exceptional communication skills (written and verbal) with evidence of proficiency in writing (to include short analytic communications, interviewing and listening, narrative/storytelling in a range of forms, media outreach) and ability to use clear language to inspire action.

• Strong real-time analytic capabilities in all phases of communication work (related to audience analysis, understanding context, connecting relevant information, message development, assessing results, debriefing and adaptation).

• Strong independent problem-solving skills, including strategic curiosity, the ability to pose questions and the tenacity to find answers.

• Strong, demonstrated interpersonal and relationship-building skills to work with staff at all levels of the organization and with a range of external stakeholders, including social intelligence, the discipline to work independently and the flexibility to step into team roles as needed – as leaders, partners or project managers.

• Willingness to adapt and a deep desire to learn.

• Ability to communicate in multiple languages a plus.

In addition, strong candidates will embody the following:

• Strong alignment with WKKF’s values and DNA

• Intercultural competence

• Openness / self-awareness

• Ego-management

• Systems thinker

• Brings people together

• Change competence

• Collaborative

• Conflict competence

• Listens well

• Talent architect / people developer

• Empowers leadership

• Trust builder

• Shares accountability 

• Results-oriented

Compensation & Benefits

Salary to commensurate with education and experience, along with comprehensive benefits and a great work environment.


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Erin Reedy here.


The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and shall continue to adhere to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity to ensure that all applicants and employees are considered for hire, promotion, position status and other employment actions without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, gender, handicap, genetic information or veteran status.

For more information on the foundation, please visit www.wkkf.org.
For a full job description and instructions on how to apply, please visit https://koyapartners.com/search/kellogg-foundation-communications-officer/.

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