Kresge Foundation Program Officer- Environment

About the Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation is a $3 billion private, national foundation that works to improve the life circumstances of vulnerable people living in cities through grantmaking and investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development efforts in Detroit and nationally. In 2013, the Board of Trustees approved 316 awards totaling $122 million. In addition, our Social Investment Practice made commitments totaling $16 million in 2013. The Kresge Foundation is located in the metropolitan Detroit community of Troy, Michigan. For more information, visit

Available Position: Program Officer – Environment

The Kresge Foundation’s Environment Program has an immediate opening for a program officer to work as part of a dynamic team charged with implementing strategies aimed to build communities’ resilience in the face of climate change. Resilience involves not just withstanding stresses but also establishing the capacity to prosper under a wide range of climate-influenced circumstances. Resilience in the long term is possible only if society reduces greenhouse gas emissions and is able to avoid the worst impacts of climate change; as such, reducing reliance on fossil fuels is a critical component of resilience. Our work is focused primarily on cities in the U.S., and we have particular interest in ensuring that the interests and needs of low-income residents are addressed in climate resilience efforts. For additional information about the Environment Program’s work, please visit

The Kresge Environment Program uses the full array of tools available to foster change, including grants, program-related investments, strategic communications, convening power, and other forms of field-leadership. We are proactive in our work and embrace innovation, problem-solving, and informed risk taking.

The ideal candidate will possess a number of qualities, including: • An entrepreneurial, creative spirit;?• Intellectual curiosity and flexibility;?• A willingness to challenge conventional wisdom;

• An eagerness to embrace new ideas and perspectives;?• An understanding of the role of philanthropic investment as risk capital,

accompanied by a solid sense of stewardship and accountability; and • An interest in promoting and contributing to a strong learning culture.

The Program Officer will report to the Environment Program’s Managing Director and will work in close partnership with the other members of the Environment Team as well as with staff of the Program and Grants Management departments and other Foundation personnel.

Primary responsibilities of the program officer position include:

?      Effectively implementing the Program’s strategies in partnership with other Environment team members and, as appropriate, members of other Program teams and the Social Investment Practice.

?      Obtaining, maintaining, and sharing a high level of knowledge about the climate change mitigation and adaptation fields as well as strategies for effective representation of low-income residents and communities in climate resilience efforts.

?      Collaborating with other grantmakers, nonprofit leaders, and public and private sector stakeholders active in efforts relevant to climate resilience to track as well as catalyze new developments in the field and identify strategic points for philanthropic engagement.

?      Preparing, individually and with other team members, strategy papers, grant recommendations, other written materials, and verbal presentations for the Foundation’s management and Board of Trustees.

?      Identifying, conducting due diligence on, and recommending for support grants and social investments that advance the Program’s strategies.

?      Assessing 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.

?      Analyzing grantee reports and updates to determine progress toward expressed outcomes.

?      Contributing to the team’s learning and evaluation efforts.

?      Otherwise representing the Foundation professionally to external entities.

Position Requirements: ?Experience: