Communications Officer, Editorial and Digital Content

The Walton Family Foundation is seeking a skilled, experienced individual to join the communications team as a writer and editor for internal and external communications. 

Position Responsibilities

The communications officer will write and edit both internal- and external-facing communications materials, including blog posts, social media content, speeches, op-eds, web content and presentations. He or she will report to the Sr. Communications Officer – Digital Content, and work closely with the communications team and consultants, as well as with program and administrative staff from across the foundation. The communications officer may be based in either the foundation’s Bentonville, Denver or Washington, D.C. office. 

Specific duties will include the following:

  • Collaborate effectively with other staff members to develop ideas, create content and ensure the best product possible.
  • Think creatively to develop new and compelling methods for storytelling.
  • Execute creative writing to craft messages that communicate consistent and relevant information to target audiences.
  • Develop fresh content through research and interviews.
  • Establish relationships with subject matter experts across the foundation to develop messaging. 
  • Establish and maintain editorial standards and processes for all written content.
  • Draft, edit and assist in publishing social media and web content.
  • Outline, write and edit blog posts for directors and select program staff – often on tight deadlines.
  • Develop compelling headlines and email subject lines, with online readers in mind.
  • Optimize content to be distributed across multiple channels, including social media, web, email or print. 
  • Ensure a consistent message and voice across channels.
  • Provide editorial support as needed, including proofreading, reviewing content for clarity, meaningfulness and relevance.
  • Ensure content aligns with foundation strategies, objectives and priorities.

Qualifications and Experience

The communications officer should possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, English or related field required.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in journalism, corporate communication, public relations, content strategy or related field.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to create compelling stories, both narratively and visually.
  • Strong organizational and project-management skills.
  • A strong understanding of social media and online user behavior.
  • Ability to be a self-starter; experience and aptitude managing long-distance internal and external relationships.
  • Attention to detail and problem solving, with a demonstrated capacity to meet deadlines and a commitment to customer service.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, as well as independently.
  • A commitment to the mission of the Walton Family Foundation. 
  • Unquestionable ethics and personal integrity.
  • A high level of discretion, judgment and confidentiality for both business and personal affairs.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the associate is regularly required to stand, reach with hands and arms, and use hands to finger, handle or feel objects and/or controls. The employee is required to sit, walk, talk and hear, and move/carry files. The associate must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 lbs.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color, and the ability to adjust focus in order to handle extensive data collection, analysis and summary reporting.  Computer work will be a part of the daily workflow and process.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics for this job are typical for this type of job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is reflective of a mid-sized office.

Compensation and Benefits

The foundation offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. This position may be based in either the foundation’s Bentonville, Arkansas, Denver, or Washington, D.C. office. Some travel will be necessary. 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, writing samples and resume referencing “Communications Officer – Editorial and Digital Content” to Janet Post, Human Resources Manager at JobPostings@wffmail.com. No phone inquiries, please.

Please be sure to reference the job responsibilities and your relevant qualifications and experience in your cover letter, and explain clearly how your skills and experience would be a good fit. Submitting writing samples or portfolio of work is essential. Please note: This is not a position for a career-changer or someone new to digital and editorial content creation. Formal training and/or experience are required. 

About the Walton Family Foundation

Sam and Helen Walton had an unshakeable belief in the power of people to transform their own lives. As Sam said, there is no limit to what individuals can accomplish if “given the opportunity, the encouragement and the incentive to do their best.” Today that “no limits” philosophy is carried forward by their descendants through the Walton Family Foundation.

Since 2000, the foundation’s grantmaking has grown from $50 million to an anticipated more than $400 million in 2015. With grantmaking projected to exceed $2 billion over the next five years, the foundation continues to move forward with increasing intensity, focus and commitment to sustaining the Walton’s timeless entrepreneurial values and their deep dedication to making life better for individuals and communities alike. By working with grantees and collaborating with other philanthropic organizations, the foundation is focused on making a positive difference in three primary program areas of collective interest to the Walton Family:

  • K-12 education
  • Freshwater and marine conservation
  • Quality of life initiatives in Arkansas and the Mississippi River Delta Region

In addition to these program areas, the foundation also supports grantmaking interests of individual and groups of Walton family members, as well as independent foundations created by family members. These individualized giving areas represent a high growth area of the foundation.

During 2016, the foundation plans to invest over $400 million in domestic and international projects that address significant social and environmental issues. The foundation continues to implement and expand grantmaking to fund a positive difference in many diverse communities – and in the lives of the people who call these communities their home.

Headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, with offices in Washington, D.C., Jersey City, New Jersey and Denver, Colorado, a staff/consultant base of approximately 80 associates conducts the day-to-day operations of the foundation. 

The Walton Family Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.