Director of People

Position Description

The Walton Family Foundation is looking to expand its leadership team with someone who is:

  • A Human Resources professional dedicated to the idea of people being a powerful strategic asset for success;
  • Ready to use his/her people program, HR generalist skills and social sector experience to bring about true change in a learning organization; and 
  • Eager to play a part in ambitious social impact.  

If you are this person or know of someone who is, we’d like to talk to you.  


At the Walton Family Foundation, investing in people is core to our mission.  After significant recent staff growth and office expansions across the country, the foundation wants to put in place innovative people initiatives to attract, develop, retain and leverage the best talent possible. The Director of People will be a visionary leader responsible for developing and implementing an integrated strategic program for all people-related functions for the organization, including recruiting, diversity and inclusion, performance measurement, training and development, recognition and total rewards/compensation. Deep expertise and experience in strategic human capital program development and implementation as well as change-management skills in support of a learning organization will be imperative. 

We are not seeking a traditional Human Resource Director; we want a

People Expert

who can lead a groundbreaking change movement with our people programs to truly support and develop our team and accelerate our effectiveness in fulfilling our mission and fostering a culture which encourages and supports continued learning, inclusion and growth.  

The Director of People will report to the recently appointed Executive Director and be a strong voice on the foundation's leadership team. 


The Walton Family Foundation is a mission-driven philanthropic organization that strives to achieve significant impact at the community level in Northwest Arkansas, across the U.S., and in targeted countries around the world. The foundation strives to award grants that drive not just incremental, but transformative change. It is one of the largest private foundations in the United States, with strategic focus areas in K-12 education, freshwater and ocean conservation, and improving quality of life in the Northwest Arkansas/Mississippi Delta region. During 2016, its grantmaking totaled more than $454 million. The foundation is poised to invest $2 billion over the next five years in initiatives across the world, and utilizes multiple approaches for achieving social change, including grants, investments and advocacy.

The Walton Family Foundation is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, with offices in Washington, D.C.; Jersey City, New Jersey; and Denver, Colorado. Bentonville, established in 1837, has maintained its historic feel and yet has the vibrancy of a town thriving with corporate activity. It also has an eclectic array of restaurants and compelling museums, including the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The Director of People will travel to and work across all of the offices, and s/he may have any of the offices as a “home base.” 

Please visit the following links to learn more about the foundation’s leadership and vision for the future.

  • Develop and implement an integrated strategic program for all people-related functions in the organization, including onboarding, diversified and international recruiting, performance measurement, staff and leadership development, recognition and total rewards /compensation systems.
  • Lead people-related change processes with an infectious, optimistic attitude.
  • As part of the foundation's leadership team, help plan, manage and evaluate the progress of the organization towards fulfillment of our mission and vision for a continuous learning culture among our staff.
  • Facilitate an impact-oriented culture grounded in respect, collaboration, learning, and the mission and values of the foundation.
  • Serve as a thought partner and functional expert to the Leadership Team and program teams regarding human capital issues.
  • Work collaboratively with existing human resource staff (currently shared services with the family office.) Ensure fiscal oversight of the department’s budget.
  • Act as a confidential and neutral sounding board for employee concerns as needed. Manage to positive resolution and liaise with appropriate leadership as necessary.
  • Maintain relationships with legal counsel and other foundation advisors in support of human resource, employee benefit, international and insurance matters.

There are four important and inter-dependent qualification categories. The qualifications are grounded in our organizational values and our goals of expanding our learning culture to fulfill, support and sustain our mission by investing more holistically in our people.   

  1. Knowledge: Proven expertise as an HR generalist with deep insight and experience in organizational development demonstrated by academic qualifications (advanced degree preferred), relevant certifications (SPHR or SCP), and diverse learning experience.  
  2. Entrepreneurial: Demonstrated ability to conceive of and successfully implement projects and initiatives comparable in size and scope to the foundation's ambitions. A doer – someone who can delegate effectively and will roll up his/her sleeves to get things done. 
  3. Interpersonal Skills / Emotional Intelligence: Consistently brings out the best in the organization. Capable of acting as a confidante and thought partner to staff at all levels
  4. Social Sector / Talent Strategy: Strategic thought leader able to draw strong connections between talent (people) programs and the organization’s strategies and initiatives. 

An appropriate and attractive compensation package will be provided to the successful candidate.  Excellent and comprehensive employee benefits package.  

The executive search firm of Battalia Winston has been exclusively retained for this search.  To apply, inquire or nominate someone, please contact:  

Ellen Romberg, Search Consultant                                             




The Walton Family Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace. We encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status of protected veteran, among other things or status as a qualified individual with a disability.