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Associate General Counsel


The Walton Family Foundation is seeking a skilled, highly motivated, and entrepreneurial individual to join the team as Associate General Counsel.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization to foster an environment where all associates THRIVE and belong. We do this by creating:

  • a culture committed to continuous learning that recognizes and values differences
  • an environment of respect and connection to learn from the richness of identities, experiences, and perspectives
  • fair access for all to opportunities for growth and advancement

About the Position

This is position for an attorney with at least 7 years of experience who has a commitment to working in the nonprofit sector. Ideally, you will have a working knowledge of the legal rules that apply to tax-exempt organizations, specifically private foundations and the rules around 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) interaction. Political law experience is a plus.

Because the legal team operates within a complex, highly collaborative environment, you must also be comfortable acting as a general practitioner and managing a wide range of legal and operational issues.

About the Walton Family Foundation

The Walton Family Foundation is, at its core, a family-led foundation. Three generations of the descendants of our founders, Sam and Helen Walton, and their spouses, work together to lead the foundation and create access to opportunity for people and communities. We work in three areas: improving K-12 education, protecting rivers and oceans and the communities they support, and investing in our home region of Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas-Mississippi Delta. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Walton Family Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment of any kind. 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, veteran status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

What you will do


  • Advise staff on laws applicable to private foundations, public charities including donor advised funds, and social welfare organizations, including IRS lobbying, self-dealing and campaign intervention rules. Work with the WFF General Counsel to help implement and oversee best-in-class processes and procedures around these topics.
  • Provide legal counsel on policy and advocacy activities, including providing advice regarding grantmaking structures, reviewing grant materials and reports, advising on policy-related communications, and preparing and presenting training materials related to advocacy, policy, lobbying, political activity, and voter engagement. 
  • Provide representation and counsel on a broad range of nonprofit legal matters that include advising on contracts, grants, business operations, organizational policies, investments governance, and regulatory compliance, as well as providing staff training with respect to these areas.
  • Provide support for corporate governance activities as directed by the WFF General Counsel.
  • Provide practical legal advice to a diverse array of stakeholders on issues related to nonprofit organizations.
  • Participate in internal WFF committees and other duties and projects as assigned.

Who we are looking for

Qualifications required for your success

  • Law degree from an accredited law school.
  • License to practice law in at least one state.
  • 7+ years of related experience working at a law firm, private foundation, or other nonprofit.
  • Experience and ability to provide counsel on a wide range of legal matters and the proven ability to effectively implement legal compliance strategies.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and give actional advice to nonlawyers about complex legal topics.
  • Contract drafting and negotiating skills.

Additional helpful experience includes

  • Strong understanding of IRS rules and regulations governing private foundations as well as federal tax, federal lobbying, and state laws related to advocacy, lobbying, political activity, and voter engagement.
  • Family office experience.

Personal attributes that support your success

  • Ability to act as a trusted advisor to principals and colleagues while demonstrating expertise and integrity
  • You are helpful, a team player, and show respect while collaborating with others
  • You are results oriented and exercise sound judgment in your work
  • A lifelong learner, who is inquisitive and solves problems with bold thinking and innovation
  • A visionary who plans for the future with imagination and wisdom
  • You are dedicated to achieving excellence and work with others to tackle the tasks at hand

How to Apply:

All offers of employment are contingent on your successful completion (where permitted by state law) of a confidentiality agreement and background check. In addition, you will need to provide proper identification verifying your eligibility to work in the United States on your first day of work.