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Associate General Counsel

The Walton Family Foundation is seeking a skilled legal professional to join the team as an Associate General Counsel, reporting to the General Counsel.

About the Position
This is a newly created position for an attorney with at least 10 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 but can also be or become a strong generalist.

What you will do
You will be responsible for providing representation and counsel to the foundation on a broad range of U.S. and international legal matters that include advising on contracts, grants, business operations, organizational policies, governance, and regulatory compliance, as well as providing staff training with respect to these areas.


• Advise staff on laws applicable to private foundations, public charities and social welfare organizations, including IRS lobbying, self-dealing and campaign intervention rules
• Advise on legal issues and review and negotiate agreements and other documents related to domestic and international grant making
• Prepare, review and negotiate contracts, licenses, leases and other legal documents with foundation vendors, grantees and others
• Advise on structuring foundation program-related investments and draft, review and negotiate investment documentation
• Develop and conduct educational opportunities for foundation staff on legal and related matters
• Provide support for corporate governance activities as directed by the general counsel, such as drafting resolutions and preparing board reports
• Conduct legal research as needed
• Assist and advise as requested on special projects throughout the Foundation

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
• 10+ years of US law firm and/or in-house experience (or equivalent) with general corporate or exempt organization experience
• Contract drafting and negotiating skills

Additional helpful experience includes

• Experience working in-house at an exempt organization strongly preferred
• Expertise in one of the following preferred: K-12 Education, Environment or Urban Planning and Economic Development
• Familiarity with grant making

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

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.

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.