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Associate Program Officer, Education

The Walton Family Foundation is seeking a skilled, highly-motivated, and customer-service oriented individual to join the Education Program as an Associate Program Officer. The ideal teammate will have the demonstrated ability in project management, meeting planning and coordination and strong interpersonal, communication, and writing skills.

This is a full-time role based in Jersey City, NJ.

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

The primary duty of the Associate Program Officer will be to provide strategic operational support to the Education Program Director and Education Program leadership team. This fast- paced position plays a key role in the success of the Director and the entire team. You will need initiative and decisiveness combined with flexibility and a capacity to give and receive feedback graciously.

You will support the management of a diverse portfolio of local and/or national grantees, as well as supports the management of strategic projects and initiatives in service of the Education Program’s Strategy 2025 goals.

Project Management & Execution:

  • Identifies and conducts follow-ups and next steps on assigned projects related to the delivery and execution of Education Program goals and priorities, as assigned by the Director.
  • Collaborates on a variety of assignments, which may include special projects, correspondence and outreach, and project tracking. Serves as a reliable and flexible resource to the Director on a range of projects, deliverables, and assignments.
  • Plays an integral role in managing projects and processes across multiple stakeholders and operational duties, while keeping appropriate team members informed.
  • Supports several important internal team processes requiring budget and expense management, project tracking, capturing critical meeting notes and follow up actions, organizing and archiving information, and planning and organizing team travel and logistics for key meetings with grantees, partners, and the committee.

Strategic Operational Support:

  • Manages relationships and logistics with internal program team members, grantees and potential partners, as assigned by the Director. This includes providing support on the execution of operational and strategic projects, meetings and events that help the Director achieve program and operational goals and objectives.
  • Identifies opportunities to enhance team processes that ensure the Director is informed, prepared and supported across a variety of established goals and priorities.
  • Works with designated Education program team members to coordinate deliverables and provide logistical support for designated projects, support the coordination and planning of internal and external meetings and events, including correspondence with attendees, reserving conference rooms, managing vendors, handling logistics, tracking next steps, and supporting the Director to ensure successful and timely follow through.

Strategic Outreach Support:

  • Supports the development and preparation of meeting agendas and materials, emails, PowerPoint presentations, and briefings for the Director on a wide array of topics and for a breadth of constituents.
  • Assists in the preparation and delivery of communications developed by the Director to internal and external stakeholders related to the team’s work. 

Customer Service:

  • Builds and maintains positive and effective working relationships with internal team members and external stakeholders to nurture supportive partnerships.

Who we are looking for

Qualifications required for your success

  • ​A Bachelor’s degree, relevant master’s degree a bonus. 
  • ​Minimum 3 – 5 years of work experience in a professional work environment.
  • ​Strong communication skills with experience in delivering clearly written and verbal communications in a timely fashion for internal and external audiences. Experience conveying simplifying complex communications into clear, concise information.
  • Self-directed and detail oriented with the ability to handle multiple priorities and tasks; adept at meeting deadlines yet flexibly adjusts to changing priorities.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
  • ​A passionate commitment to the goals of the Walton Family Foundation and the ability/willingness to adapt as those goals evolve. 
  • ​Strong technical skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and SharePoint. 
  • Demonstrated competence with tracking, coordinating, and following-up on projects.

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
  • You are dedicated to excellence and are a fast learner who works hard to get better each time.
  • You have a generosity of spirit – you are helpful, respectful, and embrace collaboration.
  • A continuous learner, who is inquisitive, learns quickly and adapts skills to solve problems with bold thinking and innovation
  • Dedicated to achieving excellence and work with others to tackle the tasks at hand
  • You care about improving the quality of education in America for all learners, especially those most in need.

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.

Benefits Information

Compensation Range: $99,000 – 124,000

We offer a comprehensive and generous benefits package which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401 (k) retirement plan and paid time off.

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 Education Program

Learn more about the Education Program strategy here.

How to Apply

Applications must include an updated resume and a cover letter that explains how previous experiences have prepared you for this role and why this role aligns to your career goals.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  

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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.