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Deputy Director, Communications

The Walton Family Foundation is seeking a skilled, highly motivated, and entrepreneurial individual to join the foundation as a Deputy Director of Communications. The position calls for a passion for communications work and a demonstrable ability to support a team to do its best work. We seek individuals with superior interpersonal and communication skills, a respectful but analytical approach to the work of grantees, and a proven ability to work and lead effectively as part of a team. This position can be located in Bentonville, AR; Jersey City, NJ or Washington, D.C.

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 Deputy Director of Communications will lead the implementation of the foundation’s strategic communications plan and brand and executive communications.

Specific duties will include:

  • Lead WFF brand and executive communications, including digital, editorial, and thought leadership for WFF leaders.
  • Manage external consultants and resources supporting brand communications.
  • Drive operationalization, execution, and measurement of communications five-year plan.
  • Oversee management of Strategic Grant Fund including support for sector organizations and events, constituency groups and influencer-focused external communications as well as grantee capacity building and journalism capacity building.
  • Drive foundation-wide communications initiatives, including announcements, events and other content that tells a cohesive WFF story; and
  • Manage digital, editorial and SGF staff and support their professional growth.

External Relations

  • Work with department director and executive director to refine and elevate foundation voice.
  • Oversee digital communications strategy including WFF website, blog, social media platforms and other channels.
  • Oversee editorial and content development for the above channels, including blog content, photography, video production, speech writing and other content.
  • Supervise the production of WFF-wide events, including grantee conferences, roundtables, and webinars as well as public receptions, salons, and open-houses.
  • Lead WFF-wide communications campaigns including media outreach, owned content, and events.
  • Manage continued development and implementation of WFF narrative and messaging.
  • Identify opportunities for WFF to engage on current events; and
  • Source and execute opportunities to advance awareness of foundation-funded research.


  • Working with the executive director and department director to assist overseeing Strategic Grant Fund ($4 million/year), including developing strategies for grantee capacity building and journalism capacity building.


  • Build processes to track and share knowledge related to Strat25 communications learning questions; and
  • Create opportunities to synthesize learnings across program workstreams (i.e., best practices for building the capacity of grantees).

Communications Team

  • Build and manage agendas for team retreats.
  • Support team operations as necessary.
  • Support the development of WFF Leadership Team and Board materials as necessary; and
  • Other projects and assignments as requested.

Who we are looking for:

Basic qualifications required for your success

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, English, Communications, or a related field required
  • At least 10 years of communications or public relations experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Additional helpful experience includes

  • Relevant master’s degree or higher
  • Experience working on political campaigns or at communications agencies
  • Digital skills a bonus
  • Experience writing and managing communications for a variety of social media channels
  • Adept in the use of social media with keen awareness of appropriate communication for each platform

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. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

How to apply:

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.