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Deputy Director, Home Region

The Walton Family Foundation is seeking a skilled, highly motivated and entrepreneurial leader to join the Foundation as a Deputy Director, Home Region.

This role is based in Bentonville, AR.

Please include a cover letter with your resume.

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 learning from the richness of identities, experiences, and perspectives
  • fair access for all to opportunities for growth and advancement

About the Position

Reporting to and working closely with the Home Region Program Director, this individual will build and maintain an understanding of the Home Region geographies and WFF grantees. They will lead operations, processes and planning for the Home Region team at the Walton Family Foundation.

Key responsibilities of the Deputy Director, Home Region include, among others:

  • Partner with the Program Director to lead and strengthen the program’s operations, culture, strategy and impact.
    • Operations: Strengthen grantmaking and operational processes to increase team and partner effectiveness.
    • Culture: Lead team development, performance management and other human-centered efforts to strengthen impact.
    • Strategy: Support learning to facilitate strategy development and refinement. Create coherence between strategy and operations.
    • Impact: Inform our approaches to reinforcing and articulating our impact with a range of critical audiences.
  • Manage, create and/or refine processes and procedures to optimize the experience of the Home Region team, foundation peers and grantees.
  • Collaborate with other departments and programs across WFF including Legal, Communications, Strategy, Learning and Evaluation, the Education Program, the Environment Program and the Personal Philanthropy Group, to ensure effective and strategic grantmaking processes that result in excellent team and grantee feedback and experience.
  • Build and maintain relationships with current and potential grantees and cultivate relationships across the philanthropic sector.
  • Represent the Foundation at professional meetings and to the broader community.
  • Represent the Program Director at internal and external meetings.
  • As needed, support coordination with the Home Region Committee and individual Walton family members whose work intersects with the Home Region Program work.
  • Other projects and assignments as requested by the Foundation’s board, Executive Director or Home Region Program Director.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills and characteristics:

An Authentic Relationship Builder & Collaborator

The Deputy Director will:

  • Be energized by the opportunity to build trust-based relationships with a broad range of constituents including the Home Region team, cross-functionally within WFF, the family, and external partners including nonprofits, municipalities, etc.
  • Be an exceptional relationship builder and persuasive communicator and listener, with the ability to foster an atmosphere of collaboration, partnership and trust.
  • Be confident and comfortable presenting and interacting in a variety of settings, with an ability to convey complex issues to internal and external audiences.
  • Motivate and inspire others to achieve impact through creativity and teamwork, leveraging individual strengths to meet organizational goals.
  • Build positive organizational culture for diverse, inclusive and high-performing teams.

A Strategic, Innovative & Pragmatic Thought Partner

The Deputy Director will:

  • Naturally think about things in a bold and creative way.
  • Have the ability to put big ideas into action, while defining and implementing measurable goals and execution plans.
  • Embrace and enjoy operating with a high degree of adaptability.
  • Act as a trusted advisor to principals and colleagues while demonstrating expertise and integrity.
  • Be a visionary who plans for the future with imagination and wisdom.
  • Be a thought partner who challenges routine practices and offers creative solutions.

A Results-Oriented Leader

The Deputy Director will:

  • Have the ability and desire to ‘get in the weeds’ of grantmaking activities, including tracking internal items such as budgets, data measures and scorecards.
  • Instinctively think about how to maximize impact through adapting and improving established methodologies, ensuring accordance with best practices at WFF.
  • Have a demonstrated track record of being an action-oriented leader with sound judgment.
  • Naturally serve as a ‘key organizer,’ taking the lead on ensuring a plan is in place and appropriate action is taken.
  • Bring a respectful and analytical approach to the work of grantees.

A Champion of the Mission & Region

The Deputy Director will:

  • Display enthusiasm for engaging in philanthropic work and all that it encompasses.
  • Possess a demonstrated commitment to an inclusive quality of life.
  • Have an understanding of and commitment to the Home Region geographies (Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas-Mississippi Delta) and WFF grantees.
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of community-driven change and economic growth of similar regions, with a perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing the region.
  • Possess knowledge of or a propensity for one or more of the Home Region’s strategic areas of focus, including but not limited to: Education, Entrepreneurship, Career Pathways, Regional Affordability, and Capacity Building.
  • Be an individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics and values — someone who can be trusted without reservation.

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 in particular aligns with your career goals.

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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.