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Grants Manager, Home Region Program

The Walton Family Foundation is seeking a skilled, highly motivated and entrepreneurial individual to join the foundation as a Grants Manager, Home Region. The position calls for a solid understanding of the Home Region geographies and foundation grantees, as well as strong academic and/or on the job experience with organizational budgeting and finances. The foundation seeks to recruit individuals with superior interpersonal and communication skills, a respectful but analytical approach to the work of grantees, and a proven ability to work effectively as part of a team.

About the Position
The Grants Manager will support Program Officers in managing a diverse portfolio of municipal and non-profit grantees and be a part of a small, entrepreneurial team. Specific duties include the following:

  • Home Region Budget Management, including a pivot to a new strategic plan and closeout of the prior strategic plan. The Grants Manager will track the grant budget (at least $55 million annually), the pipeline for upcoming grants as well as the administrative budget. Additionally, the grants manager will support Program Officers in performing budget and audit analyses for new grant requests.
  • Help manage relationships with grantees, potential grantees, and other partners. This will include assisting Program Officers in performing due diligence on proposals, with particular attention to audits, budgets and budget projections. In addition, the Grants Manager will represent the Home Region program’s interests related to broader organizational operations and systems for grant management, in particular. The Grants Manager will also continue to build new relationships with a broad network of other partners who can leverage the foundation’s goals.
  • Manage support staff: The Grants Manager will manage Home Region support staff, who are responsible for: 1) team coordination and events; 2) the program’s grant management system; and 3) processing grant approvals and reporting.
  • Effective team member. The success of the foundation’s Home Region strategy is built on a strong team culture that values partnership that provides support as well as honest and respectful feedback. Team members are held to high performance expectations that includes a mindset focused on personal and professional development.
  • Other projects and assignments. These may be requested by the foundation’s board, Executive Director or Director of the Home Region Program.

Whom we are looking for

Qualifications required for your success

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Three or more years’ experience managing or auditing organizational budgets and finances.
  • Excellent Excel skills and experience creating spreadsheets, pivot tables and financial reports for a broad range of audiences.
  • Proven skills at organization and time management.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work as part of a team, as well as independently.
  • The ability to analyze organizational health and strategy through financial modeling.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, problem solver with a demonstrated capacity to meet deadlines.
  • Prior management experience preferred.
  • Grants management experience preferred.

Personal attributes that support your success

  • Unquestionable ethics and personal integrity.
  • Ability to give and receive feedback graciously.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work as part of a team, as well as independently.
  • Intellectual agility and the ability to analyze and think critically.

How to apply:

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. Headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, with offices in Washington, D.C., Jersey City, New Jersey and Denver, Colorado, approximately 125 staff conduct the day-to-day operations of the foundation.

About the Home Region Program
The Home Region’s goal is to honor the Walton family’s special and ongoing commitment to the region where they launched one of the best-known American business success stories, by creating and sustaining long-term economic development for residents and business in the area. The Home Region’s annual grant budget is in excess of $40 million.

The Home Region accomplishes this goal through two initiatives:

  • Northwest Arkansas – focused on attracting and retaining top talent at all levels and ensuring the long-term viability of the region by investing in four major strategy areas that have been shown to impact both current quality of life and the long-term economic viability of the region and its residents. These strategies are: Create a World-Class System of Pre-K-12 Schools, Strengthen Coordinated Economic Development, Establish the Region as a Leader in Arts and Cultural Amenities, and Preserve a Sense of Place.
  • Delta Region of Arkansas and Mississippi - focused on addressing key basic needs in targeted counties in order to establish a base on which future economic development can occur by investing in a strategy for Pre-K-12 educational improvement in the broader Delta geography, and three specific strategies targeted to Phillips County, Arkansas, and Coahoma County, Mississippi, where the foundation has worked for a number of years to develop an understanding of the communities, their leaders, and the issues they face.

Learn more about the Home Region Program strategy here.

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.