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Human Resources Generalist

The Walton Family Foundation is seeking a skilled, highly motivated and entrepreneurial individual to join the foundation as a human resources generalist. The human resources generalist is responsible for supporting initiatives and projects focused on employees and culture. This position will work across functional areas including, but not limited to, recruitment and onboarding, performance management and professional development. This position will be located in Washington, DC. Specific duties include the following:


  • Support recruitment efforts for foundation positions, including drafting job descriptions, preparing offer letters and other pre-employment paperwork, including background checks and drug screenings, for selected candidates
  • Coordinate onboarding for each new hire, collaborating with IT and office managers; work closely with hiring supervisors to ensure a successful onboarding experience for new hires beyond day one
  • Verify all new hire paperwork is completed and processed and submitted to HR shared services for timely processing
  • Create and maintain electronic and paper personnel files for each employee
  • Be a resource for new employees, offering support and ensuring their employment experience is a positive one

Performance Management

  • Support all stages of the annual performance evaluation cycle
  • Act as system administrator for the online performance evaluation system – liaise with vendor, keep license updated, manage user profiles
  • Configure review templates for 360s and annual reviews
  • Serve as primary point of contact to address employee questions; train employees and supervisors on how to use the performance evaluation system
  • Launch and close phases – help upload goals and move employees through the evaluation cycle
  • Draft communications to employees

Professional Development

  • Create and manage database of professional development opportunities as a resource for employees
  • Devise system for recording and tracking individual and departmental professional development activity
  • Create and maintain a professional development resource page on the intranet

Other Duties

  • Administer the “off-boarding” process for departing employees, conducting exit interviews and coordinating with relevant departments to ensure exit procedures are followed
  • Track key employee-related data such as exit interview feedback, diversity statistics and employee turnover; prepare/run regular reports; create presentations and graphics/visuals, as requested
  • Respond to employee inquiries regarding internal policies, programs and procedures in a timely fashion
  • Ensure information on the SharePoint site is current and maintained in an organized fashion
  • Maintain the People Department page of the intranet, keeping content current and relevant
  • Other duties as assigned based on department and/or foundation need

Who we are looking for

Personal attributes that support your success

  • “Can do” attitude; willingness to help out where there is a need
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to connect with people; someone that people find easy to engage and interact with
  • Self-directed and takes initiative
  • Good judgment, especially when dealing with sensitive situations
  • Able to maintain composure in high-pressured, stressful situations

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and 3-5 years of Human Resources experience; HR certification a huge plus
  • “People person” who genuinely cares about people and values building solid relationships
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to work both independently and as an integral team member
  • Strong organizational skills and detail oriented; able to meet deadlines, prioritize assignments and juggle multiple priorities
  • High level of discretion to deal with confidential information
  • Comprehensive knowledge and comfort with technology, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and video-conference systems

About the Walton Family Foundation

The Walton Family Foundation is, at its core, a family-led foundation. The children and grandchildren of our founders, Sam and Helen Walton, lead the foundation and create access to opportunity for people and communities. The Foundation’s giving is focused on 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. In 2017, the foundation awarded more than $535 million in grants in support of these initiatives. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, with offices in Washington, D.C., Jersey City, New Jersey and Denver, Colorado, approximately 130 staff conduct the day-to-day operations of the foundation.

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.