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Manager, Grants Administration

Walton Enterprises has an opening on the Walton Family Foundation Legal team seeking a skilled, highly motivated and entrepreneurial individual to join the team as Manager, Grants Administration.

This role will be based in Denver, Colorado. The salary base for this position ranges from $102,000 to $128,000.

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

This is a position for a grants administration professional with at least 5 years of experience. Ideally, you will have a working knowledge of the legal rules that apply to tax-exempt organizations, specifically private foundations. This role will also manage the WFF Grants Admin team.

What you will do


  • Oversee WFF Grants Administration team of 4-6 associates
  • Assess existing grants management processes, resources and capabilities to inform opportunities for greater efficiency and efficacy
  • Develop and implement a plan to evolve the function to service anticipated growth in volume and complexity of grantmaking
  • Own grantmaking infrastructure (processes, policies/guidelines, systems)
  • Partner with colleagues (e.g., Strategy Office, Accounting) to better collect and reflect grant data in reporting and tax returns
  • Support WFF in maintaining up-to-date processes and policy and documentation
  • Help train associates on WFF grant processes and policies as well as relevant IRS regulations relevant to private foundation grantmaking
  • Own grantmaking templates (e.g., application, agreement letters, reporting); partner with Legal, Technology and other key stakeholders to update as needed
  • Serve as primary business lead for SmartSimple and for any potential future software systems to support grants management
  • Serve as a resource on IRS regulations and other Federal and state laws applicable to grantmaking
  • Serve on / lead WFF-wide Effective Grantmaking Group

Who we are looking for

Qualifications required for your success

  • 5+ years of grants management experience with a deep understanding of grants processes and related financial and compliance issues, with a very strong preference for private foundation-related grantmaking experience
  • At least 2 years of staff management experience, including a proven track record in staff development
  • Knowledge and experience with grants management systems, preferably SmartSimple
  • Proven organization and planning/time management skills; ability to meet deadlines
  • Exceptional analytical and conceptual skills
  • Highly collaborative, hands-on leadership style and track record
  • Strong understanding of IRS rules and regulations governing private foundations

Additional Helpful Experience Includes

  • Knowledge about donor-advised funds and IRS lobbying and campaign intervention rules is a plus.

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 working with others to tackle the tasks at hand

All offers of employment are contingent on your successful completion (where permitted by state law) of a confidentiality agreement, background check, and credit check.

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.

Click here to submit your application.

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.

Walton Enterprises 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.