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Program Officer

The Walton Family Foundation is seeking a skilled, highly motivated, and collaborative individual to join the Foundation as a Program Officer.

This is a full-time role that reports to the Senior Program Officer and will be based in any Walton Family Foundation Office (Bentonville, Jersey City, Washington, DC, or Denver).

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

The Program Officer will help manage a diverse portfolio of local and national grantees, as well as support strategic projects and initiatives, in service of the Education Program's Strategy 2025 goals. The ideal candidate will have experience in project execution and strong interpersonal, writing and communication skills.

The ideal candidate will bring a growth mindset to the work of executing the Program’s mission: to increase access to high-quality education that puts opportunity and a self-determined life in reach for every child, especially those most in need.

The following are the Program Officer’s key responsibilities:

Grantee Partnerships & Support

  • Manage relationships with grantees and potential grantees including seeking and performing due diligence on proposals aligned with the Education strategies.
  • Shepherd proposals through the Foundation’s approval process, as well as provide guidance to and work with grantees to achieve significant impact.
  • Assist grantees in developing and implementing maintenance, monitoring, and funding strategies that lead to the achievement of strategic goals.
  • Support Senior Program Officer(s) and team with written materials, grantee convenings and other learning opportunities.
  • Manage workflow and processes with grantees, across Foundation offices, and with family members.
  • Review budgets for appropriate expenditures, review legal documents, monitor grantee operations, review financial and narrative reports and work with our administrative team to ensure timely payments.
  • Provide responsive and thoughtful advising to grantees; be proactive in anticipating needs and provide accurate, timely resolution of issues when they arise.
  • Identify potential new partnerships and opportunities including identifying prospective grantees and funding partners.

Collaboration Within Education Program & Across WFF

  • Collaborate with Foundation colleagues, including members of the Foundation evaluation and communications teams to implement, refine, and expand the Foundation’s impact.
  • Help shape investment plans aligned with the Education strategy, develop and track budgets, and be held accountable for yearly progress.
  • Help support other projects and assignments as requested by the Education team, Foundation leadership, and/or family members.

Who We Are Looking For

The ideal candidate has the following qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree; relevant master’s degree or higher preferred.
  • At least 5 years of work in a professional, education, or philanthropic environment.
  • Excellent written communication skills with experience in producing both brief and longer written products in a timely fashion for internal and external audiences.
  • Outstanding verbal communication skills with experience conveying complex issues to internal and external audiences.

The ideal candidate has the following skills and abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to think and plan with a growth mindset, to set and achieve visionary goals and objectives and balance multiple priorities.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion goals for both working internally with Foundation colleagues as well as externally with diverse grantees and partners.
  • Ability to give and receive feedback graciously.
  • Demonstrated success in building effective relationships and networks to achieve results.
  • Intellectual agility and the ability to analyze, think critically and understand emerging education issues and trends.
  • Ability to anticipate issues and problems in advance and propose possible solutions.
  • Belief in the power of teams and collaboration to drive creative thinking and problem-solving.
  • Unquestionable ethics and personal integrity.
  • Willingness to travel and equal enthusiasm about building relationships remotely.

All offers of employment are contingent on your successful completion (where permitted by state law) of a confidentiality agreement and background check. In addition, you will need to provide proper identification verifying your eligibility to work in the United States on your first day of work.


Benefits Information

Compensation Range: $119,000 - $135,000

We offer a comprehensive and generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401 (k) retirement plan and paid time off.


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  waltonfamilyfoundation.org   and follow us on  FacebookTwitter   and   Instagram .

The Education Program

Learn more about the Education Program strategy here.

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 aligns with your career goals.

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Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  

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.