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Program Officer, Home Region, Delta

The Walton Family Foundation is seeking a skilled, highly motivated and entrepreneurial individual to join the foundation as a Program Officer – Home Region (based in the Arkansas- Mississippi Delta). The position calls for a solid understanding of the Arkansas / Mississippi Delta geographies and WFF grantees. The foundation seeks to recruit individuals with a demonstrated commitment to an inclusive quality of life, superior interpersonal and communication skills, a respectful but analytical approach to the work of grantees and partners, and a proven ability to work effectively as part of a team.

About the Position
The Program Officer will help manage a diverse portfolio of municipal and non-profit grantees. Program Officers work on a small, entrepreneurial team. Specific duties include the following:

  • Influence the development and implementation of the Home Region’s Delta Strategic Plan, with a particular focus on Economic Asset Building – specifically within rural communities in the South. Economic Asset Building is a strategy housed within the Home Region’s Delta initiative with the goal of ensuring that residents of all backgrounds, across all neighborhoods have access to opportunity and economic asset growth.  Within the Delta framework, this role will take on increasing responsibility for equitable asset development, a strategy that seeks to catalyze systems change to ensure residents in the Delta have the support needed to build and retain economic assets over time within their own communities. A key role for the program officer will be engaging community partners and seeking grantees to execute against the overall strategic goals. 
  • Help manage relationships with grantees, potential grantees, and other partners. This will include performing due diligence on proposals, shepherding proposals through the foundation’s approval process, conducting site visits, providing guidance and working with grantees in any way that will achieve significant impact. In addition, this position will continue to build new relationships with a broad network of other partners who can leverage the foundation’s goals.
  • Be an effective team member. The success of the foundation’s Home Region strategy is built on a strong team culture that values partnership. Team members provide support as well as honest and respectful feedback to one another. All team members are held to high performance expectations that include a mindset of 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.

Who we are looking for

Qualifications required for your success

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • At least five years of work in the financial sector, community development, rural philanthropy or related field
  • Direct experience with economic and/ or financial structures, and rural development.
  • Understanding of economic stakeholders and programs at federal, state and local levels that could be used toward furthering objectives.
  • Experience and track record to serve as a critical advisor and subject matter expert to equitable economic asset building through various philanthropic tools and public/private leverage opportunities
  • Experience in relationship-building in ways that bring different sectors and stakeholders together to reach shared goals
  • Excellent written skills and experience in producing both brief and longer written products in a timely fashion for internal and external audiences.
  • Oral communication skills, with experience in public speaking that emphasizes conveying complex issues to internal and external audiences. 
  • Proven skills at organization and time management.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work as part of a team, as well as independently.
  • Intellectual agility and the ability to analyze, think critically and understand equitable economic asset building for individuals and families.

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 work with others to tackle the tasks at hand 

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 Walton Family Foundation.

About the Home Region Program
The Home Region’s purpose is to honor the Walton Family’s shared values and commitment to communities in the Home Region by creating opportunity and enhancing quality of life for all. The Home Region’s annual grant budget is in excess of $50 million.

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

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.