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Program Support Associate, K-12 Education Program

The Walton Family Foundation is seeking a skilled, highly motivated and entrepreneurial individual to join the foundation’s Washington, D.C., office as a program support associate.

About the Position
The primary duty of the program support associate is to support smooth execution of the team’s operations, budgeting, strategy and grantmaking. Specific duties include:

Grants Management Support (70% of time)

  • Assist program officers in the grant making process: editing and strengthening grant write-ups, tracking grant letters and payments, and coordinating with grantee reporting;
  • Collaborate with the budget team to track grants that are in the pipeline, and follow up on payments and outstanding grantee reports;
  • Analyze information on the Walton Family Foundation's historical giving and grantmaking;
  • Act as liaison between K-12 Education team and home office administration for information and updated processes;

Operations (20% of time)

  • Perform operational, technical and analytical tasks to inform decisions of K-12 Education program officers and senior leadership team;
  • Prepare documents, take minutes and compile follow-up notes for grantmaking strategy and Board meetings;
  • Provide operational feedback for improved team efficiency;
  • Coordinate events/meetings and professional development opportunities for team members;

Additional Duties (10% of time)

  • Act as representative of the foundation to grantees and external partners
  • Special projects, as assigned

Who we are looking for

Qualifications required for your success:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Strong technical skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint
  • 1 – 2 years of full-time professional experience or significant internship experience, preferably in an office environment

Personal attributes that support your success:

  • Service orientation and partnership: This is a role that provides critical support to program officers, grantees and ultimately the entire team. As such, program support associates should operate with sensitivity to the needs of those they support, build strong relationships and help make the work easier.
  • Attention to detail: There are many facets of this role that require ensuring that a document is accurate, a deadline is met or a process is operating in service of team outcomes. Program support associates must operate with a high degree of awareness of and appreciation for what might seem like “small” details.
  • Proactive problem solving: There are a lot of moving pieces in the program support associate role, and sometimes only the program support associate is aware of them all at a given time. This requires that a program support associate anticipate and identify potential challenges and roadblocks and suggest solutions (to manager, program officers, others) in order to keep work on track.

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. 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. 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 125 staff conduct the day-to-day operations of the foundation.

About the K-12 Education Program
We believe children must have access to a high-quality education that works for them in order to have a lifetime of opportunity. We:

  • Support the growth of schools that transform the lives of children, especially those from low-income communities;
  • Collaborate with schools of all kinds – public charter schools, district schools and private schools – on bold ideas for change;
  • Support excellence in teaching by helping educators do their best for students; and
  • Believe in the uniqueness of each child, school and community, and that there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

Learn more about the K-12 Education Program strategy here.

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.