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Deputy Director of Strategy, Learning and Evaluation

The Walton Family Foundation is seeking a skilled, highly motivated and strategic individual to join the team as the Deputy Director of the Strategy, Learning, and Evaluation department (SLED). The ideal candidate will have the demonstrated ability to assist in the management and leadership of a diverse team in a complex and fast-paced work environment.

About the Position
SLED has been a core function at the foundation for 10 years, working collaboratively with program teams across three diverse content areas to advance the foundation’s education, social, and environmental change mission. Currently, the foundation is engaged in a strategic planning process and every department, including SLED, is developing a new vision for how we will approach our work for the next five years. This offers a unique opportunity to play an important role in shaping the continued development of a best in class strategy, learning, and evaluation function at the foundation.

Specific Responsibilities


  • Assist in the management of a team of 7 highly qualified and experienced strategy, learning, and evaluation professionals
  • Lead the development and implementation of a strategy for building the capacity of the foundation to be a learning organization
  • With the Director, develop and implement a plan for providing coordinated services to Walton family members in support of their individual philanthropic activities and ensure timely assistance with all requests for SLED services
  • Coordinate with other foundation and Walton Enterprises (WEI) staff that provide services related to strategy and learning
  • Stay current with developments in the field to ensure the foundation employs the best evaluation and strategic learning approaches


  • Provide support to program areas to ensure strategies are fully conceptualized as they evolve over time, including designing and facilitating processes for developing and refining theories of change, assumptions, hypotheses, key performance indicators, and learning agendas throughout the strategy lifecycle


  • Lead the development and implementation of strategic learning processes, tools, and staff trainings across the foundation
  • Design and implement strategies with SLED staff to build and strengthen a culture of learning across the foundation
  • Design and conduct professional development trainings for SLED staff around strategic learning knowledge, skills, and practices


  • Provide feedback and guidance to SLED officers on research and evaluation-related questions and challenges
  • Assist in the design and completion of all SLED-related board materials
  • Assist in the design, management, quality control, review, and dissemination of all research and evaluation products
  • Provide guidance to SLED staff in the creation of RFPs; as well as participate in the selection of third-party partners
  • Identify opportunities to generate and share research and evaluation findings across program areas

Field Building

  • Help disseminate the foundation’s approaches to strategy, learning, and evaluation through original publications, conference presentations, and other forms of field engagement
  • Represent the foundation publicly in the philanthropic and non-profit communities

Whom we are looking for

Qualifications required for your success

  • Master’s degree required (PhD preferred) in one of the fields that the Foundation works in (Public Policy, Education Policy, Environmental Fields, Urban Planning, Economics, etc)
  • At least 5 years of prior experience in strategy, learning, and evaluation activities in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial philanthropic environment with a focus on metrics and data-driven decision making
  • Familiarity with content and evaluation strategies in at least one of the foundation’s content areas: education, economic development, environment and conservation, or policy and systems change
  • Experience managing multiple team members, including assisting staff in their professional development
  • Experience in developing an organizational results-oriented learning culture
  • Ability to process large amounts of complex information and present concise conclusions drawn from this information to a variety of audiences
  • Exceptional project management, prioritization and planning skills, with demonstrated success producing high-quality deliverables on time and within budget
  • Demonstrated commitment to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Experience in selecting and working with external evaluators, managing a portfolio of evaluations, working closely with staff to assure that the evaluations provide high-quality, actionable information
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills for a diverse audience

Personal attributes that support your success

  • You are a strategic thinker, able to see across the organization to identify trends, patterns, and solutions to current and potential challenges in the future
  • Ability to act as a trusted advisor and thought partner to the SLED Director and colleagues while demonstrating expertise and integrity
  • Comfortable in a complex work environment that requires a creative, adaptable, and solutions-oriented mindset
  • 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
  • You are dedicated to achieving excellence and work with others to tackle the tasks at hand

About the Strategy, Learning, and Evaluation Department
Strategy, learning, and evaluation are at the core of who we are at the Walton Family Foundation. Our SLED team plays a central role in providing actionable information that helps inform decision-making about individual grants as well as overall strategy. We are dedicated to learning not only from our own grantmaking, but also with and from our grantees and partners in the field. Through a strategic approach to learning, we can develop stronger strategies to achieve the greatest impact.

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. 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.

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.