Director of People

The Walton Family Foundation believes in the power of philanthropy to create opportunity. Sam and Helen Walton had an unshakeable belief in the power of people to transform their own lives. 

With nearly a half billion dollars in annual grantmaking -- and growing -- the foundation is one of the largest foundations in the country, and continues to move forward with increasing intensity, focus and commitment to sustaining the Waltons’ timeless entrepreneurial values and their deep dedication to making life better for individuals and communities alike. By working with grantees and collaborating with other philanthropic organizations, the foundation is focused on making a positive difference in three primary program areas of collective interest to the Walton family:

  • K-12 Education: Empowering parents with quality school choices
  • Environment: Protecting natural resources and building economies
  • Home Region: Measurably improving the quality of life in our home region of Arkansas and the Mississippi Delta

Strategy, learning and evaluation play a central role in providing actionable information – including informing priorities for projects and organizations to be funded, as well as informing us about the foundation’s progress toward achieving our overarching strategy and initiative goals. 

In addition to funding these primary areas, the foundation supports the grantmaking interests of individual and groups of Walton family members. 

Headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, with offices in Washington, D.C., Jersey City, New Jersey, and Denver, Colorado, a passionate staff of over 110 conducts the day-to-day operations of the foundation.

Please visit the following links to learn more about the foundation’s leadership and vision for the future.


At the Walton Family Foundation, investing in people is core to our mission. The Director of People will create this new, critical role on the leadership team. The foundation is seeking a People Expert and not a traditional Human Resource Director. S/he will develop and implement an integrated, innovative and strategic talent program for all people-related functions (to include recruitment, onboarding, diversity and inclusion, performance management, training and development, recognition and total rewards/compensation), in order to accelerate effectiveness and foster a culture that encourages and supports continued learning, inclusion and growth.

Equally visionary and pragmatic, the Director of People understands that people are the powerful strategic asset needed for success. S/he must bring: deep expertise in strategic human capital program development and implementation; change-management skills to support a learning organization; and a track record of success in a lean and flat structured, fast-paced mission-driven organization. 


Leadership Team peers: Program Directors: Environment, K-12 Education, Individually Directed and Home Region; Strategy, Learning & Evaluation Director; Communications Director; Special Projects Director; General Counsel; Accounting and Operations Director

Location: Ideally Bentonville, Arkansas (with the foundation's other offices potentially serving as a “home base” after an initial, intensive period of time spent in Bentonville) 

Organizational Leadership 

  • As a critical member of the foundation's Leadership Team, plan, manage and evaluate the progress of the organization toward its dual goals of social impact and “One Foundation” 
  • Promote, facilitate, and embody an engaged, impact-oriented culture grounded in respect, collaboration, learning, and the mission and values of the foundation

Talent Strategy 

  • Act as a thought partner on human capital issues across the Leadership and Program Teams
  • Design and develop an integrated strategic program for all people-related functions in the organization, including recruitment, onboarding, performance management, staff and leadership development, recognition and total rewards 

Talent Program Implementation and Operations 

  • Ensure the systems and processes are in place to effectively recruit, retain, train, support, and evaluate a talented, highly motivated, and diverse staff
  • Evolve performance management systems that allow for clear goal-setting and accountability
  • Build out the required People Department team, in coordination with the family office shared services’ team
  • Act as a confidential and neutral sounding board for employee concerns as needed. Manage to positive resolution and liaise with appropriate leadership as necessary
  • Maintain relationships with legal counsel and other foundation advisors in support of human resource, employee benefit, international and insurance matters
  • Identify, address, and resolve barriers to effective people-program implementation
  • Ensure fiscal oversight of the department’s budget


Talent Strategy Expertise: Strong track record in a talent leadership role within a high performing, fast-paced mission-driven organization. Draws connections between talent (people) programs and an organization’s strategies and initiatives.

HR Program Management: Knows how HR supports business success. Can tangibly point to examples of talent programs that were developed and implemented, as well as lessons learned about the change management required for their success. Brings HR generalist skills as well as deep insight and experience in organizational development.

Entrepreneurship: Demonstrated track record of developing and successfully implementing initiatives comparable in size and scope to the foundation's ambitions. A “strategic doer,” who can think and plan in aspirational ways while also rolling up his/her sleeves to get things done.

Interpersonal Skills / Emotional Intelligence: Consistently brings out the best in the organization. Capable of acting as a confidante and thought partner to staff at all levels. Consultative, high energy, flexible, collaborative, positive, and proactive.

An advanced degree is preferred.

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.

Please submit resume and cover letter, in MS Word format to Viewcrest Advisors, at: apply@viewcrestadvisors.com