Senior Communications Officer – Brand and Executive Communications

The Walton Family Foundation is seeking a skilled communications professional to join the Communications team as a Senior Communications Officer – Brand and Executive Communications, reporting to the Director of Communications.  

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 believe the best ideas can come from anywhere, so we stay open to new thinking from all over. And we partner with those who are closest to the problem because they’re usually closest to the solution.

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 110 staff conducts the day-to-day operations of the foundation.

What you’ll do:

  • Oversee ongoing implementation of brand language into internal and external communications products.
  • Manage and update messaging for use by foundation leaders and staff.
  • Serve as a counselor to senior leaders to help establish individual public engagement priorities including speaking opportunities, media engagement and authoring blog posts and op-eds.
  • Establish content and public engagement calendar for foundation leaders involved in external engagement.
  • Develop system and protocols to prepare and brief leaders in advance of each engagement.
  • Develop clear platforms and messaging for each leader reflecting individual interests, expertise and credentials as well as carrying forward consistent themes and values. 
  • Create a leadership dossier for the organization to share information internally. It will outline each individual’s areas of expertise, public speaking interests, and personal achievements. 
  • Survey current social sector news and developments to ensure foundation leaders can take advantage of important opportunities as they arise. 
  • Equip relevant leaders with the capabilities and resources they need to advance their leadership objectives, such as media training, speechwriting assistance and presentation development.
  • Collaborate with foundation program communications leads as well as the Walton Family Political and Communications office to identify opportunities and leverage engagement to support programmatic goals. 
  • Ensure that the ideas and expertise of the foundation have reach and influence with key audiences.

Who we’re looking for: 

The Walton Family Foundation is seeking a skilled, highly motivated and entrepreneurial individual to join the foundation’s Bentonville, Denver, Jersey City or Washington, D.C., office as a Sr. Communications Officer for Brand and Executive Communications. You are:   

  • Builder of effective relationships and networks to achieve results.
  • Ability to manage projects from conception to execution.
  • Insight to know which stakeholders to incorporate into different projects at different times.
  • Executive-savvy, understanding the nuances of executive-level interactions
  • You incorporate feedback from multiple stakeholders while moving projects forward.
  • A problem solver who is outcome oriented.
  • Expert at juggling multiple tasks and priorities based on the impact on overall goals.
  • Creative and can produce great content without having to outsource. 
  • An  ambassador with the ability to give and receive feedback graciously
  • Superior communicator who treats everyone with respect
  • Intellectual agility and the ability to analyze, think critically, and understand emerging issues that are directly relevant to Executive Communications 
  • Unquestionable ethics and personal integrity
  • Effective team member who is also able to act independently and deliver with limited guidance. 
  • Willingness to make a passionate commitment to the goals of the Walton Family Foundation

Qualifications required for the role: 

The Sr. Communications Officer must possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, English, Communications or a related field
  • At least 10 years of communications or public relations experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including a portfolio of writing samples. Digital skills a bonus

Additional helpful experience includes:

  • Relevant master’s degree or higher 
  • Experience working on political campaigns or at communications agencies 
  • Experience writing and managing communications for a variety of social media channels
  • Adept in the use of social media with keen awareness of appropriate communication for each platform