Bentonville, AR

Special Projects Senior Program Officer, Walton Family Foundation

The Organization – 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 and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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.

Position Overview

Senior Program Officer

The Walton Family Foundation is seeking a skilled, initiative-taking, and entrepreneurial individual to join the foundation as a Senior Program Officer. This position is in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging 

We believe every associate should have access to success. Creating an environment centered on trust, respect, and bringing people together is critical to this belief. Our aspirations are as follows:

  • Create an environment where we hire, retain, and bring to the table people with diverse backgrounds, viewpoints and lived experiences to create a more successful organization.
  • Ensure fairness, equity, and access to success for all our associates.
  • Create an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued, safe, able to engage honestly.

About the Position

A Senior Program Officer, under the supervision of the Director of the Foundation’s Special Projects team, will serve as a key point of contact for, and resource to, foundation staff in all areas. This will include grant making, communications, evaluations, and  support of Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation (CSF) based initiatives.


  • Manage geographic and/or topical categories of work, ensuring alignment of grants with the foundation’s mission and strategies. This includes working with the Special Projects Director and other senior staff to develop the foundation’s grant budget.
  • Help manage individual relationships with grantees and potential grantees. This will include performing due diligence on proposals, shepherding proposals through the foundation’s approval process in a timely manner, and monitoring grantee progress toward objectives.
  • Focus on the development and management of large grants by the Walton Family Foundation/ Special Projects team in support of the CSF. You will also complete other projects and assignments as requested by the Director of Special Projects.
  • Oversee progress of initiatives against milestones and evaluate effectiveness of grant activity.
  • May oversee the work of a small team of cross functional program officers focused on CSF based initiatives. This could require conducting periodic and annual feedback about performance.


Who we are looking for

Qualifications required for success

The position calls for a solid understanding of grant making. The role requires self-direction and decisiveness combined with flexibility and a capacity to give and receive feedback graciously.

You are creative and enthusiastic about facilitating large-scale, innovative programming in collaboration with community leaders and Walton family members. You are relationship oriented and build effective connections and networks to achieve results.


Qualifications required for your success

·             Degree required; master’s or terminal degree preferred.

·             10+ years of experience in a business or grant making organization.

·             Excellent written and oral communication skills including strong presentation skills.

·             Proven skills at organization and time management

·             Demonstrated capacity to work as part of a team, as well as independently

·             Intellectual agility with the ability to analyze and think critically.

·             Ability to evaluate and monitor grantee proposals and processes.

·             Willingness to travel up to 20%

Additional helpful experience includes

·             Non-profit and/or community foundation management

·             Grants management

·             Management/strategic planning consulting

·             Entrepreneurial experience


Personal attributes that support your success

  • Ability to function as a trusted advisor to principals and colleagues while demonstrating expertise and integrity.
  • You are helpful, a collaborator, 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 with imagination and wisdom
  • You are dedicated to achieving excellence and work with others to tackle the tasks at hand.

All offers of employment are contingent on your successful completion (where permitted by state law) of a confidentiality agreement and background check. In addition, you will need to provide proper identification verifying your eligibility to work in the United States on your first day of work.


Benefits Information*

Compensation Range : $184,000-$190,000

Benefits Information: We offer a comprehensive and generous benefits package which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan and paid time off.

*This information is provided to comply with Colorado Law


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