Program Director

Job Title

Program Director

Job Description

The Walton Personal Philanthropy Group is seeking a skilled, highly motivated and entrepreneurial individual to join the team as a Program Director. The ideal teammate will have the demonstrated ability to collaborate across teams to develop strategies and grant making action plans. This role will also supervise relevant internal and external staff & experts to execute, monitor, & support aligned grants, and generate reports of the progress of the aligned foundations philanthropic investments.

About the Walton Personal Philanthropy Group
The Walton Personal Philanthropy Group (WPPG) provides services to the family of Sam and Helen Walton to support their individual philanthropic activities. These services for the family and their related entities include program and grant management, strategy consulting and grant administration. WPPG is a part of Walton Enterprises, the family office of the Walton family.

About the Position
You’ll join a top-notch team and be responsible for executing on and supporting a large portion of the Principal’s grantmaking portfolio.

What you will do
You will engage in and support numerous aspects of grantmaking and operations, working to expand and improve impact, communication, and collaboration throughout the grant portfolios. Specifically, the role will support the following areas:

Strategy Development / Implementation:
• Support the design, execution, and negotiation of strategic grant-making opportunities in ways that align with the Principal’s vision
• Engage in research and analysis, make recommendations for action and provide data to support the decision-making process
• Rapidly adapt projects and priorities on-demand to meet the needs of Principal’s philanthropic portfolio

Communication:
• Collaborate with Principal’s Chief of Staff to host strategic discussions on topics/issues related to the portfolio
• Ensure Principal is up to date on the status of their philanthropic investments and projects in the pipeline. This will include working with the Principal’s Chief of Staff to review updates, assess key decisions, and discuss topics of substance
• On a monthly basis, the Program Director will provide an updated synopsis of the grantmaking portfolio, including performance against developed benchmarks and milestones. Additional meetings and updates will be provided as necessary to ensure the Principal is receiving timely information about their portfolio

Collaboration:
• Partner with Walton Enterprises/Walton Family Foundation staff to coordinate efforts for greater social impact
• Work with other family teams, as requested, to identify and support opportunities for collaboration
• Collaborate with family office and legal staff as needed to ensure activities are in alignment with all applicable laws and regulations governing private foundations and advocacy work

Operations:
• Supervise and support development of full-time staff and part-time support responsible for specific areas of grant-related work
• Develop and manage the internal infrastructure necessary to support the Foundation’s scaled level of giving, including developing and implementing operating procedures and metrics

Impact Assessment / Reporting:
• Establish an impact monitoring & evaluation practice to reflect the full breadth of the foundation’s work, while leveraging the existing WFF ecosystem and structure, as appropriate

Other duties as assigned


About Walton Enterprises
Walton Enterprises supports the personal, philanthropic, and business activity for the Walton family. We are a family-led organization, supporting multiple generations of Sam & Helen Walton’s family.

Walton Personal Philanthropy Group 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.

Basic Qualifications

Who we are looking for

Required for your success
• A Bachelor’s degree; relevant master’s degree or higher preferred.
• 10+ years’ experience in a professional philanthropic environment developing and managing grants
• Strong written communication skills with experience in producing both brief and longer written products in a timely fashion for internal and external audiences.
• Public speaking experience with the ability to convey complex issues to internal and external audiences.
• Knowledge of economic, financial and accounting principles (e.g., experience navigating financial statements, an organization’s budget); familiarity reading legal documents
• Demonstrated experience in, and commitment to the areas of diversity, inclusion and equity

Additional Helpful Experience Includes
• Passion for holistic healthcare or the arts
• Management/strategic planning consulting.
• Nonprofit management

Personal attributes that support your success
• Ability to act as a trusted advisor to principals and colleagues while demonstrating expertise and integrity
• 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
• A visionary who plans for the future with imagination and wisdom
• You are dedicated to achieving excellence and work with others to tackle the tasks at hand