Social Impact Officer

Job Title

Social Impact Officer

Job Description

Walton Personal Philanthropy Group (WPPG) is seeking a skilled, highly motivated individual to join the team as a Program Officer, Social Impact. The ideal teammate will demonstrate the ability to support the WPPG team and its processes as it meets the needs of the Walton family and family-affiliated entities.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization to foster an environment where all associates THRIVE and belong. We do this by creating:

• a culture committed to continuous learning that recognizes and values differences
• an environment of respect and connection to learn from the richness of identities, experiences, and perspectives
• fair access for all to opportunities for growth and advancement


About the Position

The Social Impact Officer is responsible for working with several Walton family members (the Principals) and their teams to support and execute their personal strategic philanthropy and social impact goals and in targeted issue areas and geographies using a range of grant making and social impact tools.


What you will do

You will provide philanthropy and social impact -related services for the Principals and their senior leadership staff, primarily in helping support funding opportunities at the intersection of the Principals’ established issue areas, which currently encompass post-secondary education, immigration, and food access. This support will involve grant management, donor collaboration management, partner relationship management, knowledge management, grant administration, and impact monitoring and evaluation.

Responsibilities

• Develop and execute grants and pay for performance contracts within and at the intersection of established program areas: conduct due diligence on organizations, their leadership and capacity to carry out programs; define grant terms and expectations; obtain agreement on reasonable outputs and outcomes including how they will be measured and reported; review budgets for appropriate expenditures; conduct site visits; monitor ongoing operations, review financial and narrative reports and ensure timely payments.
• For targeted issue areas identified by the Principals and their leadership team, research the outstanding need in focus geographies, refine and execute strategies and develop goals for impact. Identify optimal partners for support.
• Identify and track metrics to measure and monitor the impact of portfolio grants and investments—both at the individual partner and initiative-level. Create mechanisms for mid-course corrections as needed
• Collaborate with departments across Walton Enterprises to provide coordinated support to the Initiative Directors; coordinate with other professionals in HR, Legal, etc. to work through issues and arrive at solutions.
• Ensure a positive experience for the leadership team through superior client service; be proactive in anticipating needs, effectively communicate progress, and provide accurate, timely resolution of issues when they arise.
• Contribute to the organization’s knowledge management goals by tracking trends within issue areas, lifting up knowledge from the field, and integrating work and related documents with established operational systems.
• Manage partner and donor relationships with an eye towards solidifying an approach to partner management over time.
• Effectively manage workflow and processes through clear communication that is simple, effective, and customized.
• Manage other projects and assignments as requested.


Who we are looking for

You are a strategic self-starter who can tackle complex issues, identify potential philanthropic solutions, and work with others to develop and implement plans, all in service to the Principals and their goals for social impact. You have superior client service skills and instincts and can serve as an expert advisor and representative for the Principals and their Initiative Directors in their social impact efforts. You are also comfortable working in entrepreneurial environments.

As a generalist Program Officer, this position calls on a breadth of knowledge rather than depth in one content area. Most important is an understanding of effective grant making and social impact strategies that can be applied across any program area. However, knowledge of and experience in education/workforce development, immigration, nutrition, and food access is a plus.

Qualifications required for your success

• 7+ years of work experience that includes grantmaking work with social entrepreneurs and / or non-profit executives
• Ability to analyze and synthesize quantitative and qualitative data
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Adaptive mindset and flexible disposition
• Creative problem-solver with natural intellectual curiosity
• Willingness to learn and dive into new context areas and social change vehicles
• Strong time management and organizational skills including experience managing multiple project flows
• Experience acting as a trusted advisor to clients, colleagues, and consultants
• Knowledge of financial and accounting principles (e.g., experience navigating financial statements, an organization’s budget)
• Experience developing grant proposals, managing grants and grantees, and evaluating impact
• A cover letter must be submitted with your application

Additional Helpful Experience Includes

• Experience in a consulting and/or investment firm
• Grantmaking and/or foundation management
• Contract management
• Entrepreneurial or Intrapreneurial experience, taking and managing associated risks
• Knowledge of, or demonstrated interest in, the areas of education/workforce development, immigration, nutrition, and food access.
• Experience with diverse social impact tools, such as impact investing and advocacy-related contributions.

Personal attributes that support your success

• Strong orientation for client service; ability to assess and meet the Principals’ goals and preferences. A passion to serve in a way that demonstrates respect and care for family and staff and exceeds expectations.
• Intellectual agility and the ability to analyze, think critically, develop strategic approaches, and understand varied areas of interest. Able to effectively synthesize information and glean key points from research as well as interactions with the Principals and their leadership team.
• Comfortable working autonomously but also with a broader team serving the Principals. Able to be flexible and adaptable, comfortable with uncertainty.
• Ability to serve as a trusted advisor to Principals, colleagues and grantees and exhibit humility, integrity and exercise sound judgement and confidentiality.
• Strong communication skills, in person, via phone, and through written communication. Very skilled with Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
• Relentless in the pursuit of excellence and continuous improvement. You have a proven background of enhancing processes, systems, and platforms to increase success and operational efficiency. You give and receive feedback graciously, all with the aim of improving the experience and success of the Principals.
• Comfort working in a matrixed environment


How to Apply and Benefits Information*

How to apply: Click here. A cover letter is required for consideration. Once you have completed your application, upload a cover letter to your applicant profile at My Attachments - My Files.

Compensation Range: $112,000 - $120,000 annually

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


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 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 Enterprises 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

• 7+ years of work experience that includes grantmaking work with social entrepreneurs and / or non-profit executives
• Ability to analyze and synthesize quantitative and qualitative data
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Adaptive mindset and flexible disposition
• Creative problem-solver with natural intellectual curiosity
• Willingness to learn and dive into new context areas and social change vehicles
• Strong time management and organizational skills including experience managing multiple project flows
• Experience acting as a trusted advisor to clients, colleagues, and consultants
• Knowledge of financial and accounting principles (e.g., experience navigating financial statements, an organization’s budget)
• Experience developing grant proposals, managing grants and grantees, and evaluating impact
• A cover letter must be submitted with your application