Sr. Food Systems Officer & Dir. for Market Center of Ozarks

Job Title

Sr. Food Systems Officer & Dir. for Market Center of Ozarks

Job Description

The Northwest Arkansas Food Systems initiative of the Walton Family Foundation and Walton Personal Philanthropy Group is seeking a proactive, detail oriented, and execution-focused individual to serve as a Senior Food Systems Officer and Market Center of the Ozarks Director. This new role would support a vision to position the region as a national model for local food and regenerative agriculture, support local economies, and to provide healthier food access for all. In simplest terms, the initiative seeks to create increased access to healthy local food on local tables, with the work divided among two main objectives:


About the Position 

The Senior Food Systems Officer and MCO Director is a new position that has four key functions: 




Who we are looking for 

Required Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

Personal attributes that support your success 


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: $ 165k – 175k

Benefits Information: We offer a comprehensive and generous benefits package which includes medical, dental and vision insurance, a 401(k0 retirement plan and paid time off.


About the Northwest Arkansas Food Systems Initiative

Northwest Arkansas has a rich farming heritage, and for much of the 20th century, its dedicated farmers were known as some of the country’s most prolific growers of fruits and vegetables. While the region has experienced renewed interest in small-scale farming over the past decade, an aging farm workforce and the rising cost of land have made farming inaccessible for too many residents.

As consumer demand grows for local produce, and recent crises highlight the essential role farmers play in the food supply chain, the Northwest Arkansas Food Systems Initiative supports local growers from seed to table, connecting new and existing farmers to educational opportunity, land, technical assistance and capital. It also improves farmers’ access to local wholesale and direct-to-consumer markets by supporting programs that provide certification, aggregation, sales and distribution, and processing services.

The initiative is set to soar in early 2024 with the opening of the new Market Center of the Ozarks, a new, 45,000-square-foot food hub supporting local farmers and food startups in the heart of downtown Springdale. This facility will provide farmers a space to process their harvest, food entrepreneurs a place to create and innovate and the community a new spot to gather and learn about food.

Over time, we believe Northwest Arkansas can serve as a national model for small and mid-size farmers making a good living growing local food in healthy soil.

For more information about the initiative, please visit:


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. 


About WPPG

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 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


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. 

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