Walton Family Foundation

Location: Bentonville, Arkansas

Associate Program Officer

The Walton Family Foundation is seeking a skilled, highly motivated and entrepreneurial individual to join the foundation as an Associate Program Officer for the Home Region Program.

About the Position: The Associate Program Officer will work in a small, entrepreneurial team under the supervision of the Senior Program Officer guiding the Preserve a Sense of Place strategy. The purpose of this strategy is to preserve a sense of place in Northwest Arkansas through quality urban planning by investing in mobility, design, and green space preservation. The vision is to continue to position Northwest Arkansas as a desirable region for businesses and residents to grow and/or relocate because of the quality of the built and natural environment.

Specific duties include the following:

  • Implement the Home Region Preserve a Sense of Place Strategy.
  • Engaging community partners and seeking grantees to execute against the overall strategic goals.
  • Help manage relationships with grantees, potential grantees, and other partners. This will include performing due diligence and shepherding grant proposals through the foundation’s approval process.
  • Conducting site visits, providing guidance and working with grantees to achieve significant impact.
  • Develop and build new relationships with a broad network of partners who can leverage the foundation’s goals.
  • Assist grantees in developing and implementing monitoring, maintenance, and funding strategies that lead to the achievement of strategic goals.
  • Defining grant terms and expectations; obtain agreement on reasonable outputs and outcomes including how they will be measured and reported.
  • Review budgets for appropriate expenditures; monitor ongoing operations, review financial and narrative reports and ensure timely payments.
  • Assist with other projects and assignments as requested by the foundation’s board, Executive Director or Director of the Home Region Program.

Who we are looking for: You are a highly effective team member who understands that the success of the foundation’s Home Region strategy is built on a strong team culture that values partnership and provides support through honest and respectful feedback.

Basic qualifications required for your success:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 2+ years of work in a professional urban planning or relevant non-profit setting or related field, with experience in serving internal and external “customers”
  • Demonstrated organizational, detail-orientation, time management and project-management skills
  • Willingness to travel throughout the Northwest Arkansas region to evaluate potential grant projects and monitor approved grant projects

Preferred experience:

  • Master’s or professional degree in urban planning, design or related field.
  • Deep familiarity with mobility systems, including trails, on-street facilities and mass transit.
  • Emerging open space preservation and conservation practices.
  • Design, development and/or construction management.
  • A passionate commitment to the goals of the Home Region program, and the ability/willingness to adapt as those goals evolve.
  • Experience in nonprofit and/or grants development and management.

Personal attributes that support your success:

  • Ability to build internal and external relationships and networks in order to achieve results.
  • Intellectual agility and the ability to analyze, think critically and understand progressive urban planning principles and issues.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills combined with an ability to listen to others and learn from their best ideas.
  • An engaging presence, possessing political savvy and a demonstrated track record of success communicating effectively with people from different sectors of society.
  • Strategic thinker, who will be capable of deploying an innovative program framework and vision.
  • Excellent written skills and experience in producing both brief and longer written products in a timely fashion for internal and external audiences.
  • Oral communication skills, with experience in public speaking that emphasizes conveying complex issues to internal and external audiences.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work as part of an action-oriented team, as well as independently.
  • Ability to handle confidential issues and practice discretion.
  • Down-to-earth approach with a good sense of humor.
  • Unquestionable ethics and personal integrity.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

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