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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
- 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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