Location: Bentonville, AR

Program Officer – Home Region

Salary: $128,000 - $160,000

The Walton Family Foundation (WFF) is seeking a skilled, highly motivated, and entrepreneurial individual to join the foundation as a Program Officer – Home Region. The position calls for a solid understanding of the Home Region geographies and WFF grantees. The foundation seeks to recruit individuals with a demonstrated commitment to an inclusive quality of life, superior interpersonal and communication skills, a respectful but analytical approach to the work of grantees and partners, and a proven ability to work effectively as part of a team.

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 Program Officer will help manage a diverse portfolio of municipal and non-profit grantees. Program Officers work on a small, entrepreneurial team. Specific duties include the following:

  • Refine and implement the Home Region’s 2025 Strategic Plan, with a particular focus on Regional Affordability – specifically within the region’s housing and mobility sectors. Regional Affordability is a strategy housed within the Home Region’s Inclusive Growth and Sense of Belonging initiative with the goal of ensuring that residents of all backgrounds, across all neighborhoods have access to opportunity. Within the 2025 Strategy framework, this role will take on increasing responsibility for regional affordability, a strategy that seeks to catalyze systems change to ensure the region addresses emerging affordability issues in housing and mobility. A key role for the program officer will be 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 on proposals, shepherding proposals through the foundation’s approval process, conducting site visits, providing guidance, and working with grantees in any way that will achieve significant impact. In addition, this position will continue to build new relationships with a broad network of other partners who can leverage the foundation’s goals.
  • Be an effective team member. The success of the foundation’s Home Region strategy is built on a strong team culture that values partnership. Team members provide support as well as honest and respectful feedback to one another. All team members are held to high performance expectations that include a mindset of personal and professional development.
  • Other projects and assignments. These may be requested by the foundation’s board, Executive Director or Director of the Home Region Program.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, relevant master’s degree or higher preferred
  • At least five years of work in an affordable housing, professional urban planning setting or related field
  • Direct experience with affordable housing and/or transportation planning projects
  • Understanding of affordable housing and transportation sectors and access to assistance programs at federal, state, and local levels that could be used to leverage impact
  • Experience and track record to serve as a critical advisor and subject matter expert to increase workforce housing, transportation options and the development of inclusive and welcoming places through various philanthropic tools and public/private leverage opportunities
  • 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.
  • Proven skills at organization and time management
  • Demonstrated capacity to work as part of a team, as well as independently
  • Intellectual agility and the ability to analyze, think critically and understand progressive urban planning principles and issues

Successful Candidate

  • 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 

All offers of employment are contingent on your successful completion (where permitted by state law) of a confidentiality agreement, credit, 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.

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