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Senior Program Officer, Great Lakes Region

Walton Family Foundation |  AR 71601 USA | Full Time - 12 Month | Revised: 01/08/2013

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The Walton Family Foundation is seeking a skilled and experienced individual to join the foundation’s systemic K-12 education reform team as a Senior Program Officer for the Great Lakes Region. The Senior Program Officer will help manage a small team and a diverse portfolio of state- and local-based grantees that are empowering parents with quality school choices in the Great Lakes Region (which includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Missouri). The Senior Program Officer also will work with a few national advocacy and quality-school grantees.


About the Walton Family Foundation

Headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, the Walton Family Foundation (WFF) was created by Sam M. Walton, founder of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and his wife Helen R. Walton. WFF provides grants to nonprofit organizations in three major areas: 1) systemic K-12 education reform; 2) community development in the Northwest Region of Arkansas and the Mississippi River Delta Region of Arkansas and Mississippi; and 3) marine and freshwater conservation. A family-based Board of Directors provides overall direction for the program areas. A staff/consultant base of approximately fifty conducts the day-to-day operations. More information about the Foundation can be found at


The foundation’s education reform investments seek to improve American K-12 student achievement, especially in low-income communities, by supporting organizations and programs that empower parents to choose among high-performing schools and insert competition into public education. Most of the K-12 reform team is located in the foundation’s offices in Bentonville, Denver and Washington, D.C.



Senior Program Officers oversee the work of a small team focused on a specific regions of the country under the supervision of the Director of
the foundation’s systemic K-12 education reform focus area. Specific duties include the following:

  • Support and professionally develop direct reports. This includes periodic and annual feedback about performance.
  • Manage geographic and/or topical categories of work, ensuring alignment of grants with the foundation’s mission and strategies. This includes working with the K-12 reform program director and other senior staff to develop the foundation’s grant budget.
  • Help manage individual relationships with grantees and potential grantees. This will include performing due diligence on proposals, shepherding proposals through the foundation’s approval process in a timely manner, and monitoring grantee progress toward objectives.
  • Participate in the development of foundation’s Systemic K-12 Education Reform strategy with the rest of the education team.
  • Complete other projects and assignments as requested by the foundation’s Board, Executive Director, or Director of K-12 Education Reform.


Qualifications and Experience

The position calls for a solid understanding of education policy and the K-12 education reform landscape. The role requires self-direction and decisiveness combined with flexibility and a capacity to give and receive feedback graciously. The foundation seeks to recruit individuals with a demonstrated appreciation for parental choice, solid management skills, superior interpersonal and communication skills, a respectful but
analytical approach to the work of grantees, and a proven ability to work effectively as part of a team. The Senior Program Officer should ideally possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

  • Passion for, and knowledge of, K-12 education reform generally and parental choice specifically.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; relevant master’s degree or higher preferred.
  • At least ten years work experience in a professional, K-12 reform environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • 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 emerging education reform issues.
  • Unquestionable ethics and personal integrity.
  • Willingness to travel up to 50% of time.

Additional helpful experience includes:

  • Federal, state or district-level education policy
  • Legislative advocacy
  • Management/strategic planning consulting
  • Non-profit management
  • Grants management
  • K-12 teaching or administration


Compensation and Benefits

The foundation offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and a resume to Bruno V. Manno at by February 1, 2013.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the associate is regularly required to stand, reach with hands and arms, and use hands to finger, handle or feel objects and/or controls.  The employee is required to sit, walk, talk and hear; and move/carry files.  The associate must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 lbs.


Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color, and the ability to adjust focus in order to handle extensive data collection, analysis and summary reporting. Computer work will be a part of the daily workflow and process.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics for this job are typical for this type of job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is reflective of a mid-sized office.


The Walton Family Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

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Location AR, United States
Categories Director/Manager/Coordinator, Law/Policy
Organization Type Other

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Contact Name Bruno Manno
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