Organization: The Walton Family Foundation

Location: Bentonville, Arkansas, Jersey City, NJ or Washington, DC

Express Interest


Sam and Helen Walton had an unshakeable belief in the power of people to transform their own lives. As Sam said, there is no limit to what individuals can accomplish if “given the opportunity, the encouragement and the incentive to do their best.” Today that “no limits” philosophy is carried forward by their descendants through the Walton Family Foundation.

Since 2000, the Foundation’s grantmaking has grown from $50M to an anticipated $450M in 2017. With grantmaking projected to exceed $2B over the next five years, the Foundation continues to move forward with increasing intensity, focus and commitment to sustaining the Waltons’ timeless entrepreneurial values and their deep dedication to making life better for individuals and communities alike.

By working with grantees and collaborating with other philanthropic organizations, the Foundation is focused on making a positive difference in three primary program areas of collective interest to the Walton Family:

  • K-12 education
  • Freshwater and marine conservation
  • Quality of life initiatives in Arkansas and the Mississippi River Delta Region

In addition to these program areas, the Foundation also supports grantmaking interests of individual and groups of Walton family members, as well as independent foundations created by family members. These individualized giving areas represent a high-growth area of the Foundation.

Headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, with offices in Washington, DC, Jersey City, New Jersey and Denver, CO, a staff/consultant base of approximately 100 associates conducts the day-to-day operations of the Foundation.

This is a full-time position located in be located in the Foundation’s Bentonville, Arkansas location; however, the Foundation will consider candidates to work out of the Jersey City, NJ or Washington, DC offices. For more information on The Walton Family Foundation please visit

Candidate Profile:

The Walton Family Foundation seeks a Deputy Director, Strategy and Learning to join its Strategy, Evaluation, and Learning Department (SLED). The Strategy, Learning, and Evaluation Department supports careful planning, rigorous research, and systematic assessment in service of organizational learning, strategic adaptation, and philanthropic impact. The Strategy, Learning, and Evaluation Department seeks to learn with the Foundation’s grantees and other partners and advance the fields in which it works.

The Deputy Director, Strategy and Learning will work with the Director of the Strategy, Learning, and Evaluation Department, the SLED team, program teams, the Executive Director, and Board to lead development and implementation of strategic learning within the Foundation, by raising the quality and consistency of internal strategic planning.

As member of the SLED, the Deputy Director will also have responsibility for the ongoing development and revision of the learning plans for the SLED itself as well as other areas of the Foundation. The SLED currently has nine team members. More about the SLED team’s efforts to date can be found here.

In this new role, the Deputy Director, Strategy and Learning will be responsible for the following:

  • Serve as a member of the Strategy, Learning, and Evaluation Department (SLED) at the Walton Family Foundation, reporting to Director of the Strategy, Learning, and Evaluation Department
  • Guide the Foundation’s internal strategy and planning efforts
  • Lead the development and curation of a set of prioritized strategic learning questions for each of the three Foundation grantmaking areas, as well as the design and implementation of learning plans designed to address those questions
  • Work closely with each of the program directors on annual planning to articulate annual goals and objectives that align with five-year strategic plans
  • Develop learning and planning approaches and tools that provide appropriate consistency across the organization
  • Work with other staff to design and lead intentional learning events with grantees, funders, and other Foundation partners.
  • Contribute to programmatic deep dives with the Foundation’s Board
  • Manage the annual planning efforts for the SLED
  • Co-manage third-party strategic planning consultants
  • Play a leadership role in refining the Foundation’s approaches to strategy, learning, and evaluation


The Deputy Director, Strategy and Learning should be an expert in strategic planning who has the ability to be persuasive in a work setting. She/he should ideally possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

  • Graduate degree and at least five years of experience in a strategy consulting role required
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proven skills at organization and time management
  • Demonstrated capacity to work in a team as well as independently
  • Intellectual agility and the ability to analyze, think critically, and understand emerging issues that are directly relevant to programmatic funding areas
  • Unquestionable ethics and personal integrity
  • Willingness to relocate to the Bentonville, Arkansas (preferred), Jersey City, NJ, or Washington DC office of the Foundation
  • Passion for the mission of the Walton Family Foundation

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.

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


The Walton Family Foundation has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Trisha Sutrisno here.

The Walton Family Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

About Koya leadership partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with mission-driven organizations, educational institutions and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information, visit