Deputy Director (Environment Program)

Walton Family Foundation
Denver or Washington DC, United States
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Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The Walton Family Foundation is seeking a skilled, highly motivated and entrepreneurial individual to join the foundation as a Deputy Director of the Environment Program. The position calls for a passion for environmental issues and a demonstrable ability to support a team to do its best work. We seek individuals with superior interpersonal and communication skills, a respectful but analytical approach to the work of grantees, and a proven ability to work and lead effectively as part of a team.

Location: Washington, D.C., or Denver, CO

About the Position
The Deputy Director, Environment Program will lead operations, processes and planning for the Environment team at the Walton Family Foundation in service of our ambitious goals for meaningful environmental change. Specific duties include the following:

  • Manage, create and/or refine processes and procedures to optimize the experience of the Environment team, foundation peers and grantees.
  • Manage staff and support their professional growth
  • Work with the Environment Program Leadership Team to oversee day-to-day program operations, including grantmaking strategy implementation and budgets.
  • Collaborate with other departments and programs across the foundation, including Legal Communications, and Strategy Learning and Evaluation, the Education program and the Home Region program (as necessary), and the Personal Philanthropy Group, to ensure effective and strategic grantmaking processes that result in excellent team and grantee feedback and experience.
  • Build and maintain relationships with current and potential grantees and cultivate relationships across the philanthropic sector.
  • Represent the foundation at professional meetings and to the broader community.
  • Represent the Program Director at internal and external meetings
  • As needed, support coordination with the Environment Committee and individual Walton family members, whose work intersects with the Environment Program work.
  • Develop learning and planning tools that provide appropriate consistency across team.
  • Source and perform due diligence on proposals aligned with the Environment Program’s theory of change.
  • Other projects and assignments as requested by the foundation’s board, Executive Director or Director of Environment Program.

Who we are looking for
Qualifications required for your success

  • Bachelor’s degree required; relevant master’s degree or higher degree preferred.
  • At least seven years of work in a professional environment, with significant experience in staff and process management.
  • Knowledge of and interaction with WFF’s approach to philanthropy.
  • Knowledge of and engagement with philanthropies, either as a donor, fundraiser or grant manager.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and extensive experience with presentations to audiences of various sizes.
  • Proven ability to help people develop and grow.
  • Experience at building or desire to build positive organizational culture for diverse, inclusive and high-performing teams
  • Excellent written skills and experience in producing both brief and longer written products in a timely fashion for internal and external audiences.
  • Proven ability to effectively manage and optimize performance of team members.
  • Strong verbal skills,with experience in making complex issues accessible to different communities and audiences
  • Stellar organizational and time management skills

Personal attributes that support your success

  • Self-directed, organized, flexible and decisive.
  • Ability to give and receive feedback graciously.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work with, and lead, a team, as well as demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Intellectual agility and the ability to analyze, think critically and understand emerging issues.
  • Unquestionable ethics and personal integrity.
  • Sense of humor and humility.

To apply:

About the Walton Family Foundation
The Walton Family Foundation is at its core, a family-led foundation. Three generations of the descendants of our founders, Sam and Helen Walton, and their spouses, work together to lead the foundation and create access to opportunity for people and communities. We work in three areas: improving K-12 education, protecting rivers and oceans and the communities they support, and investing in our home region of Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas-Mississippi Delta.

About the Environment Program
The Environment Program seeks to address pressing environmental issues with durable solutions to create a healthy relationship between people and the environment. We:

  • Work to change agricultural practices to protect water in Mississippi River;
  • Work to improve water management to address drought and water overuse in the Colorado River;
  • Work to improve fisheries management in the US, Mexico, Indonesia, Peru and Chile.

The Walton Family Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment of any kind. We encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.