Program Support Associate - K-12

Job Title

Program Support Associate

Job Description

The Walton Family Foundation is seeking a skilled, highly motivated and entrepreneurial individual to join the foundation’s Washington DC office as a K-12 Program Support Associate.

About the Position

The primary duty of the PSAs is to support smooth execution of the team’s operations, budgeting, strategy, and grant making. Specific duties include:

Grants Management Support (60% of time)

• Assist program officers administratively - editing and strengthening grant write-ups, tracking grant letters and payments, and coordinating grantee reporting;
• Collaborate with the budget team to track grants that are in the pipeline, and follow up on payments and outstanding grantee reports;
• Act as liaison between K-12 team and home office administration for information and updated processes;

Operations (30% of time)
• Perform operational, technical, and analytical tasks to support the work of the K-12 program;
• Prepare documents, take minutes, and compile follow-up notes for key meetings;
• Coordinate events/meetings and professional development opportunities for team members;

Additional Duties (10% of time)

• Act as representative of the foundation to grantees and external partners;
• Special projects, as assigned.

Who we are looking for

Personal attributes that support your success

• Service orientation and partnership: This is a role that provides critical support to program officers, grantees, and ultimately the entire team. As such, PSAs should operate with sensitivity to the needs of those they support, build strong relationships, and help make the work easier.
• Attention to detail: There are many facets of this role that require ensuring that a document is accurate, a deadline is met or a process is operating in service of team outcomes. PSAs must operate with a high degree of awareness of and appreciation for what might seem like “small” details.
• Proactive problem solving: There are a lot of moving pieces in the PSA role, and sometimes only the PSA is aware of them all at a given time. This requires that a PSA anticipate and identify potential challenges and roadblocks and suggest solutions (to manager, POs, others) in order to keep work on track.

About the Walton Family Foundation

The Walton Family Foundation is, at its core, a family-led foundation. The children and grandchildren of our founders, Sam and Helen Walton, lead the foundation and create access to opportunity for people and communities. The Foundation’s giving is focused on 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. The Foundation also invests in areas of deep personal interest to individual family members.

Headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, with offices in Washington, D.C., Jersey City, New Jersey and Denver, Colorado, approximately 110 staff conduct the day-to-day operations of the foundation.

About the K-12 Education Program

We believe children must have access to a high-quality education that works for them in order to have a lifetime of opportunity.
• Support the growth of schools that transform the lives of children, especially those from low-income communities;
• Collaborate with schools of all kinds – public charter schools, district schools and private schools – on bold ideas for change;
• Support excellence in teaching by helping educators do their best for students; and
• Believe in the uniqueness of each child, school and community, and that there is no one- size-fits-all solution.

Applications must include an updated resume and a cover letter that explains which of your previous experiences have prepared you for this role and how this position aligns with your longer term career goals.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

The Walton Family Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace. 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, status of protected veteran, among other things or status as a qualified individual with a disability.

Basic Qualifications

• Strong technical skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint
• 1 – 2 years of full-time professional experience or significant internship experience, preferably in an office environment

Additional Helpful Experience Includes

• Bachelor’s Degree