Senior SLED Officer

Job Description

The Walton Family Foundation (WFF) is seeking a skilled, highly motivated, and entrepreneurial individual to join the team as a Senior SLED Officer in support of the Education program area.


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:


About the Position

Strategy, learning, and evaluation are at the core of who we are at the Walton Family Foundation. Our SLED team plays a central role in providing actionable information that helps inform decision-making about individual grants as well as overall strategy. We are dedicated to learning not only from our own grantmaking, but also with and from our grantees and partners in the field. Through a strategic approach to learning, we can develop stronger strategies to achieve the greatest impact.

Specific Responsibilities





Field Building


Who we are looking for

Qualifications required for your success

The position calls for a solid understanding of K-12 education in the US context, with an emphasis on at least one of the following: K12 education policy, school choice, charter schools, school governance and finance, human capital (teachers and school leaders), the measurement and assessment of academic and/or non-cognitive skills, or related subject areas; in addition to expertise in the strategy, learning, and evaluation responsibilities described above.

For this role, a broader understanding of policy advocacy, including grassroots movements, community engagement and empowerment, communications and messaging, and coalition-building, along with experience measuring key concepts in these fields, is preferred but not required.

The Foundation seeks to recruit individuals with a demonstrated record of results in the empirical evaluation of youth development programs and policies, solid management skills, superior interpersonal and communication skills, a respectful but analytical approach to the work of grantees, a proven ability to work effectively as part of a team, along with a drive for continual improvement. The role also requires self-direction and decisiveness, combined with flexibility and a capacity to give and receive feedback graciously.

The Senior SLED Officer should ideally possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

Personal attributes that support your success


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.


Compensation Range : $177,000 - $221,000

Benefits Information: We offer a comprehensive and generous benefits package which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401(k)-retirement plan and paid time off.

*This information is provided to comply with Colorado Law.


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. To learn more visit and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


About SLED

The Strategy, Learning, and Evaluation Department (SLED) at the Walton Family Foundation supports careful planning, rigorous research, and systematic assessment in service of organizational learning, strategic adaptation, and philanthropic impact. We seek to learn with our grantees and other partners and advance the fields in which we work. 


About the Education Program

Learn more about the Education Program strategy here.


Equal Opportunity Employer

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.

Additional Information

Full-time; Exempt

Basic Qualifications