Senior SLED Officer, K-12 Education

Job Application Due Date: 11/30/21
Hiring Company/Organization: Walton Family Foundation

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. The Foundation works in three areas: improving K-12 education, protecting rivers and oceans and the communities they support, and investing in their home region of Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas-Mississippi Delta. Strategy, learning, and evaluation are at the core of the Walton Family Foundation. The Foundation’s Strategy, Learning, and Evaluation Department (SLED) team plays a central role in providing actionable information that helps inform decision-making about individual grants as well as an overall strategy. We are dedicated to learning not only from our own grant-making 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.

Position Description

The Foundation is seeking a skilled, highly motivated, and entrepreneurial individual to join the team as a Senior SLED Officer in support of the K-12 Education program. Strategy, learning, and evaluation are at the core of the Walton Family Foundation. The SLED team plays a central role in providing actionable information that helps inform decision-making about individual grants as well as overall strategy. The Foundation is dedicated to learning not only from their own grantmaking but also with and from their grantees and partners in the field. Through a strategic approach to learning, the Foundation can develop stronger strategies to achieve the greatest impact.

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 K-12 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.

Applications are due November 30, 2021.