Job Application Due Date: 01/31/21
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.
About the Home Region Program
The Walton Family Foundation honors its roots by helping build opportunities in the communities that first gave the Walton family opportunity. Their efforts in Northwest Arkansas include continuing to improve the quality of life for a fast-growing population of all ages, incomes, and cultures; and working locally and on the world stage establishing the region as a global leader in arts, education, and overall quality of life. In the Arkansas-Mississippi Delta region, the Foundation works to create access to educational and economic opportunities.
The Strategy, Learning, and Evaluation Officer will be a part of the foundation’s SLED team and support the Home Region program area by producing and sharing rigorous evidence that fosters strategic learning and continuous improvement. The SLED Officer will play an important role in shaping the continued development of a best in class strategy, learning, and evaluation function at the foundation.
Data collection, analysis, and documentation
- Review, compile, and analyze data from grantee reports
- Collect and analyze primary and secondary data related to key performance indicators and strategic learning questions
- Create and maintain detailed documentation of data sources and analysis methods
Grants and contracts administration
- Assist with the development, sourcing, and management of third-party research and evaluation projects
- Input and monitor SLED grants and contracts through the foundation’s grants administration system
Assist in creating actionable evidence for program staff
- Gather, review, and synthesize existing research to address learning questions from program staff
- Conduct evaluations of select grants, including the development of lessons learned in collaboration with program staff and grantees
- Assist with the preparation of accessible materials that communicate key findings and engage staff and stakeholders in learning activities, including slide decks and data visualizations
Contribute to the foundation’s learning culture
- Assist in the planning and implementation of learning activities with program staff.
- Participate in and contribute to SLED learning and development activities
- Master’s or Doctoral degree in a relevant social science field, such as sociology, geography, economics, public policy, etc.
- One to three years of experience working directly on research and/or evaluation projects
Subject-area knowledge in one or more of the following topics: community development and engagement; housing, transportation, and urban development; postsecondary education and workforce development; arts, culture, and recreation; entrepreneurship and economic development; organizational capacity-building and leadership development
- Highly motivated, have a keen sense of responsibility and can balance multiple priorities in a fast-paced work environment
- Ability to work independently and take initiative while working collaboratively across and within teams
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively share detailed technical information with non-technical audiences
- Experience creating strong and clear data visualizations
- Knowledge of evaluation and research methodology, descriptive and inferential statistical analysis procedures and interpretation, measurement, and data reporting
- Experience using primary and secondary data sources and qualitative and quantitative research methods
- Competency with the Microsoft Office suite of programs, including the ability to analyze and graph data using Excel
- A commitment to the mission of the Walton Family Foundation and a passion for the Home Region focus of grant-making
- Proactive approach to problem-solving
- Diplomatic approach and an innate understanding of customer service
- A high level of discretion and confidentiality for both business and personal affairs
Applications are due by January 31, 2021.