Deputy Director, Grants Management

Walton EnterprisesDenver, Colorado

The Organization

Walton Enterprises Inc. (WEI) is the family office of the Walton Family. It is a family-led organization supporting the personal, philanthropic, and business activity for multiple generations of Sam & Helen Walton’s family. WEI provides grants management and administration services to both the Walton Family Foundation (WFF) and Walton Personal Philanthropy Group (WPPG).

The Walton Personal Philanthropy Group (WPPG) is a department of WEI and provides services to the family of Sam and Helen Walton to support their individual philanthropic activities. These services for the family and their related entities include program and grant management, strategy development, and grant administration.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Walton Enterprises, Inc. is committed to embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization to foster an environment where all associates THRIVE and belong.  This is accomplished by creating:

  • A culture committed to continuous learning that recognizes and values differences.
  • An environment of respect and connection to learn from the richness of identities, experiences, and perspectives.
  • Fair access for all to opportunities for growth and advancement.

The Opportunity

This is an exciting moment in the evolution of the Walton Family’s philanthropic ambitions: continued growth has highlighted the need to centralize grants management and position it to scale. A newly created role, the Deputy Director of Grants Management will align and strengthen the collective grants management infrastructure across the entirety of the Family’s grantmaking, including the Walton Family Foundation and the Walton Personal Philanthropy Group. This is a perfect opportunity for a nimble and creative grants management professional whose range will readily accommodate both the established approach of the Walton Family Foundation as well as the emergent and varied philanthropic pursuits of multiple family households.

Based in the Denver office of Walton Enterprises and reporting to the director of the Walton Personal Philanthropy Group, the Deputy Director of Grants Management will play a key role in guiding and facilitating best-in-class grants management for the Walton Family Foundation and individual Walton family households. As this is a new position, it is expected that it will evolve over time; comfort operating within ambiguity and an entrepreneurial spirit are critical for success. The right candidate will be animated by the prospect of building, influencing, and leading an evolved function to facilitate greater efficiency, efficacy, and impact.

Key Responsibilities


  • Develop a comprehensive vision for the future of grants management that elevates the function as a strategic partner across the enterprise, models current best practices and positions it to service anticipated growth in volume and complexity of grantmaking.
  • Assess existing grants management processes, resources and capabilities to inform opportunities for greater efficiency and efficacy.
  • Lead planning, evaluation and improvement efforts for grantmaking system and technology.
  • Advise and support program staff exploring different types of charitable giving to achieve impact (e.g., PRIs, endowment grants, challenge grants, grants to for-profit entities).
  • Serve as sponsor of the Walton Family Foundation grantmaking advisory group and leverage opportunities for cross-learning with WPPG.

Grants Management and Systems

  • Manage all aspects of grant workflow and infrastructure (processes, policies, guidelines, systems) for both the Walton Family Foundation and WPPG; proactively identify and propose workflow improvements ensuring updates and documentation is shared across the two teams.
  • Oversee Walton Family Foundation Grants Administration team (near-term) and potentially a larger, central grants management entity (longer-term).
  • Maintain and update grantmaking templates (e.g., application, agreement letters, reporting requirements) in partnership with Legal, Technology and other key stakeholders.
  • As primary business lead for SmartSimple, serve as liaison with vendor and internal IT to manage platform; plan any future system changes to improve grants management.

Organizational Learning and Compliance.

  • Lead with a continuous improvement orientation by integrating feedback mechanisms for early detection    of problems and responsive operational improvements.
  • Partner with the legal and finance teams to ensure compliance with regulations and institutional policies   across all grantmaking activities and manage risk assessment; ensure associates receive relevant training.
  • Partner with WFF’s Strategy Learning and Evaluation Department (SLED) to develop and manage a framework for collection and use of data to advance learning, household decision making and strategic goals.
  • Partner with WFF to improve use of the Staff Grant Committee as a key forum for evaluating and discussing grants.
  • Promote and create a culture of learning and knowledge sharing around grants and grants practices to support program staff across the enterprise.

Ideal Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate is a seasoned grants management professional who is recognized in the field for their commitment and expertise in grants administration. A visionary who plans for the future with imagination and wisdom, they are inspired to help members of a multi-generational family increase the impact of their philanthropic investments and energized by the opportunity to support significant future growth.

As leader of the ongoing development and management of Walton Enterprises grants infrastructure and process workstreams, the Deputy Director will be a systems thinker and data driven. At the same time, the successful candidate is a consensus builder and problem solver who can easily translate between the worlds of program and operations to ensure these critical functions, which are both supported by a robust grants management system, are all working seamlessly. Experience working in SmartSimple is a distinct advantage.

The Deputy Director is an approachable expert—someone who leads with warmth and humility, speaks with confidence, enjoys sharing knowledge and is patient in bringing others along. A person who leads through influence, is a natural collaborator and possesses a strong team orientation will excel in this role.

They will serve as a trusted advisor to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, requiring an innate ability to tailor their approach and communication style for diverse audiences. Seeking to learn and understand others’ perspectives, the ideal candidate will bring diplomacy and professionalism to every interaction. Demonstrated discretion, diplomacy and unimpeachable ethics are required.

Success in this position requires a Deputy Director who leads with strong emotional intelligence, a client-service orientation, and a drive towards continuous process improvements. This individual can move seamlessly across teams and contexts; they effortlessly maintain a holistic view of the work and simultaneously track the details to execute.  Demonstrating flexibility and resiliency, the Deputy Director will thrive in an environment that requires navigating competing and shifting priorities, timelines, and deadlines. Comfort with ambiguity and change is essential as the Deputy Director will be joining an organization experiencing significant growth and change.


Candidates must have a minimum of 10+ years of grants management experience accompanied by a deep understanding of grants processes and related financial and compliance issues as demonstrated by senior leadership role(s) in grants management/administration, ideally in private foundation-related grantmaking.

A strong systems orientation, with a track record of improving and enhancing existing approaches, developing new solutions, and a willingness to use new and emerging tools is required. Candidates should have a demonstrated ability to develop and implement complex projects and/or formulate institutional-level policy and practice, preferably within a philanthropic, large research-intensive, or social sector institution.

This position will initially have one direct report, but that may grow as the grants management function and related processes evolve. It is essential that candidates have staff management experience and enjoy leading and mentoring a team.

The salary range for this position is $200,000 – $250,000 and is complemented by a comprehensive and generous benefits package. The role is based in Denver and relocation support will be provided. In-office time is currently a hybrid model: 3 days in the office and 2 days working from home. A remote work option is not available for this position. Domestic travel of up to 25% time is expected in the first year as a number of key partners are located in other offices (Bentonville, AR; Jersey City, NJ; Washington, DC).

To Be Considered

Walton Enterprises 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.

Please submit your resume and cover letter expressing your interest in the position and fit for the role via the “Become a Candidate” button bellow. Letters may be addressed to Sarah Meyer.

Deputy Director, Grants ManagementWalton EnterprisesDenver, Colorado

The search for the Deputy Director, Grants Management at Walton Enterprises is being led by:

Sarah Meyer
Vice President
Direct: 206.792.4221

Melissa Merritt
Managing Partner
Direct: 206.792.4300

Mollie Smith
Senior Associate
Direct: 206.462.6190