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Associate Director, Ending Poverty

United Way of King County
Seattle, WA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
5 - 10 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree

Published on 7 Aug 2021

Expires on 7 Aug 2021

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Associate Director, Ending Poverty

United Way of King County's mission is to bring caring people together to give, volunteer, and take action to help people in need and solve our community's toughest challenges. Our culture fosters leadership, open communication, teamwork and collaboration, integrity, and accountability.

Because of what we do, we are deeply committed to addressing racial inequities head on to make progress towards a community with equal opportunity for all.  We seek individuals to engage in this journey as part of a collective responsibility for forward movement.

Job Summary

The Associate Director, Ending Poverty is responsible for leading the United Way of King County’s Ending Poverty Portfolio. This position will lead our direct service programs and will be responsible for stewarding programs, policies, and grants that reduce poverty and reduce racial disparities.  The Associate Director has primary responsibility for the development and execution of United Way’s programs designed to increase college completion, reduce hunger, and connect families to tax credits and public benefits. The position will center racial equity in our programs and practice and guide the transition of these programs from COVID response to an equitable recovery. Manages $5-10 million budget.

This position supervises the Financial Stability Program Manager, College Success Program Manager, School Breakfast Advisor, and Nutrition Coordinator and provides support to their direct reports. Also, oversees the work of more than 150 AmeriCorps Members, Fellows, interns, consultants, and temporary staff.

The recruiting salary range is $ 88,500-92,500 - DOE. This position is open until filled; first consideration will be given to applications received within two weeks of posting. Please attach a cover letter to your application.

Essential Duties:

  • Manages Bridge to Finish Campaign to increase college persistence and completion rates of 10,000 students by creating one-stop service centers at ten colleges. Leads development of strategies to increase the number of students accessing interventions and the quality of each intervention. In Partnership with College Success Manager, works with national partners to evaluate and replicate model. Partners with colleges, education leaders, and policy makers to increase access to basic needs and transform systems to better support BIPOC students and student parents.
  • Leads No Kid Hungry WA Campaign to increase access to healthy school meals by leveraging federal nutrition programs. Develops and manages innovative hunger solutions like our DoorDash Home Delivery program. Guide team in increasing access to culturally relevant food through grants and other programs.
  • Provide guidance to the Free Tax Preparation Team to increase access to tax credits and savings opportunities.
  • Provides strategic vision to test, pilot, and scale programs and grant making strategies that reduce poverty for 35,000 people annually and reduce racial disparities.
  • Research new strategies, policies, and best practices to address poverty, hunger, and racial inequities in the social safety-net.
  • Partners with Development and Brand departments to steward relationships with individual donors and foundations. Identify public and private grant opportunities to support Ending Poverty Programs. Lead grant writing, reporting, and compliance efforts.
  • In partnership with the AVP and Director of Policy and Systems Change, Influence legislative and administrative policies at local, state, and federal level to reduce poverty and hunger, address systemic racism, and scale effective solutions.

DISCLAIMER : This job position performs other assignments and performs other duties as assigned. The contents of this job description may change as deemed necessary by United Way of King County.

Core Competencies

  • Expert knowledge on poverty issues, federal safety net and income supports  (EITC, SNAP, Child Nutrition Programs, etc.).
  • Racial Equity champion with demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategies that reduce racial disparities for low-income families; experience successfully challenging racist systems and policies; commitment to developing anti-racist programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex relationships with stakeholders in K-12 system, Higher Education, nonprofits, and other organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure and manage complex federal grants.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform data analysis, set strategies and meet goals, plan, provide leadership, and organize groups of people around human service issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, negotiate, and solve complex human service problems is essential.
  • Ability to navigate ambiguity and bring order to chaos.
  • Ability to remain collaborative and results-driven in the face of obstacles and adversity.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written) and presentation skills.
  • Strong commitment to UWKC’s racial equity work and demonstrated interest in social justice.


Bachelor's degree or equivalent, specializing in Social Work/Human Services, Public Administration, or related field. Must have at least 5 years’ progressively responsible experience in Human Services, 7 years’ experience preferred. preferred. Experience with program management and evaluation, strategic planning, partnership development, project management, and racial equity work. Background in managing National Service programs and/or work in Higher Education a plus. Demonstrated experience writing and managing public and private grants required. Grant making experience preferable.

UWKC is an equal employment opportunity employer, and all applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law.  United Way of King County values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages Blacks, Indigenous and People of Color to apply.


Application Procedures:

Please apply online via the following link You will be asked to upload your resume and provide a cover letter as well as complete the UWKC application. 


***Applicants MUST apply at the UWKC Career Center to be considered for this position.***


Additional Information:

United Way of King County is an exceptional workplace that can provide you with the following:

  • Opportunities to work with smart, passionate, and enthusiastic team members and volunteers

  • Opportunities to work with diverse staff and other constituents

  • A culture of high-performance expectations and accountability

  • Exciting and challenging work

  • Opportunities to help solve the community's toughest problems

  • Competitive pay that is commensurate with demonstrated successful performance and experience

  • Many other benefits that we are happy to discuss with you

COVID-19 Update

Protecting the health and safety of our communities is a top priority.  Due to the circumstances surrounding the pandemic, all interviews will be conducted remotely for the time being.  We will provide candidates selected for interviews with all the required instructions.  If you are hired for the position, you will start off working remotely. UWKC employees are working remotely through September 13, 2021.  We continue to closely monitor the evolving situation and we appreciate your understanding and flexibility with any related changes to our hiring process.


●    Mission-Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to mission to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities.  This drives their performance and professional motivations.
●    Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
●    Collaborator: understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
●    Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.
●    Brand Steward: Steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.