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Business Partnerships Specialist

San Francisco, CA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
3 - 5 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree
$51,000 to $60,000 per year

Published on 30 Jul 2017

Expires on 31 Jul 2017

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Business Partnerships Specialist

An Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to a Diverse Workforce

Department:    Community Investment Team

Reports to:      Director, Economic Opportunity

Classification: Support Union

Closing Date: Open until filled


The United Way Bay Area (UWBA) is leading a network of corporations, government agencies, nonprofits, and individuals to create lasting change for Bay Area residents and families.  With a history that spans over 90 years and programs that tackle the issue of local poverty from every angle, UWBA is uniquely positioned to mobilize and motivate all sectors of the community toward the vision of ending the cycle of poverty.  

As UWBA responds to cultural shifts in the workplace, fundraising, and digital communications, it is guided by core values of innovation and results-driven creativity. Through a variety of existing and emerging initiatives, UWBA seeks to both strengthen and reimagine its work at all levels in order provide more and better opportunities for struggling Bay Area residents. 

For more information about UWBA, please visit

The Opportunity:

The UWBA workforce and financial education programs are aimed at intervening in multi-generational poverty by providing supports to youth and adults as they progress along a continuum of career exploration, work-based learning, internships, job placements, financial education, continuing education, and career development.

The Business Partnerships Specialist, reporting to the Director of Economic Opportunity, will cultivate partnerships with community colleges, technical training organizations, community-based organizations, businesses and other stakeholders in career pathways preparation. The Partnerships Specialist works both in the office and off-site to attend, facilitate, or support events in the community.

This is a full-time, 37.5 hour per week union position.

What you’ll do:

  • Work in coordination with the community college SparkPoint centers and community partners to ensure that workforce preparation pathways result in quality candidates for employers.

  • Conduct research on labor market trends and regional workforce initiatives. Prepare reports for the team.

  • Record the methods used to successfully implement partner engagements activities for use in scaling these activities in other cities and counties.

  • Target the following underrepresented populations for inclusion in the programs supported by the United Way Bay Area: families experiencing multigenerational poverty; people impacted by institutionalized social and economic oppression; and other individuals with barriers to employment.

  • Routinely assess education and training enrollments, retention, and success through UWBA standard data systems surveys and feedback groups.

  • Work closely with Business Development Manager, Marketing and Development Teams on coordinating employer engagement efforts.

  • Represent United Way Bay Area at stakeholder meetings in relation to our target populations.

  • Enter, maintain and take ownership of data in Salesforce such that information can be readily accessed for grant reports and presentations.

  • Manage partner and project information on the database (Salesforce)

  • Work with UWBA departments, community colleges and community partners and employers to develop smooth referral and placement systems.

  • Other tasks and projects as assigned

    Who you are:

  • At least 3-5 years' work experience in post-secondary education, community colleges, job training, workforce development, college and career counseling, or job placement services. Volunteer experience may also be considered.

  • Excellent customer service skills, professional demeanor and exceptional interpersonal skills.

  • Learning mindset. Must be willing to work in a team, respect alternative perspectives, and learn from every voice.

  • California Driver's License and a satisfactory driving record are conditions of initial and continued employment. Flexibility and mobility to travel to off-site locations within or outside San Francisco as needed.

  • Problem solving – Skills to find alternative approaches to solve problems. Ability to identify   new resources to bear on challenges. Willingness to work through difficult challenges.

  • Organizational and Time Management skills - Ability to organize multiple tasks, work independently, manage a variety of customers, and meet deadlines.

  • Flexibility - must be able to perform and prioritize multiple tasks. Ability to manage conflicting and changing priorities and work with a diversity of team members.

  • Effective written and oral communications skills – ability to write clear and concise emails, conduct professional phone calls, etc.

  • Technology skills – Strong knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Must develop proficiency in new software systems and tools. Experience using Salesforce, Survey Monkey, MailChimp, or like systems preferred.

  • Interpersonal/Teamwork Skills – Must have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of people inside and outside the organization. Maintain a positive attitude and good working relationship with others at all times. Work well with colleagues and partners across many diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Salary: $48,000 - $53,843 Non-Exempt

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PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

UWBA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender (including actual or perceived gender, and gender identity), sexual orientation, age, marital status, medical condition, religious affiliation, veteran status, national origin, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable state, federal or local law. UWBA will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in the manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. If you need a reasonable accommodation in order to apply for a job, please let us know. If the reason you need an accommodation is not obvious, we may ask for documentation confirming your functional limitations.

Please include an explanation of how this position fits into your career goals and your salary requirements as a part of your cover letter.