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CI Manager, Community Partnerships

Washington, DC

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
3 - 5 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree

Published on 31 Mar 2022

Expires on 31 Mar 2022

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CI Manager, Community Partnerships

United Way of the National Capital Area works to create the opportunity for all members of our community to have a better life. We focus on the building blocks of a good life — a quality education, financial stability for individuals and families, and good health. We bring together the voices, the expertise, and the resources to define, articulate, and implement a common agenda for change for our region. That is what it means to "Live United" in the National Capital Area.  


United Way NCA seeks an experienced professional to serve as its Manager of Community Partnerships. Reporting to the Director of Community Engagement, this is a full-time, exempt position for a motivated individual with a high level of initiative, outstanding relationship building and collaboration, communication, project management, facilitation, and presentation skills. The Community Partnerships Manager will plan and manage year-round community organization partner relationship strategies and manage the community organization partner vetting process. He/She/They will manage and support efforts that provide added value to the nonprofit community – including customer service, community organization relationship building, community organization partner recruitment, and application review, event planning and coordination, data management, and evaluation. To advance the goals of United Way NCA, the Community Partnerships Manager will engage and empower key grantee and investing partner organizations and individuals via strong relationships, excellent and frequent communication, and support for programs, deliverables, innovation, outreach, and continuous development. 


•    Builds and maintains outstanding relationships with new and existing grantee and investing partner organizations and all United Way NCA stakeholders. 

•    Compiles grantee partner reports for submission to funder per agreement guidelines. 

•    Manages resources in collaboration with the resource development team. 

•    Manage the implementation and constant improvement of the annual community organization partner application process, including community organization application training. 

•    Manage work of volunteer and temporary team members, including training activities in support of the annual partner vetting process. 

•    Complete annual workplace campaign applications on behalf of United Way NCA and partner organizations. 

•    Stays up to date on specific deliverables for supported partner organizations and meets regularly with supported community-based to provide support and drive continuous improvement. 

•    Identifies gaps in key stakeholder engagement, develops innovative engagement strategies, and reaches out to potential new partner organizations in collaboration with the community impact team. 

•    Drives results and outcomes for increased stakeholder engagement with autonomy/little supervision. 

•    Identifies and creates avenues for community engagement and drives activities to promote connectedness among United Way NCA community organization partners.

•    Is consistently present, communicative, and visible in the community; stays informed re: relevant work locally, regionally, and nationally. 

•    Facilitates program development through knowledge of best practices, and identification of partner strengths and opportunities in addition to gaps in community care. 

•    Ensures engagement of stakeholders for collective impact efforts, grant administration & opportunities, and partner meetings. 

•    Actively plans and engages in community organization partner networking opportunities and related event planning and implementation, as needed. 

•    Serve as community liaison with all new and existing partner organizations, providing support and responding to queries as they emerge. Assumes primary responsibility for outreach and results of outreach efforts. 

•    Supports community organization education and capacity building to help enhance the capacity and effectiveness of partner and non-partner organizations. 

•    Responsible for contributing to quarterly reporting of grant deliverables to funders. Meets regularly with grantees, investing partner organizations, and other stakeholders. 

•    Oversees and monitors grantee budgets, including sub-grantees. 

•    Collaborates across roles, initiatives, and departments. 

•    Composes correspondence, memorandums, instructional guides, and reports as needed. 

•    Handles sensitive and confidential materials in a professional manner. 

•    Researches, writes and contributes to the collaborative development of proposals for grants and other funding opportunities. 

•    Works with Community Impact Directors to submit grant proposals per project timelines. 

•    Assists in other United Way NCA initiatives and meetings as needed.

•    Other duties as assigned.


•    Ability to multi-task and manage shifting priorities.

•    Results-oriented.

•    High energy, positive outlook.

•    Excellent project management and community outreach/engagement skills.

•    Excellent verbal and written communication.

•    High level of responsibility, accountability, and confidentiality.

•    Exceptional interpersonal and customer relations.

•    Strong organizational skills, strong follow-through, and attention to detail.

•    Strategic thinker and outcomes-oriented mindset.

•    Highly motivated, self-directed with an entrepreneurial spirit.

•    Collaborative and team-oriented.

•    Able to handle ambiguity at times and nuance.

•    Welcomes and is open to constructive feedback.

•    Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook) and database   


•    Confidence in engaging Executive Directors and high-level staff from the  

     nonprofit and corporate sectors.

•    Commitment to core values of United Way NCA in service to the community.


•    Minimum 3 years of experience in community or community-based organization engagement, grants management, or membership services management.

•    Project management skills – proven ability to schedule, plan, track, and complete complex projects on time.

•    PMP Certification and experience in data management a plus.

•    Excellent analytical ability and ability to manage key project or program metrics

•    Previous experience with relationship/partnership management.

•    Demonstrated ability to work within a community setting with diverse populations, including community groups, elected and non-elected policymakers, businesses, donors, and volunteers.

•    Travel throughout the Greater Washington area for business purposes is required.  Must possess a reliable automobile or have access to reliable transportation.


We welcome applicants from all backgrounds to ensure we get the best, most creative talent on our team. To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies to perform the essential functions of this position and achieve high performance:

Mission-focused – the ability to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities.

Relationship-oriented –an understanding that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.

Collaborator – understands the role and contribution of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources through meaningful engagement.

Results-driven – dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good, creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations.

Brand steward – a steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.

Strategic relationship building – develops and maintains strategic relationships that generate the resources necessary to support United Way's mission.

Effective & engaging communicator – an effective and passionate communicator, articulating United Way NCA's message in a way that inspires others to act in service to the organization and the community

Embracing and managing change – champions and facilitates change to ensure long-term community sustainability. He/she adapt successfully to changing needs while maintaining positive relationships with all constituents, internal and external

Entrepreneurial and innovative – creatively seeks new opportunities to generate revenue and other resources that add greater value to the organization and the community.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume directly to Human Resources:

Please indicate the job title for which you are applying and your salary requirements.

Successful candidates must pass criminal background and reference checks.

United Way of the National Capital Area  

1577 Spring Hill Road, Suite 420, Vienna, VA 22182