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Community Empowerment Manager

United Way of Central New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

Relocation expenses: Not paid

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

Published on 24 Sep 2021

Expires on 24 Sep 2021

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Community Empowerment Manager



Headquartered in Albuquerque, United Way of Central New Mexico (UWCNM) serves the people of five counties:  Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Torrance, and Valencia.  Its mission is to bring people and resources together to measurably improves lives and strengthen our communities.


UWCNM brings together donors, businesses, nonprofits, government, and others to create better solutions to our community’s challenges.  Our programs and donor dollars ensure that individuals and families in Central New Mexico have the opportunity to achieve potential through education, that they are healthy and safe, are financially stable and live life with dignity.


UWCNM has a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and is seeking a Community Empowerment Manager who will contribute to this cross-functional organizational initiative and uphold the following values:  


  • We value the visible and invisible qualities that make you who you are. 
  • We welcome that every person brings a unique perspective and experience to advance our mission and progress our fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. 
  • We believe that each United Way community member, donor, volunteer, advocate, and employee must have equal access to solving community problems. 
  • We strive to include diversity, equity, and inclusion practices at the center of our daily work. 


We commit to using these practices for our business and our communities.




Reporting to the Senior Director of Community Investments, the Community Empowerment Manager’s primary purpose is to be a thought partner with community stakeholders and staff, setting strategic direction using grassroots, community-driven solutions, working with a highly collaborative team to address disparities in central New Mexico around educational attainment and family stability in order to successfully help each person reach their potential. This is a dynamic position with responsibility for leading external and internal community-led and community-based projects, grants, and initiatives related to identifying and removing barriers community members face by using data, storytelling, and community wisdom to guide this work.







  • Facilitate grassroots, community-driven and agency collective conversations, discussions and/or forums to inform the vision of the Community Impact agenda.
  • Design, test, and execute on a funding process plan.
  • Analyze complex data sets, including technical and anecdotal data and storytelling.
  • Build deep, lasting, trust-filled relationships with people and leaders within local neighborhoods.
  • Allocate funding according to the vision, budget, and plan.
  • Conduct landscape analysis of local neighborhoods and communities.
  • Develop a tool that measures current structures of success in local communities and leverage that learning to create a funding structure that supports them.
  • Build neighborhood by neighborhood authentic relationships centered on neighborhood needs and assets.
  • Build a customizable structure for supporting neighborhood dreams.


  • You’re passionate about the mission, vision and values of the United Way of Central New Mexico. You understand what we’re up to and are an effective and passionate brand steward. You see your work as an extension and expression of our values.
  • You’re a visionary. You can dream up something that hasn’t existed before. Your imagination is bold and clear, you can help people see a future that hasn’t existed yet.
  • You love people and their stories. You believe every person has value and every person’s story is interesting. You build lasting relationships and are a person who people trust.
  • You’re an effective communicator. You know who you are and speak authentically. You make space to hear others from a variety of backgrounds, not just your own.
  • You’re a dynamite executor. You don’t just dream; you get the work done. You can define a plan, execute on it and iterate it to make it better over time. You put plans in motion and monitor their progress.
  • You’re an analyst. You see datasets and know that they are telling a story. You have a system for collecting and analyzing data. You choose the just-right medium to share data’s story with different audiences, including internal and external partners.
  • You’re committed to diversity, equity, and inclusivity. You examine and work to mitigate your own biases and support the growth and maintenance of an inclusive, anti-racist culture at United Way of Central New Mexico.




Annual salary of $50,000 - $55,000, dependent upon experience.



  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, family studies, human services, education, communications, psychology, or a related field.
  • Five years’ experience in community organizing, education, social work, youth development, human services, or other related field.
  • Ability to inspire confidence and passion in external audiences and build effective relationships with a range of diverse stakeholders
  • Possess a working knowledge of the central New Mexico community, including but not limited to a general understanding of the various neighborhoods, schools, and community-based organizations, and the assets and resources available to support them.
  • Knowledge of structural racism and its impact on educational attainment and family stability.
  • Understand the challenges faced by marginalized communities — including but not limited to barriers of race, ethnicity, class, ability, immigration status, gender, and their intersections.
  • Ability to sift through and simplify complex information to communicate it to a general audience.
  • Experience working with diverse groups and families, including facilitating coalitions, task forces, and/or committees.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including clear, concise, and accurate written documents and well-developed computer skills, including Microsoft Office.
  • Demonstrated customer service, problem solving, time management, research, information management and higher-level organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to tactfully handle stressful situations, negotiate and resolve conflicts, maintain confidentiality and to respect and observe organizational protocol.
  • Spanish language proficiency preferred but not required.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.




Standard PC based office equipment.




  • Ability to travel to work in a variety of locations throughout the central New Mexico area.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license, current auto insurance, and daily access to a reliable vehicle.     


Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to by Friday, September 24.


United Way of Central New Mexico is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.