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Community Impact Fellow (one-year fellowship)

San Francisco, CA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Entry Level
Full time
1 - 2 years of experience
$51,000 to $60,000 per year

Published on 7 Apr 2020

Expires on 7 Apr 2020

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Community Impact Fellow (one-year fellowship)

An Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to a Diverse Workforce

Department: Community Impact Team (CIT)
Reports to: Vice President, Community Impact           
Classification: Union Non-Exempt                              
Closing Date: March 1st, 2020


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 spanning over 90 years and programs tackling 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 re-imagine 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:

Apply now to become a Community Impact Fellow at United Way Bay Area to help us build breakthrough strategies that move children and their parents toward educational success and economic security.

What is the UWBA Community Impact Fellowship?
The Community Impact Fellow will engage Bay Area community stakeholders and conduct research to refresh and refine programming designed to address the needs of parents and their families. This one-year, full-time, paid fellowship will conclude with the presentation of this new strategy. The fellow will gain valuable leadership skills while shaping UWBA’s future programming. It is an excellent opportunity to contribute to meaningful and lasting change for families living in the Bay Area. The fellowship may be renewable for an additional year for up to two years. It is a 37.5 hour per week, support union position.

What will the fellow do?
The fellow will conduct research, engage with community stakeholders, and lead processes to develop and implement UWBA’s two-generation programming. This fellowship is a unique opportunity for recent graduates or professionals interested in strategy and design to be a part of crafting innovative strategies that address systemic inequalities.  The fellow will position families for success by working on UWBA program initiatives, and partnering with community-based organizations, government agencies, and education institutions to develop and implement effective programming. This includes facilitating community conversations, conducting interviews, analyzing program data, researching and sharing best practices, facilitating focus groups, conducting strategizing sessions with colleagues, writing briefs, and making presentations. 

As a member of UWBA’s Community Impact Team, the fellow will also gain experience in additional program areas. Tasks/projects may include coordinating events and activities, providing training, engaging in outreach, supporting communication and fundraising projects, and making connections with community, business, labor leaders, and elected and appointed officials. The fellow may be asked to represent UWBA in coalitions and partnerships. The fellow will work closely with leadership and other departments and may engage in other tasks, duties, and special projects as assigned.

Who are we looking for? 

The ideal candidate demonstrates the following qualifications:

  • Commitment to social change and helping move people out of poverty
  • Strong facilitation skills, ideally with experience facilitating focus groups, conducting interviews, and hosting community conversations
  • Exceptional relationship-building, project management, organization, and communication skills
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills
  • Experience in program design and implementation
  • Ability to collect and analyze data to inform program performance
  • Experience working within or overseeing programs and/or complex collaborations, in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors
  • Knowledge of the local nonprofit and educational landscape is a plus
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively and diplomatically with nonprofit, community, labor professionals and leaders as well as corporate executives in all settings
  • Can effectively cope with change, shift gears comfortably, decide and act without having the total picture, and handle risk and uncertainty
  • Demonstrated dedication to learning, researching, and advocating for new practices to better support effective program design and implementation
  • Rapid, thorough, and accurate implementation of specific projects and tasks required.
  • Meets deadlines and completes tasks with a high degree of accuracy and dependability
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint), database and CRM software (Salesforce, ETO), or other online resources and applications
  • Ability to work effectively with their supervisor, their team and external partners from an office setting and remotely from home
  • Access to a car, valid California Driver's License with car insurance and a clean 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.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

Salary: $52,000.00 - 57,000.00 Salary Non-Exempt

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.

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