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Director, Early Childhood Success

Alexandria, VA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
11-15 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree

Published on 1 Sep 2017

Expires on 2 Sep 2017

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Director, Early Childhood Success

The Director, Community Impact, Early Childhood Success, provides a leadership role in developing research- and evidence-based impact strategies and approaches to advance United Way’s mission and strategy. The Director directs and supports the development and implementation of worldwide, regional, national and community level impact strategies to improve the success of children ages 0-5. This position is responsible for identifying United Way’s key impact indicators and goals and monitoring network progress and improving performance against those indicators and goals.

The Director is a subject matter expert in the success of children and early childhood development who provides intensive consulting, program and technical assistance to national and local United Ways in order to strengthen their performance and capability to develop and implement impact strategies.

Working collaboratively with internal teams, the Director identifies knowledge gaps, formulates meaningful responses to address the knowledge gap, and documents best and promising practices that can improve the capacity and performance of United Ways to support early childhood success. The Director contributes to strengthening UWW’s reputation in early childhood success by building its practice development through documenting and sharing of key practices, strategies, and approaches.

The Director has responsibility for developing, testing and implementing impact strategies for early childhood success. He/She works with United Ways to establish global and national partnerships with leading organizations interested in childhood success (including government, nonprofits, and private sector). Working with UWW’s Investor Relations division, he/she will establish, build, and support long-term relationships with funding partners to support United Way’s impact strategies.


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES/ESSENTIAL DUTIES OF POSITION: An individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed below at a satisfactory level:

  1. Impact Strategy Development:Direct the development and support the implementation of United Way’s impact model, framework and strategies that improve the success of children from birth to age 5.Understand, analyze and utilize relevant data to create effective solutions.Develop key metrics and outcomes for United Way’s early childhood success work, including appropriate ways to evaluate progress and improve performance
  2. Organizational Consulting and Technical Assistance:olve complex problems creatively through analytic, interpretative, evaluative, and adaptive thinking that considers possible courses of action and consequences before recommending next steps. Initiate and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with the leaders and staff of national and local United Ways. Provide consulting and technical assistance to national and local United Ways that strengthen their performance and capability to develop and implement program and community strategies that strengthen early childhood success. Support United Way’s implementation of program outcome measurement, community mobilization strategies, and frameworks and tools for community engagement.
  3. Product Development:Serve on product teams that design, develop, implement and assess impact initiatives that align with the impact strategies for early childhood success and with donor aspirations.
  4. Business and Partnership Development:Provide leadership and support in developing, managing, and growing strong, long-term business and funding relationships with key funders and partners that advance United Way’s efforts to improve childhood success.
  5. Identify knowledge gaps, formulate meaningful responses to address the gap, and document best and promising practices that can serve as community toolkits to strengthen the capacity of United Ways in improving community conditions that increase childhood success.Develop toolkits and resources that support and strengthen broad community collaboration and the engagement of individuals and organizations to support community solutions.
  6. Leadership Positioning:Raise United Way’s visibility, reputation, and position as a key thought leader and force for social change in childhood success.Leverage visibility and credibility with thought leaders and organizations in the field and connect with strategic global and national childhood success initiatives.
  7. Direct the overall management, integration, and implementation of United Way’s impact strategies to ensure children succeed.Working collaboratively with teams from the US Network and International Network, support the capacity building efforts focused on national and local United Ways in strengthening childhood success.Develop and implement policies, procedures and work plans to coordinate daily work activities that support the achievement of the Impact team’s work.


United Way Worldwide seeks diverse, qualified professionals who want to make a difference in the world. If you are passionate about your work and desire to help others achieve enhanced education, income, and health, United Way Worldwide is the place for you.

United Way Worldwide is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available here: If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please e-mail or call 703-836-7100, ext. 428 and provide the nature of your request and your contact information.

We are a charter member of Employers of National Service and encourage AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni to apply.

United Way Worldwide is located in Old Town Alexandria, VA. We offer competitive salary and excellent benefits including: health, dental, life, short-term and long-term disability, employee assistance program, 403(b) plan, tuition assistance, paid time off, family sick leave, medical appointment leave, free parking, onsite gym, monthly volunteering opportunities, and more.

Thank you for your interest in employment with United Way Worldwide. You will be contacted if your qualifications are a good match and you are selected for an interview.


Minimum requirements include a bachelor degree with at least ten years of progressive experience in a similar role, and between three and five years of experience in a leadership role.


  • Bachelor degree (required) with advanced or post-graduate training (preferred) in public policy, public administration, business administration, social sciences, and/or related fields preferred. Academic or program experience with early childhood success is preferred, especially for those applicants without post-graduate training.


  • At least 10 years of prior relevant work experience is preferred in early childhood development and childhood success.Additionally, requires between three and five years of previous people management experience and experience in a leadership role.
  • Deep and comprehensive experience in program design and development.Demonstrated experience in implementing and managing national initiatives and programs, including relationships with external consultants, funders, partner organizations, and coalitions. Experience with issues relating to growth/scalability, sustainability, program outcome measurement, and community engagement.
  • Demonstrated experience in internal and external collaboration, joint problem solving, and constructive team dynamics.


  • Demonstrated ability to lead through a position of influence. Collaborative leadership style and the ability to work collaboratively with a small professional staff.Highly developed facilitation, coaching and engagement skills.
  • Strong project management skills and ability to drive multiple high profile projects forward, effectively leveraging of all resources to drive results.Proven ability to make smart trade-offs and to prioritize actions. Ability to handle multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced environment with minimal outside direction, while constantly advancing long term goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with key funders (public, corporate and philanthropic), influencers and stakeholders both internal and external to the United Way network. Experience is desired with community-based organizations, the business community, and policy advocacy groups.
  • Excellent research, writing/editing, analytical, communication, and public speaking skills, including the ability to collect, review, synthesize, and present information and findings.
  • Some domestic and international travel required.