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Director, Family Stability Initiatives

Tacoma, WA

Relocation expenses: Negotiated

Full time
3 - 5 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree
$61,000 to $70,000 per year

Published on 28 May 2022

Expires on 28 May 2022

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Director, Family Stability Initiatives

Primary Purpose:

This position is responsible for leading efforts to build the capacity of UWPC partner organizations that are working together to implement proven strategies and best practices that respond to the problem of persistent poverty, financial instability, and low-wage stagnation among families. Our bold goal is to lift 15,000 families out of poverty by 2028.

This position leads planning and execution of all project-level strategic initiatives for the Center for Strong Families portfolio (CSF) and other systems-level change activities. The director builds the capacity of local organizations and equips social service providers with the tools they need to tackle our toughest problems by providing supportive services that include:

  • Grants that help community organizations establish, staff, and run local centers through a place-based approach.
  • Technical assistance and training to help staff reach out to potential clients to offer effective coaching and provide employment and financial empowerment resources.
  • Data collection tools that help tailor support for individual clients and inform the work at large.
  • Professional networking support in the form of national and regional meetings, collaborative groups and an online library of resources of similar integrated service delivery models.

The Director of Family Stability Initiatives interfaces primarily with partner organizations and coaches in our network. This work includes management of external contractors, training and technical assistance to organizations, and developing strategies to scale evidence-based programs. It does not include working one on one with community members in the role of coach.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Lead the strategic development of the Center for Strong Families initiative with intermediary    partner Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC).
  • Provide leadership in growing the Network and identifying new partners.
  • Provide staff time to meet monthly with CSF member organizations and provide on-going technical assistance.
  • Develop a communications strategy for all family stability initiatives.
  • Support centers determine how to provide access to income supports, including public benefits.
  • Track and manage partner performance benchmarks.
  • Provide technical assistance and training, including responding to the needs expressed by the centers.
  • Ensure that lessons learned at each site are shared throughout the Network.
  • Work with United Way of Pierce County resource development team to cultivate a funder pipeline and provide input to the development of revenue strategies, including grants.
  • Play a key role in scoping, developing, and managing regional projects and community impact partnerships.
  • Build and maintain coalitions and partnerships necessary for the success of family stability initiatives.
  • Represent the United Way of Pierce County in community settings.
  • Understand and contribute to advocacy to breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
  • Other duties as assigned.



To perform the job successfully, an individual must demonstrate the following characteristics and competencies to perform the essential functions of this position.

  • 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 are astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
  • Collaborator – understands the role and contribution of all the sectors of the community and can mobilize resources through meaningful engagement.
  • Results driven – dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good
  • Brand steward – a steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing the organization.   
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and practical experience with workforce development programs, job training, and coaching.
  • Understanding of best practices in data security, data privacy standards, and data management.
  • Preferred candidates will have 5 – 7 years of employment history working with community-based organizations creating strategy, program planning, or coalition building.
  • Preferred candidates will have an educational background in fields such as but not limited to: human services, organizational psychology, public administration, policy development, public health, family and community sciences, human rights and equity studies; sociology; and/or equivalent experience in project management.
  • Technical abilities with Microsoft Office and data management software.

Working Conditions:

The daily work is performed in a variety of work settings: office space at United Way of Pierce County, community-based organizations, and using remote access. Occasional use of personal vehicle. Light lifting of supplies. Occasional non-standard business hours.

Please send any inquiries, resume, and cover letter to and