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Director of Neighborhood Initiatives

Charlotte, NC

Relocation expenses: Negotiated

Full time
3 - 5 years of experience

Published on 31 Aug 2021

Expires on 31 Aug 2021

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Director of Neighborhood Initiatives

United Way of Central Carolinas, Charlotte N.C.

United Way of Central Carolinas (UWCC) is committed to having a workforce that reflects our entire community. UWCC opposes racism and oppression in all its forms and believes the nonprofit work environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with ideas come together to achieve common goals. UWCC understands that diverse representation and perspectives are vital to our success.

The Director of Neighborhood Initiatives is an outwardly facing role accountable for establishing and leading our United Neighborhood efforts, ensuring stewardship of organizational resources, and supporting the United Way of Central Carolinas mission to end poverty and advance equitable outcomes. As a member of the Community Impact team, this individual will work closely and collaboratively with others members of the organizational team and external stakeholders to create seamless organizational alignment with defined community impact strategies and programs. An ideal candidate would be a highly organized strategic thinker, experienced public speaker, and skilled learner committed to ensuring a high level of leadership, accountability and proven effectiveness establishing excellent external and internal collaborative relationships.

Accountability and Responsibilities

  • Proactively collaborates with neighborhood quarterbacks, convening neighborhood service providers so to create forums for shared learning around best practices in place-based work and collective impact initiatives
  • Creates, develops and implements an evaluation framework for the overall United Neighborhoods initiative
  • Provides ongoing support to quarterback organizations in developing and implementing a collective evaluation framework to support neighborhood revitalization efforts
  • Proactively leads the community grant-making process, to include, building relationships with grant applicants to bring additional information/context to quarterbacks during their review of letters of interest and applications;  educating applicants on the collective impact model, goals, and the importance of data-sharing to enable program evaluation
  • Creates, coordinates, and facilitates community grants panels
  • Actively works with quarterbacks to draft community partner agreements for grant recipients
  • Actively collaborates with quarterback organizations to on-board new service providers, to include; training on racial equity, cultural humility, and neighborhood history, understanding of the fundamentals of  place-based work, and provide ongoing support to new providers with program launch, and continuous support to ensure seamless implementation
  • Manage relationships between and among community quarterbacks and place-based service providers, managing and resolving conflict to build and reinforce participants’ commitment to shared goals
  • Collaborates with the Chief Impact Officer and Chief Development Officer to identify and secure new funding streams so to sustain and grow United Neighborhoods
  • Represents and speaks on behalf of UWCC at community events, symposiums and other speaking events
  • Reviews, identifies, and selects Block Builder grant recipients with the goal of ensuring United Neighborhoods’ strategic growth as funds allow
  • Proactively learns and grows professionally through various avenues, but not limited to: online courses, in-person classes, seminars, conferences, books, etc.
  • Serves as a proactive and contributing member to the UWCC team, performing duties and providing support outside of the functions listed above.

Equity & Inclusion

  • Constantly learning & actively participating in programs, trainings, and discussions regarding racial inequities, exclusions, oppressions.
  • Appreciation of and willingness to work with and advocate for people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Consistently seeks to learn and understand the specific experiences of historically marginalized racial groups in the U.S., particularly Black, Indigenous, and Latinx groups.

Education/Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree  or equivalent experience preferably in providing or coordinating place based services
  • Strongly proficient in Microsoft Excel
  • Proficient in grant writing
  • Strong meeting facilitation skills
  • Minimum of 3 years non-profit experience

Workplace values

  • Take action and go! Be bold and not afraid of a little competition or thinking outside the box even when opportunities seem unimaginable. Create a new path one-step at a time, you got this!
  • Openly collaborate in the pursuit of truth and doing what is right.  Welcome tough conversations, don’t make assumptions, and rely on others, together we are stronger! 
  • Sometimes things just need a shake-up. Whether internally or out in the community, we aren’t afraid to be disruptive. Understanding that we may leave a few feathers ruffled along the way, if it is the right thing to do and benefits our community, we will take the chance!
  • Inaction is the enemy of innovation. We are a perpetual work in progress, striving to be better, constantly learning and taking risk to be the best we can be. Learning from our mistakes and paving the way for continual betterment.
  • Teamwork makes the dream work. Bottom line, we need each other. Working together makes us all better individually and makes us awesome as a group. Understanding what others strengths and weaknesses may be and using that knowledge to guide, support, and model our work makes for a successful and high performing team.
  • Recognizing and appreciating our differences only make us better. We all share in the responsibility to create a positive culture and to safeguard equity, inclusion, dignity, and respect for all. Each member of our team will be a role model for others.