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Director, Network Communications

Alexandria, VA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
5 - 10 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree

Published on 11 Sep 2020

Expires on 12 Oct 2020

Director, Network Communications

Please Note: Thank you for your application and interest in United Way Worldwide. These uncertain times have disrupted our workflows and extended many application review timelines. Our promise to you, the candidate, is that we will contact you once there is an update on the position/s for which you applied. Thank you for your patience.


The Director creates and oversees execution of United Way Worldwide’s (UWW) Network-facing communications strategy and plan, with  all United Ways in the U.S. and in our international Network as key audience. This position has overall responsibility for developing innovative communications strategies and tactics, including creating messaging, and leveraging cadence platforms and channels to support Network-facing and Network-focused initiatives.



The individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed below at a satisfactory level:

  1. Demonstrate superior oral,  written and digital communications skills.
  2. Deploy top-notch strategic thinking skills to support internal UWW teams who are looking to reach the Network to motivate them to advance UWW initiatives.
  3. Create strategic communications plans, framework, protocols, and messaging that support UWW’s organizational goals.
  4. Oversee the development of communications channels that drive and grow engagement between UWW and its global Network, including evolving the existing Network-facing newsletter.
  5. Evaluate the organization’s network communications program and activities to ensure it is meeting/exceeding goals/objectives.
  6. Successfully partner with organizational stakeholders to ensure alignment with UWW’s  communications strategies/messages.
  7. Build and nurture strong professional relationships with colleagues within the Network and UWW .
  8. Demonstrate high emotional intelligence and leadership skills to instill stakeholder confidence in the role and value of strategic network communications.
  9. Other duties as assigned.


Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree with at least eight years of progressive experience in a strategic communications role, and at least three to five years of experience in a leadership role. Candidates will have demonstrated experience translating overarching organizational goals into effective communications strategies. Must have a proven track record of developing and executing broad strategic communications plans that define success, set metrics and target multiple audiences. Must be a superior writer/editor on traditional and digital platforms, and an effective communications advisor able to deliver difficult counsel with tact. Ideal candidate will have international and US communications experience. Fluency in more than one language is a plus.    

NOTE: Candidates should be prepared to submit writing and communications planning samples that demonstrate their experience designing and executing strategic communications plans (as described above).

This job description describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position. It should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all required duties, responsibilities and skills.


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, creed, disability, veteran status, marital status, age, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, and other legally protected characteristics, in accordance with applicable laws. 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 703-683-7860 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, parental/adoption leave, dress for your day, free parking, onsite gym, monthly volunteering opportunities, and more.


We take the broadest possible view of diversity. 

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.

Join us in embracing diversity, equity and inclusion for every person in every community.


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.