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Director of Strategic Partnerships

Hartford, CT

Relocation expenses:

Full time
5 - 10 years of experience
Master's Degree
$71,000 to $80,000 per year

Published on 1 Mar 2023

Expires on 28 Feb 2023

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Director of Strategic Partnerships

Join Our Team! Career Opportunity

We are searching for a Director of Strategic Partnerships who will be responsible for providing leadership in support of organization’s strategic partnerships that address community impact and revenue goals; specific emphasis is on identifying, developing, and monitoring the partnerships/collaborations that will ensure progress on community outcomes and identifying and pursuing resource development opportunities (both direct and leveraged). The Director will also assist the Senior Vice President in strategic planning and advocacy.

What you will do:

  • Understands local communities and develops and maintains effective relationships with community stakeholders and public/private partners to address United Way priorities; leads community engagement strategies.
  • In partnership with leadership volunteers and community partners, identifies needs, assets, partners, resources, and innovative approaches to achieve intended community goals; identifies and pursues opportunities for interdepartmental and community partnership, capacity-building and collaboration to pursue these goals.
  • Provides internal and external leadership and oversight of regional advisory boards and monitors results to ensure alignment with United Way’s priorities and strategies.
  • Leads cross-functional product development team to connect donor interests (individuals and corporate) with impact strategies by developing a toolkit of products and facilitating strategic discussions around funding opportunities. Ensures regular updates to product portfolio.
  • Provides organizational leadership for relationship management with community partners and stakeholders (including funders) that contribute to impact and fundraising goals.
  • Develops new pipeline of major public and private funding opportunities for consideration; in order to transform the organization’s revenue trends.
  • Manages fundraising as assigned (as organizational lead and/or in partnership with other staff) to support impact goals.
  • Assists the Senior Vice President in projects related to strategic planning and advocacy; leads special projects as assigned.

Other functions:

  • Represents United Way at community functions, as needed, both during and after regular business hours.
  • Performs other duties as required.


About you:

  • Master’s Degree in social work, public policy, community organizing, or related field and/or 5-10 years of related experience including at least five in a supervisory role.
  • Technology competence that includes expertise with Microsoft Office and database management, as well as willingness to learn new applications as needed and identify innovative ways for technology to support organizational objectives is required.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and juggle multiple priorities, and able to react and adjust quickly to changing conditions is required.
  • Ability and willingness to travel locally and nationally required.
  • Knows and effectively communicates the organization’s mission, vision and values.
  • Understands the needs and goals of co-workers and constituents.
  • Demonstrates the value of diversity and inclusion.
  • Treats others with respect and dignity.
  • Fosters open communication by considering all input and contributions and by respecting other points of view.
  • When conflict arises, successfully navigates the conversation to find solutions acceptable to all parties.
  • Works collaboratively to achieve common goals and positive results.
  • Demonstrates the ability to negotiate and compromise without losing sight of core values and objectives; seeks win-win solutions.
  • Has a focus on results and can effectively communicate his/her goals and their impact on the goals of the organization.
  • Promotes innovation and is open to new ideas.
  • Motivates others to translate ideas into actions and results.
  • Identifies, assesses and manages risk while striving to attain objectives.

●    Mission-Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to mission to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities.  This drives their performance and professional motivations.
●    Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
●    Collaborator: understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
●    Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.
●    Brand Steward: Steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.