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Family & Community Empowerment Director, Cradle to Career Partnership

Tucson, AZ

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
3 - 5 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree
$51,000 to $60,000 per year

Published on 30 Oct 2020

Expires on 30 Oct 2020

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Family & Community Empowerment Director, Cradle to Career Partnership

Job Summary:

This is a grant funded position within United Way’s Cradle to Career Partnership (C2C), a county-wide initiative to improve educational outcomes across the birth to career continuum and eliminate racial, ethnic, and socio-economic disparities. This position directs all strategies and activities associated with the engagement and empowerment of parents, caregivers, youth, and other community members in the co-development of solutions for equitable improvement across all cradle to career milestones. Duties and responsibilities primarily fall under the following areas:

  • Build and support relationships between C2C and parents/caregivers, youth, and the community at large that support their leadership, decision-making and co-development of solutions for equitable education outcomes across the birth to career continuum.
  • Actively work with parents, youth, and leaders of other community engagement efforts across institutions and sectors to drive alignment and improve coordination with C2C’s goals and objections.
  • Facilitate consistent feedback mechanisms between parents/caregivers, families, youth, the community at large, and the Cradle to Career Partnership to better inform the work.

This is a full-time position for a motivated individual with a high level of initiative, excellent communication, organizational and management skills. Office location is primarily in Tucson, AZ with expected travel to national convenings, conferences and trainings 2-4 times per year when public health guidelines state it is safe to do so.  All United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona (UWTSA) programs and strategies work toward eliminating racial, ethnic, and socio-economic disparities for an educated, thriving, and equitable community.

Salary Range:  $56,000 to $61,000



  • Convenes and facilitates regular meetings with the (to be formed) Parent Empowerment Change Network and plans meetings with subsets of parents/caregivers using a results-based facilitation approach that allows them to arise in leadership and have a greater sense of ownership for the work.

Management and Administration

  • Directs project management for all strategies associated with family and community empowerment across the birth to career continuum.
  • Directs and facilitates the work of independent contractors and other project participants to develop plans and projects.
  • Collaborates with other directors and managers at United Way to develop strategies and partnerships that results in changing community conditions.
  • Directs all funded activities, prioritizes responsibilities and assignments, and ensures completion of timely reports and work products.
  • Tracks the progress of action plan implementation and progress toward countywide goals and revises action plan components as needed based on progress.
  • Using the StriveTogether Theory of Action and associated strategic assistance, tools, and trainings, facilitates, and manages a scope of work to produce results leading to equitable education outcomes.
  • Develops, directs, and monitors the overall budget in areas of responsibility.
  • With support from the C2C Data Team, facilitates data collection and data sharing plans with parent/caregiver, neighborhood, and other grassroots community engagement efforts.
  • Hires, directs, and supervises the work of staff, student interns, and volunteers associated with family and community empowerment strategies including the Youth Engagement Coordinator for the Opportunity Youth Re-Engagement initiative.
  • Creates and edits a variety of written documents, correspondence, and reports.
  • Ensures that all support staff and consultants perform duties in accordance with United Way policies and procedures.

Resource Development

  • Leads efforts to apply for funding and develops projects and strategies related to family and community empowerment strategies with guidance from the C2C Associate Vice President.
  • Collaborates with the Resource Development Department and other Community Development directors to secure resources to support identified family and community empowerment strategies.


  • Facilitates the planning process with parents, caregivers, youth, and/or community members to develop action plans aligned with the cradle to career outcomes.
  • Works with the Cradle to Career Partnership Associate VP, Impact & Improvement Director, and Data Director to develop and implement county-level goals and strategies for the partnership.                              


  • Develops and maintains effective communication with United Way staff and other programs and partner agencies.
  • Works with Marketing and Communication staff to develop appropriate marketing and public relations materials.
  • Makes presentations to aligned coalitions, task forces, committees, and school boards, as well as at local and national conferences related to the work of C2C.    

Other Duties as Assigned

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities:

  • At least a Baccalaureate degree in social work, family studies, human services, education, communications, psychology, or a related field.
  • Five years’ experience in community organizing, education, social work, youth development, human services, or other related field.
  • The presence to inspire confidence and passion in external audiences and build effective relationships with a range of diverse stakeholders
  • Preference for possessing a working knowledge of the Tucson Metropolitan Area community, including but not limited to a general understanding of the various neighborhoods, schools, and community-based organizations, and the assets and resources available to support them.
  • Knowledge of structural racism and its impact on education.
  • Understand the challenges faced by marginalized communities — including but not limited to barriers of race, ethnicity, class, ability, immigration status, gender, and their intersections.
  • Ability to sift through and simplify complex information to communicate it to a general audience.
  • Experience working with diverse groups and families, including facilitating coalitions, task forces, and/or committees.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including clear, concise, and accurate written documents and well-developed computer skills, including Microsoft Office and Google Suite.
  • Demonstrated success managing multiple projects and budgets.
  • Demonstrated customer service, problem solving, time management, research, information management and higher-level organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to tactfully handle stressful situations, negotiate and resolve conflicts, maintain confidentiality and to respect and observe organizational protocol.
  • Spanish language proficiency preferred but not required.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to travel to work in a variety of locations throughout the Pima County area and nationally two to four times per year as required when public health guidance allows it.
  • Must possess a valid Arizona driver’s license, current auto insurance, and daily access to a reliable vehicle.