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Lead Network Director

Salt Lake City, UT

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
3 - 5 years of experience
High School Diploma
$61,000 to $70,000 per year

Published on 30 Sep 2021

Expires on 30 Sep 2021

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Lead Network Director

United Way of Salt Lake (UWSL) is changing the way organizations, communities, schools, governments, and individuals work together to fix complex social problems. Together, we can help every child and family succeed at school and life. Our work & workplace is informed by our values: relationships, continuous improvement, results, and innovation. We are proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package, ample paid time off, and flexible schedules. It is important that our staff reflects the community we serve; people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities are encouraged to join us in changing the world and giving everyone in our community the opportunities to live their very best lives.

The Lead Network Director (LND) will lead a team of UWSL staff in partnering with school districts, schools, business, civic leaders, non-profits and other key partners (convened as networks). This team member will support this team and assigned networks to conduct quick research, develop strategies, and coordinate implementation. The LND will supervise and coach a Network Director as part of this role. The essential goals for the position are to center student and family needs and to find innovative ways to close opportunity gaps in the community.


  1. CHANGEMAKER: The Lead Network Director will be a value-driven leader, fostering a culture of accountability by harnessing the power of relationships to achieve results. You are an infectious leader and a self-starter, who cares deeply and leads by example.

  2. FACILITATOR: You model how to empower partnerships to facilitate local change.

  3. Coach partners and staff in planning and facilitating productive meetings.

  4. Build greater awareness of systemic barriers related to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other factors impeding success while interfacing with partner leadership in a spirit of humility and courage.

  5. Cultivate a culture of shared accountability and advocacy in all initiatives and activities.

  6. SYSTEMS-THINKER: The Lead Network Director will seek opportunities to connect day-to-day efforts that support students to systemic levers for change. You understand how helping one student at a time is insufficient or unsustainable over the long term, and naturally seek connections to impact systems. You consistently model this approach for your team.

  7. Elicit patterns and strategize widespread efforts to positively impact youth and families over the long term.

  8. Conceptualize initiatives that could be built around or benefit from corporate, foundation, government, bilateral organizations or other partnerships.

  9. Contribute to grant writing and reporting, donor cultivation, marketing efforts, advocacy efforts, presentations about our work, and other related duties as assigned.

  10. CATALYZES COLLECTIVE ACTION: The Lead Network Director will lead a team to create multi-sector partnerships to address educational outcomes. Using a “results accountability framework” the Lead Network Director will build a strong foundation for collaborative networks to ensure that their work centers racial equity and is of appropriate scope and scale to impact outcomes.

  11. Lead the effort to seek perspectives and participation of students, parents, teachers, and people who work in nonprofits, government, and business.

  12. Direct the research initiatives that have been successful in impacting community outcomes, compile promising practices and assess feasibility for the Salt Lake region.

  13. DATA ORIENTATION: Skillfully weave relevant data into meetings with partners to help set the direction for their assigned networks. Creates measurement framework for networks to track both population outcomes and progress related to specific strategies. Models and reinforces the importance of knowing what is working and what is not with his/her/their team.

  14. Other duties as assigned.

This is a full-time, exempt position with complete benefits. Salary $44,900-71,200.


  • 3-5 years of applicable experience in social impact, facilitation, project management, or equivalent academic experience.

  • 3-5 years of experience working with partnership groups or schools.

  • Experience coaching and supervising team members to support their job mastery and professional growth.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft suite, data visualization, and other project management software.

  • An understanding of the culture and realities of historically marginalized communities in the Salt Lake region.

  • Speak and write fluently in a second language (especially Spanish or Arabic) is a plus.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to perform the essential functions of this position. The employee is regularly required to communicate clearly in oral and written formats and must be able to transcribe, read extensively, and prepare and analyze data and figures. Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work; however, there will be some walking, standing, bending, carrying light items, use of office equipment, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.