ABOUT UNITED WAY OF FREDERICK COUNTY
United Way of Frederick County (UWFC) fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Frederick County. UWFC identifies local needs, collaboratively develops solutions, raises resources, mobilizes volunteers, and engages in public policy advocacy in order to improve lives and strengthen our community. To accomplish far more than anyone could alone, UWFC partners with global, national, and local businesses; nonprofit, government, civic, and faith-based organizations; along with many other caring community members.
UWFC produces the ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed) Report, which shows that more than one in three households in Frederick County cannot afford basic necessities. Through the Prosperity Center, UWFC offers Pathway to Financial Stability programs, including free tax preparation and matched savings to support the purchase of reliable transportation and a safe home.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION / POSITION SUMMARY
The Manager of Community Impact & Grants works collaboratively to change lives for the better and create lasting impact in our community. They serve a critically important role in UWFC’s work by managing the programs and resources that help more Frederick County community members lead healthy lives, achieve their full potential through education, and become financially stable and independent. As part of a dedicated team of UWFC professionals who value diversity, equity, and inclusion, they make Frederick County a better place for everyone.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES
Strategy, Communications, and Advocacy
- Ensure alignment of goals, strategies, tactics, and outcomes across all community impact efforts.
- Execute pertinent components of UWFC’s Strategic Plan and provide input on revisions.
- Utilize the UWFC Community Impact Strategy Map as a guide for the work and facilitate collaborative efforts to revise it, as needed.
- Lead the preparation, dissemination, and use of the ALICE Report as a fundamental resource to identify solutions that address underlying issues that negatively impact ALICE households.
- Collaborate with colleagues to raise awareness of UWFC’s work by sharing success stories, developing content to promote Prosperity Center programs, supporting media relations, and contributing to the Annual Report.
- Facilitate the development of UWFC’s Annual Advocacy Platform and plan, execute, and evaluate related advocacy efforts.
Program, Event, and Volunteer Management
- Supervise Prosperity Center part-time staff and support their work to meet or exceed goals for Prosperity Savings Accounts and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
- Routinely measure results and proactively adjust, as needed, to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of current efforts. Evaluate the viability of prospective efforts.
Program, Event, and Volunteer Management (Continued)
- Collaborate with colleagues to develop annual budget for community impact work and ensure operations remain within budget.
- Manage volunteer engagement opportunities, including overseeing Prosperity Center programs, leading the annual Day of Action event, and supporting Stuff the Bus, to meet impact objectives and effectively engage local organizations, donors, and other supporters.
- Manage the activities of the Community Impact Committee, Advocacy Committee, Prosperity Center Steering Committee, and Day of Action Steering Committee to effectively engage members and accomplish goals.
- Lead volunteer recruitment efforts, including updating the Get Connected volunteer software with internal/external volunteer opportunities. Support other organizations’ use of the software.
- Serve as an authentic and credible change agent, convene the community to work collaboratively toward goals, and engage the appropriate stakeholders.
- Support local nonprofits by informing them of UWFC grant opportunities, and then coordinating the application review, distribution, tracking, and reporting processes.
- Develop and manage Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) for current and future collaborations with other organizations.
- Participate in external groups to support community efforts and improve our impact results.
- Grow resources to support UWFC’s mission and programs by delivering results on long-term goals, creating a compelling case for continued support, and cultivating supporter relationships.
- Identify grant opportunities and manage the application, tracking, and reporting processes.
- Coordinate with colleagues to secure sponsorships for programs and events.
- Support other fundraising efforts by framing impact work as an investment opportunity and sharing information on community impact goals, activities, required resources, and results.
UWFC staff, interns, and volunteers, Board of Directors, Community Impact Committee, Advocacy Committee, Resource Development Committee, Prosperity Center Steering Committee, Day of Action Steering Committee, and other community and nonprofit partners.
QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS
· Commitment to promoting an inclusive environment that respects and values all people.
· Ability to embrace and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices.
· Bachelor’s degree in public administration, human services, or related field preferred, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
· Five or more years of experience working at (or with) nonprofit organizations.
· Personnel management/supervisor experience preferred.
· Experience developing community impact strategies based on an understanding of community needs, awareness of organizational and community resources, and knowledge of best practices.
· Experience advocating for community change at a city, county, and/or state level.
· Demonstrated success with program, event, and volunteer management.
· Experience developing and implementing community collaborations and working with individuals and organizations to accomplish community-wide goals.
· Experience conducting or supporting resource development activities.
· Experience leading grant application, review, tracking, and/or distribution processes.
· Experience planning and facilitating effective and efficient meetings and processes.
· Excellent writing/speaking/listening skills required; public speaking experience preferred.
· Strong interpersonal and consensus-building skills; comfort with initiating and managing relationships with internal and external partners, including staff, Board members, volunteers, donors, and consultants.
· Ability to build trust and rapport required, established relationships in the community’s business, government, education, faith-based, nonprofit and/or philanthropic sectors preferred.
· Ability to work independently, collaboratively, and with cross-functional teams.
· Ability to set priorities and manage concurrent projects; willingness to assume responsibility for completing projects on time and on budget.
· Ability to gather data, analyze problems, and then develop and implement creative solutions.
· Commitment to staying current in field and applying the latest research and information to continuously improve results.
· Willingness to utilize the United Way network and related resources to be successful.
· Discretion to manage sensitive and confidential information.
· Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
· Must have a valid U.S. driver’s license, reliable transportation, and the ability to carry 10 pounds.
Although UWFC team members are working remotely two days a week as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will be based in the office (629 North Market Street in the Bernard W. Brown Community Center) full-time when conditions permit.
While normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, periodic evening and weekend work may be required. A flex-time arrangement (with core hours to support staff coordination) may be available with prior approval from the President & CEO.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits include, but are not limited to:
· Paid time off for life-work balance (holiday, vacation, and personal/sick days)
· A 403(b) retirement plan with a UWFC match after one year of service
· Health, dental, and vision insurance with 100% of employee-only premium paid by UWFC
· Life insurance, short-term disability insurance, and long-term disability insurance
UNITED WAY CORE COMPETENCIES FOR ALL STAFF
● 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.