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Manager, Emerging Leaders

San Antonio, TX

Relocation expenses:

Full time
3 - 5 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree

Published on 5 May 2023

Expires on 28 Apr 2023

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Manager, Emerging Leaders


United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County unites the community to identify and solve our most critical issues. We are dedicated to improving people's lives and creating community-level change. Our work includes leading cross-sector collaborations, advocating for public policy changes and investing in programs that prevent problems from happening in the first place for those in need. Improving quality of life and advancing the greater good involves focusing in four impact areas: preparing children for kindergarten; empowering students to graduate and reach their full potential; helping individuals and families become self-sufficient; providing a safety net of services for those in crisis.


Emerging Leaders’ mission is to engage young professionals in United Way’s work to strengthen the greater San Antonio community. Emerging Leaders membership is open to young professionals, aged 21 to 45, who support the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County by making an annual minimum gift of $250. Members of Emerging Leaders experience firsthand the difference they make, impacting lives and creating lasting change here in our local community. Current membership exceeds 1,600 members, contributing over $1.8M to fuel the work of United Way’s work in the community.

The Manager will establish, grow, and strengthen relationships with employers and internal influencers to maximize Emerging Leaders, corporate, employee, and individual giving. Responsibilities include development and execution of a strategic membership retention and growth plan, marketing plan in coordination with the marketing team, corporate engagement plan, individual giving plan, producing Emerging Leaders events, creating Emerging Leaders content, and staffing an Advisory committee of approximately 20 volunteers.


$50,000 - $55,000


  • In conjunction with supervisor and volunteers, develop, execute, and support the strategic plan and goals of the Emerging Leaders, in alignment with United Way, and provide thought leadership to move the work forward.
  • Work cross-functionally with Marketing, Community Impact, Administration and Resource Development to grow the program and offer young professionals' meaningful ways to engage with the community and United Way.
  • Develop and direct the implementation of all aspects of the Emerging Leaders including strategies focused on solicitation, retention, and cultivation of membership.
  • Collect, analyze, and present Emerging Leaders data both internally and externally.
  • Develop and implement recognition and engagement plans for Emerging Leaders membership.
  • Collaborate with other resource development staff in acquiring new members in and out of the workplace.
  • Plan and execute a range of events to drive acquisition of new Emerging Leaders and to convert existing donors to Emerging Leaders.
  • Communicate clearly, regularly, and effectively with Emerging Leaders Advisory Committee, Subcommittees, and with the entire body of members, as feasible, to build coordination, teamwork, enthusiasm, and a sense of common purpose.
  • Staff the Emerging Leaders and actively engage volunteers to retain and grow the membership group.
  • Build and manage the annual Emerging Leaders budget – including events.
  • Develop, plan, and implement strategic, data-driven, branded, mission-focused Emerging Leaders events that recognize, steward, and further cultivate current donors, volunteers, and prospects, increasing their engagement with the organization impact councils.
  • Work in coordination with the Marketing Event Manager to handle details for Emerging Leaders events, from planning to executing, and to event close-out; conduct pre- and post-event evaluations and outcome reports.
  • Work in conjunction with the Resource Development team to identify potential donors and solicit donations where appropriate.
  • Conduct personal visits utilizing the Consultative Engagement strategies to facilitate the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of annual gifts from current and/or prospective donors.
  • Make presentations to the community about Emerging Leaders.
  • Willingly accept other ancillary or related assignments that will enhance the effectiveness of the organization.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred.
  • A minimum of two to four years of fundraising experience or sales with demonstrated success cultivating a donor base or bringing individuals together.
  • Demonstrated capability to identify, cultivate and solicit gifts from individuals, corporations and private foundations preferred.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the San Antonio and Bexar County philanthropic community desired.
  • Experience with CRM/database management preferred.
  • Experience in using virtual platforms for presentations and/or setting up virtual meetings.


  • Professional demeanor, confident and goal oriented.
  • Outgoing, self-motivated, and creative.
  • Excellent organizational, project management and time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and take full ownership of assignments.
  • Excellent collaborator and team member, able to work well with individuals at all levels of the organization.
  • Knowledge of and ability to effectively utilize donor databases and reporting tools.
  • Ability to set expectations, establish priorities and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced development department. 
  • Outstanding written communication skills—for proposal preparation, communications with donors, and reports (such as newsletters and annual reports)—and oral communication skills for individual and group interactions and presentations.
  • A personal leadership and management style that promotes collaboration and accessibility.
  • A commitment to community service.
  • An innovative and creative approach to strategy development. 
  • The ability to thrive in an environment characterized by significant growth, diversity, and consistent change.
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task, while working efficiently and addressing a wide variety of considerations under deadlines. 
  • Budget management experience.
  • Committee-level volunteer management.
  • Relationship management with a broad array of individuals and organizations.
  • Attention to detail in a multitasking environment.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.


Core Competencies (all United Way Professionals):

Mission Focused, Relationship Oriented, Collaborator, Results Driven, Brand Steward


  • Employer-subsidized healthcare plan with employer-funded HRA offered.
  • Group dental, vision, life insurance and other insurance products available.
  • Paid holidays, personal and sick leave time.
  • 403(b) retirement plan with employer matching available.


  • Normal nonprofit office environment with little exposure to dust, noise, and extreme temperatures.
  • Extended work on the computer to include virtual meetings, when applicable. Reliable transportation required with the ability to travel to and from meetings, training sessions or other business-related events locally, routinely and around the state and nationally, occasionally.
  • Monday-Friday, 8:15 am to 4:45 pm work week with occasional evening and weekend hours.


  • Sedentary work on a PC; sitting for extended periods of time, routinely.
  • Movement within the office and during external meetings and events, regularly.
  • Exerts up to 25 lbs. of force, occasionally.
  • Facilitates, presents, and collaboratively interacts with others, routinely.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by associates assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed. The contents of this job description may change as deemed necessary by United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County.