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Manager, Partnerships

San Francisco, CA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

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

Published on 6 Nov 2020

Expires on 31 Dec 2020

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Manager, Partnerships

UWBA is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. UWBA is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and an inclusive workplace that values equity. We welcome applications from immigrants, BIPOC, LGBTQ applicants, and people with lived experience in poverty.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Manager, Partnerships

Department: Community Impact Team
Reports to: Director, Regional Learning and Partnerships
Classification: Union Exempt
Closing Date: Open Until Filled


The United Way Bay Area (UWBA) is leading a network of corporations, government agencies, nonprofits, and individuals to create lasting change for Bay Area residents and families.  With a history that spans over 90 years and programs that tackle the issue of local poverty from every angle, UWBA is uniquely positioned to mobilize and motivate all sectors of the community toward the vision of ending the cycle of poverty. 

As UWBA responds to cultural shifts in the workplace, fundraising, and digital communications, it is guided by core values of innovation and results-driven creativity. Through a variety of existing and emerging initiatives, UWBA seeks to both strengthen and reimagine its work at all levels in order provide more and better opportunities for struggling Bay Area residents.  For more information about UWBA, please visit

The Opportunity:

The Manager, Partnerships position is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated and organized individual to be a part of UWBA’s Community Impact Team. The Community Impact Team strives to ensure our initiatives and programs support basic needs and promote successful pathways to economic prosperity for individuals and families in our eight Bay Area counties. The team manages the delivery of multiple programs, including SparkPoint, and provides technical assistance and grant funding to community partners for educational enrichment, economic prosperity, and family stability programming.

This individual will manage partnerships with our education, economic prosperity, and family stability organizations, with a focus on post-secondary institutions. This includes developing new partnerships in the region. Through working with post-secondary institutions, the Manager will build out programming to ensure that children and families have pathways to economic prosperity. The Manager will build on his/her existing expertise around partnerships, networks, and programs to engage new partners, present our programming to new and existing partners, as well as broker, convene, fund, and provide technical assistance to partners. The position will lead the process of creating a replication toolkit, support data/evaluation efforts for our programs, and develop regional learning events to connect our community college and education partners and strengthen the network across the Bay Area.

This position will also support the launch of a promising collaborative model in one or more of our counties, as funding permits. The collaborative is a system comprised of multidisciplinary partners that use a shared language, a resource database, and an integrated technology platform to deliver enhanced community care planning.

This individual will report to the Director, Regional Learning and Partnerships, and work closely with additional members of the Community Impact Team to deliver effectively on goals.

This is a full-time, 37.5 hour per week exempt union position. 

What you’ll do:

(Note that the percentages listed in each section are rough estimates for the position. Actual hours spent in each area may shift from week to week.)

Post-secondary partnerships: 50%

  • Lead the creation of a SparkPoint replication toolkit that can be used by a variety of post-secondary institutions to learn from and replicate the model
  • Engage with community colleges and post-secondary institutions to build out programming that supports students in obtaining degrees that lead to living wage jobs
  • Facilitate and support connections between Bay Area post-secondary institutions and existing and potential SparkPoint partners
  • Lead discussions with nonprofit organizations and SparkPoint Ambassadors to identify the strategies and partners needed to provide the wraparound services at community colleges that enable individuals to succeed and stay on course, including financial coaching, career coaching, housing assistance, food programs, benefits enrollment, educational counseling, and more;
  • Facilitate discussions with SparkPoint Centers to amplify or revolutionize their workforce services in partnerships with local colleges
  • Identify and/or support new service delivery locations in alignment with our programming goals

Support the SparkPoint grantee network: 5%

  • Oversee grants to Community Colleges, Community College Districts, SparkPoint Centers with programming at Community Colleges, or other organizations with programming at higher education institutions. 
  • Oversee or support the maintenance and development of a regional learning network
  • Provide and facilitate the provision of technical assistance to grantee partners

Community Information Exchange/Collaborative Network: 30%

  • Work alongside county partners such as health collaboratives, health care providers, county agencies, other 211s, other United Ways, CBOs, and other stakeholders to lead the planning of county and regional community information exchanges
  • Support the development of a learning curriculum for knowledge building among the community
  • Engage stakeholders in landscape analyses, focus groups, interviews, and other engagement activities
  • Represent 211 Bay Area in planning meetings and strategy sessions
  • Support fundraising efforts with grant proposal writing, program designing and concepting

Community Coordination and Collaboration 5%

  • Work with other community brokers and collaboratives in this space to ensure alignment, support, and maximally leveraged resources.
  • Build and maintain coalitions and partnerships necessary for the success of strategies by engaging in outreach, education, information gathering and connections with community, business, and labor leaders, and elected and appointed officials
  • Represent United Way at external coalitions, conferences, and convenings

Other projects and activities: 10%

  • Manage and/or support special events (e.g. client or partner recognition events or service location launch events)
  • Conduct and share research on best/current practices and services on addressing community needs
  • Attend conferences and workshops, as needed, and share learning with other team members
  • Assist program department leadership and the Development team in researching and applying for funding opportunities, writing funder and program reports and updates for internal and external uses;
  • Support cross-program and cross-departmental projects, as necessary and assigned
  • Other tasks and duties as assigned.

Who you are:

  • 3-5 years of related volunteer or professional experience, direct service and/or leadership in the community, work with community colleges or post-secondary institutions, public/private sector leaders/decision makers, experience in fundraising, marketing, or community programs.
  • Commitment to deepening expertise around racial equity, diversity, inclusion, and self-awareness. 
  • Can effectively cope with change, shift gears comfortably, and handle risk and uncertainty.
  • Excellent analytical, oral and written communication skills (including public speaking). 
  • Demonstrated history of strong interpersonal skills. Highly nuanced communicator able to work effectively and diplomatically with nonprofit, community, community colleges leaders, as well as corporate executives in all settings.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive work relationships with staff, volunteers and persons contacted in the course of work.  Team player, flexible, respectful, welcomes feedback and able to work with humor and grace under pressure.
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills.  Rapid, thorough, and accurate implementation of specific projects and tasks required.  Meets deadlines and completes tasks with a high degree of accuracy and dependability. Detail oriented, with excellent proofreading skills. 
  • Self- motivated, goal oriented, and organized – ability to get the job done. Able to work in unstructured environment and adapt easily to change.
  • General ability and desire to problem solve and look for better, faster, innovative ways to complete tasks.  Must be able to perform and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously and efficiently and have to ability to manage conflicting and changing priorities.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint); database and CRM software (Salesforce Preferred); use of online resources and applications.  Comfortable and interested in learning becoming proficient in new software systems; patience in teaching others.  Some proficiency with Salesforce desired but not mandatory (must be willing to become proficient).
  • Ability to effectively work remotely with supervisor, team and other departments
  • Access to a car, valid California Driver's License with personal car insurance and a satisfactory driving record are conditions of initial and continued employment. Flexibility and mobility to travel to off-site locations within or outside San Francisco as needed. 
  • Spanish proficiency (read/write/speak fluently) strongly preferred

Salary: $64,000 - $70,000

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.
 UWBA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender (including actual or perceived gender, and gender identity), sexual orientation, age, marital status, medical condition, religious affiliation, veteran status, national origin, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable state, federal or local law. Applicants must be able to work legally in the United States. UWBA will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in the manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. If you need a reasonable accommodation in order to apply for a job, please let us know. If the reason you need an accommodation is not obvious, we may ask for documentation confirming your functional limitations.

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