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Manager, Strategic Initiatives

New York, NY

Relocation expenses: Not paid

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

Published on 18 May 2019

Expires on 18 May 2019

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Manager, Strategic Initiatives

Position:              Manager, Strategic Initiatives       

Reports to:         Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives

How to Apply:

Please send cover letter with salary requirements and resume to with the title "Manager, SI" in the subject line. No phone calls or faxes accepted.

Organization Summary: United Way of New York City (UWNYC) is a nonprofit mobilizing people and organizations to eradicate barriers and create opportunities that improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers.   Part of the United Way Worldwide system, one of the world's most recognized charitable brands, we envision caring communities in which all individuals and families have access to quality education and the opportunity to lead healthy and financially secure lives.  We strive to model our values in all our relationships, both internal and external: Collaboration, Compassion, Integrity, Accountability, and Superior Performance.

Position Overview:  The Manager, Strategic Initiatives reports to the Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives, and is primarily responsible for managing a portfolio of strategic corporate partnerships.  Key Performance Indicators include:


  • Develop annual and long-term corporate strategies and performance objectives for the portfolio
  • Manage and deepen the relationships between UWNYC and all levels of client organizations
  • Organize, train, and support United Way champions and other volunteers
  • Grow the accounts to increase both corporate support and donor dollars
  • Responsible for Young Leaders Council cultivation, memberships and for managing events


The successful candidate will be an experienced professional with demonstrated success in nonprofit development and/or sales account relationship management in the private sector. He or she must be comfortable and confident working with corporate client organizations and donors. He or she should be connected to United Way’s mission, and motivated to enhance one of the country’s best-known brands.

Job Responsibilities:

Strategic Leadership

  • Collaborate with leadership to build high-level fundraising strategies in support of UWNYC’s programmatic products including specific corporate industry targets
  • Set enrollment and fundraising goals
  • Develop annual and long-term strategies for engaging specific partnerships within their portfolios
  • Understand the organizational structure of corporations in their portfolio
  • Identify and cultivate relationships with key decision makers
  • Be responsible for messaging and communications within their portfolio’s corporate accounts


Stewardship of Corporate Relationships

  • Deepening and broadening the relationships throughout their client organizations
  • With the Individual Giving team, identify and cultivate potential leadership and Tocqueville donors and affinity group members
  • Execute donor segment and affinity group strategies

Team Leadership

  • Work well with writers and designers in Marketing and Communications to ensure the timely and professional delivery of appropriate messaging and materials
  • Coordinate with peers responsible for event implementation and logistics
  • Partner with the Senior Manager, Volunteerism to develop innovative engagement plans for each account in their portfolio
  • Partner with the Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives to maximize opportunities to obtain corporate and foundation support from the accounts they manage
  • Partner with the Director, Individual Giving, to execute affinity group and other donor member programs within their accounts


  • Oversee the proper administration of recognition, reporting and other donor acknowledgments and communications
  • Oversee the processing of contributions
  • Manage optimal utilization of the CRM and other database tools for tracking and communicating with donors in their accounts

Personal Leadership

  • Gain the confidence and trust of others through delivering on promises
  • Learn and develop from personal experience and from others
  • Practice sound business ethics
  • Foster a sense of energy, ownership, and personal connection to the work of UWNYC, the communities we serve, and our staff
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 3-5 years’ experience holding progressively responsible positions in nonprofit development, foundation giving, corporate philanthropy, or managing senior level business-to-business sales accounts
  • Excellent writing, editing, verbal, presentation and public speaking skills
  • Astute listener and able to understand, reflect, and incorporate what clients’ and peers’ needs and interests are
  • Effective at engaging with top level corporate executives
  • Deep understanding of the corporate landscape and next-generation workforce of New York City
  • Adept at translating program partnerships and outcomes in order to communicate UWNYC’s value in the community and build a case for member support
  • Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and results
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills
  • Presence and confidence to project credibility to donors and peers
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and quickly “change gears” as needed
  • Familiarity with database and CRM tools
  • A passion for UWNYC’s mission, vision, and accomplishments

Key Competencies:

  • Drives Revenue
  • Strategic Relationship Building
  • Effective and Engaging Communicator
  • Embracing and Managing Change
  • Entrepreneurial and Innovative

How to Apply:

Please send cover letter with salary requirements and resume to with the title "Manager, SI" in the subject line. No phone calls or faxes accepted.


United Way of New York City is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer


●    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.