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Manager of Workforce Pathways Initiatives

Manager of Workforce Pathways Initiatives

locationIndianapolis, IN, USA
PublishedPublished: Published 6 months ago
Full time

Manager of Workforce Pathways Initiatives 

Impact Division 

United Way of Central Indiana works to bring the resources of philanthropy, government, corporations, the social sector and neighborhoods together to confront generational poverty head on and ensure a better future for our neighbors in need. 

This is an ambitious time to join United Way as we embark on a five-year strategic plan to reduce the number of households experiencing poverty and financial instability. To make a significant impact in our region, United Way is looking for dedicated, confident, and compassionate team members who live our shared values of inclusivity, courage, accountability, respect, and excellence. 

Position Summary 

United Way of Central Indiana recognizes that the key to success is a strong and cohesive team that works through shared values to achieve our mission. The Manager of Workforce Pathways Initiatives managesinvestmentsand initiatives related to the development, implementation, and scale of workforce development and financial stability efforts, aiding in the creation and advancement of career pathways to employment and economic mobility for households throughout Central Indiana. This manager position will support efforts to engage key stakeholders including but not limited to community-based organizations, educational institutions including post-secondary, employers and industry/sector partners, government, intermediary organizations, and internal and external stakeholders in support of connecting youth and adults to career pathways and economic opportunity. Additionally, this position works in a collaborative and integrated manner across the Issue Based team and Impact division as well as across all other areas of UWCI to ensure that the organizational goals and strategies are realized, and to assist Central Indiana in making significant progress toward meeting its poverty reduction goals.  

Position Duties & Responsibilities 

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.   

Under the direction of the Economic Mobility Director, the manager will collaborate across the Impact division and Issue-Based team to implement a variety of initiatives and investments supporting United Way's workforce development goals including but not limited to: 

  • Establish and manage career pathways and workforce development initiatives alongside external partners and stakeholders that provide education, training, technical assistance, thought partnership, and other supports for UWCI partners. 

  • Respond to technical assistance inquiries from partners by assessing their needs, providing training and development that addresses the identified needs, brokering services of other consultants, or providing information and resources to assist the organizations. 

  • Collaborate across internal teams and divisions to measure, report, and analyze the impact of workforce partnership services, while simultaneously interfacing with community-based organization partners to review funded grantees' evaluation reports and monitor grantees' progress in achieving key objectivesensuring timely reporting of UWCI grant-funded activities, metrics, and related outcomes. 

  • Maintain and develop trusted liaison relationships with UWCI partner organizations, manage appropriate and timely correspondence through a variety of mediums, and strive to be the best partner to all stakeholders. 

  • Manage special grant making programs to community-based organizations, as assigned. 

  • Collaborate with the Economic Mobility Director on special projects associated with advancing career pathways, workforce development and economic mobility efforts within UWCI's Economic Mobility Issue-Based ecosystem partnerships.  

  • Perform special assignments and other work, on an as-needed basis. 


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the basic knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The individual in this role must display the highest level of integrity and confidentiality. United Way also values innovative thinking, and a successful candidate will be a self-starter who can work within the team to achieve goals and objectives.  The individual should have effective communication skills, attention to detail and organization, flexibility, adaptability and the ability to multi-task and be open-minded in a fast-paced environment. The individual will also maintain knowledge of trends in his/her area of responsibility and review literature to understand key issues.  

Excellent partnership building skills forming and maintaining external relationships isrequired. Ability to collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, and develop solutions is essential. Ability to manage multifaceted projects across multiple environments is required. Must possess effective organizational and interpersonal skills, the ability to work independently, and an attitude toward achieving outcomes.  Initiative, attention to detail, and a sense of urgency are essential.  

Education and/or Experience  

  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, public administration, psychology or related area with a focus on nonprofit management and/or governance preferred.   

  • At least (5) years' experience working in a relevant field including workforce development, economic development, financial stability programming, nonprofit management, and/or intermediary effortsrequired. 

  • Experience working within and across a broad range of workforce development-based systems including interfacing with community-based organizations, employers, educational institutions, state and local partners, workforce ecosystem intermediaries, and other system stakeholdersrequired. 

  • Strong project management skills requiredwith demonstrated ability to execute and follow through to achieve intended results, by following through on commitments, prioritizing work, and managing time and resources well. 

  • Significant and demonstrated experience building and managing diverse networks that support efforts to produce systemic change preferred. 

  • Ability to facilitate convenings, workshops, focus groups, task groups, etc. preferred. 

  • Must possess excellent interpersonal, writing, and oral communication skills, diplomacy and discretion, critical thinking, and judgment.   

  • Knowledge of the Central Indiana labor market, regional workforce initiatives, key stakeholders operational within workforce ecosystem, and the state/local workforce system is highly desirable.  

*Work experience may substitute for education requirements on a case-by-case basis.  

Position Leader:Economic Mobility Director 

Position Leads: n/a 

FLSA Status:Exempt, Salaried, Full-time                

Salary Range: Low to Mid 60's 

Benefits: Complete Benefits Package Available 

Equal Opportunity Employer 

Please apply at uwci.org/careers 

This position description does not constitute a contract of employment or a guarantee of any terms or conditions of employment.  UWCI employees are employed on an at-will basis. In addition, nothing in this position description restricts UWCI's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time.