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Managing Director Career Pathways

Philadelphia, PA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
5 - 10 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree

Published on 9 Oct 2023

Expires on 7 Apr 2023

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Managing Director Career Pathways

United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) seeks an experienced and innovative professional to help advance the organization’s mission to “end poverty and expand opportunities for all.” The Managing Director of Career Pathways will provide leadership, direction, and fundraising support/advocacy for the workforce development and entrepreneurship programs designed and developed on behalf of communities served by UWGPSNJ. The person in this role will be charged with effectively advancing support for career pathways programming (and initiatives) with strategic partners, including funders/donors, government agencies/entities, corporations, and community stakeholders. This position reports to the Chief Impact Officer (CIO) and is a member of the UWGPSNJ leadership team.


United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey has a century-long record of driving change by creating socioeconomic opportunities in the region. With an expressed mission to end poverty for all, UWGPSNJ is at the forefront of creating access to critical services, including housing, education, healthcare, workforce development, and more to the communities that the organization serves.

Candidate Profile:

A strategic entrepreneurial thinker with advanced professional experience in workforce development and community-based programming. Ideal candidates will be inspired by mission-driven, community-engaged work with organizational experience in fund development, sustaining strategic partnerships, coalition management, communications, community engagement, and creating economic opportunities in under-served communities.

Professional Characteristics:

  1. Commitment to poverty alleviation and equality; experience - lived, professional, and/or academic - that advances United Way’s mission and improves its practices
  2. 7+ years of relevant, progressively responsible experience, in nonprofit, business, or government
  3. Advanced strategy and planning skills, including the ability to manage multiple initiatives over multi-year lifecycles
  4. Experience leading large-scale partnerships or collaborations, particularly involving government and/or philanthropy
  5. Strong knowledge of the fields of workforce development and entrepreneurship
  6. Demonstrated competency in  raising awareness of and financial support for causes and/or organizations
  7. Entrepreneurial approach and ability to build, adapt, and execute in a fast-paced environment
  8. Strong written and verbal communication skills
  9. Experience building and managing program budgets preferred
  10. Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience preferred

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead UWGPSNJ’s Career Pathways strategy, which includes research, grantmaking, strategic partnerships, civic convening, and advocacy
  • Assemble and sustain leadership initiatives, which are large-scale, collaborative teams of partners working in concert to advance a shared vision
  • Grow institutional, corporate, and individual donor support for the Career Pathways strategy in partnership with senior leadership and development teams
  • Manage a framework for measuring and improving the impact of the investment portfolio and its initiatives to ensure equitable and effective outcomes
  • Champion the goals of Career Pathways by producing case statements, participating in public speaking and media opportunities, presenting to donors, staff, and board members, and convening regional conversations with key stakeholders
  • Develop deep and mutually beneficial relationships with nonprofit organizations that are leaders in the fields of workforce development and entrepreneurship
  • Work with leaders from government, philanthropy, research/academia, and other institutions to advance economic mobility and racial equity
  • Ensure equitable distribution of UWGPSNJ resources through targeted outreach, data-informed decision-making, and open reporting and communications practices
  • Oversee budgets and reporting for grants and initiatives
  • Manage staff and consultants as needed
  • Other functions and responsibilities as related or assigned

Organizational Information:

The Managing Director of Career Pathways will have several direct reports, as well as operational support via shared services, and reports directly to the Chief Impact Officer (CIO).

UWGPSNJ promotes a culture of inclusion and seeks talented staff from diverse backgrounds. UWGPSNJ does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected factor.

●    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.