United Way of Salt Lake (UWSL) is changing the way organizations, communities, schools, governments, and individuals work together to fix complex social problems. Together, we can help every child and family succeed at school and life. Our work & workplace is informed by our values: relationships, continuous improvement, results, and innovation. We are proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package, ample paid time off, and flexible schedules. It is important that our staff reflects the community we serve; people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities are encouraged to join us in changing the world and giving everyone in our community the opportunities to live their very best lives.
The Network Director (ND) will work with school districts, schools, business, civic leaders, non-profits and other key partners to help them improve academic, health, and financial stability outcomes and reduce disparities. The ND will play a key role in partnering with various organizations and institutions to build strategies around various social issues. The ND is a coach and mentor for partnerships, helping them create data-informed, equitable strategies for population-level change. The Network Director will work closely with the Promise Partnership Regional Council to connect and align partnerships towards shared goals and outcomes.
ESSENTIAL COMPETENCIES & FUNCTIONS
- FACILITATOR: The Network Director will play an integral part in convening and facilitating regional and school-based partnership groups. You are excited and celebrate individual milestones in learning and adopting new ideas. You are a natural mentor and love tapping into a group’s potential to encourage results.
- Job Role: Convene and facilitate collaborative working groups using results-based facilitation.
- Provide facilitation, strategic thinking, and project management to the activities of the school’s priority partnership groups.
- Manage group logistics, dynamics, data, processes, and resources.
- Co-create resources, interventions, and activities to sustain and strengthen high priority initiatives with workgroups.
- Coach groups’ continuous improvement and liberatory design projects and enable rigorous tracking and documentation of process, data, and learnings.
- Incorporate the perspectives and participation of students, parents, teachers, coaches, and people who work in nonprofits, government, and business. Proactively raise systemic barriers and opportunities to those in a position to help.
2. DATA-INFORMED: The Network Director will continually look for opportunities for social change and engage the community in continuous improvement initiatives. You are constantly asking meaningful questions and curious about understanding and addressing barriers that exist in underlying systems.
- Role Functions: Identity & leverage opportunities for social change through a data-informed, systems-thinking perspective.
- Guide partnership strategies & actions with data & analysis support.
- Research, create, and track data strategies that align with partners’ targets, desired outcomes, and success measures.
- Interpret data sets for actionable insights and build narratives to share with various audiences regarding systemic barriers, opportunities, and performance.
- Plan, implement, and monitor interventions against outcomes, and guide partnerships to modify practices based on findings.
- Stay current and provide updates on knowledge of economic issues locally, statewide, and nationally, including programmatic trends, promising practices, and public policy.
- Proactive and timely with data collection, data recording, and updates
3. CHANGE-MAKER: The Network Director will be a value-based leader, fostering a culture of accountability by harnessing the power of relationships to achieve results. You are an infectious leader and trusted confidante, who cares deeply and leads by example.
- Role Functions: Pursue a standard of excellence within the community and empower partnerships to facilitate local change.
- Coach partners in performance goals and measures while conducting improvement cycles.
- Track and evaluate metrics of success and internal performance measures.
- Build greater awareness of barriers related to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other factors impeding success while interfacing with partner leadership with a spirit of humility and courage.
- Cultivate a culture of shared accountability and advocacy in all initiatives and activities.
4. SYSTEMS-THINKING: The Network Director supports the Promise Partnership Regional Council’s efforts to advocate for necessary systems change through relevant institutions. You understand and leverage the role of an institution within a complex system.
- Job Functions: Ensure support from institutions for aligned action leading to systems-level change and impact.
- Develop systems and procedures in support of the identification, engagement, and development of systems-level institutions.
- Conceptualize new strategic initiatives that could be built around or benefit from corporate, foundation, government, bilateral organizations or other partnerships.
- Contribute to grant writing and reporting, donor cultivation, marketing efforts, advocacy efforts, presentations about our work, and other related duties as assigned.
- Minimum 1 year of applicable experience in social impact, facilitation, project management, or equivalent academic experience.
- Minimum 1 year of experience working with schools or partnership groups.
- Proficiency with Microsoft suite, data visualization, and other project management software.
- Speak and write fluent in English.
- An understanding of the culture and realities of historically marginalized communities in the Salt Lake region a plus.
- Familiarity with the school district and community organizations in Davis County or South Salt Lake is a plus.
- Speak and write fluently in a second language (especially Spanish or Arabic) is a plus.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to perform the essential functions of this position. The employee is regularly required to communicate clearly in oral and written formats and must be able to transcribe, read extensively, and prepare and analyze data and figures. Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work; however, there will be some walking, standing, bending, carrying light items, use of office equipment, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.
This is a full-time, exempt position with full benefits; salary proportionate with experience.