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 leading UWSL’s contributions to local efforts to connect disconnected students back to schools and to supports their families need and building a foundation for a multi-sector collaborative dedicated to improving outcomes for middle schoolers along the Wasatch Front. This work will involve working with school districts, schools, business, civic leaders, non-profits and other key partners. The Network Director will play a key role in partnering with various organizations and institutions to conduct quick research, build strategies and coordinate implementation.
ESSENTIAL COMPETENCIES & FUNCTIONS
- CHANGEMAKER: The Network Director will be a values-based leader, fostering a culture of accountability by harnessing the power of relationships to achieve results. You are an infectious leader and a self-starter, who cares deeply and leads by example. You empower partnerships to facilitate local change.
- Coach partners in performance goals and measures while conducting improvement cycles.
- Create, track, and evaluate metrics of success and internal performance measures.
- Build greater awareness of systemic barriers related to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other factors impeding success while interfacing with partner leadership in a spirit of humility and courage.
- Cultivate a culture of shared accountability and advocacy in all initiatives and activities.
- SYSTEMS-THINKER: The Network Director will seek opportunities to connect day-to-day efforts to support disconnected students to broader systems levers. You understand how helping one student at a time is insufficient or unsustainable over the long term, and naturally seek connections to impact systems.
- Develop systems and procedures in support of the identification and engagement of disconnected students.
- Elicit patterns and strategize widespread efforts to positively impact youth and families over the long term.
- Conceptualize 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.
- CATALYZES COLLECTIVE ACTION: The Network Director will design a process for creating a multi-sector partnership to address educational outcomes for middle schoolers. Using a “results accountability framework” the Network Director will build a strong foundation for this collaborative to ensure that its work centers racial equity and is of appropriate scope and scale to impact outcomes.
- Seek perspectives and participation of students, parents, teachers, and people who work in nonprofits, government, and business.
- Research initiatives that have been successful in impacting middle grade educational outcomes, compile promising practices and assess feasibility for the Salt Lake region.
- Create process map, and facilitation guides and tools, to cover a six-month period of the early stages of this collaborative.
- 2-3 years of applicable experience in social impact, facilitation, project management, or equivalent academic experience.
- 2-3 years of experience working with partnership groups or schools.
- Proficiency with Microsoft suite, data visualization, and other project management software.
- An understanding of the culture and realities of historically marginalized communities in the Salt Lake region a plus.
- Fluency 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 complete benefits. Salary to commensurate with experience.
Please visit UWSL’s Employment Opportunities. A complete application will include a resume and cover letter.