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Project Specialist

Indianapolis, Indiana

Relocation expenses:

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Full time

Published on 9 Oct 2023

Expires on 19 Jul 2023

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Project Specialist

Project Specialist Special Projects Team Impact Division We partner to design, support and grow systems that accelerate financial stability and upward mobility for individuals and families living in or near poverty and striving for a brighter future. Our vision is that Central Indiana will be a community where children, individuals and families thrive; neighbors care for each other; and we are proud of all our residents' quality of life.  We pursue this vision in all we do as we ask our community to give, advocate and volunteer. We believe that vision can only be achieved if pursued with shared values, and therefore place great emphasis on building a team that will pursue this vision together with ICARE.  Inclusion-Courage-Accountability-Respect-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 Specialist is a member of our Impact department responsible for executing multiple special projects toward meeting our organizational goal to support individuals and families to distance themselves from poverty and achieve economic mobility. This work includes but is not limited to digital equity and social innovation strategies. The scope will focus on supporting grantmaking and community investments around projects and community impact across human service organizations and in various communities. The Specialist also works closely with other departments to provide opportunities to support engagement and communicate widely with internal and external audiences.  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 Senior Director of Special Projects in the Impact Division, the Project Specialist will implement a variety of projects that support Social Innovation and Digital Equity initiatives in partnership with community-based organizations. Specific duties include: Provide project administration to UWCI Social Innovation and Digital Equity activities. Serve as a liaison to community partners by providing information, resources and technical assistance to support partners and colleagues. Support execution of UWCI's Digital Equity, Social Innovation and other strategies in conjunction with UWCI Impact leadership. Work with UWCI staff to measure and report on the impact of Social Innovation and Digital Equity initiatives and investments. Respond appropriately to correspondence through a variety of mediums. Assist in the management of grant making programs to community-based organizations, as assigned. Performs special assignments and other work, on an as-needed basis Qualifications 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 accommodations 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 reviews literature to understand key issues. Excellent project management and public relations skills required. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. The ability to effectively manage a multifaceted project in multiple environments is required. Must have effective organizational and interpersonal skills, the ability to work independently, a talent for forming and maintaining external relationships, and an attitude toward achieving outcomes. Initiative, detail and team orientation are essential. Education and/or Experience Bachelor's degree or 2-4 years experience in relevant field. The ability to facilitate workshops, focus groups, task groups, etc., is required. Proven experience with professional development and training, with a focus on adult learning, is a plus. Must be competent in oral and written communications. The ability to effectively participate in group planning and project implementation is required. Knowledge and understanding of nonprofit organizations are required. *Work experience may substitute for education requirements on a case-by-case basis. Work Environment:    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Office setting, with sustained use of a computer.  The noise level in the work environment is minimal to moderate.  Maintains personal/professional competency and works to create an environment of courtesy, respect, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude in all interactions both internal and external to the organization.  Core Competencies United Way of Central Indiana's team is evaluated on the following core competencies: Inclusion Courage Accountability Respect Excellence Job Knowledge Thriving in Change Position Leader: Senior Director of Special Projects Position Lead: N/A FLSA Status: Exempt, Full-time Salary Range: Low to Mid 50's Benefits: Complete Benefits Package Available Reviewed: June 2023 Equal Opportunity Employer Please apply at 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.