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Donor Engagement Director- African American Leadership Society

United Way of Central Iowa
Des Moines, IA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
3 - 5 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree
$61,000 to $70,000 per year

Published on 17 May 2022

Expires on 17 May 2022

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Donor Engagement Director- African American Leadership Society

United Way of Central Iowa is seeking a fulltime Donor Engagement Director that would work with United LEAGUE (Leadership, Equity, Advocacy, Giving, Unity, Excellence), a donor volunteer affinity group whose members are of African American descent, identify as Black, or are allies who are passionate supporting our partners and programs aiming to close the disparities gap in the community. This affinity group was founded in 2021 with the following goals:

• Engage African-Americans in philanthropy through donating, advocating, volunteering, and networking

• Invest in strategies supporting economic success for African-Americans and align with United Way goals

• Elevate the voices of donors, clients, stakeholders, and community members within the AfricanAmerican diaspora

• Increase awareness and action on equity findings through available data and community partnerships.

The United League Director is a part of the Donor Engagement team and reports directly to the Chief Donor Engagement Officer. This position will have accountability for other fundraising strategies and programs as assigned. The starting salary range for this position $63,500-$72,000 depending on relevant experience.

The ideal candidate must have a strong desire to motivate and support donors and volunteers to close disparity gaps in the community and to advance economic success for all central Iowans. Fundraising or related experience is necessary along with strong relationship building, networking and collaboration skills. Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


United Way of Central Iowa is an established and highly respected nonprofit in the Central Iowa area and the United Way Worldwide network. Employees at UWCI have a passion for the organization’s mission and community impact work and strive to create a positive, inclusive, and welcoming work environment. Our Core Values of Compassion, Integrity, Community Engagement, Responsiveness and Striving for Excellence is the foundation for how we do our work and to reach our aspiration to “Engage Community to Empower All.” In addition to a competitive salary and robust benefits package including health insurance, a dental and vision plan, 401(k) with match and paid life insurance, we offer the following:

• Generous paid vacation plan, holidays, a personal holiday, and sick time

• Paid volunteer time off

• A commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion practices

• Commitment to employee professional development

• Convenient central Des Moines location with free parking

• On-site fitness center

• Tuition Assistance

• Fun monthly opportunities for employees to build camaraderie and connections

• Wellness initiatives


• Support UWCI’s community impact agenda by developing and implementing creative, customized
growth strategies to attract and sustain resources for United LEAGUE and other fundraising
strategies with effort to consistently keep and exceed pace with general annual campaign growth.

• Connect with donors and volunteers to develop engagement and professional development
events to strengthen membership.

• As assigned, lead other fundraising strategies and support company relationships, including yearround engagement with key leaders and company influencers, assisting contacts in planning, and
executing employee campaign and managing accounts through tracking, updating, analyzing,
and evaluating data.

• Identify prospective donors and members both inside and outside traditional campaign settings
and market segments by working closely with UWCI Campaign staff and company executives.

• Track investments and manage acknowledgement and recognition of affinity group members.

• Customize a year-round action plan for building relationships with current and prospective United LEAGUE affinity group members to ensure that United Way is positioned as the ideal partner for
making a measurable difference in the community; including defining and executing a defined schedule of events that supports donor and prospects’ interests. 

• Collaborate with UWCI marketing staff to develop and implement a comprehensive communication plan that strengthens prospective and current donor’s knowledge of and connection with UWCI.

• Strengthen the value of the UWCI brand experience by identifying and developing United LEAGUE volunteer opportunities in collaboration with Volunteer Engagement staff.

• Collaborate with the Community Impact team and partners to understand and effectively articulate how United LEAGUE dollars support the community.

• Identify and assist in securing lead volunteers and executive champions. Support all lead volunteer needs to ensure a positive experience with UWCI.


• Relationship Building – Ability to establish and maintain a good rapport and cooperative relationship with donors, volunteers, and coworkers.

• Customer Oriented – Desire to donors and volunteers by focusing on meeting their needs, understanding their concerns and seeking to build trust.

• Project Management – Ability to plan, organize, staff, direct and control work tasks to meet a specific goal.

• Presentation Skills – Ability to effectively present information in front of a group.

• Communication, Oral – Ability to send verbal messages, and listens to others’ responses to convey information.

• Communication – Written – Ability to write concise, clear letters, reports, articles, or emails including proofing and editing.

• Creative – Ability to think in new ways that produce something new or lead to novel ideas.

• Problem solving – Ability to recognize courses of action that can be taken to handle problems, and apply contingency plans to solve those problems.

• Self-motivated – Ability to reach a goal or perform a task with little supervision or direction.

• Analytical Skills – Ability to develop information and raw material into meaningful conclusions.


• Bachelor’s Degree in marketing, public relations or related field preferred. Extensive experience in fundraising and managing volunteers can be considered in lieu of some education.

●    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.