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Vice President, Community Impact

Indianapolis, Indiana

Relocation expenses: Negotiated

C-Suite/Vice President
Full time

Published on 1 Mar 2022

Expires on 1 Mar 2022

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Vice President, Community Impact

                                       Vice President, Community Impact

                                                   Impact Division


Safeguarding our team members is an important part of how we ensure our continued work in the communities we serve. As a condition of employment, UWCI requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, barring an approved exemption. All UWCI team members will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 19, 2021, barring an approved exception.

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. This is an exciting time to be part of United Way of Central Indiana's team as we embark on a new strategic framework that fosters innovation, builds community partnerships, and integrates across traditional functional areas.




Position Summary

United Way of Central Indiana recognizes that the key to success is a strong and cohesive team led by an experienced team of credible leaders that ensure alignment and collaboration across the organization. Our ICARE values guide how we work together to achieve our goals. This position provides operational leadership, planning, execution and accountability for United Way's community impact activities. Success requires a commitment to high functioning partnerships with all areas of the organization including fundraising, operations, research and data analytics, marketing, public relations, public policy and volunteerism. This person must exhibit a professional presence and encourage collaboration at all levels of the organization. Must demonstrate a commitment to being data-driven in executing strategies.

This position's primary objective is to operationalize the impact strategies in order to support the community impact team to execute and create positive change for individuals and families who are living in or near poverty. This role will work closely with the Chief Impact Officer who will take the lead on developing the strategies, connecting with community, and sharing our impact work with donors.


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. 

The Vice President, Community Impact is responsible for the operational leadership of United Way's Community Impact department. This work is carried out under direct leadership of the Chief Impact Officer and in collaboration with the Vice President, Impact Research and Analytics and Vice President, Government Relations, as well as the full Impact Team. These duties include but are not limited to:

Impact: Oversee the development and execution of UWCI's impact strategies in alignment with the Chief Impact Officer's vision. Ensure alignment of all impact activities with short and long-term goals.

  • LEAD on execution and staff oversight for community impact, including basic needs, family opportunity, social innovation, sector support and equity action, to ensure the work is integrated across the organization and responsive to community need and opportunity.
    1. Basic needs focuses on supporting the social safety net through services associated with housing, health, transportation and food.
    2. Family opportunity uses a two-generation approach to moving families out of poverty with a focus on education, employment, social capital, health and economic assets
    3. Social innovation works to bring novel solutions to the issue of poverty by creating space to incubate new ideas, use new technologies, and scale what works.
    4. Sector support seeks to strengthen the human services sector through training, collaboration, grantmaking and more.
    5. Equity action seeks to align our work to dismantle the systems that perpetuate disparities in accessing financial stability and upward mobility in our community.  
    6. Connect the dots across strategies and among team leaders to maintain integrated vision set by the Chief Impact Officer. Maintain excellent outcomes and strong accountability to our many internal and external stakeholders.


  •  MANAGE operations across community impact, including grantmaking, capacity, convening and initiatives in all seven counties.
    1. Grantmaking includes but is not limited to impact funds, winter assistance funds, human services professional renewal grants, capacity funds, contingency funds, capital funds, maintenance funds and special project funds.
    2. Capacity includes but is not limited to nonprofit learning center, volunteer and consultant supports with community-based organizations, capital and facilities maintenance funding, and leadership development across the sector.
    3. Convening includes but is not limited to peer learning groups, gatherings on timely topics, and ongoing topical and geographic convenings across the nonprofit, private and government sectors.
    4. Initiatives includes but not limited to Centers for Working Families, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Homelessness Prevention, and ReadUP.
    5. Work in partnership with the Community Relations team and the Impact Team as a whole to ensure that impact strategies are being executed across all seven counties.
    6. Work in collaboration with VP, Government Relations and VP, Impact Research and Analytics to fold in advocacy and research into the community impact toolkit of work.
    7. Support the impact operations team to grow our effectiveness and efficiencies across community impact.


Fundraising: In collaboration with the Fundraising and Marketing teams, develop specific investment opportunities that align with donor interests and UWCI's mission.

  • Develop Impact "products" that align with the interests of donors in partnership with the fundraising team.
  • Work in partnership with the marketing team to share stories, programmatic details, metrics and other pertinent details to develop messaging and collateral.
  • Compliance with the requirements of federal, state and local grants made to support community impact work.


Community Thought Leadership: Establish and maintain UWCI as a thought leader and partner of choice on issues aligned with our mission. 

  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field both inside and outside the United Way network.
  • Represent UWCI at external events and ensure collaborative community relationships, as needed in partnership with the Chief Impact Officer.


Team Leadership: Execute overall leadership of the organization as an engaged member of the Operating Committee (OC). Provide strategic leadership to the community impact group in alignment with organizational objectives.   Develop and track the execution of professional development plans and evaluate the performance of direct reports. Model behaviors consistent with the UWCI ICARE values.

  • Provide positive executive leadership and overall management in areas of responsibility and supervisory support to direct reports within community impact, and more broadly, serve as a role model and mentor for the  impact team and others in the organization as a member of the Executive Team.
  • Provide professional support and leadership for various committees including the Agency Executive Council (AEC), Basic Needs Workgroup, Family Opportunity Workgroup, Social Innovation Workgroup, Public Policy Workgroup, and Capacity Building & Accreditation Workgroup.  
  • Performs special assignments and other work, on an as-needed basis.


Vice President, Community Impact Leadership Responsibilities:

  • Directly leads 5 exempt team members with a Community Impact team of 19 team members.   
  • Provides effective leadership to the team through one-on-one's, team meetings, mentoring, expectation setting, regular feedback, performance management and cascading communications.
  • Reports to the Chief Impact Officer.



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 must have effective communication skills, attention to detail and organization, and flexibility and adaptability. The individual will also maintain knowledge of trends in his/her area of responsibility and reviews literature to understand key issues. 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function and be present in the office while performing those functions. The requirements listed are representative of the basic knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience

Master's degree in business administration, philanthropy, social work or related field preferred.

A minimum of eight years of experience in the sector with at least three of those in senior leadership and management experience in a large non-profit, corporation, or similar organization with a level of complexity and visibility consistent with United Way of Way of Central Indiana.

This role has significant interaction and collaboration with both internal and external constituents. This may include, but not limited to, meeting with community partners such as corporations, individuals, universities, government leaders, other United Way affiliates, United Way Worldwide and network partners, civic and non-profit leadership, media contacts, other UWCI team members and leaders, boards of directors and volunteer committees. As a member of the OC, this person will attend board meetings and may present at these meetings.

The person in this role must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. This person will have budgeting responsibility for the community impact team and must be willing and able to budget and forecast expenses and make tradeoffs both within and outside the team to meet the needs of the organization. This person will need to routinely analyze and define problems, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions with an ability to interpret an extensive variety of data.

This person must routinely read, interpret and analyze the most complex documents.  Routinely responds to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.  Routinely develops and presents effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

This person will respectfully provide dissenting views and create an environment where others are also encouraged to do so.  This person will have a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and use that lens to shape the work. They will be expected to contribute to the broader leadership of the organization through active participation as a member of the Executive Team. This person will work closely with the Chief Impact Officer and peers in the impact group.

Must have unquestionable integrity with the ability to represent United Way credibly, professionally and with a strategic senior leader vision.


*Work experience may substitute for education requirements on a case-by-case basis.


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:  Chief Impact Officer

Position Leads:  Sr Director Basic Needs, Sr Director Family Opportunity, Sr. Director Social Innovation, Sr. Director Community and Capacity, Operations Manager

FLSA Status:  Exempt, Salaried, Full-Time

Salary Range: Market 

Benefits:  Complete Benefits Package Available



                                       Equal Opportunity Employer

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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.