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Vice President, Education

New York, NY

Relocation expenses: Not paid

C-Suite/Vice President
Full time
Master's Degree

Published on 31 Oct 2022

Expires on 31 Oct 2022

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Vice President, Education

Position: Vice President, Education


Reports to: SVP & Chief Impact Officer

Organization Summary: United Way of New York City (UWNYC) is a nonprofit mobilizing communities to break down barriers and build opportunities that improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers for the benefit of all.   Part of the United Way Worldwide system, one of the world's most recognized charitable brands, we envision caring communities in which all individuals and families have access to quality education and the opportunity to lead healthy and financially secure lives.  We strive to model our values in all our relationships, both internal and external: Collaboration, Compassion, Integrity, Accountability, and Superior Performance.

Position Description: The Vice President (VP), Education plays a strategic leadership role within the Community Impact (CI) department and reports directly to the VP and Chief Impact Officer. The VP will play a pivotal role, in partnership with the President & CEO, in the strategic identification and development of education programs and initiatives. The VP will lead key strategic initiatives such as: the Interdisciplinary Pre-K - 12 Black Studies Curriculum, ReadNYC, UWNYC Education Equity Cabinet, and College, Career and Civic Engagement: 


Primary Responsibilities will include:

  • The design, implementation, and evaluation of UWNYC’s all education equity focused programs.
  • Leading and managing external relationships with local and national partners and consultants. 
  • Leading, staffing, managing, and developing a team that will partner with community agencies in the design, resourcing, and implementation of all education equity initiatives.
  • Ensuring the sound financial management of the department within the organization’s budgeted guidelines.
  • Participating in all fundraising and resource development efforts to support the education work in close partnership with the Resource Development and Marketing & Communications departments.



Job Responsibilities:

Strategic Leadership

The VP of Education plays a key strategic leadership role within the Community Impact department, as well for the organization and in the community. This person is responsible for the design, resourcing, implementation, and evaluation of UWNYC’s education equity initiatives.


Specifically, the VP will be expected to:

  • Work closely with the SVP and Chief Impact Officer in the articulation of program strategy
  • Identify and design education programs and initiatives in alignment with UWNYC’s mission, vision, and values
  • Plan how best to establish research and evaluation frameworks and processes for the education strategies
  • Work closely with peers in the Resource Development and Marketing & Communications Departments to ensure strategic alignment between education programs and fundraising and communications objectives
  • Build strategic relationships with relevant community partners, stakeholders, city, state, and national government as well as corporate partners.
  • Convene and lead citywide strategy and collective impact work around education equity

Team Leadership

The VP, Education will lead a team of internal and external resources to partner with community agencies in the design, resourcing and implementation of CI’s education equity initiatives. This person will be responsible for staffing, managing, and developing this team.


Specifically, the VP will be expected to:

  • Structure and communicate clear and appropriate roles for internal and external resources to support the design, delivery, and evaluation of education initiatives in the community
  • Build talent by establishing and communicating performance standards and assessing and developing internal resources to ensure that they meet those standards
  • Facilitate effective cross-functional teamwork with all Department staff and community partners
  • Source and manage the use of external resources as needed


Program Leadership

The VP, Education is responsible for directing all aspects of UWNYC’s education initiatives and programs.


Specifically, the VP will be expected to:

  • Develop and direct the UWNYC’s education equity campaigns
  • Actively promote, with the support of Marketing & Communications and Resource Development, the work of all UWNYC education programs to partner agencies, funders, the communities we serve, and the general public


Personal Leadership

The VP, Education will be expected to inspire the trust and confidence of others on the team, in the organization, from the Board of Directors and all stakeholder organizations with whom the person interacts.  The position requires the ability to lead and collaborate with a diverse team of professionals, including direct reports, Community Impact staff, functional departments organization-wide, and our community partners.


Specifically, the VP will be expected to:

  • Gain the confidence and trust of others through principled leadership and sound business ethics
  • Learn and develop from personal experience and from others
  • Demonstrate catalytic leadership qualities that inspire others to lead and manage change through complexity
  • Foster a sense of energy, ownership, and personal connection to the work of UWNYC, the communities we serve, and our staff
  • Implement an anti-bias, anti-racist, anti-oppressive learning agenda; celebrate diversity
  • Lead by example and demonstrate UWNYC’s core values (i.e. Collaboration, Compassion, Integrity, Accountability, and Superior Performance) in all internal and external relationships.


Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Advanced degree in education or related field
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible positions in community program management, including:
    • Facilitation and management of education initiatives
    • Project design, implementation, and evaluation
    • Building, leading, and mentoring a team of program specialists, both internal and external
    • Budget Management
  • Deep understanding of education system, and political landscape, key stakeholders, agencies, and providers; context within New York City preferred
  • Excellent writing, editing, verbal, and presentation skills
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills


Key Competencies for VP, Education Role:

  • Possess An Equity, Learning & Network Mindset

Models a belief that all human beings have a right to fair treatment, access, and opportunity, that learning is key to the change process, and that networks are critical to creating systems change.

  • Think Strategically
    Applies appropriate strategic logic to decisions and initiatives.  Identifies efforts that will have the greatest strategic impact.
  • Promote Collaboration
    Fosters a sense of teamwork, leverages differences, and facilitates the effective interaction and contribution of others to achieve goals.
  • Build Talent
    Ensures the availability and development of the talent needed to meet current and future organizational goals.
  • Engage and Inspire
    Articulates and inspires commitment to a plan of action aligned with organizational mission and goals.
  • Inspire Trust
    Gains the confidence and trust of others through principled leadership and sound business ethics.
  • Innovate
    Champions new ideas and initiatives and creates an environment that supports innovation.
  • Focus on Community
    Ensures the delivery of exceptional service and value to the communities we serve.


United Way of NYC Core Competencies for all Staff

Mission Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to the 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 processes 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 (i.e., 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.

Additional Requirements:

  • Fully vaccinated for Covid-19
  • Background check

How to Apply:

Please apply on our United Way of New York City career page. No phone calls or faxes accepted. No phone calls or faxes accepted.

United Way of New York City is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer