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Vice President, Research & Data Insights

Vice President, Research & Data Insights

locationAlexandria, VA, USA
PublishedPublished: Published 3 weeks ago
Full time
More than 10 years of experience
$125,000 - $175,000 per year

POSITION SUMMARY (Hybrid, 3 days in office - Alexandria, VA)

The Vice President of Research & Data Insights is an exciting opportunity to join the United Way Worldwide team in a pivotal and highly collaborative role in preparing and equipping United Way staff and board volunteers with the data and insights to (1) address crucial and evolving community needs; (2) lead local United Ways in their next era of impact, relevance, and sustainability; and (3) advance the transformation of United Way’s global Network.        

The Vice President will collaborate closely with United Way Worldwide and Network colleagues to strengthen the data infrastructure for advancing organizational imperatives, including the Network’s strategic and cultural transformation; revenue diversification; impact and equity agendas; the Thriving United Way initiative; enhanced Network engagement; best-practice and knowledge sharing; and building a high-impact, interconnected global Network.

As a results-driven leader who is passionate about harnessing the power of data to inform actionable insights that drive performance and collective impact, the Vice President will demonstrate deep and expert experience  in strengthening and managing national data partnerships; providing ongoing leadership to ensure that data and insights are integrated and aligned with organizational priorities; deliver organizational and Network insights that improve decision making, foster innovation, and drive collective impact across the global United Way Network.

The Vice President will enable and support the effective use of data for multiple purposes, including impact at the organizational and Network levels. As such, this role will work closely and support all functions within the organization and across the Network, ranging from Network-facing programmatic work to policy, learning and storytelling/communications.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Strategic Insights, the Senior Director is a member of the Global Network Advancement Team, which is charged with stewarding the success of 1,100 local United Ways across 36 countries through learning and development, impact strategies, research and insights, and coaching to ensure that every United Way is best able to meet the needs of the local communities it serves. 


This individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed below at a satisfactory level:

  • Develop a mission-aligned, cross-functional data insights agenda that is responsive to United Way’s transformation strategy and drives impact and innovation.
  • Deepen United Way’s unique position and contribution among its peers in the larger community impact ecosystem of partners and collaborators.
  • Ensure data insights agenda drives impact across multiple stakeholders and levels, including internal/organizational, Network partnerships, and the community impact field, including community based and national organizations, funders, and policymakers.
  • Ensure organizational integration and alignment through ongoing collaboration with cross-functional senior leadership to embed data-informed insights into all work.
  • Lead the production and presentation of ongoing insights and reports to United Way Worldwide senior team and Network to facilitate strategic decision making and communication about the United Way Network and its impact.
  • Provide solid line and dotted line management of staff, committees, and advisory groups to define and deliver compelling data-informed insights.
  • Other duties as assigned. 


Minimum requirements include:

  • Master’s degree or commensurate experience.
  • Clear understanding and perspective on the application of qualitative and quantitative data for continuous improvement, communicating impact, and determining progress toward internal and external goals.
  • Experience building data, insights, and analytics strategies in inclusive, collaborative, and cross-functional ways.
  • Minimum of ten years of relevant community impact data and insights experience in increasing capacities, including five years in leadership roles.
  • Adept at building collaborative partnerships with external providers of data and insights, including big data, research, and advocacy organizations.
  • Ability to communicate data insights and trends to a diverse group of stakeholders ranging from senior team members, investors, peers, and analysts.
  • Experience managing a team of internal and external researchers, analysts and data scientists.
  • Mastery of all facets of the insights cycle from data acqusition to data analysis and insight generation. 
  • Proven experience in large-scale data integration and analysis efforts and working collaboratively to deliver projects on time, within budget and with a high level of quality.
  • Strong people management and organizational leadership skills, with the ability to be conversant in both the technical and adaptive aspects of complex data systems among diverse staff and stakeholders.

 This job description describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position. It should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all required duties, responsibilities, and skills. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable disabled individuals to perform the essential functions of the job. You should be able to work on-site in the Alexandria, VA location; relocation assistance is not offered.


The budgeted lifespan salary range for this position is currently $125,000 to $175,000 per year. Salaries are determined by several factors including applicant’s knowledge, skills, experience, position, equity, and market.


An individual must be able to demonstrate the following competencies at a satisfactory level:

Accountability/Results Orientation - Is accountable for the work results and performance to budget of an assigned department, as well as the effective and efficient utilization of UWW resources (human, financial, and capital). Articulates and communicates work goals and objectives, as well as expected work results. Establishes work quality standards for assigned teams to help ensure the attainment of departmental goals and objectives. Accepts responsibility for the outcomes achieved. Protects the United Way brand, promoting its relevance and stature to the extent possible. Behaves ethically and honestly in all activities done on behalf of UWW and the movement. Demonstrates a commitment to UWW’s values, including diversity and inclusiveness.

Decision-Making/Risk-Taking - Weighs the pros and cons of available options and makes departmental decisions. Seeks input from team leaders on the potential impact of decisions on their ability to effectively achieve desired outcomes/results. Identifies and communicates departmental/organizational tactics, challenges, and opportunities. Understands when to escalate issues for decision-making. Encourages risk-taking.

Teamwork Collaboration - Builds a cohesive and diverse department. Supports and motivates others to contribute to the department. Determines the composition of the team required to accomplish departmental goals and objectives. Provides direction and clarity around goal priorities to empower team to be effective in collaborating to meet established departmental goals and objectives. Initiates and directs group change initiatives and serves as a change agent.

Relationship Management - Embodies and promotes UWW's values and guiding principles. Promotes a "win-win" philosophy in dealing with others. Serves as a role model in dealing with others to accomplish organization goals and objectives. Works effectively with United Way staff, volunteers, and other stakeholders to achieve strategic direction. Able to manage and sustain key relationships to benefit the United Way movement and/or UWW. Formulates and communicates in an ethical and politically sensitive manner.

Communications - Expresses ideas and concepts in a clear and concise manner. Is persuasive and influences others. Actively listens to others to understand their perspectives. Seeks input and feedback on individual, team and departmental performance and environment. Supports openness.

Innovation/Creativity - Shares a deep commitment to the UW vision. Develops a "connected" vision for the Group. Has a plan to meet Group vision and contribute to overall success. Promotes a climate that values and rewards innovation and creativity. Acknowledges and champions the efforts of others to "think outside the box.” Maintains knowledge of current and emerging trends that affect United Ways, UWW and/or the non-profit sector. Demonstrates ability to analyze information and translate it into specific, effective action/solutions.

Talent Builder -Empowers people to perform. Motivates and develops staff. Encourages staff to take on challenging assignments and developmental opportunities. Aware of learning and career goals of each direct report. Effective coach (e.g., aiding staff to develop their own insights and actions) and takes advantage of coachable moments (e.g., times when people experience success, disappointment, or are trying a skill for the first time). Helps people learn the right lessons from experience. Gives employees guidance and tools needed to do the job and steps out of their way. Supports healthy balance between work and personal life. Gives credit and recognizes achievements. Gives opportunity for people to present and work.

Emotional Intelligence - Self-aware. Shows empathy for the concerns, motivations, challenges, and lived experience of others. Curious about how others feel. Compassionate. Confronts others supportively. Remains composed under pressure. Low ego—has strength of character without needing to draw attention to or protect oneself. Authentic. Slow to blame and quick to accept personal responsibility. Ability to resolve conflicts productively. Keeps promises and follows through. Keeps confidences. Leads from a position of equality. Leads with respect and inclusivity. Creates, promotes, and pronounces psychological safety free of discrimination, judgement, and retribution.


United Way Worldwide seeks diverse, qualified professionals who want to make a difference in the world. If you are passionate about your work and desire to help others achieve enhanced education, income, and health, United Way Worldwide is the place for you.

United Way Worldwide is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, disability, veteran status, marital status, age, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, and other legally protected characteristics, in accordance with applicable laws. The EEO is the Law poster is available here: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please call (703) 836-7100 and provide the nature of your request and your contact information.

We are a charter member of Employers of National Service and encourage AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni to apply.

United Way Worldwide is located in Old Town Alexandria, VA. We offer competitive salary and excellent benefits including: health, dental, life, short-term and long-term disability, employee assistance program, 403(b) plan, tuition assistance, paid time off, family sick leave, medical appointment leave, parental/adoption leave, dress for your day, free parking, onsite gym, monthly volunteering opportunities, and more.


We take the broadest possible view of diversity. 

We value the visible and invisible qualities that make you who you are.

We welcome that every person brings a unique perspective and experience to advance our mission and progress our fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.

We believe that each United Way community member, donor, volunteer, advocate, and employee must have equal access to solving community problems.

We strive to include diversity, equity, and inclusion practices at the center of our daily work.

We commit to using these practices for our business and our communities.

Join us in embracing diversity, equity and inclusion for every person in every community.


Required degree level

  • Master

Years of experience

  • More than 10 years of experience

Salary range

  • $125,000 - $175,000 per year