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VP of Community Impact

Abingdon, VA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

C-Suite/Vice President
Full time
5 - 10 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree

Published on 17 Aug 2022

Expires on 31 Aug 2022

VP of Community Impact

United Way of Southwest Virginia is an equal employment opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered for vacancies without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, age, or status as a veteran or other category protected under applicable state or municipal law. United Way of Southwest Virginia will reasonably accommodate the disabilities of qualified applicants to permit them to perform the essential functions of the subject position.

Purpose of the Position:

The Vice President of Community Impact provides strategic and innovative leadership for all United Way of Southwest Virginia’s programs and initiatives.  This position reports directly to the President and CEO and leads the Community Impact department providing direct supervision of the Director of Childhood Success, the Director of Youth Success, the Director of Research and Data Analytics, the Grants Manager, and serves on the Senior Leadership Team.  The Vice President works directly with the President and CEO to refine, implement, and evaluate the organization’s strategic plan and the overall Community Impact Plan.

The Vice President positions United Way of Southwest Virginia as a community leader in Southwest Virginia and provides overall leadership, vision, and focus to develop strategies and tactics for an integrated approach to community impact both internally and with partners.  The Vice President develops strategic partnerships, oversees implementation of strategic initiatives, and provides oversight for all programs and initiatives including successful, appropriate, and impactful utilization of grant funds and the timely, accurate reporting of impact to funders.

The Vice President is a strong strategy professional who demonstrates sound judgment, proven team leadership skills, and the ability to work closely with senior leaders in the organization to help drive effective cross-organizational strategy projects involving internal and external stakeholder groups.  The Vice President is a dedicated individual with a positive-outcomes performance attitude and strong sense of loyalty to the organization, vision, mission and team of United Way of Southwest Virginia.

Areas of Responsibility:(Other duties may be assigned)

  • Oversee all community impact programs and initiatives
  • Build strategic relationships and partnerships with key community stakeholders, including businesses, government, foundation, and nonprofit organizations to align strategies and tactics to support United Way’s Community Impact Plan and programs.
  • Represent United Way of Southwest Virginia at community events to build and strengthen partnerships
  • Recruit, train, manage and motivate the community impact team to operate with the highest standards of performance
  • Provide leadership to the community impact teams, including coaching, mentoring, goal setting, monitoring, and evaluation
  • Align employee activities and professional development to achieve program goals and objectives
  • Provide professional leadership and guidance in the development and implementation of components of a comprehensive Community Impact Plan
  • Ensure compliance with United Way organizational standards and oversee all reporting on grant related projects and initiatives
  • Design program strategies that integrate multi-partner, system change models and individual programs
  • Oversee the organization's preparation, evaluation, and communication of all community impact achievements and provide updates for the President and CEO
  • Oversee data and research focus areas ensuring that the data and research initiatives are appropriate and relevant for community and organizational goals
  • Enhance organizational excellence by establishing operational KPIs, timelines, and resources needed to achieve strategic goals, proactively recommending and driving improvements as necessary and set standards for accountability and measurements of success
  • Convene community stakeholders to develop community-wide goals and implement a strategic and cohesive plan for impact to make progress on these goals, all based on an understanding of community needs, an awareness of community resources, and a knowledge of local and national best practice strategies (financial, advocacy, volunteer, other)
  • Explore implications of public policy for Community Impact and recommend positions on policy issues to the President and CEO
  • Work with the President and CEO to align program budgets with organization budget and oversee program budgets
  • Develop relationships with government, foundation and corporate leadership that result in unique opportunities to advance community impact work in collaboration with other funders and community partners
  • Identify grant opportunities to support initiative(s); assist in grant writing activities, including research, developing program logic models, and budgets
  • Support development staff in their efforts to create strategies to prospect, cultivate, solicit, and grow donations, including major gifts and individual leadership givers
  • Work with Senior Leadership Team to ensure all United Way available resources are aligned in support of both the organization’s strategic and Community Impact Plan
  • Build strong relationships across departments to facilitate collaboration on strategy-led projects
  • Maintain a strong understanding of critical industry trends and help UWSWVA stay on top of relevant strategies and insights
  • Demonstrate the highest level of ethical behavior in accordance with UWSWVA policies and code of ethics

Requirements of the Position:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Problem-solver and self-starter who initiates solutions; collaborates and negotiates effectively with team members, partners, investors, and community stakeholders.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to distill and communicate complex issues and concepts to others.
  • Ability to recruit, train and successfully manage employees to achieve program goals.
  • Ability to effectively lead, inspire, mentor and develop a goal-oriented culture.
  • Have extensive experience in leading high-performing teams (volunteers and staff) in the design and delivery of results-based, high-profile, large-scale initiatives, programs and advocacy/public policy efforts.
  • Experience managing and supervising diverse teams with a focus on building cohesion through quality standards.
  • Experience working in collaborative environments and cross functionally to achieve goals.
  • Experience strategizing, developing and leading dynamic projects in the human service sector, including start-up and pilot programs as well as revitalizing existing projects.
  • Strong commitment to maintaining integrity and confidentiality of organizational information.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, meet deadlines and perform under pressure.
  • Ability to develop, implement and manage budgets and project plans.
  • Strong group facilitation and consensus building skills.
  • Computer Proficiency and Experience:  Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Google Suite, Zoom (and other online meeting platforms), online grant management portals, etc.
  • Strong project management, process improvement, or other applicable experience.
  • Strong analytical skills using data to support decisions.
  • Knowledge of the non-profit, education and social services sector is essential as well as skills in grant-writing, grant management, personnel management, program development and operation, leadership, strategic planning, management of sub-contractors and partnerships, and direct service.

Educational and/or Experience - Bachelor's Degree from accredited four-year college or university required, Master’s Degree preferred; 6+ years’ leadership experience in non-profit management, financial management, strategic planning, and organizational development required. Practical understanding of program design, evaluation, and research and statistics preferred.

Residency and Travel – It is preferred that applicants reside in the service area and be available to work beyond normal hours, attend early morning, evening, and/or weekend meetings on a periodic basis, and should be able to travel independently throughout Southwest Virginia and occasionally outside the service area.

Language Skills - Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards.

Mathematical Skills - Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations - Valid driver's license and automobile insurance; reliable high-speed home internet required.

Physical Demands - The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

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.

Additional Information - This job also requires the following skills: Strategic thinking, leadership skills, problem solving, professional demeanor, customer service, persuasive/negotiation, people skills, and extensive knowledge of fundraising techniques, volunteer management and public speaking.