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VP Community Investments

Savannah, GA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

C-Suite/Vice President
Full time
3 - 5 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree
$71,000 to $80,000 per year

Published on 6 Jul 2021

Expires on 6 Jul 2021

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VP Community Investments

Reports To

President & CEO


The Vice President of Community Investments contributes to the United Way of the Coastal Empire’s mission by directing Community Impact strategies, developing, supporting, and when appropriate taking a lead role in partnerships throughout the counties we serve; building trust and strong relationships; facilitating planning, decisions, and action; fostering constant communication; connecting and aligning strategies and resources; fostering innovation through the use of shared data, measurement, and accountability; and performing other duties as assigned by the President/CEO.

Employee Expectations

The UWCE is synonymous with charitable service and strives to positively impact the issues people care most about in our community. All UWCE employees are critical to our work and expected to present the best image of our organization as they represent the United Way in our community. All employees are expected to accept their responsibilities, adhere to acceptable principles in matters of personal conduct and exhibit a high degree of personal integrity at all times.

Position Requirements & Qualifications

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree and 5 years related experience in nonprofit sector (preferably human services or related field) with increasing responsibility including a minimum of 2 years of management experience.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office® suite required and experience with e-C Impact™ grant management software preferred.
  • Experience with program development and grant management required, to include: outcome measurement/program evaluation and human services planning; ability to analyze, summarize, and use quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Experience working with and supporting volunteers required.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Internal Leadership

  • Develops and sustains a high functioning Community Investments staff; provides direct supervision, and initiates and supports staff development opportunities; is responsible for the development and implementation of the department’s annual work plan and the evaluation of staff performance based on its objectives; is accountable for the department’s goals in support of the strategic plan; develops and manages department budget, resources, space allocation and functional supports; serves as lead administrator of e-C Impact™ grant management software system.
  • Designs and facilitates the annual process through which United Way invests resources in programs and services, ensuring transparency, efficiency and effectiveness
  • Works collaboratively with Resource Development and Marketing teams in educating the community about United Way’s purpose and value; develops content to promote issue area outcomes and opportunities for engagement by corporate and individual donors, as well as the broader community.
  • Volunteers and actively participates in United Way projects, special events, cross-functional teams or workgroups that support the entire organization.

External Leadership

  • Cultivates and stewards relationships with nonprofit partners, and community, public sector and corporate leaders to build capacity and resources to support United Way’s community impact work
  • Oversees recruitment, training and support of Community Investment Volunteers for United Way’s annual program investment process
  • Recruits, trains and supports leadership volunteers of the Community Investments Committee – a standing committee of the United Way Board of Directors – to oversee United Way’s community impact agenda; facilitates one-to-one, small group and full committee meetings to develop relationships, resources and opportunities that advance the committee’s work; represents committee at Board meetings
  • Provides support and guidance to the United Way Race, Equity and Opportunity Committee and advances those initiatives
  • Actively seeks opportunities to collaborate with community boards, coalitions, and forums to identify and understand community issues, and foster engagement, investment and advocacy in support of United Way’s community impact agenda
  • Performs other activities and duties, as assigned by the President/CEO

Strategic Plan Leadership

  • In alignment with the internal and external responsibilities above, this position is responsible for working with President/CEO to advance the strategic plan.
  • Designs most effective and impactful ways forward, working to determine, promote and measure specific organizational goals (Four Bold Goals), pursues partnerships, builds, leads and participates in collective action coalitions, outlining and communicating clear roles, responsibilities and goals, motivating others to be and stay active and committed.
  • Partners with Resource Development to identify and pursue funding resources to advance strategic plan goals.
  • Develops a disciplined plan for advocacy as necessary to achieve specified goals.

Traits & Distinguishing Characteristics

  • Strong leadership skills; ability to act as a convener, connecting and aligning programs, assets, people, and resources to help move key strategies forward.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; comfortable presenting one-on-one and in groups, persuasive and inclusive, fostering engagement and building trust through transparency and consistency in communication to internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  • Duties require a high-level of personal accountability for decisions, actions, and results achieved and a commitment to quality in every task.
  • Must be highly organized, able to plan and think strategically, using sound judgement and maintaining a high-level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Must be innovative, willing to take risks when appropriate to achieve results to meet goals and able to adapt quickly to changing environments.
  • Must have exceptionally high standards of integrity and confidentiality; accessing and using confidential data with discretion, sensitivity, maturity and judgment. Acts with integrity and ethics to foster trust at all levels.
  • Must be outwardly focused, able to share power and decision-making, effectively lead change and inspire team-work and action in others.
  • Demonstrates cultural competence, has experience working with diverse populations and community stakeholders, and experience managing diverse teams.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of systemic issues and how they contribute to the health and human service needs of our community.

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.

  • Much of the work of this position is completed while sitting at a desk, using a computer and phone. Requires talking, hearing and visual acuity sufficient to perform these major functions.
  • Occasionally includes reaching above shoulder heights, below the waist or lifting up to 25 pounds for office equipment, supplies and materials.


Exempt (Salaried)