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VP, Community Resilience Strategy

VP, Community Resilience Strategy

locationAlexandria, VA, USA
PublishedPublished: Published 2 weeks ago
Full time
5 - 10 years of experience
$160,000 - $200,000 per year

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

United Way Worldwide brings people together to build strong communities where everyone thrives.  As one of the world’s largest privately funded charities, we serve 95% of the U.S. communities and 37 countries and territories.  Our humanitarian aid supports 48 million people every year. Through United Way Worldwide, communities tackle tough challenges and work with private, public, and nonprofit partners to boost education, economic solutions, and health resources. 

United Way Worldwide seeks an energetic self-starter to serve as VP, Community Resilience Strategy. This role will be responsible for managing the process to conceptualize and establish United Way’s emerging portfolio of work in the climate change and clean energy program areas to help communities around the world become more resilient. The successful candidate will serve as the key point of coordination for United Way Worldwide’s work in this area, including making recommendations and leading new work in government programs, philanthropic requests and communications with the United Way network, Board, and other partners. 

The Vice President, Community Resilience Strategy will be responsible for designing a program for United Way’s Environmental and Energy work, recommending strategy in this area, coordinating timelines and communications, and being the central point of contact for all stakeholders. The Vice President will elevate issues, conflicts, and risks with the appropriate parties and work to resolve them and will be expected to have significant experience managing projects related to environmental and energy issues, with a focus on outreach to disadvantaged communities. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated track record of building a movement or leading programs to shift public opinion and elevating program(s) to promote awareness.  Additionally, this role will lead the staffing of boards, commissions and councils. 

The Vice President, Community Resilience Strategy will report to the SVP of Government Partnerships and will work collaboratively with other members of the United Way Worldwide Team, as well as outside policy experts. 


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

Program Development: Lead the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs aimed at enhancing community preparedness, resiliency, and programs.

Partnership Building: Build and maintain strategic partnerships with government agencies, non-profit organizations, community groups, and other stakeholders to maximize resources and impact in disaster relief efforts.

Team Management: Provide guidance and support to a multidisciplinary team of professionals dedicated to community resiliency, fostering a collaborative and inclusive work environment.

Resource Mobilization: Understand all facets of funding opportunities from government grants, foundations, and other sources to support community relief programs and initiatives.

Advocacy and Awareness: Advocate for policies and practices that promote community resilience and ensure the needs of vulnerable populations are addressed in disaster planning and response efforts. Raise awareness about the importance of preparedness and resilience within communities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Understand concepts of environmental and energy programs, conduct research, analyze policy and legislation in this area 
  • Collaborate with communications and outreach teams to develop and implement strategies for effectively communicating the work and impact of boards, councils, and commissions to the broader community
  • Represent the organization in various forums, conferences, and events related to community resiliency, advocating for the interests and priorities of appointed bodies and their constituents
  • Manage projects, including creating a charter and project plan, and following a timeline
  • Manage multiple project deliverables with a high level of collaboration with team members
  • Develop and implement program strategies
  • Coordinate with leadership and outside experts to review and establish systems and resources needed to ensure program effectiveness and minimize risk
  • Create presentations and other communications for internal and external audiences 
  • Attend sessions with outside groups, policymakers and partners to understand the landscape and report back to colleagues 
  • Identify resource needs, including consultants or other experts to support the work 
  • Oversee contractors, vendors and consultants supporting a wide range of Board activities for this work
  • Create toolkits for the United Way Network in these program areas
  • Develop, track, and manage project or program budgets
  • Set, measure, and refine impact measures for projects and programs
  • Contribute to grant writing and reporting
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum requirements include:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 8-10 years of experience in environment, energy, disaster relief, community development or a related field, with at least 5 years in a leadership role.
  • Proven track record of designing and implementing successful environmental and energy programs and initiatives.
  • Strong understanding of risk reduction principles and community resilience strategies.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and relationship-building skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate teams, foster collaboration, and drive results in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience in resource mobilization, grant writing, and fundraising.
  • Knowledge of relevant policies, regulations, and best practices in environmental and energy management and community resiliency.
  • Advanced public policy knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, build relationships, and work collaboratively.
  • At least 3 years of project management experience related to government, public policy, or environmental initiatives.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. 
  • Familiarity with the United Way network and federal policy landscape is strongly preferred.

 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 $160,000 to $200,000 per year. Salaries are determined by several factors including applicant’s knowledge, ­­­skills, experience, position, equity, and market.


Accountability/Results Orientation 

Is accountable for the work results and performance to budget of an assigned team.  Participates in the articulation of and communicates work goals and objectives, as well as expected work results.  Assists in identifying work quality standards and training team members and accepts responsibility for the team's achieved outcomes.  Protects the United Way brand, promoting its relevance and statue 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 

Evaluates available information and recommends a course of action.  Contributes own assessment of risks and implications of decisions in team decision-making efforts.  Develops and proposes effective alternative solutions.  Uses judgment appropriately in decision-making.  Knows when to shift decision making upwards.

Teamwork Collaboration 

Shares pertinent information and keeps team members informed on a regular basis.  Ensures that processes, systems and resources are available and direct them properly to enable the team to efficiently accomplish its goals and objectives.   Able to adapt quickly to changing conditions or performance expectations.  Able to focus on assignments during periods of change and/or uncertainty.

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.


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.


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 into specific, effective action/solutions.

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.


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

  • Bachelor

Years of experience

  • 5 - 10 years of experience

Salary range

  • $160,000 - $200,000 per year