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Project Manager, Key Partnerships

Position Summary

This leader believes that solutions to complex social problems are possible when Kansas Citians are united for transformative change. The Project Manager, Key Partnerships is part of the Philanthropy team and is responsible for the organization of key projects including project planning, project maintenance, process improvement, execution, timing, functionality, quality and cost control for the Key Partnerships team at United Way of Greater Kansas City (UWGKC).    

Position Duties & Responsibilities

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.  

Project Management 
Maintains, monitors and analyzes a series of key partnership/campaign-related reports to track key organizational activities to ensure goals, priorities and timelines are met. Responsible for process development and documentation for Key Partnership team. Maintains the Senior Vice President (SVP) for Key Partnerships’ communications in a donor database. Assists in tracking all general expenses against departmental budget. Manages departmental records and retention functions, ensuring that documents are appropriately filed, archived or destroyed in accordance with organizational policy. Manages all aspects of UWGKC Caring Club program including trademark agreements, design, ordering and fulfillment of Caring Club materials and deliverables, fulfillment and service to participating United Ways, maintaining relationships with Caring Club vendors and businesses and solicitation of new Caring Club partners. Other duties as assigned. 

Ability to work effectively as a member of the Key Partnership and Philanthropy teams. Must be knowledgeable about UWGKC’s work and be an effective and compelling communicator of the same to drive revenue and advance engagement and brand value.

Volunteer Management
Assists SVP with Executive Cabinet and volunteer related meeting preparations throughout the year. Responsibilities include managing and maintaining Executive Cabinet report, developing corresponding agendas and materials for meeting books and preparing SVP for meetings with additional reports and materials as requested. 

Annual Goals
Achieve established goals for position and key partnerships team by providing and monitoring key partnership team activities. Work with other members of the UWGKC team to ensure goals reflect, align with and contribute to the broader goals of the organization. 

UWGKC is evolving with our changing external environment. Flexibility is a key attribute for this position. A willingness to take on additional duties to ensure the success of the team is essential.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily and be physically present in the office. The requirements listed are representative of the basic knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s Degree Required

Preferred qualification
Project Management certification

Additional skills
Strong project management, process improvement, or other applicable experience. Experience managing technical projects. Strong analytical skills and the ability to think strategically. Problem-solver and self-starter who initiates solutions, collaborates and negotiates effectively with Key Partnership and Philanthropy staff, partners and stakeholders. Strong ability to distill and communicate complex issues and concepts to others. Solid knowledge of MS Office Suite and familiarity with CRM databases. Experience with reporting and budgets. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, a strong reputation for integrity and professionalism, demonstrated intellectual curiosity, ability to resolve conflict constructively, strong performance management and evaluation capabilities including the willingness and ability to ensure accountability and the ability to build strong relationships both inside and outside UWGKC. Must demonstrate a commitment to fostering an inclusive environment consistent with UWGKC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Must have the ability to prepare, explain, and monitor performance, manage a diverse group of donors and volunteers, manage projects and workload, and engage constructively with the other members of the UWGKC team.

Core Competencies

  • Character: This leader follows the standards of behavior; displays honesty and integrity in every action and decision; is driven to achieve; is reflective and seeks authentic feedback; and is known as a continuous learner.
  • Team Skills: This leader is a good listener; includes and engages others; is an effective facilitator; brings the “right” stakeholders into decisions and actions; and resolves conflicts respectfully.
  • Functional Skills: This leader follows organizational policies and standards; has effective technology skills; demonstrates effective business acumen; is mindful and effectively leverages resources; has a key metrics focus in decisions; and is astute about how to improve outcomes.
  • Interpersonal Skills: This leader has effective verbal and written skills; practices a consultative approach, develops and mentors staff; is willing and able to have crucial performance conversations; and influences and inspires others.
  • Leading Change: This leader aligns his or her work to the strategies of UWGKC; understands external trends and prepares the organization accordingly; is seen as a change champion; is innovative; and is seen as a thought leader in his or her respective functional scope of work.