United Way of Greater Kansas City

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Vice President, Community Impact

Position Summary 

This leader believes that solutions to complex social problems are possible when Kansas Citians are united for transformative change. Primary responsibility is a continuum of United Way work across Healthy Beginnings and Prepared Youth in collaboration with agencies, allies and other stakeholders. This work includes directing policies, processes, strategic initiatives, partnerships and collaborations and to invest as well as leverage resources to advance the Community Impact Agenda.

Position Duties and 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.

Community Impact: Provides key staff leadership and direction to signature collaboratives across Healthy Beginnings and Prepared Youth, with an emphasis on Promise 1000 and other quality early learning work. Provides ongoing supervision and strategy development to Quality Matters and other youth development efforts. Identifies and communicates best practice research as it relates to Healthy Beginnings and Prepared Youth. Provides leadership for a portfolio of grants, including staffing of funding review teams and coordination of other staff team members assigned to support the work of review teams in the assigned Impact Area.

Revenue Growth: Pursues opportunities for UWGKC and its partners to participate in joint funding relationships and partnerships with local, state and national, governmental and private sector funding institutions. Identifies and secures additional resources, such as grants.

Leadership: Lead, direct and supervise assigned Community Impact staff by developing and coaching to create a motivated, high performing team to reach the strategic goals of UWGKC. Assure coordinated and clear individual and team goals are identified and monitored. Provide guidance and direction to team members while promoting individual thinking and innovation. Conduct regular and meaningful updates with each team member. 

Volunteer Management: Support for Community Impact Committee and other volunteers as needed.

Relationships: Be knowledgeable about UWGKC work to be an effective and compelling communicator of the same to advance engagement and brand value.

Annual Goals: Work with other members of the UWGKC team to ensure that goals reflect, align and contribute to the broader goals of the organization. Achieve the annual Community Impact goals.

Flexibility: 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.

Qualifications

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; Master’s preferred. The ideal incumbent offers a minimum of ten years of experience, with specific experience in a non-profit organization preferred;
  • Experience in or knowledge of local systems focused on early childhood development, including maternal and child health, early education and early literacy;
  • Familiarity with effective strategies for engaging parents—particularly those from low-income and diverse backgrounds—in their child’s education;
  • Experience in planning and implementing collaborative and multi-sector partnerships;
  • Strong writing skills, with an emphasis on taking technical information and data and talking about them in an accessible and relatable fashion;
  • An in-depth understanding of the local health and human service and/or educational systems;
  • Understanding of the role that public policy plays in social service systems and the ability analyze and discuss their impacts on United Way’s work;
  • Demonstrated experience and proficiency in facilitation, negotiation and group consensus-building.

Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, a strong reputation for integrity and professionalism, demonstrated intellectual curiosity, a drive to excel, ability to resolve conflict constructively, strong performance management and evaluation capabilities including the willingness and ability to ensure accountability, ability to build strong relationships both inside and outside UWGKC, ability to think strategically, 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.


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