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Vice President - Community Investment

Posted: 11/13/2023

By bringing people and organizations together to solve our region's most pressing issues, United Way of Greater St. Louis is making our community a better place to live, work, and thrive. It's more than a day job. It's a mission. Come work with us!

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including 12 days of vacation earned over the first 12 months of employment, sick pay, 10 company holidays, 5 1/2 flexible/personal holidays, 3 volunteer days, parental leave, health, dental, vision and life insurance for you and your family, short term disability, long term disability, and a 403(b) with an organization match and 3-year vesting schedule.
Job Summary:
The Vice President - Community Investment (VP-CI) manages the lifecycle of member and partner agencies across the UWGSL Impact Areas supporting UWGSL Quality Standards.  Along with supervising Portfolio Managers and volunteers, the incumbent implements and monitors the investment portfolios of partnerships across the UWGSL Safety Net agency network.  This role also works throughout the St. Louis region, within the health and human service sector fostering innovation alignment to advance racial equity, to curate data regarding greatest community need, strengthen capacity to enhance nonprofit performance, support systems change and targeted community response efforts.
In this role the incumbent will collaborate with internal partners (Data and Evaluation lead, Community Partnerships, Systems Change and others) as well as external community leaders and organizations to carry out special projects that leverage UWGSL’s core capacities and expertise of resource generation through grantmaking, capacity building, agency convening and relationship building to deliver measurable outcomes.
Position Responsibilities
Community Investment Strategy and Operational Leadership
  • Collaboratively leads, researches, designs, implements and facilitates processes and best practices  (becoming a SME in the Grants Management System) through which UWGSL invests resources in agencies, programs, and services, ensuring transparency, efficiency, and effectiveness to include strategic evaluation and continuous improvement of grants management, volunteer training, agency training.
  • Volunteers and actively participates in UWGSL projects, special events, cross-functional teams, or workgroups that support the entire organization.
  • Participates on the Extended Leadership Team, collaborating and contributing to innovative thinking, positive and productive management practices, and advocacy for the brand.
Community and Volunteer Leadership
  • As primary staff lead and liaison to the Regional Investment Committee, VP-CI recruits, trains, and supports leadership volunteers to collaborate with community boards, coalitions, and forums to identify and understand community issues, and foster engagement, investment, and advocacy in support of UWGSL’s impact agenda.
 Member/Partner Agency Management
  • Oversee the organization’s grant cycle, and member/partner agency life cycle, including grant proposals, agency due diligence, site visits, agency reporting, and outcome evaluation 
  • Ensure continuous efforts to develop and maintain a positive, productive, and strong working relationships with member and partner agency leaders and stakeholders
 Data Strategy and Evaluation
  • Work closely with the Director, Data Strategy, Learning and Evaluation to ensure UWGSL is maximizing impact and achieving UWGSL goals and outcomes
 Agency Capacity Building
  • Work closely with the Director, Capacity Building Initiatives to ensure UWGSL is maximizing impact and achieving UWGSL goals and outcomes
 External Collaborations/ Key Stakeholder Groups
  • Help build collaborative networks and maintain relationships with funded agencies and community partners across sectors (policy leaders, service providers, service recipients, funder partners, local governments, schools, and community advocates) cresting a strong communications plan to understand, listen and seek current community needs, trends, and resource development efforts
KSA (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):
  • Master’s degree required in Social Work, Business, or related field
  • Minimum 5-8 years of proven successful experience in an executive leadership role of people and department management/operations; philanthropic, nonprofit, or social service organization
  • Experience in strategic planning, development, implementation and evaluation of complex programs and initiatives
  • Deep knowledge of exceptional relationship management, networking, and team building skills, with proven ability to work well with individuals from diverse backgrounds to accomplish common goals including community-specific issues and needs
  • Demonstrated use of data driven nature and ability to think critically
  • Experience in grantmaking and collaborative work with fundraising and donor relations knowledge
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office® (MS 365) suite required and experience with grant management software preferred

To apply, please submit your resume and/or cover letter to

Employment is contingent upon completion of successful background check

United Way of Greater St. Louis is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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