United Way of Southwest Alabama / Uncategorized  / UWSWA is Hiring A Vice President of Community Impact

UWSWA is Hiring A Vice President of Community Impact


The VP, Community Impact is responsible for leading the strategic investment of UW’s financial and non-financial resources to create the greatest possible impact in helping improve outcomes for individuals and families and achieving community-level change. Essential to this work is developing and adopting community-wide goals and implementing a strategic and cohesive plan for impact to make progress on these goals, all based on an understanding of community needs, an awareness of community resources, a knowledge of local and national best practice strategies (financial, advocacy, volunteer, other), leveraging and aligning UWSWA’s unique strengths and abilities to support the strategies, engaging in relationships and partnerships, and measuring results.  The VP, Community Impact leads the Community Impact department and leads the organization as a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities include the following:
Other duties may be assigned.

[What is described here is representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.]

Identify and Implement Community-wide Goals in Education, Financial Stability, and Health.

  • Coordinate all aspects of identifying and adopting community-wide goals in education, financial stability and health.
  • Coordinate implementation of all community impact strategies, including investments, collective impact, place-based work, volunteerism, and public policy and advocacy, to make progress on the adopted community-wide goals.
  • Ensure integration and alignment of goals, outcomes and strategies across education, financial stability, and health.
  • Maintain knowledge of best and promising UWW (and other) community impact model practices.
  • Lead UWSWA priority setting process.
  • Direct development and implementation of an evaluation strategy that supports UWSWA’s community impact work.
  • Serves as primary volunteer/stakeholder manager of the Community Impact Steering Committee, Public Policy Committee, Long Range Strategic Planning Committee, and other appropriate high-level community impact committees.
  • Provide supervision and direction to VITA, Bank On and UWSWA Volunteer Engagement efforts.

Support UWSWA Strategic Plan

  • Provide counsel and support to President.
  • Work collaboratively with senior leadership team members to ensure organizational success.
  • With President and other senior team members, implement, monitor and report on UWSWA strategies.

Leadership Competencies (UWSWA Senior Staff)

  • Talent Management & People Development
    • Builds and leads a diverse team that enables organization to succeed; Hires right people; Demands high performance and results; Ensures people’s work is aligned with mission and strategy.
    • Open to new ideas; Invests time and resources in training, development and succession for the department; Identifies and grooms high-potentials; Delegates effectively.
    • Coaches and mentors employees and teams.
    • Receives and provides feedback in a constructive way that builds confidence among staff; Addresses performance problems.
  •  Business Acumen & Strategic Direction
    • Demonstrates understanding and knowledge of United Way network; Understands business of the organization and effectively creates strategy.
    • Understands the community and its business environment.
    • Understands general business and financial principles required to effectively lead, manage and align resources for performance; Able to read financial statements, create budgets.
    • Contributes to the bottom line by helping organization grow its resources and capacity.
  • Operational Planning & Execution
    • Establishes effective and efficient processes that align their department priorities with greater organization goals, strategy and mission;
    • Collaborates effectively within organization;
    • Inspires and motivates people that builds the culture of United Way as the Mission of Choice;
    • Engages volunteers in a way that helps execute the strategy.

Core Competencies for all United Way Staff

Mission Focused

Ability to link donor, volunteer, and advocates’ aspiration to needs; Ability to catalyze others’ commitment to mission; Strives vigorously to accomplish shared goals; Separates one’s own interests from organizational interests in order to make the best possible judgments for the organization


Seeks and shares knowledge of community; Takes a collaborative approach to addressing issues; Focuses on shared goals; Mobilizes a broad range of sectors and resources

Brand Steward

Acts with integrity and strong ethics to foster trust at all levels (personal, market, societal); Internalizes the meaning and commitment of United Way and consistently acts according to its value and purpose; Demonstrates the values of the network; Is a good system-citizen Is accountable and transparent with all stakeholders


  • Understands and motivates individuals and organizations
  • Values diversity and inclusion
  • Effectively communicates; actively listens to and facilitates diverse input and contributions
  • Treats others with respect and dignity Self-Management  Understands and uses empathy, compassion, and active listening. Is fully present and aware of subtleties and nuances such as body language and voice tonality to better understand what is important to constituents and how to connect and engage them with UW. Able to influence, persuade, present, request, sell, negotiate, and close a deal as appropriate.  Is forward-thinking, focused on what is possible, and seeks new tools and knowledge as needed. Is able to use technology when acquiring and utilizing knowledge, and is innovative and creative in its application. Seeks to continuously improve interpersonal and professional skills.    Achieve

Results / Results-Driven

  • Is personally accountable for the results they achieve. Is able to adapt quickly to ever-changing environments. Is organized, able to plan, think strategically, and is creative, innovative, and appropriately persistent. Is able to make decisions and willing to take risks when appropriate to achieve results and meet goals.

Utilize and Acquire Knowledge

  • Communication Skills
  • Presents oneself in an appropriate and professional manner. Communicates, acts, reacts, and responds appropriately in all situations. Effectively utilizes interpersonal skills and political astuteness to engage with, lead and function as a member of a team as appropriate. Is trustworthy and acts with integrity, authenticity, humility, and in good faith, respecting others’ opinions, priorities, values, and interest. Seeks to continuously improve interpersonal and professional skills.
  • Has a searing focus on results and can effectively communicate goals and impact
  • Advocates for support of education, income, health, and essentials
  • Promotes innovation/willing to take risks
  • Develops relationships to drive resources and results
  • Has the necessary organizational skills to deliver on business model

Demonstrates Social Responsibility and Stewardship 

  • Has a passion for the common good and affection for the community. Believes in social responsibility and inspires others to be socially responsible. Demonstrates courage and humility when working toward improving life in the community

Supervisory Direction Received: Position works under the general direction of the President /CEO


  • Puts people first – understands that people are the engine that moves the organization forward; Focuses staff on meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals; Envisions the future of the organization through the development of staff talent; Values the diversity of people and idea

Education and Training Required for this Position:

  • Bachelor’s degree and five to seven years of related experience in volunteer management, social work, legal, public policy, and/or human services fields, or equivalent education and experience with progressively increasing responsibility. Advanced degree in one of the above fields preferred
  • Experience in organizational and community development principles and practices, outcome measurement processes, and collaboration principles
  • Staff leadership experience
  • Strong communication, public speaking, relationship-building, management and computer skills

Previous Work Experience:

  • Minimum of Minimum of five to seven years of work experience that aligns with this position’s requirements.

Technical Knowledge:

  • Proficiency with a Windows operating system, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, the Internet
  • Experience with donor processing systems and CRM preferable
  • Ability to organize a variety of tasks, meet deadlines and attend to details.
  • Reliable automobile, valid driver’s license, and automobile insurance

Physical Demands: (Include travel) These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the VP of Community Impact.  The employee is required to talk and hear.  The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers to handle or feel.  The employee is required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb, balance, twist, lean, move from one location to another and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  Vision abilities required by this job include close vision. The employee will be required to travel throughout UWSWA service area to visit with partners and donors at their preferred meeting locations (place of work, home, etc.) and to travel to community impact and donor engagement events.  Set-up and take down for donor engagement events

Submit resumes to no later than November 22, 2019.