Director, Community Investment
United Way of the Greater Capital Region - Albany, NY

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The United Way of the Greater Capital Region (UWGCR) has an immediate opportunity for the position Director, Community Investment. Reporting to the Vice President of Community Impact, this position will be primarily responsible for UWGCR’s investments and accountability standards. UWGCR’s investments in the community focus on the building blocks of Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs; with a particular focus on early care and education, food security and nutrition, and financial security. The Director is primarily responsible for developing and implementing UWGCR’s investment process; a process that fulfills UWGCR’s mission and community impact agenda, as well as reflects and responds to short and long-term community needs.

Primary Function:

  • The Director will develop and implement UWGCR’s investment process, including releasing and reviewing letters of intent, designing and releasing Requests for Proposals, reviewing applications, designing and releasing reporting requirements, and ensuring accountability standards in all education, income, health and basic needs investments.
  • The Director will demonstrate understanding of community needs, and identify measureable outcomes and indicators to document community change.
  • The Director will work closely with members of the Community Impact Department and UWGCR staff to create meaningful change on both the community and systems level.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1.Oversee and administer UWGCR’s investments in the community and accountability procedures. This works encompasses the issue areas of Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs, with a particular focus on early care and education, food security and nutrition, and financial security.
2.Develop and implement UWGCR investment calendar.
3.Assist Vice President of Community Impact in leading UWGCR staff and community volunteers through the investment review process. Identify, recruit, and support a broad cross-section of volunteers to review applications. Host trainings and schedule work sessions.
4.Work closely with the Director of Community Impact to identify community-level goals, measureable outcomes, and indicators in issue areas of Education, Income, Health, and Basic Needs.
5.Implement a system which tracks and reports the status of the UWGCR’s goals, measureable outcomes and indicators, for both internal and external purposes.
6.Design investment strategies that utilize accountability investment tools and processes that integrate multi-partner system change models, as well as individual programs and apply performance measurement evaluation for all investments.
7.Facilitate the development and implementation of resource development strategies to support the achievement of targeted outcomes. Resource development efforts can include the UWGCR campaign, grant writing support, corporation and foundation appeals, etc.
8.Build and maintain positive relationships with funded partners. Maintain on-going communication via agency electronic newsletter and other vehicles.

Skills and Expertise:

1.Demonstrated experience/success in program design and evaluation, including strong analysis of logic models, results based accountability methods, and theory of change models.
2.Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work professionally and diplomatically with diverse populations, the ability to recognize and tap each individual’s unique talents, active listening skills, and leadership development.
3.Excellent group process skills including an understanding of group dynamics, effective meeting facilitation, consensus building, and disagreement resolution.
4.Ability to take initiative within the parameters of the strategic objectives of UWGCR and the Community Impact Department.
5.Experience with volunteer recruitment and management.
6.Strong attention to detail and ability to organize complex tasks.
7.Proficiency with Microsoft Word products, database management strongly preferred.

Other Responsibilities:

1.Help provide UWGCR’s administrative support for the federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program.
2.Recruit, train, and supervise student interns for programs as needed.
3.Represent UWGCR in a professional manner at community meetings and events, including early morning and evenings; some local travel required.
4.Other tasks as assigned.

Education and/or Experience:

Master’s degree in Social Work or Public Administration, or related field and five to seven years of professional work experience required.

An excellent compensation and benefit package is provided. For immediate consideration, please forward a cover letter, resume and salary history to:

John P. Roche
Vice President, Human Resources & Administration