United Way of Central Indiana
  • - Community Impact
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Family Opportunity Fund Senior Director

Impact Team

United Way fights for the education, financial stability, health and basic needs of everyone in our community. This is an exciting time to be part of United Way of Central Indiana's team as we embark on a new strategic framework that fosters innovation, builds community partnerships, and integrates across traditional functional areas. We pursue our vision in all we do as we engage our community in giving, advocating and volunteering. We believe our vision can only be achieved if pursued with shared values, and therefore place great emphasis on building a team that will pursue this vision together with CARE.


Position Summary

United Way of Central Indiana recognizes that the key to success is a strong and cohesive team that works through shared values to achieve our mission. The Family Opportunity Fund Senior Director is a member of our Impact department responsible for leading a team to meet impact goals related to moving families – children and the adults that take care of them – out of poverty. This position will be responsible for leading our two-generation (2Gen) investment strategy, telling the story of that work, growing our revenue to support 2Gen work, and engaging donors in actions that increase impact and revenue. The Senior Director also manages volunteer governance, ensures effective systems to track results, and communicates widely with internal and external audiences.

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.

• Lead cross-functional team and integrate supports from across the organization to meet Family Opportunity Fund goals, while fostering team development and optimizing team culture
• Set and regularly refine a vision for the fund in line with community need & opportunity, national best practices, donor intent, and organizational goals
• Lead investment strategy around 2Gen approach to moving families out of poverty to ensure impact and progress toward fund, organizational, and community impact goals
• Work with the capacity building team to strengthen the field of human service providers able to successfully use the 2Gen model
• Grow UWCI's thought leadership in 2Gen work around education, workforce, health and social capital and the systems that support the integration of these for families.
• Use external presence and relationships to develop cross-sector community partnerships that expand the integration of a 2Gen approach across our community
• Develop strategies to engage donors and potential donors in authentic actions that lead to increased impact and increased revenue in collaboration with the fundraising team
• Expand revenue generation activities in support of fund goals
• Deepen and refine all aspects of communications related to the fund
• Support and manage volunteer governance of the fund
• Ensure effective systems to track progress, evaluate program components, measure success, and initiate quality improvements
• Performs special assignments and other work, on an as-needed basis


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function satisfactorily and be present in the office while performing those functions. 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.

The individual in this role must display the highest level of integrity and confidentiality. United Way also values innovative thinking, and a successful candidate will be a self-starter who can work within the team to achieve goals and objectives. The individual should have effective communication skills, attention to detail and organization, and flexibility and adaptability. The individual will also maintain knowledge of trends in his/her area of responsibility and reviews literature to understand key issues.

Education and/or Experience

• Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred. Work experience may substitute for education requirements on a case by case basis.
• At least eight (8) years of experience working in a relevant field, including human services, small business development, or community affairs.
• Experience leading a cross-functional team toward shared goals.
• Experience with fundraising, particularly in making the case for support to individual donors preferred.
• Experience with grantmaking and community investments preferred.
• Experience using systems thinking to identify barriers and levers for change.
• Ability to acquire a baseline level of knowledge about UWCI's other strategic priorities so 2Gen efforts can both build upon and contribute to the success of other areas.
• Ability to make decisions and advance work with incomplete information and to thrive in an outcomes oriented, continuously evolving work environment.
• Capable of applying adaptive problem-solving skills in response to unforeseen challenges and new assignments.
• Ability to prioritize a wide range of duties and responsibilities, organize tasks, and remain flexible to changing and multiple requests.
• Excellent verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate accurately, effectively, and in ways appropriate to different audiences.
• Strong writer, with the ability to review, revise and synthesize a variety of information and help connect UWCI's work to broader discussions within the relevant landscape.
• Ability to work collegially and diplomatically across the organization and audience groups.
Knowledge of the Central Indiana region highly desirable.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are general representations of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, reach with hands and arms, talk, and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to touch and handle objects. The employee frequently stands or walks.
• The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Office setting, with sustained use of a computer.
• The noise level in the work environment is minimal to moderate.
• Maintains personal/professional competency and works to create an environment of courtesy, respect, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude in all interactions both internal and external to the organization.

Core Competencies

United Way of Central Indiana's team is evaluated on the following core competencies:

• Courage
• Accountability
• Respect
• Excellence
• Thinking Strategically
• Stakeholder Experience
• Effective Communication

Position Leader:        Chief Impact Officer
Position Leads:          Multiple Direct Reports
FLSA Status:              Exempt, Salaried, Full-time
Salary Range:             Mid-Nineties
Benefits:                     Complete Benefits Package Available


Equal Opportunity Employer

Please apply at uwci.org/careers

This position description does not constitute a contract of employment or a guarantee of any terms or conditions of employment. UWCI employees are employed on an at-will basis. In addition, nothing in this position description restricts UWCI's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time.

This position has been closed and is no longer available.
United Way of Central Indiana


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