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

PROGRAM OFFICER – Great Families 2020

12-month Grant Funded Position

Impact Division

United Way fights for the education, financial stability, health and basic needs of everyone in our community.

We pursue this vision in all we do as we ask our community to give, advocate and volunteer. We believe that 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. 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.


Position Summary

Provide support to sub grantees of UWCI's Great Families 2020 (GF2020) Initiative, funded by the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a federally funded program administered by the Corporation for National Community Service. The Program Officer will be responsible for the day to day monitoring, technical assistance and support of GF2020 sub grantees, which is designed around a 2-Generation approach and links UWCI's Education strategy of early child development with our Financial Stability strategy around the Center for Working Families model. This position is responsible for building strong relationships with the assigned sub grantee portfolio; understanding the expectations of the GF2020 Initiative (includes federal compliance, budget management) and identifying technical assistance and training needs.

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.

• Support the Director of Great Families 2020 with grant monitoring, including analysis reporting, and tracking.
• Support program evaluation in conjunction with the Strategic Information Team and the third-party evaluator.
• Ensure that GF2020 sub grantees are integrated with UWCI's community impact areas in Education, Financial Stability, Health & Basic Needs, and align with other city-wide efforts.
• Have a deep understanding of neighborhoods in Indianapolis and the systems in place to support them (human services and community development).
• Have a in depth knowledge of overall grant compliance and best practices  Manage a portfolio of Great Families 2020 sub grantees and serve as the UWCI's key liaison to the sub grantees.

  •  Provide assessment, guidance, and technical assistance to sub grantees in meeting the goals of Great Families 2020, including: identifying capacity issues; serving as technical support for the staff of sub grantees; assessing sub grantees' governance, leadership, financial and programmatic efficacy and effectiveness, collaboration/coordination with partners; and connect sub grantees with internal and external resources to respond to identified needs.
  •  Responsible for assessing eligibility and appropriateness of activities; determining program/project feasibility; providing feedback to sub grantees; reviewing sub grantees' evaluation reports.
  •  Provide staff support and leadership to community advisory committees and task working groups, which includes planning regular meetings, developing agendas, providing updates, researching issues and assisting in problem solving.
  •  Maintain strong relationship with neighborhood partners to ensure the GF2020 goals are met and partners participate.
  • Prepare and present dynamic presentations and promotional materials about the GF2020 initiatives that are engaging and can relate to all types of audiences.
  •  Participate in the sub grantee award process, including the review process, grant agreements, monitoring and modification, if needed, to ensure sub grantees are implementing the Two Generation model; spending funds appropriately and submitting required reports.
  •  Actively participate in community wide efforts and support sub grantees in sustaining and expanding the GF2020 initiative. This includes actively participating in the national movement of Two Generation body of practice and fostering and leading a local community of practice around the Two Generation model.
  • Manage and oversee risk assessment and monitoring process of GF 2020 subgrantees overall
  •  Promote a cooperative spirit within the organization and among internal and external United Way stakeholders.
  •  Develop and maintain a current work plan consistent with the purpose of the position.
  •  Perform other duties as assigned.



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 in education, social work, business administration, public administration or related area with a focus on nonprofit management and/or governance required. Three to five years of equivalent experience also required. Graduate degree preferred.
Proven experience with grant making (in community development and/or human services preferred) and working with the nonprofit sector. The ability to monitor budgets and recommend the allocation of resources is essential. Understanding evaluation methods and how to support it. Familiarity with the history and dynamics of neighborhoods in Indianapolis and the social-political environment in which they operate including the human services network and community development system.

Must also be proficient in oral and written communications with excellent public relations skills. Must lead, participate and facilitate group planning sessions. Effective team-building skills and the ability to participate in group planning and project implementation is critical.

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:      Great Families 2020 Director
FLSA Status:            Exempt
Salary Range:           Low Fifties
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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