• Director, Economic Mobility

    Job Locations US-TX-Dallas
    Posted Date 1 month ago(6/21/2018 12:23 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Community Impact
  • Overview

    United Way of Metropolitan Dallas tackles complex social problems by surrounding North Texans with local programming in the areas of Education, Income, and Health – the essential component of a thriving community.  We understand that these three areas are connected and correlated with community success.  We also believe that our lives are inextricably linked, when one of us succeeds, we all succeed.  We are solution seekers and agents of change.  Our goal is to have thriving families who are healthy, who have students who can successfully enter college or a career after high school, and who no longer live in poverty. 


    United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is seeking a dynamic professional to develop and manage strategies and programs that will achieve measurable impact for the Income Impact Area, with a specific focus on Economic Mobility.  The Director will implement the Community Impact Grants process for the Economic Mobility area and is responsible for ongoing grant management activities to ensure that all funded programs are aligned with and make measurable progress toward achieving the community goal for Income.  The Director will monitor grantees through on-site visits and evaluation of reports, and communicate results to United Way staff, volunteers and service providers. 


    The Director will also oversee the Pathways to Economic Mobility initiative to leverage partnerships with employers, service providers, community organizations and funders to design and improve financial capability programs that advance credit, savings, assets and the basic needs of low and moderate income individuals.


    The Director will serve as a subject matter expert in economic mobility for the organization.  This position will build expertise and create a depth of knowledge about key issues and needs relating to comprehensive financial capability, stability and mobility.  Work will include analyzing existing resources in the United Way service area and around the country, identifying gaps in services, and establishing partnerships and strategic alliances with service providers, volunteers, and other programs that develop United Way of Metropolitan Dallas as a thought leader in the Income area. 


    Grants Management

    Implement effective Community Impact Grants funding processes, including:

    • Develop application, requests for proposals, and related trainings
    • Stewardship screening process, including financial review, for the allocations process
    • Recruitment, training and relationship management of Community Impact Grant volunteers
    • Conduct site visits and facilitate deliberation meetings
    • Assist with the evaluation process, including the ongoing implementation of Common Measures, to ensure sufficient progress toward achieving the Community Goal for Income.


    Program Management

    Oversee the Pathways to Economic Mobility initiative, and other financial capability programs as developed, that help more low-income people increase savings, build credit to access affordable loans, acquire basic needs for family stability and assets for financial growth and mobility.  Develop and implement key program strategies including:

    • Programs and partnerships that utilize financial products and services to help individuals increase savings, improve credit, gain access to safe and affordable loans, and acquire assets to increase household net worth.
    • Programs and partnerships that help stabilize people in our community who are facing hunger, eviction, or financial crisis.
    • Capacity building efforts that help organizations improve effectiveness and efficiency, measure and evaluate progress, develop new solutions for identified challenges or barriers, and implement best practices
    • Develop and oversee program evaluation efforts, including contracting with any external evaluators, designing data collection procedures and templates for grantees
    • Develop and coordinate work plans for consultants and contractors; negotiate the terms of contracts and contract renewals


    Relationship Management

    • Position United Way as a thought leader and trusted community resource through convening and participating in key stakeholder groups, such as the Financial Inclusion Roundtable, the DFW Regional Housing Consortium, and the Anti-Poverty Coalition.
    • Serve as the primary relationship manager with funded service providers in the Economic Mobility area
    • Strengthen existing relationships and forge new working partnerships with coalitions, community leaders, service providers, public sector, educational institutions, and other stakeholders to collectively implement Economic Mobility strategies


    Resource Management

    • Partner with Finance to manage grant and program budgets, grant allocation and other financial management and reporting activities as needed
    • Partner with Resource Development to identify and implement direct and aligned fundraising strategies to support Pathways to Economic Mobility and other key initiatives; assist with grant writing and grant reporting
    • Partner with Marketing to develop and distribute program collateral materials, manage the MyMoneyDFW.com website, and produce other publications, videos and materials as needed



    Organizational Management

    Support organizational activities that build and sustain a high-performing organization and help meet the objectives for United Way’s Economic Mobility work:

    • Communicate with other United Way departments, agencies, community representatives, funders, etc. regarding Economic Mobility grants, programs and initiatives as appropriate (i.e. communication of goals, activities, outcomes, etc.)
    • Participate in advocacy efforts aimed at improving the financial capability and asset building ecosystem in the Dallas region
    • Represent United Way and the Community Impact team by attending various community group meetings related to area of responsibility.
    • Performs other duties or special assignments in support of United Way


    Job Scope

    • This position has the responsibility for the identification and implementation of new programs, methods, systems and procedures
    • This position operates fairly independently with general support and supervision
    • Frequently, new and varied work situations are encountered due to the complex nature of this role
    • Procedures and instructions may not exist for much of the job activities as it may be self-defined to some degree
    • Decisions are sometimes made by a group process format and sometimes on an independent basis
    • This job works with a large number of internal and external stakeholders including: United Way staff from Community Impact and other departments, and leaders, staff and volunteers from the non-profit, government, business and faith-based sectors


    Personal Characteristics

    • Mature interpersonal style, ability to interact well with a diverse range of people and be inclusive, flexible, creative, energetic, and fair minded.
    • Participative and collaborative work style; ability to give and receive feedback.
    • Accepts responsibility and takes charge of results.



    • Degree in Social Work, Public Administration, Business, Non-Profit Management, Education or a related field. A Master’s Degree or commensurate experience preferred.



    • A minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience with a proven track record of management success.
    • Experience with a grant making process and reviewing grant applications preferred
    • Experience in funds allocation, grants management, and grant writing
    • Experience in managing volunteer committees and/or other stakeholder groups, such as an advisory committee, collaborative partnership, etc.
    • Experience with communications, including social and traditional media, preferred.



    • Deep knowledge of workforce development practices, systems, financing, and program design, including familiarity with evaluation and performance management.
    • Demonstrated leadership and relationship building skills, including the ability to manage stakeholder groups, the ability to develop and project a vision for an initiative, and the ability to represent organizations in public.
    • Strong organizational, analytical and project management skills
    • Strong computer skills, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking, presentation skills and training facilitation
    • Strong financial and administrative skills.
    • Ability to manage and work well with others in a team environment
    • Ability to organize and prioritize own workload, multi-task, and work with multiple projects at once
    • Ability to work successfully under the pressure of tight deadlines and with limited resources


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