• Vice President, Thriving Families

    Job Locations US-TX-Dallas
    Posted Date 1 month ago(7/16/2018 12:01 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. 


    The Vice President of Thriving Families will address critical education and health outcomes of youth, organize collaborative actions and initiatives that support students and families, and strongly engage community resources – to strengthen a unified and collaborative approach designed to improve learning and health in our community.  Work will acknowledge learning, health, and the school as a part and reflection of the local community.


    The Vice President of Thriving Families will be responsible for the successful implementation of strategies and programs that ensure children have a strong start in live, students graduate ready to succeed in college and careers, and that students and families lead healthy, productive lives.  Such programs include Healthy Zone Schools, Grow South Grow Strong and Strong Start, among many others. 


    Work will also include analyzing existing resources in Dallas 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 Education and Health.


    To perform the job successfully, competitive applicants should demonstrate the following competencies:


    • Mission-Focused:  Create real social change that leads to improving lives in our community.
    • Relationship-Oriented:  Is able to communicate effectively to develop, grow and sustain productive relationships.  Knows how to capture and record relevant information and how to interpret and utilize the information to forge partnerships, collaborate, cultivate, grow, sustain and strengthen internal and external relationships.
    • Results-Driven:  Dedicated to shared and measurable goals; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad impact.
    • Stewards:  Our actions, behaviors, and decisions on behalf of our donors must be transparent, meet the highest ethical standards, and align with organizational goals.


    • Recruit, coach and retain successful team ensuring alignment with key strategies leading to the achievement of the UWMD business goals
    • Development of strategies to improve student success, student and family health, and early childhood success.
    • Oversight and development of programs to improve student success, student and family health, and early childhood success.
      • Ensure successful execution of the following programs:
        • Strong Start – including Texas Home Visiting Program (THVP), Heathy Outcomes through Prevention and Early Support (HOPES), Once Upon a Month, and Smart Start Texas.
        • Healthy Zone – including Just Keep Livin’, Character Playbook and KidTeachingKids.
        • Grow South, Grow Strong – including Future Focus
      • Manage grant funding and relationship management of a portfolio of agencies focused on student and family success.
      • Evaluate progress toward achieving the community 10-year Education and Health goals of Community Impact funding recipients and initiatives.
      • Strengthen existing relationships and forge new working partnerships with community leaders, service providers, corporations, funders, public sector, health institutions, educational institutions, coalitions, and other stakeholders to collectively implement desired strategies.
      • Represent UWMD in community coalitions, conferences, and other venues related to student and family success.
      • Assist with resource development for targeted impact projects and initiatives, as well as the community impact fund.
      • Evaluate and research data to identify specific strengths and areas of opportunity for use both internally and externally.
      • Identify new partnership and fundraising opportunities in the community to further collaboration, increase awareness of the community, including the business and social environment, to maximize impact.
      • Provide leadership and support to appropriate cross-functional teams, as assigned
      • Ensure timely development and efficient delivery of accurate data, reports, and information, as requested by constituents, both internal and external.
      • Collaborate with other departments to ensure accurate and timely communication, including Marketing, Resource Development, and Finance.
      • Assist in development of annual budget proposal and monitor to ensure expenses align with budget projections, including oversight of project budgets
      • Work closely with the SVP CI and CISOO, to identify and develop overall strategy, objectives, goals, processes, and exit plans for Community Impact Initiatives.


    • Senior Director of Student and Family Health
    • Director of Student and Family Success
    • Senior Director of Strong Start (who supervises a team of four)




    • Master’s degree in related field or relevant experience, social work, health, public administration, business administration, or related field strongly preferred.                 
    • A minimum of 8 years of non-profit experience required, including a minimum of 3 years of supervisory experience.
    • Experience in Community Development strongly preferred.


    Program Development and Content Knowledge:


    • Knowledge of current thinking in the education, health, poverty, social innovation, advocacy, community development and social change fields
    • Ability to assess developments in the field
    • Strong ability to develop, implement and evaluate strategies to affect change
    • Demonstrated commitment to low-income populations, equity, economic justice, intersectionality, structural bias and other social justice concepts
    • Strong understanding of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model
    • Strong knowledge of the interconnectedness of education, health and income
    • Demonstrated familiarity with several of UWMD health grantmaking areas, including: primary and clinical care, preventative care, healthy school environments, food access, health education, substance abuse prevention and treatment, family violence prevention and treatment, mental health, chronic disease management
    • Demonstrated familiarity with several of UWMD education grantmaking areas, including: early childhood development, mentoring, STEM learning, out of school time, college and career preparation, parent engagement, early literacy.
    • Demonstrated familiarity of education and health policy, local, state and health and human services issues.
    • Demonstrated familiarity of education, health and financial stability policy, local, state and national legislative processes, and health and human services issues.
    • Demonstrated ability to organize and mobilize members of the community.


    Fundraising Acumen

    • Ability to identify and capitalize on strategic points for philanthropic engagement
    • Ability to provide thought leadership on UWMD work both within and outside of UWMD.
    • Strong verbal communications skills and interpersonal skills, including the ability to speak publicly and work effectively as a member of a team
    • Communicates effectively and with passion “the story” of the organization’s work to engage donors, volunteers, and advocates.
    • Develops relationships, both internally and externally, to enhance and contribute to organizational effectiveness.


    Functional Competencies:

    • Exceptional reasoning and strategic problem-solving abilities, and proven track record of success in solving complex and dynamic problems.
    • Excellent project management skills and the ability to chart one’s own direction collaboratively
    • Strong skill in coaching and developing others, including peers, without having a direct management relationship
    • Desire to help others achieve their goals by sharing ideas, time and resources.
    • Has a focus on results and can effectively communicate goals and impact
    • Advocates for support of education, income, and health
    • Promotes an open-mind, innovation, creativity and is willing to take calculated risks
    • Develops relationships to drive results
    • Proficiency translating data and analytics into actionable insights.
    • Solid understanding and curiosity for emerging analytics techniques and how they translate into actionable insights for corporate engagement.
    • Ability to leverage technology to achieve goals and optimize growth.
    • Demonstrated financial analysis skills, including the ability to analyze audited financials, balance sheets, and business plans of nonprofit organizations and programs
    • Has the necessary organizational skills to deliver on team and organizational goals
    • Commitment to personal learning and development and openness to feedback
    • Adaptability and flexibility, with ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, results-oriented culture with limited guidance
    • Responsive, service-oriented attitude
    • High degree of emotional intelligence



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