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Professional Services
Full Time
Binghamton, NY
2 Years
Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree
July 7, 2017

Director, Community Initiatives & Planning-United Way of Broome County

This position is the lead staff member for all Community Initiatives & Planning activities for United Way of Broome County.  The Director is responsible for leading a team of paid staff, community volunteers, and other stakeholders to create a shared community vision of how Broome County should be and for developing the strategic and tactical plans necessary to deliver on the shared community vision.  The Director is a results oriented position ensuring the highest level of accountability and integrity in community investments made by United Way of Broome County.  The Director serves as a vital link between the United Way of Broome County and the community by ensuring a broad and diverse representation of public/private and traditional/non-traditional community stakeholders in the community investment process.


Community Initiatives & Planning (50%)

  • Utilize data, research, and best practice to inform decision making and problem solving processes
  • Support lasting community change by assisting volunteer Impact Council members in reviewing program proposals, recommending investment levels, encouraging continuous quality improvement, and monitoring results.
  • Strengthen local non-profit capacity by working with the Capacity Building Committee to encourage strategic partnerships, shared services, consolidations, and mergers which will maximize United Way’s investment in community programs and initiatives; coordinate Community Partner Capacity Assessments; and coordinate local capacity building initiatives with United Way’s strategic partners including local foundations, government, and technical assistance providers.
  • Directs grants management that includes UWBC grant making and procurement including contracting, finance and budget review.
  • Monitor key allocation and evaluation timelines of both basic and strategic funding processes ensuring maximum utilization of resources within budget restrictions.
  • Provide budget projection and finance oversight on all Community Impact department activities to include deploying resources within budget restrictions.
  • Develop and maintain working agreements and contracts with diverse partners that are consistent with goals.
  • Support safe, energy-efficient, and high quality Community Partner facilities by coordinating building condition surveys, assessing planned capital needs, and working with the Capacity Building Committee to determine an annual allocation to the Capacity Fund and to recommend specific capacity/capital investments.
  • Respond to emergency and emerging needs by working with the Capacity Building Committee to determine an annual allocation to the Emergency Need fund and to recommend specific projects for funding.
  • Encourage innovation by working with community volunteers to review and recommend projects for funding through the Venture and Special Assistance Grant Program.
  • Ensure the highest standards of organizational accountability by working with the Partner Accountability Committee to review Community Partners annually and establish a mutually beneficial agreement between Community Partners and United Way.
  • Provide leadership and support to United Way internal programs and community-wide initiatives including, but not limited to: UWBC Anti-Poverty Initiative efforts (BBAPI) and NYS OTDA grant funding, working in conjunction with the BBAPI program manager, Excellus initiative and Healthy Lifestyles Coalition, which are handled at satellite locations in Binghamton.
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal rules, regulations, and funding requirements for internal Community Impact programs and initiatives.

Community Engagement (30%)

  • Establish a community vision by working with community stakeholders, staff, and volunteers to establish priorities for United Way’s investment in community programs and initiatives.
  • Develop and implement an inclusive process which allows for diverse voices to be a part of all United Way community planning efforts.
  • Represent United Way at community events, forums, planning meetings, and work groups as assigned by the Executive Director.
  • Coordinate the dissemination of information about United Way of Broome County initiatives, planning efforts, and program investments with the Marketing & Communications Manager

Resource Development (5%)

  • Researches, identifies, and develops foundation and government grant proposals to support United Way of Broome County’s strategic initiatives and programs.
  • Provides support to the Director of Resource Development in the effective running of United Way of Broome County’s Annual Workplace Campaign by participating in Campaign Cabinet meetings and providing presentations to employers and donors.

Advocacy (5%)

  • Supports the Executive Director in the dissemination of advocacy alerts to community partners and volunteers.
  • Solicits feedback from Community Partners on public policy issues impacting the community and shares the information with relevant parties including the Executive Director, United Way of New York State, and United Way Worldwide.
  • Participates in meetings with public officials as requested by the Executive Director.
  • Prepares position papers on public policy matters as requested by the Executive Director.

Management and Supervision (10%)

  • Provides supervision to department staff including: Community Initiatives Associate, Community Initiatives Assistant, BBAPI Manager, Community Engagement Specialist, Health Initiatives Manager, Physical Activity Specialist, and multiple VISTA/AmeriCorps members.
  • Provide administrative oversight to department budgets to ensure costs are within budget parameters.
  • Prepare budget modifications as needed in consultation with department staff and the Director of Finance.


Education and Experience Required:

  • Preferred: Master’s Degree in public administration, public health, social work, or a related field and two years of experience in community organizing, public policy, program development, community education, and/or public health.
  • Accepted:  Bachelor’s Degree in public administration, public health, social work, or a related field and five years of experience in community organizing, public policy, program development, community education, and/or public health.

Skills Required:

  • Verbal and written communication skills to include the ability to present ideas clearly and concisely, engage others, and take into consideration the perspectives of others.
  • Visioning and strategic thinking skills to include the ability to think long-term, challenge imaginations about how the community should work, and create a vision which captures the minder and energizes others to commit to the vision.
  • Strategic and operational planning skills to include the ability to create long term objectives and strategies for meeting goals, allocate resources based on priorities, maintain accountability, utilize personnel and other resources efficiently to accomplish projects, and anticipate and plan for potential obstacles.
  • Tactical planning and plan management skills to include the ability to translate strategic plans and goals into an organized, well-detailed effort to accomplish a specific project or initiative and to monitor, adjust, and manage the initiative to successful completion.
  • Problem solving and decision making skills to include the ability to identify, analyze, organize, and solve problems in a timely and effective manner; and to use data and inputs from other to make sound decisions
  • Innovative thinking skills to include the ability to identify innovative strategies to address community concerns and coordinate with Resource Development to create products to address strategies, and find appropriate funding mechanisms.
  • Interpersonal skills to include the ability to appeal to reason, values, or emotion to generate enthusiasm for the work, commitment to task objectives, or compliance with orders and requests; and the ability to build leverage, and maintain mutually positive relationships which provide support for and add value to United Way, its programs, and the community.
  • Coalition/Partnership building skills to include the ability to cooperate/collaborate with a diverse group of stakeholders to clearly define their objectives and to identify solutions and plans to help them reach their desired goals.
  • Leadership and management skills to include the ability to develop individual abilities among team members by coaching, mentoring, advising, and challenging others to improve; address performance problems in a fair and timely manner; foster individual team members for advancement; effectively delegate tasks to team members; foster teamwork; and coordinate completion of team tasks.  Prior strategic experience in business and/or government planning is essential. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (sitting, standing, lifting, etc.)

The physical demands described here are representative 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.  Occasional walking or standing is required.  The hands are regularly used to write, type, key and handle or feel small controls and objects.


For consideration, please send cover letter and resume to:

United Way of Broome County, Inc.
Attn:  Finance
PO Box 550
Binghamton, NY 13902-0550 





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