Vice President, Community Impact

Community Impact Department


The Vice President, Community Impact will provide visionary leadership and strategic management in forwarding the work of United Way of Greater Los Angeles (UWGLA) to permanently break the cycle of poverty in our community. The Vice President will create, organize, and direct an approach to achieve strategic and measurable community impact and systems-change by applying a solid foundation of vision, leadership, administration and volunteer/staff development to a complex set of community and organizational relationships and opportunities. The Vice President will oversee all programmatic staff and have responsibility for their development and performance.  Additionally, the Vice President will own the primary role of advocacy for United Way, including working directly on public policy with key influencers, as well as public speaking on behalf of the organization.



  • Lead the organization to greater impact and heights through smart strategy and aligned programmatic work that delivers measurable impact in lifting individuals and families out of poverty, especially in the areas of homelessness, education and financial stability.
  • Create, execute, and measure UWGLA’s community impact work and ensure it delivers on its promise and reflects the goals and values of the organization.
  • Oversee key functional areas of systems change work, programmatic grant making, policy development and mobilization, community research, and intentional convening to strategically position United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
  • Oversee relationship building with foundations and assume responsibility for an annual revenue goal; oversee funders’ collaborative work.
  • Work collaboratively across the organization to ensure the UWGLA leadership team, Board, staff, and volunteers are strategically aligned. Partner especially well with Development and Marketing to position UWGLA as the thought leader around our mission and to ensure alignment across functions to maximize resources to deliver on the mission.
  • Play an active role with Development and Marketing in connecting the mission to our donors through packaging the work, providing impact reports and developing engagement opportunities.
  • Identify, develop, and build relationships between UWGLA and key influencers, other human service organizations, government agencies, healthcare providers, schools, community colleges, nonprofit agencies, businesses, churches, and diverse community organizations.
  • Be a leader in the organization as a member of the Executive Leadership Team to provide a united, visible, and strong presence across the organization, helping instill new thinking, focus, and prioritization of efforts, and to operationalize the organization’s strategic plan.
  • Consistent connection with key influencers in the community to ensure UWGLA is at the forefront of all civic engagement around our mission.  Stay attuned to civic and community projects and needs to ensure UWGLA is poised to lead.  Be a leader in public policy around our mission work, including networking with elected officials and other civic leaders.
  • Be a core partner to our Engagement work, partnering with internal stakeholders to create mission-centric engagement opportunities that deliver donor loyalty to UWGLA
  • Responsible for a $6 million portfolio of foundation revenue and develop a strategy to grow this over time, partnering with Vice President, Development on key fundraising solicitations.
  • Source and manage foundation grant development and other non-workplace resource development activities related to community impact ensuring that quality control policies and procedures are in place and consistently practiced. Creatively generate additional revenue that advances the mission forward in innovative and groundbreaking ways
  • Lead the CI team to develop and administer systems, formats, and procedures for allocation of funds to agencies and programs within the policy guidelines approved by the Board of Directors and President & CEO
  • Maintain knowledge of current and evolving community investment trends, as well as economic, political, technical, and general trends that may impact community need and resources to respond
  • Select, guide, motivate and participate in the training, professional development, and evaluation of direct reports
  • Provide goal-setting, vision, leadership, and strategic direction on the mission for the entire UWGLA organization
  • Direct and manage Community Impact team activities. Ensure that team members work across the organization to achieve organizational goals
  • Lead the Community Impact Cabinet, including setting the strategic direction, overseeing all meetings and activities
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned



  • Documented capacity to develop and play a leadership role in strategic partnerships with a broad range of working relationships with opinion leaders/change-makers across the community, philanthropic, business and government sectors that have resulted in significant improvements in community conditions and individual well-being
  • Extensive previous experience developing and managing high-performing volunteer leadership boards and committees; cultivating and sustaining relationships with major gift donors, corporate and private foundations as well as supervising and cultivating the talents of high-performing staff
  • Advanced leadership and communication abilities with which to lead organizational development and success in a highly dynamic setting responsive to a complex and changing environment
  • Minimum 10 years’ programmatic or policy experience in progressive leadership roles with responsibility for managing, developing, and coaching direct reports
  • Demonstrated measurable success with designing and delivering results on high-profile, macro-community initiatives or programs
  • Experience and understanding of the social, economic and political landscape of the Greater Los Angeles area
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse interests and communities; energetic and engaging personality; enjoys working with people in different settings; donor and community focused
  • Solid experience with developing and managing funding proposals/sponsorships; grant-making; program evaluation and community research
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in social work, public policy, nonprofit management or related field is strongly preferred



Interested candidates please email a cover letter, resume, and salary history, with the “VP, Community Impact” position title in the Subject line, to Hiring Recruiter at

No phone calls please.



United Way of Greater Los Angeles is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, or status as a veteran.   Employment decisions are based on merit, qualifications, abilities and business needs.