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Vice President, Education Impact
United Way of Anchorage in Anchorage, Alaska
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Date Posted 06/12/2019
Philanthropy-Senior/Executive Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Organization Overview: United Way of Anchorage mobilizes the community to make lasting, measurable changes in community conditions that improve lives. We have adopted a unique approach to tackling our community’s most vexing problems by mobilizing service providers, businesses, government, and individuals to transform our community. Our workplace is fast-paced, collaborative, and adaptive.

Position Overview: The Vice President Education Impact is responsible for all operations in United Way of Anchorage’s focus area of improving the well-being and academic outcomes of all children in the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska. This involves catalyzing, creating, and ensuring effective implementation of strategic community plans to improve on key measurable benchmarks, particularly levels of kindergarten readiness, attendance, academic proficiency, and high school graduation rates. The externally focused aspect of this work involves constant interaction and coordination with key public and private community leaders, community investors, and service providers. The internally focused aspect of this work involves forging strategic direction and policies of United Way of Anchorage to achieve this mission; the hiring, evaluation, and daily supervision of staff; oversight of programs, investments, fundraising, community engagement, marketing, communication, and budgets.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist the President and Board of Directors in determining and effectively implementing strategic organizational direction;

  • Represent the organization in the local and state community to build United Way of Anchorage’s brand and reputation;

  • Develop external relationships with key community leaders to organize and implement strategic collaborative activities to attain measurable improvement on key benchmarks;

  • Ensure development of data-driven, results-focused community collaborations to improve youth outcomes on key measurable benchmarks;

  • Develop United Way of Anchorage public policy agenda related to the focus area outcomes at local, state, and federal levels and lead organizational involvement on same, as directed by the CEO and Board;

  • Represent the organization in related community and state-wide initiatives;

  • Ensure development of opportunities for community engagement in advancing youth well-being and academic outcomes;

  • Acquire resources via individual major gifts, corporate community investment, and grants to implement key collaborative efforts to attain organizational goals;

  • Develop policy and strategy for United Way of Anchorage investment in community services and collaborative initiatives to make progress on community goals championed by United Way of Anchorage;

  • Increase the amount of leveraged community investment in Anchorage toward the community goals by advocating aligned investment and educating other private and public investors on how to invest with others for more impact;

  • Develop and monitor operating budgets for Education Impact initiatives for efficient, effective, and best use of resources;

  • Develop organization structure for Education Impact; create job descriptions; hire, supervise, develop, end evaluate staff;

  • Ensure development and effective implementation of communications and marketing plan for focus area and coordination of same with the entire United Way of Anchorage communications plan;

  • Assist with formulation of organizational policy and procedure and monitor adherence to same;

  • Advocate for a community culture that prioritizes positive youth outcomes and values education.

Specific Skills and Experience Include:

The successful candidate demonstrates evidence of

  • Mobilizing community action to tackle community problems

  • Establishing leadership credibility

  • Elevating organizational brand and reputation

  • Resource development

  • Inspiring, motivating, and influencing external and internal teams to collaborate for impact

  • Top-notch writing, verbal, and analytical communications skills and ability to develop rapport and credibility across the organization and the community.

  • Strategic and analytical thinking, strong capability for project management, problem-solving skills, sound judgment, and a willingness to resolve issues and problems in a timely manner.

  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical initiatives.

  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.

  • Excitement for and experience in adaptive change management.

  • Sensitivity to the needs, attitudes, and situations of peers, donors, and volunteers.

  • A professional, entrepreneurial, and resourceful style; the ability to work independently without close oversight; and a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside UWA.

  • Highly empathetic, collegial, and service-oriented with an ethos of "no job too big; no job too small."

  • Tackles ambiguity with innovation and creativity.

  • Well-honed balance of confidence and humility.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, community development, education, human services, or related field. Master’s degree preferred. The successful candidate will have a minimum ten years’ of increasingly responsible management/professional experience in public or nonprofit administration, community organizing, youth services or education; and/or in successfully managing complex social problems through multi-discipline approaches. Previous supervisory responsibility required. 

Licenses: Valid Alaska Driver’s License. Access to reliable insured vehicle to be used for work-related travel in the Anchorage area.

Physical Demands: 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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and/or hear.  The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Place of Work: 701 West 8th Avenue, Suite 230, Anchorage, Alaska 99501

Hours of Work: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday, with occasional weekend and evening commitments

Salary: Salary DOE. Benefits include holiday pay, medical, dental, and vision insurance and a retirement plan.

To Apply: Submit letter of interest and resume to Nina Makarova.

Position open until filled. 

●    Mission-Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to mission to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities.  This drives their performance and professional motivations.
●    Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
●    Collaborator: understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
●    Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.
●    Brand Steward: Steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.

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