Charitable Advisors LLC
  • 28-Mar-2021 to 27-Apr-2021
  • - United Way of Central Indiana
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Market
  • Full Time
  • Complete Benefits Package Available

Impact Team

Position Summary

United Way of Central Indiana recognizes that the key to success is a strong and cohesive team that works through shared values to achieve our mission. The Senior Director Social Innovation is a senior member of our Impact department responsible for leading our social innovation strategy with the goal of fostering a culture of innovation within the human services sector to better support individuals and families to meet their basic needs and access economic and social mobility. This work includes but is not limited to managing our grantmaking in social innovation, building capacity of organizations to undertake social innovation, advocating for social innovation in local and state policy, staying up-to-date and engaged in research and track results around social innovation, convening others and providing thought leadership around social innovation, and developing initiatives around social innovation. The Senior Director also works closely with other departments to provide opportunities to grow revenue, support donor engagement, and communicate widely with internal and external audiences. 

Position Duties & Responsibilities

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.  

  • Strategy Conceptualization, Execution and Analysis: Develop vision for social innovation strategy in conjunction with UWCI Impact leadership and community partners. Define United Way's role and set strategy for the next three years. Execute on said strategy and refine as needed to continue to best meet organizational goals.
  • Leadership and Team Development: Collaboratively lead around community-informed strategic decision making and team culture across the Impact Team and the organization as a whole.
  • Community Voice: Actively engage with individuals, families, grassroots organizations, community partners, and others to understand first-hand the opportunities and challenges in our service area.
  • Equity: Ensure that race, equity, diversity and inclusion are the lens through which challenges are analyzed and solutions identified.
  • Grantmaking and Community Investments: Lead and execute investment strategy around social innovation to ensure impact and progress toward fund, organizational, and community impact goals.
  • Capacity Building: Work alongside community-based organizations focused on social innovation to identify and implement mechanisms for United Way to support their development.
  • Advocacy and Public Policy: Collaborate with internal and external partners to identify opportunities for and advocate for advances in public policy that support innovation around stabilizing individuals and families and promoting economic and social mobility.
  • Data and Research: Ensure effective systems to track progress, evaluate program components, measure success, and initiate quality improvements. Stay abreast of local and national research around social innovation and share best practices.
  • Thought Leadership and Convening: Use external presence and relationships to develop cross-sector community partnerships, bring together diverse stakeholders to create innovative solutions for community problems, and elevate the United Way brand.
  • Programs and Initiatives: Identify, develop and implement social innovation initiatives in collaboration with corporate and community partners.
  • Cross-functional Supports: Work closely with other departments to provide opportunities around social innovation to grow revenue, support donor engagement, and communicate widely with internal and external audiences. 
  • Performs special assignments and other work, on an as-needed basis


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function satisfactorily and be present in the office while performing those functions. The requirements listed are representative of the basic knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The individual in this role must display the highest level of integrity and confidentiality. United Way also values innovative thinking, and a successful candidate will be a self-starter who can work within the team to achieve goals and objectives.  The individual should have effective communication skills, attention to detail and organization, and flexibility and adaptability. The individual will also maintain knowledge of trends in his/her area of responsibility and reviews literature to understand key issues.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred. Work experience may substitute for education requirements on a case-by-case basis.
  • At least eight (8) years of experience working in a relevant field, including human services, small business development, or community affairs. 
  • Experience leading a cross-functional team toward shared goals.
  • Experience with fundraising. Experience making the case for support to individual donors preferred.
  • Experience with grantmaking and community investments preferred.
  • Experience using systems thinking to identify barriers and levers for change.
  • Ability to acquire a baseline level of knowledge about UWCI's other strategic priorities so social innovation efforts can both build upon and contribute to the success of other areas. 
  • Ability to make decisions and advance work with incomplete information and to thrive in an outcomes oriented, continuously evolving work environment.
  • Capable of applying adaptive problem-solving skills in response to unforeseen challenges and new assignments. 
  • Ability to prioritize a wide range of duties and responsibilities, organize tasks, and remain flexible to changing and multiple requests. 
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate accurately, effectively, and in ways appropriate to different audiences. 
  • Strong writer, with the ability to review, revise and synthesize a variety of information and help connect UWCI's work to broader discussions within the relevant landscape. 
  • Ability to work collegially and diplomatically across the organization and audience groups.

Knowledge of the Central Indiana region highly desirable.

Core Competencies

United Way of Central Indiana's team is evaluated on the following core competencies:

  • Inclusion
  • Courage
  • Accountability
  • Respect
  • Excellence
  • Thinking Strategically
  • Stakeholder Experience
  • Effective Communication

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