Executive Director, The Poverty Action Fund


POSITION: Executive Director, The Poverty Action Fund
ORGANIZATION: United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
REPORTS TO: Board of Directors
LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA
WEBSITE: https://www.unitedforimpact.org/poverty-action-fund/ 



United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, serving communities in Pennsylvania’s Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and New Jersey’s Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May and Cumberland counties, is part of a national network of more than 1,300 locally governed organizations that work to create lasting positive changes in communities and in people’s lives. United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. In Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, United Way fights for youth success and family stability because we LIVE UNITED against intergenerational poverty. For more information about United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey visit www.UnitedForImpact.org.


The Poverty Action Fund is a public-private partnership of United Way, private philanthropy, the City of Philadelphia, and high performing community organizations to reduce Philadelphia’s poverty rate and support an equitable economic recovery from the pandemic. This newly launched initiative will create economic mobility in Philadelphia and lift 100,000 people above the poverty line in five years.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic, fundraising, and operational responsibility for The Poverty Action Fund’s staff, programs, and execution of its mission.


Primary Responsibilities

Leadership & Management

  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to facilitate the ongoing development and execution of a business plan that conforms to the organization’s strategic plan.
  • Exert proactive leadership and provide direction to the organization’s administrative, program, fundraising, and operational management to ensure the successful and efficient implementation of policies, plans and programs.
  • Drive effective communications among all internal and external stakeholders.
  • Oversee the financial management of the organization, ensuring compliance with all relevant federal, state and local requirements. Provide regular financial reports internally and externally to ensure transparency and proper fiduciary management.
  • Drive accountability and effective decision making by delivering clear, accurate and timely operations plans and financial reporting to the board, management and staff.
  • Build strong relationships with United Way and City of Philadelphia partners, funders, grant recipients, community leaders and other key stakeholders.
  • Provide leadership and vision to the organization and key management staff.

Grantmaking & Program Management

  • Initiate and oversee an effective, transparent grant making process that ensures that distributed funds are received by the most effective, worthy recipients.
  • Manage content-specific advisory boards charged with supporting grantmaking and impact measurement
  • Lead the development and implementation of an effective knowledge management system to track program impact and outcomes, ensure transparency, and capture and disseminate learnings

Fundraising & Communications

  • Oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising plan that includes strategies for identifying, cultivating and soliciting area corporations, foundations and individuals for annual and major gifts, as well as a retail strategy for small donations.
  • Oversee an inclusive communications strategy to create collective awareness, buy-in and ownership of the initiative
  • Serve as the public face of the organization through speaking engagements, media activities, social media communication and individual meetings.


  • Demonstrated ability to lead an enterprise with responsibility for all financial, operational and human resources functions.
  • Experience translating concepts and ideas into high performing programs and organizations.
  • Proven ability to raise private funds from corporations, foundations and individuals.
  • Experience leading a board of directors made up of diverse stakeholders with competing priorities.
  • Possesses unquestioned credibility and knowledge of issues related to social justice and the eradication of poverty.
  • Experience in grantmaking and program evaluation.
  • Strong experience in government relations and policy development.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and demonstrated ability building strong relationships and networks of diverse people with divergent priorities.
  • Strong executive presence and public communications skills.



Interested candidates and nominations can be shared with Diversified Search at the following address: PAFED@divsearch.com.

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