Managing Director, Financial Empowerment

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s mission is to end poverty and expand opportunity for all. As we near our 100th anniversary of serving Greater Philadelphia, we are focused on new approaches to harnessing the collective power of our region to help individuals and families break the cycle of poverty, and new ways of engaging and investing in the communities we serve.


We deploy several tools to that end, including:


  • Motivate individual, corporate, and institutional philanthropy;
  • Invest in evidence-based programming to increase opportunity and employment, financial empowerment for families, and resource high quality early education;
  • Measure progress and strengthen the nonprofit sector in the areas of data/evaluation, leadership, and organizational effectiveness; and
  • Convene local and national leaders to build and execute groundbreaking strategies for the region.


Role Summary: The Managing Director, Financial Empowerment (MD) is a member of the leadership team and is responsible for leading UWGPSNJ’s family empowerment and income stability initiatives. This includes setting strategic direction with the senior leadership team, executing partnerships that have a demonstrable impact on family income, assets, and stability, and motivating philanthropic investment in these solutions. Internally, the MD will partner with the other managing directors in the Mission Delivery department, as well as senior leadership, to inform United Way’s overall strategy and set revenue and investment goals.


Primary responsibilities include:


  • Lead UWGPSNJ’s financial empowerment strategy, which includes grantmaking, strategic partnerships, civic convening, and advocacy.
  • Collaborate with senior leadership and development teams to grow institutional, corporate, and individual funding for the financial empowerment strategy.
  • Work with leaders from government, philanthropy, research/academia, and others to advance broad and equitable access to financial supports and income.
  • Continually monitor and improve UWGPSNJ’s financial empowerment strategy using data from sources including grant performance data, academic research, peer funder experience and feedback from nonprofit practitioners and beneficiaries.
  • Design and manage a framework for measuring and improving the impact of the investment portfolio and its initiatives to ensure high-quality investment, implementation, and performance management.
  • Champion the goals and challenges of financial empowerment by producing case statements, participating in public speaking and media opportunities, presenting to donors, staff, and board members, and convening regional conversations with key stakeholders.
  • Develop deep and mutually beneficial relationships with nonprofit organizations that are leaders in the field of financial empowerment and seek ways to advance their work.
  • Support and inform the Family Stability Challenge, a grant program of the Philadelphia Poverty Action Fund, managed by UWGPSNJ.
  • Ensure equitable distribution of resources through targeted outreach, data-informed decision-making, and open reporting and communications practices.
  • Oversee budgets and reporting for grants and initiatives.
  • Manage staff and consultants as needed.
  • Other non-essential functions and responsibilities as related or assigned.


Job qualifications, knowledge, skills, and abilities:


The Managing Director will have a demonstrated track record of leadership and collaboration. Primary attributes of success include:


  • Commitment to poverty alleviation and equality; experience – lived, professional, and/or academic – that advances United Way’s mission and improves its practices.
  • Strong knowledge of the financial empowerment field, locally and nationally
  • 10+ years of experience leading social impact initiatives; experience in nonprofit management, public affairs, and/or government preferred.
  • Entrepreneurial approach and ability to build, adapt, and execute in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated record of raising awareness and financial support for programmatic initiatives and organizations.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience managing staff and/or consultants.
  • Experience building and managing program budgets.
  • Demonstrates required core competencies in accordance with the UWW Competency Framework (Mission-Focused, Relationship-Oriented, Collaborator, Results-Driven, Brand Steward, Donor-Centric).
  • Post COVID-19 restrictions, local travel may be necessary from time to time.


UWGPSNJ promotes a culture of inclusion and seeks talented staff from diverse backgrounds. UWGPSNJ does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected factor.


To apply for this position please submit your cover letter and resume to:

  • Reports to: Chief of Staff

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