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Opportunity Youth Initiative director sought

The Tucson United Way seeks director for new program.

Job Summary:
This is a grant funded position that directs and manages all the activities of the Opportunity Youth Initiative, an initiative to build collaborative systems that better engage disconnected youth ages 16-24 to school and work across Pima County.  Reporting to the Senior Director of Youth Development, the director oversees and directs United Way’s strategies and tasks associated with the Aspen Institute’s Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund and matching funds. In addition, this position will supervise interns, volunteers and program staff as the initiative expands. Office location is primarily in Tucson, AZ with visits to Marana and Green Valley offices as required. 

This is a full time position for a motivated individual with a high level of initiative, excellent communication, organizational and management skills. Working with other United Way staff and community volunteers from schools, government, social service agencies, foundations, and businesses, this individual coordinates activities in collaboration with local agencies that deliver education, workforce development and social support services to Opportunity Youth.


Management and Administration
•    Leads and directs project management for all strategies associated with the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund.
•    Directs all funded activities, prioritizes responsibilities and assignments, and ensures completion of timely reports and work products.
•    Develops, directs, and monitors the overall budget in areas of responsibility.
•    Develops and directs data collection and data sharing plan with community partners for the purpose of both developing and tracking strategies that better connect opportunity youth to school and work.
•    Plans, designs and negotiates the scope of work with community partners as initiative expands and oversees subsequent contract and project monitoring.
•    Hires, directs and supervises the work of staff & volunteers responsible for Opportunity Youth Initiative outcomes.
•    Creates and edits a variety of written documents, correspondence, speeches, and reports.
•    Ensures that all staff and consultants perform duties in accordance with United Way policies and procedures.

Resource Development
•    Leads efforts to apply for funding and develops projects and strategies related to the Opportunity Youth Initiative and coordinates local efforts with the Youth Development Coalition and Workforce Investment Board.
•    Researches grant and other funding opportunities and develops collaborative grant proposals and secures funding to further the work of the Opportunity Youth Initiative.
•    Collaborates with the Resource Development Division and other Community Development directors to secure private donor, business and foundation resources to support Opportunity Youth efforts.

•    Leads the planning process with partners and develops the operational plan to meet the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund objectives.
•    Works with the Senior Director of Youth Development to develop overarching work readiness goals and strategies for all youth
•    Researches and analyzes opportunity youth policies and best practices as they relate to education and career pathways.

•    Develops and maintains relationships with government and private philanthropic organizations and serves on state and local planning and advocacy task forces and committees.
•    Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with a wide range of individuals in business, non-profit, private, and governmental organizations.
•    Directs and facilitates the work of independent contractors and other project participants to develop plans and projects.
•    Collaborates with other directors and managers at United Way to develop strategies and partnerships that results in changing community conditions.

Public Education/Social Marketing
•    Ensures that United Way produced materials such as the literacy guide and other early education and youth development materials are available and distributed to parents and community members on a regular basis.
•    Participates in local community events, employer “fairs”, and local youth development conferences.
•    Makes presentations to local employers, local municipalities, as well as local and national conferences related to the work of the Opportunity Youth initiative.

•    Meets with independent contractors and other project participants as needed to coordinate work and address concerns.
•    Develops and maintains effective communication with United Way staff and other programs and partner agencies.
•    Works with Marketing and Communication staff to develop appropriate marketing and public relations materials.
•    Integrates excellent customer service as a component of all job duties.
•    Incorporates all applicable components of the organization’s Constituent Relationship Management plan into annual work plan

Other Duties as Assigned
Qualifications, Skills and Abilities:
•    At least a Baccalaureate degree in public administration, education, social work, family studies, human services, criminal justice or a related field; Master’s degree preferred. 
•    Five years experience in education, human services, criminal justice or other related field (supervisory experience preferred).
•    Excellent oral and written communication skills including clear, concise and accurate written documents and well-developed computer skills.
•    Demonstrated success managing multiple projects.
•    Demonstrated customer service, problem solving, time management, research, information management and higher level organizational skills.
•    Demonstrated ability to tactfully handle stressful situations, negotiate and resolve conflicts, maintain confidentiality and to respect and observe organizational protocol.
•    Ability to travel to work in a variety of locations throughout the Pima County area whenever required.
•    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with United Way staff at all levels, volunteers from diverse backgrounds, donors, community partners, independent contractors, parents and others.
•    Bilingual preferred but not required

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Jane DeNigris, HR Manager at

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