Dec 03, 2018

Senior Program Officer, Economic Mobility, non-profit job, Los Angeles

  • United Way
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
Programs Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description


Under the general direction and guidance of the Director, Economic Mobility, the Senior Program Officer, Economic Mobility, will play a key role in developing and implementing United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ (UWGLA) strategy to build economic equity and inclusion for all low-income individuals, families, and communities throughout Los Angeles County. UWGLA’s Economic Mobility Pathway is focused on workforce development & employment, asset building and income supports, equitable economic development, as well as emergency response and financial supports.  This work serves as a critical pathway to achieve the organization’s mission of creating pathways out of poverty and aligns closely with the organization’s Housing and Education Pathways.  The Senior Program Officer, Economic Mobility will be responsible for overseeing the organizations’ current asset building and income support initiatives, the Disaster Relief Fund, and other initiatives, as they arise.   This position will supervise one team member and guide UWGLA’s work in community engagement and policy related to economic mobility.





  • Partner with the Vice President, Community Impact and Director, Economic Mobility to develop United Way’s Economic Mobility strategy as outlined in the organization’s new Impact Plan, including development of programmatic, policy and research strategies, implementation and fund development planning, and defining outcomes and metrics
  • Lead implementation of multiple programs related to asset building, income supports, and disaster relief.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  program budget development and oversight, manage and implement program activities, manage program staff, track and report on program progress and outcomes, and assess effectiveness of the program. 
  • Oversee community partnerships, including grantee management of economic mobility partners funded through UWGLA’s grantmaking.  Maintain ongoing communication with partners and participate in the organization’s grantmaking activities.
  • Manage one direct report, responsible for hiring, professional development, performance accountability and evaluations, coaching and driving results
  • Assess and respond to the changing landscape of poverty in Los Angeles County by tracking key research and statistics, and maintain ongoing communication with community partners to understand trends on the ground
  • Support fund development efforts for Economic Mobility Pathway, including private and corporate philanthropic grant cultivation and development, government grants, and strategic partnerships and engagement opportunities.  Assist with developing grant proposals and responding to grant reports and funder inquiries.
  • Collaborate across the organization to: 1) effectively communicate the need and results of UWGLA’s economic mobility work, and 2) identify and support tracking of outcome and performance metrics to demonstrate impact.  Work with Marketing & Communications to develop content, collateral, and messaging.
  • Support implementation of the Community Impact Team’s annual goals and the organization’s strategic plan.  Participate in cross-departmental and organizational planning and volunteer efforts as needed.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience required.  Master’s or equivalent advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years related experience with a proven track record of creating community impact in economic development and empowerment work
  • Possess strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to accurately manage and analyze data
  • Must have excellent relationship building and collaboration skills, able to successfully engage in conflict resolution and teamwork
  • Possess strong organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with all organizational levels within a diverse environment
  • Must be able to exercise initiative, independent good judgment, flexibility, discretion, and solid decision-making
  • Must be able to successfully manage multiple priorities and demonstrate confidence working with diverse stakeholders, including nonprofit, public sector, corporate, and philanthropic stakeholders
  • Enthusiastic team player with positive can-do attitude, flexibility to re-prioritize, multi-task, and switch tasks fluidly; including the ability to hit the ground running
  • Ability to creatively troubleshoot and work in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment with numerous deadlines
  • Must thrive under pressure and be able to accept constructive feedback
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint) is essential


 United Way of Greater Los Angeles is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, or status as a veteran.   Employment decisions are based on merit, qualifications, abilities and business needs. 

Title / Level of Responsibility

Manager, Officer

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