Under the direction and guidance of the Director, Economic Mobility, the Program Officer, Economic Mobility, will play a key role in developing and implementing United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ (United Way) strategy to build economic equity and inclusion for all low-income individuals, families, and communities throughout Los Angeles County. United Way’s Economic Mobility initiatives are focused on asset and wealth building, income supports, workforce development & employment, 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.
This Program Officer role will primarily be responsible for leading and overseeing the organization’s current asset and wealth initiatives, including the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, CalSavers, and rental assistance programs. May also support workforce development and other Economic Mobility initiatives as they arise. This position may supervise one team member.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate a deep passion for addressing systemic issues and injustices, possess a strong work-ethic, be a strong writer, enjoy dynamic problem-solving, operate with a team & mission-first mindset, and exhibit a track record of cultivating easy, meaningful, and productive relationships with diverse partners.
- Partner with Director, Economic Mobility to develop United Way’s Economic Mobility strategy, 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 and wealth building. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: program budget development and oversight, manage and implement program activities, 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 United Way’s grantmaking. Maintain ongoing communication with partners and participate in the organization’s grantmaking activities.
- 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. Support elements of grant writing and development for mid-size proposals. Respond to grant reports and funder inquiries.
- Identify public policy positions that align with Economic Mobility initiatives and partner with Impact Advocacy team to develop strategies to advance advocacy priorities.
- Collaborate across the organization to: 1) effectively communicate the need and results of United Way’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.
- Minimum 5 years related experience with a proven track record of creating community impact in economic development and empowerment work
- Understands and values racial equity as an organizational operating principle and is committed to continued learning on issues related to race, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- 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
- Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint) required. Proficiency with virtual engagement platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams is strongly desired.
YEAR ONE SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE:
- Expanding and refining United Way’s strategy related to asset and wealth building, with clear objectives and goals.
- Securing $100k in new revenue to support Economic Mobility Initiatives.
- Elevating United Way’s presence as a change maker and collaborator in economic mobility and economic inclusion coalitions in Los Angeles and playing a leadership role in those spaces.
- Successfully implementing existing United Way Economic Mobility Initiatives including the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, CalSavers, and rental assistance programs.