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For nearly 60 years, United Way of Northeastern Minnesota (UWNEMN) has mobilized the caring power of community resources to serve people in need in our service area. In 2008, UWNEMN transformed our work to go beyond our traditional fundraising model, creating and operating our own Community Impact programs. Today, it is our vision to make a bold local impact, bringing momentum and positive change to improve quality of life across our region. We seek to invest in nonprofits, programs, and collaborations that equip and empower, creating opportunities for people to thrive in our communities in the following focus areas: empowering healthy lives, helping children succeed, and stabilizing families and individuals.  

Position: Community Impact and Engagement Director
Reports to: Executive Director
Type: Full Time, Permanent, Exempt Position

The Community Impact and Engagement Director will work towards increasing UWNEMN’s impact and supporting our mission to improve quality of life across our region.

The Community Impact and Engagement Director will:

  • manage programming contracts and program staff
  • support daily operations
  • represent the organization in several collaboratives

The role requires:

  • an understanding of the region served by UWNEMN
  • building relationships that support high quality programming
  • impactful written communication skills
  • strong organization of strategies and deadlines

This is a full-time salary position with benefits; compensation based on experience.


  • Research and identify program strategies that advance UWNEMN’s mission and support identified community priorities
  • Develop and implement strategies that will maximize synergies among current program areas and increase mission impact
  • Build and sustain relationships with community partners, investors, and committees
  • Play a key role in fund development efforts for programs, including grant writing
  • Oversight of all program grant contracts
  • Development and oversight of the following UWNEMN direct service programs and initiatives:
    • Bright Beginnings - increasing access to childcare
    • Smiles United oral health task force
    • Youth Mental Health – new programming to be developed
    • Volunteer engagement – GetConnected website and Annual Day of Action
  • Serve as the liaison for UWNEMN’s partner non-profits.
  • Prepare monthly program report for Executive Director and Board of Directors
  • Assist other staff as needed (programs, events, workplace campaigns, etc.)

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field
  • Self-starter
  • Must have a passion to build and a curiosity to explore opportunities to advance UWNEMN’s work
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships
  • Highly organized, able to multitask and manage multiple projects
  • Excellent technology skills including use of Microsoft Office, databases, and various software platforms
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and belief in collaboration
  • High degree of attention to detail
  • Comfortable with routinely shifting work demands

Preferred Qualifications

  • Non-profit experience
  • Experience preparing funding proposals for local foundations as well as city, county, state, and federal funders
  • The ideal candidate brings critical thinking, tenacity, a strategic mindset and the ability connect with a diverse audience

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demand described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Regularly performs duties at a desk using a computer, laptop, smart phone, and writing utensils.
  • Regularly communicates with employees, consultants, and business associates verbally and in writing.
  • At times, will transport, lift and move very heavy items
  • Weekend and evening hours are required for special events and community engagement .
  • Local travel is required; must have a valid driver’s license and insured reliable vehicle.

Email your cover letter and resume to UWNEMN Executive Director Erin Shay by FEBRUARY 29, 2024.