Vice President of Douglas County Initiatives

Note: United Way of Greater Topeka and United Way of Douglas County have merged as United Way of Kaw Valley, serving Shawnee, Douglas, Jackson and Jefferson counties.

Please email resume and cover letter to apply.
Review of applications will begin December 1, 2022.

United Way of Kaw Valley Mission
Until the fight is won.
Creating and cultivating an unbreakable network of support for a strong, healthy, and equitable community.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at UWKV

To truly Live United, we must commit to placing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the forefront of our work, internally and externally.A successful fight for the education, financial stability, and health of every person requires that we listen to, learn from, and amplify the voices of those who are most in need and those who have been traditionally underrepresented.

We recognize that everyone in our United Way community brings value to our mission. We understand every employee, donor, volunteer, partner and stakeholder brings different experiences, perspectives, and expectations.

We respect and encourage insight and participation from all.

We actively promote a variety of voices among our staff, volunteer committees and Board of Directors, and the non-profit community.

We commit to being curious and courageous in how we communicate with each other. We do so in a constant effort to grow and move our community forward together.

Job Title: Vice President of Douglas County Initiatives
Reports To: CEO/President
Job Level/Status: Exempt
Division: Community Impact
Starting Salary Range: $55,000 – $60,000
Salary is negotiable dependent upon experience and achievements.

Position Summary

The VP of DGCO Initiatives leads the strategic investment of United Way’s financial and non-financial resources to create the greatest possible impact in helping improve outcomes for individuals and families in Douglas County. Essential to this work is:

  • Developing and adopting investment goals
  • Implementing a strategic and cohesive plan for impact to make progress on these goals
  • Understanding community needs, resources, and local and national best practice strategies
  • Leveraging and aligning Douglas County’s unique strengths and abilities to support the strategies
  • Engaging in relationships and partnerships
  • Measuring and reporting results

The VP of DGCO Initiatives leads the Douglas County Advisory Council and supervises the Douglas County Director of Community Engagement.

Job Responsibilities and Duties

Operational Management

  • Work in partnership with CEO/President and Douglas County Advisory Council to provide vision/direction for operations in Douglas County.
  • Work in partnership with CEO/President to identify and recruit a diverse and dynamic group of business, academic and community change leaders to serve on the advisory council and community impact committee.
  • Prepares agenda and serves as the lead staff to the Douglas County Advisory Council.
  • Provide supervision and direction to Douglas County Director of Community Engagement.
  • Provides direction and guidance as needed to the Director of Marketing and Development and Douglas County Accounting Specialist.
  • Ensure that quality control policies and procedures are in place and consistently practiced in grant making and grant management activities.
  • Develop annual budgets for Douglas County initiatives and operations and ensure they operate within the adopted budget with support of staff.
  • Work collaboratively with United Way executive leadership team to ensure organizational success.

Community Impact

  • Lead and direct Douglas County’s short and long-term community impact efforts.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of all strategies and identify and monitor key indicators that measure the effectiveness of Douglas County community impact efforts.
  • Plan and coordinate the distribution of all allocations, fund distribution processes, and community investment strategies as they relate to meeting the goals of the Douglas County Advisory Council and UWKV Board of Directors.
  • Oversee outcomes and evaluation activities related to community impact; provide leadership and consultation in the measurement of outcomes and the review of agency use of information.
  • Represent UWKV in various human service collaborations, committees, and activities; Represents UWKV in collaborative efforts with government, other non-profits and businesses.
  • Identify and prioritize internal and external needs related to community impact, analyze alternative program strategies, and develop innovative initiatives in line with the community identified issues and UWKV’s strategic plan; prepare reports on research of community issues, community needs, non-profit agencies, populations of focus, etc.

Community Donor Relations/Relationship Management/
Grant Making

Works with the VP of Resource Development in integrating investment product development with fundraising, marketing and communications and volunteer development to generate the resources necessary to carry out the strategies and community impact.

Other Responsibilities

  • Actively participate in projects, special events, cross-functional teams or workgroups that support the work of the entire organization.
  • Other responsibilities and tasks necessary to achieve the goals of United Way or as directed by the DG Advisory Council.

Important Information

  • Must have well-developed technical and analytical skills related to planning and evaluation.
  • Must have the ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously, meeting deadlines and attending to details.
  • Must have the ability and desire to meet, develop relationships, and work with a variety of people.
  • Must have the ability to present information and data in written, electronic, and oral forms to diverse target markets.
  • Expected to have a commitment to excellence and to the mission of UWKV.
  • Must accept and abide by UWKV Code of Ethics and confidentiality requirements, along with the Association for Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethical Standards.
  • Accept and abide by UWKV Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Guidelines.

Job Requirements

Education: Bachelors Degree or equivalent experience


  • Technical and analytical skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Advanced computer abilities
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • Time management
  • Knowledge of solicitation and revenue generation techniques
  • Knowledge in grant making and reporting


  • Minimum five years of experience in a leadership role with not-for-profit organizations with budgets over $500,000.
  • Strong leadership skills in supervising staff and coordinating volunteers
  • Demonstrated expertise with day-today operations management
  • Demonstrated expertise with budgeting and financial management
  • Verifiable reputation for honesty and integrity
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity equity and inclusion

Physical Demand

  • The physical demands 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 individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; and occasionally required to stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Work Schedule

Regular M-F; 8am -5pm
Quarterly and Special Events may require working outside these hours.
Staff has the option to take a half day on Fridays, if weekly hours have been met.

Prepared June 23, 2022
Amended November 3, 2022