Program Officer, Education


Greater Twin Cities United Way lives in a unique space in the Twin Cities with a community of three million people who share our passion and mission. GTCUW impacts hundreds of thousands of people every year via community investments, donor events, workplace campaign events, conventions, volunteer events and community gatherings – giving everyone a voice in creating GTCUW.

  • Your Role in Participating: Program Officer, Education
  • Your Department: Community Impact
  • Your Reporting Manager: Director, Equity and Holistic Grantmaking


  • Mission: Galvanize our community to build pathways toward prosperity and equity for all.
  • Values: Equity, collaboration, agility, and transparency


Program Officers and others in key leadership roles demonstrate world-class relationship management capabilities with individual donors, institutional donors, corporate partners, volunteers, the nonprofit sector, government, community leaders, the board of directors and the Greater Twin Cities United Way (GTCUW) team that will result in creating positive impact for all people within our community experiencing poverty.


The Program Officer, Education, works in the Community Impact Department and reports to the Director of Equity and Holistic Grantmaking. The Program Officer is responsible for identifying and nurturing opportunities for effective (sp?) and positive systemic change within communities and executing programming efforts that are aligned with GTCUW’s Early Childhood Education portfolio. The Program Officer, Education, will work closely with other staff to ensure integration and coordination of effort with responsibility for trend analysis and convening across organizational impact areas (Educational Success, Economic Opportunity, and Household Stability).


Relationship Management (35%)

  • Build and maintain strong, authentic relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Act as a spokesperson, effectively communicating GTCUW’s goal to advance prosperity and equity for all. Sustain and grow robust partnerships across public, private, nonprofit sectors, and philanthropic sectors.
  • Partner with Community Impact team, Relationship Officers, Marketing, and Communications to ensure consistent messaging and strategic organization alignment.
  • Act as key contact for consultants and support staff related to Early Childhood Education.
  • Share and continue to build knowledge of the Early Childhood Education landscape, with an emphasis on philanthropic opportunities.
  • Develop and manage strategic engagement with community organizations and when appropriate connecting them to community opportunities within the philanthropic landscape.
  • Represent and act as a decision maker on behalf of GTCUW on assigned external partnerships, decisions, and systems change conversations.
  • Present at committee meetings on assigned agenda items.

Portfolio Grantmaking and Community Investment (35%)

  • Manage a portfolio of grants and contracts including: project management for the Request for Proposal (RFP) process, funding decisions (including internal budgeting responsibilities, technical support to grant applicants and grantees, site visits with applicants and grantees, data analysis and evaluation); review, understand, and interpret data and participate in partner meetings.
  • Contribute to improved design, implementation, and overall effectiveness of GTCUW grantmaking.
  • Improve the technical and operational capacity and grant and community partners through the promotion of best practices and support for peer-to-peer knowledge sharing.
  • Partner with Operations and Finance staff to ensure strategic organization alignment.

Learning/Field Building (20%)

  • Assist in the development and implementation of the Early Childhood Education strategy that includes systems engagement with community leadership and civic engagement in support of a policy and systems agenda to increase education equity.
  • Facilitate the sharing of best practices, community trends, obstacles, and opportunities across GTCUW grant impact areas, with the goal of increasing the impact of GTCUW grantmaking.
  • Elevate the experiences of people who have experienced education disparities and the organizations that provide support in systems-level conversations to create goals, policies, and practices centered on those experiences.
  • Develop and implement goals, objectives, and measurable deliverables to support the successful achievement of regional and community Early Childhood Education outcomes.
  • Implement the Early Childhood Education strategy through creating research-and evidence-based innovative strategies to address community Early Childhood Education and systems that seek to eliminate disparities.
  • Lead/facilitate external stakeholder meetings. Seek and share knowledge and best practices in various venues. This may include partnerships, coalitions, collaborative efforts etc.

Other duties as assigned (10%)

  • Identify and engage in positive external relationships, including partnerships with state agencies, non-profits, corporate entities, and other foundations.
  • Manage the execution of event logistics, in close cooperation with Operations and External Engagement staff.
  • Leverage existing networks to expand the reach of Early Childhood Education strategic work.
  • Communicate the work and value of GTCUW across communities, to members and their organizations, and to external parties.
  • Responsible for engaging and maintaining a positive work environment.
  • Participate and support Community Impact team and GTCUW initiatives as requested.
  • Negotiate and manage multiple consultant and supplier contracts.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Requirements

  • Demonstrates at least 5 years of successful program leadership, non-profit or foundation experience a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in relative discipline.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of how to work within systems, networking, building alliances, partnering and using relationships to positively impact community change.
  • Ability to build approaches to create opportunities to respond to racial inequity.
  • Demonstrates success working as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to work effectively with personal from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrates skill as a communicator who enjoys initiating conversation, actively listens, and fosters ideas across an array of lived experiences to accomplish the best outcomes.
  • Demonstrates the energy and drive to turn thinking into actions: evaluates options, makes decisions, takes action, analyzes results and learns to form best practices.
  • Demonstrate an ability to understand and assess, as well as, has an interest in technology applications and tools which enable solutions and enhances user experiences.
  • Demonstrates a strategic mindset of seeing future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies and has created new and better ways for an organization to be successful.
  • Ability to speak publicly, write effectively, and communicate clearly.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to learning.
  • Ability to assimilate nimbly to change.
  • Demonstrates a bias for action and results.
  • Ability to travel within the nine-county metro area.

Location: Twin Cities, Metro Area

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this job opportunity, please contact Sam Robinson.

Robinson-Robinson & Asssociates
Valley Place Offices
9977 Valley View Road
Suite 300
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
P: 952.942.8938 | F: 952.746.8946