Director, Workplace Engagement & Development

Downtown Los Angeles, CA /
Development – Workplace Giving /
UWGLA is on a mission to permanently break the cycle of poverty for our most vulnerable neighbors: low-income families, students, and people experiencing homelessness. That means tackling the big problems. The ones people think can’t be solved. The ones that require leaders across sectors to unite and design groundbreaking solutions to our biggest problems. By focusing on education, housing, and economic mobility, we can attack poverty at its roots to ensure better lives for all Angelenos. UWGLA is going through a strategic transformation; we are now in the midst of implementing a new strategic plan and racial equity roadmap that seek to center racial justice at the core of UWGLA’s mission and operations.
The Director, Workplace Engagement & Development will set the ongoing vision, strategy, and implementation of UWGLA’s relationship- and issue-based workplace giving plan. They will play a critical role in the strategic development, implementation, leadership, and management of a team of development officers who are responsible for fundraising plans, important corporate partnerships, and strategic initiatives that drive more than 11M of fundraising revenue for UWGLA.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate a deep passion for addressing systemic issues and injustices, possess a strong work-ethic, 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. They will have the ability to articulate complex dynamics of cultural and systemic oppression in a way that brings donors into our mission and unifies rather than isolates. 


    • Vision & Implementation: Oversee the implementation of a new UWGLA workplace giving plan that seeks to move fundraising from transactional to relationship- and issue-based; Develop long-term vision to build and scale workplace giving in a way that increases revenue while organizing and activating the power of people for collective impact
    • Fundraising Strategy: Manage a team of development officers in the implementation of corporate employee fundraising campaigns that generate $11M of unrestricted funds annually; develop fundraising strategies, set goals, monitor performance, and institute training for the team
    • Management: Mentor and coach a diverse and continually evolving team of development officers to grow fundraising skillsets, support individual professional development goals, and inspire team members to both lead and follow
    • Donor Engagement: Work with Community Impact leadership to connect opportunities in the corporate sector with programmatic needs at UWGLA; Engage corporate employees/donors in the mission and vision of UWGLA in a way that opens minds, moves hearts to unite diverse communities, and converts compassion into action
    • Executive Relationships: Build and strengthen relationships with corporate executives to gain deeper levels of support for UWGLA mission and annual employee campaigns; Develop rapport that moves executives up the ladder to be informed, passionate advocates of UWGLA initiatives
    • Cross-Departmental Collaboration: Work with Director, Individual Giving to coordinate donor cultivation of individuals within the workplace who have potential to give major gifts
    • Organization-wide Collaboration: Communicate and collaborate across United Way’s departments to align development efforts with Finance, Marketing, and Operations to strengthen organizational relationships and customer service
    • Budget: Oversee a budget as it relates to workplace campaign fundraising
    • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned


    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required
    • Minimum 7 years fundraising experience with a proven track record of growth; Minimum 3 years’ experience supervising and developing direct reports
    • History of successful fundraising at a nonprofit organization with strong experience in moves management, donor cultivation, connecting fundraising with impact required
    • 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.
    • Ability to connect with donors in an authentic way, and to communicate complex dynamics of impact work in a way that inspires and leads to donor commitment
    • Should possess excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to manage multiple projects and priorities at once
    • Must have excellent relationship building skills, strong organization, and follow up skills
    • Must be able to exercise initiative, independent good judgment, flexibility, discretion, and solid decision making
    • Prior success in building rapport and influencing at the senior leadership level, including experience presenting to senior business leaders and external stakeholder audiences
    • Proven ability to effectively lead and collaborate across broad stakeholders to maximize impact as well as direct, lead, and manage a team
    • Proven ability to establish clear goals, lead with accountability, manage through ambiguity, and drive results.
    • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint) and proficiency with virtual engagement platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams is essential; experience using Microsoft CRM or comparable fundraising database software preferred
United we fight. United we win.

Your passion fuels solutions that improve lives and lift up communities. More than anyone else, you know what’s possible; you’ve seen it in the faces of the people whose lives you have forever changed. Sometimes you feel like one person standing alone against big challenges, but there are those who share your vision for the future, and are ready to fight alongside you.

When you work with United Way, you join a team dedicated to creating a better life and a stronger community—for everyone. This is your chance to contribute your personal passions, best ideas and unique strengths to innovative work that leaves a lasting mark on people’s lives in your own community.

Are you ready to join the fight?