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Impact Manager - Reading and Math

Title: Impact Manager - Reading and Math

About United Way of Northern Utah (UWNU): United Way of Northern Utah is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, serving Weber, Morgan, Box Elder, and Oneida counties. Its mission is to unite people and organizations to build a healthy, stable, and well-educated community where individuals, families, and neighborhoods thrive. Website: http://www.uwnu.org 

Reports to:  Director of Education Initiatives

Direct Reports: Community Literacy Specialist

Goal: United Way of Northern Utah is seeking an Impact Manager to support and drive 3rd and 8th-grade reading and math outcomes. This position will provide leadership and coordination to create and refine processes that support students to achieve and maintain grade-level reading and math benchmarks by working closely with school partners to scale effective intervention practices through volunteers, third-party partnerships, and other means. This position will also support the development and implementation of in-school and out-of-school strategies to foster student growth in reading and math through cross-sector collaboration.

Summary of Work: The Impact Manager’s core function is to facilitate impactful partnerships that develop solutions capable of improving the lives of large numbers of students rather than focusing on a single program. This requires a unique individual who has the adaptive skill set to work across sectors and political perspectives. Competencies in results-based accountability, project management, continuous improvement, and adaptive leadership are essential in this role. Facilitating collaborative outcomes is not for everyone. We seek a capable, energetic, results-focused team member who is comfortable with the ambiguity of the development process with partners and ready to take this work to the next level.

Key Responsibilities: 

1. Supervise the Community Literacy initiative and position.

2. Serve as the ‘backbone staff’ of reading and math initiatives in Ogden School District (OSD), ensuring strategies are well aligned, monitored for impact, and built collaboratively with OSD’s Student Achievement Team and Executive Director.

3. Strategy Development and Project Management

  • Work with OSD to create and track specific performance measures for interventions and activities to demonstrate their impact.
  • Work alongside research and evaluation partners to develop and implement data-driven processes to determine the effectiveness of strategies implemented.
  • Manage the Consistent Volunteer initiative to provide OSD elementary schools with regular community volunteers as reading or math tutors during the school day and in after-school settings.

4. Manage partner relationships, and provide support and follow-up for initiatives that include but are not limited to the following:

  • University of Utah Reading Clinic - reading intervention in OSD junior highs, elementary, after-schools, and summer programming,
  • Weber State University WALDO Reads - Federal Work-Study student tutors within OSD schools
  • Americorps STEM Action Center  -  Math Mentor positions in OSD elementary schools
  • My Hometown Ogden & The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - community volunteers and service missionaries in OSD schools
  • AVID Tutoring - High school students providing math tutoring in OSD junior highs
  • Support the development of community engagement efforts in the “Science of Reading” led by OSD Adult Education

5. Attend and participate in other local, regional, and state-level meetings as requested.

6. Actively participate in work related to grant writing, fundraising, and sustainability initiatives with corporate, foundation, and government representatives, as well as individual donors.

Position Competencies:

  1. Capable of both independent work and excellent team collaboration
  2. Ability to adapt to a changing environment and different contexts
  3. Comfortable working across sectors (e.g. business, nonprofit, etc.) and using different frameworks/terminology to participate in collaborative decision-making
  4. Self-driven - Takes initiative to get work done without prompting
  5. Assertive - Regularly approaches partners, starts conversations, & follows up
  6. Adaptive - Comfortable navigating when to be flexible with partners and when to encourage change or develop accountability
  7. Validating - Able to listen to understand partners’ efforts or experience and adjust solutions appropriately
  8. Possess a growth mindset and open to feedback
  9. Approach challenges with both confidence and humility
  10. Knows when to stop and analyze a situation for redirection
  11. Ability to build and maintain results-driven partnerships
  12. Public speaking to both large and small audiences
  13. Friendly and professional communication skills across all mediums

Position Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree or 2 years of professional work experience in education, human services, or a related field
  2. Excellent organizational skills (including task and time management)
  3. Demonstrated ability to manage several multi-faceted projects simultaneously with careful attention to detail and few mistakes
  4. High standards of professional ethics and conduct
  5. Demonstrated competency with cloud-based productivity tools and document management systems such as Microsoft Office Suite and Google Workspace (Google Drive).
  6. Able to see both the details and the big picture

 Preferred Qualifications:

  1. 3-5 years working as a K-6 teacher, intervention specialist, instructional coach, after-school manager, or related field
  2. Bicultural/bilingual in English/Spanish
  3. Experience managing complex, multi-stakeholder projects
  4. Experience with Results Based Accountability
  5. Familiarity and history of service within the landscape of community development and social services networks in Ogden

Wage: $52,000 - $57,000  based on experience and qualifications

Location: Ogden, UT (with hybrid/remote option, as appropriate)

Hours: Full-time, exempt. United Way hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. United Way strives for employees to have great work-life balance and allows for remote work assuming it does not interfere with productivity, results,  and/or quality of relationships with partners. Work hours are subject to change based on United Way events and activities happening in the community

Benefits: A comprehensive benefits plan includes vacation, sick, holidays, health, dental, vision, disability, life, and a 403(b) match of up to 10% of your salary after 1 year of employment.

How to apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Jill Browning, jbrowning@uwnu.org

Closing date: May 26, 2024

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