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We’re Hiring! Senior Project Manager, GPWI

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Senior Project Manager, GPWI

Be a part of the change!

Join a team of committed, results-oriented, and successful professionals who work to support and advance United Way of Greater Portland’s (UWGP’s) mission to improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community.

General Summary

An initiative of United Way of Greater Portland, the Greater Portland Workforce Initiative (GPWI) is a collective impact effort that builds upon the existing work and experience of community organizations and connects with the public workforce system, creating a seamless, dual-customer pipeline that aligns the needs of job seekers and employers in Greater Portland. Targeted populations include individuals who are experiencing homelessness, immigrants and refugees, youth aged 16 – 24 who are not connected to school or the workforce, single heads of households, and those re-entering the community from incarceration. To achieve this, GPWI provides employers with access to qualified employees, seeks employer input into the core and occupational skills required for increased employment of job seekers with barriers to employment, provides individuals with barriers to employment with the skills and support necessary to connect to the workforce, and focuses on sector-specific pipelines to sustainable employment.

Essential Functions:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with Stakeholders (employers, funders, community organizations, community colleges, elected officials)
  • Serves as the primary point of contact for the GPWI Stakeholders and activities including assisting with direct services, such as the Bridge program, when necessary.
  • Build consensus across Greater Portland employers and workforce organizations on the Greater Portland Workforce Initiative (GPWI) strategies.
  • Provide staff support to the Initiative, including developing and managing the Initiative’s work plan, providing content and strategic support, establishing timelines, and ensuring stakeholders are accountable for the work and achieving initiative goals.
  • Convene and document regular meetings of the Stakeholder Groups and Executive Committee, recognizing the need for efficiency.
  • Facilitate communication across Stakeholders through the development and maintenance of relationships, building of consensus in decision-making, and the establishment of a clear communications strategy, internally and externally, to ensure that the GPWI information is transparent and accessible.
  • Identify national best practices that inform the GPWI work in implementing sector-based pipeline systems.
  • Prepare annual analysis of the Initiative’s impacts and outcomes for Stakeholders.
  • Establish and maintain an effective system for information-based decision-making and assessment, including data collection (quantitative data, ‘expert’ perspectives and public knowledge), analysis and evaluation.

Other Responsibilities:

  • In conjunction with United Way of Greater Portland staff, advance policy to support the GPWI objectives.
  • Participate as a team member in Community Impact and organizational activities.
  • Work in conjunction with Community Impact team to ensure alignment of the GPWI activities with Thrive2027 goals.
  • Provide budget management, contract management, grant writing and reporting, and other administrative functions.

Preferred Education:

Bachelor’s degree or foreign equivalent in related experience required.


  • Excellent project management, time management, and organizational skills.
  • Experience in the field of workforce development and a strong familiarity with national best practices and models preferred.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated success in facilitating multidisciplinary or multi-organizational partnerships
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • Data-driven, innovative and results-oriented.
  • Robust experience analyzing data and using it to identify gaps and develop strategies.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proven ability to address and solve complex issues to achieve desired results.
  • Ability to work independently and to make appropriate decisions.
  • Strong meeting preparation and management skills.
  • Experience in volunteer management.
  • Experience with and/or understanding of Results Based Leadership/Accountability framework.
  • Proficient in MS Office, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and internet-related programs.
  • Commitment to excellence and to the mission of United Way of Greater Portland.

Supervisory Responsibility


Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines. Valid driver’s license, verifiable auto insurance, and use of a personal vehicle required.

Physical Demands:

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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. With some 7:30 AM meetings and after-hour functions, this position regularly requires more than 40 hours per week.


Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel may be expected.

Why choose United Way of Greater Portland?

Advancing the common good is about helping one person at a time, and about creating community change that benefits every member of the community. We are all connected and interdependent; we all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, and when people are healthy.

We have a staff of 36 dedicated employees to help us achieve our goals and fulfill our mission: To improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. To support the great work of our employees, we offer a competitive salary and a robust benefits package including health and dental insurance, a 403 (b) plan, life insurance, generous paid vacation, holiday, and sick time off.

Additionally, United Way of Greater Portland offers:

  • Convenient downtown location with free parking
  • Tuition assistance and opportunities for professional development
  • Health Club membership at a deeply discounted monthly rate
  • Wellness resources and Employee Assistance Program access
  • Personal and floating holidays
  • Paid volunteer time off
  • An excellent team of top-notch professionals that share your passion for strengthening our community

United Way of Greater Portland is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse environment and to the principles that promote inclusive practices. We are dedicated to building a diverse staff with expertise and interest in serving our communities, and encourage persons of all types of diversity to apply.

United Way of Greater Portland has identified a set of Core Values that are our essential tenets. These define and describe who United Way of Greater Portland will endeavor to be in all situations, both internal and external.

At United Way of Greater Portland We are:

  • Community Centered
  • Results Focused
  • Intentionally Collaborative
  • Committed to Excellence
  • Leading with Integrity

Applications accepted until March 19, 2020. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Amy Fecteau, Director, Human Resources at hr@unitedwaygp.org

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