Working for United Way

Thank you for your interest in working for United Way of East Central Iowa. Our mission is to unite the caring power of communities to invest in effective solutions to improve people’s lives. Employees in our organization work with donors, volunteers, corporate partners, and nonprofit organizations to bring our mission to life. Below you will find United Way job openings which are located in Cedar Rapids.

United Way of East Central Iowa is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religious beliefs, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by federal, state, and local fair employment practice laws.

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to

United Way Job Openings

Position Type: Full Time, Exempt

Reporting To: VP, Donor Engagement & Development

Hours: 40/ week minimum

Supervisory Position: No

# of Direct Reports (if applicable): N/A

       Essential Skills                    
  • Able to self-sufficiently develop, implement, and manage work and project
  • Process and relationship
  • Able to achieve and surpass goals and deadlines.
  • Proficient in Microsoft
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Project Management


  • Experience in non-profit communities.
  • Experience in managing volunteer committees and leadership.
  • Working knowledge of CRM software.

Values & Core Competencies:

  • Relationships: We work with people and demonstrate that we genuinely value their interests, concerns, hopes, and dreams for themselves and the community.
  • Excellence: Our standards are high, and exceptional quality is our expectation.
  • Learning: We grow and improve by continuously sharing and building upon our knowledge.
  • Service: We put the needs of our community and its people first.
  • Leadership: We guide and inspire our community to unite around effective solutions to social issues.
  • Collaboration: We strive to partner with others and work together using the unique strengths of our community to build greater impact.
  • Innovation: We do not rely on the status quo and continuously look for improved ways to reach our community goals.
  • Integrity: We are accountable and will do what is right, openly, and
  • Diversity and Inclusion: We seek and nurture diversity and inclusion to be reflective of the community we serve. We create a culture that values all people, perspectives, and strengths, which contributes to a vital, creative, and resilient
  • Mission-Focused: Priority to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities. This drives performance and professional motivation.
  • Relationship-Oriented: Understands people come before process and can cultivate and manage relationships toward a common goal.
  • Collaborator: Understands roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources through meaningful engagement.
  • Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good including creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.
  • Brand-Steward: Understands role and importance in protecting and growing the reputation and results of the greater network of United Ways.

This community-involved individual will develop strategies, tactics, and implementation steps to increase workplace campaign giving, corporate giving, and corporate sponsorship activities in assigned account portfolios. Successfully develops new and varied funding resources, achieving specified benchmarks and creating a consistent and positive experience for corporate donors. Develops and implements corporate donor recruitment, retention, and stewardship strategies in collaboration with the Resource Development team and the Vice President of Donor Engagement and Development ensuring donor growth and satisfaction. This position may be assigned an affinity group and will be responsible for leading, managing, and executing growth strategies.

Workplace Giving, Corporate Donations, and Corporate Sponsorships/Annual Campaign:

  • Manage an assigned portion of overall campaign portfolios (year-round) and effectively collaborate with Campaign Specialist(s) during campaign season.
  • Develop key relationships with company coordinators and leadership and integrate their requests with company campaign
  • Collaborate with volunteer leadership members of the Campaign Cabinet to advance campaign company leadership relationships and drive campaign goals.
  • Recruit and retain campaign
  • Assist with the development of campaign goals, integrate strategies, and successfully execute tools necessary to achieve increases in workplace and corporate
  • Cultivate relationships with company decision-makers and other individuals who influence corporate
  • Perform workplace campaign research, analyze, and communicate key trends, results, and opportunities to ensure continued campaign growth.
  • Work closely with corporate donors, volunteers, and internal departments to set and accomplish annual and long-term goals to attract and sustain resources and engage and recognize donors year-round.
  • Utilize CRM to manage proactive relationships, as well as gather and maintain accurate donor information.
  • Direct involvement with implementation of department’s strategic
  • Collaborate with team members on special projects involving workplace  campaigns, affinity groups, and
  • Collaborate with the Community Impact staff to understand and effectively articulate how campaign, leadership, and affinity group donor funds support UWECI’s work in the community.

Affinity Group(s):

This position may be assigned an affinity group associated with UWECI.  Tasks may include:

  • Lead monthly steering committee meetings including creation of the agenda and meeting notes.
  • Lead affinity group event planning.
  • Lead/Co-Lead monthly/bimonthly affinity group event subcommittee(s).
  • One-on-one stewardship of individual committee members and affinity group supporters.
  • Recruitment of new steering committee members.
  • Monitor affinity group campaign designations.
  • Leading affinity group fundraising effort.
  • Spread general awareness of UWECI and affinity groups in the community.

Level of Education: Associate Degree *Bachelors Preferred

Work Experience: (x) 1-3 years, (  ) 3-5 years, (  ) 5-7 years, (  ) 7+ years

Education Requirement: 5+ years of related experience will be accepted in place of required degree

Preferred field(s) of study: Non-Profit, Fundraising, Marketing, Business, Public Relations, Communications, or related field.

  • Innovation and Creativity: Remain open to new ways of doing business. Critically examine rules to see if they have outlived their Recognizes and capitalizes on emerging opportunities. Flexible, adaptable, and open to change. Committed to continuous learning.
  • Action Oriented/Results Driven: Demonstrate strong drive to achieve meaningful results and able to follow through on Anticipate and resolve problems effectively. Work on concurrent assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Effective Communication: Prepare clear, complete, and concise reports. Work effectively with volunteers and staff. Must maintain confidential Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building and written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strategic Relationship Management: Work to understand, relate to, and engage constituents to improve their experience with UWECI’s brand and generate more significant relationships with Develop and grow relationships to drive positive impact for the community on issues we have identified as important. Continually builds and expands the network of donors.
  • Customer Oriented: Listens to the needs, interests, and passions of the donor with an eye towards connecting them with UWECI’s work in the community. Identifies, engages with, adapts to, and influences various types of individuals and
  • Cultural Competency: Able to understand, communicate, and interact effectively with people across cultures.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be frequently required to use finger and hand motion and occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 20 lbs.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus. Travel to offsite meetings is an essential part of this role; a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is required.


This position must coordinate and communicate regularly with the Senior Manager, Workplace Campaign & Donor Engagement regarding workplace giving campaigns and the VP, Resource Development and President/CEO regarding the vision and strategy for leadership giving.

Note: This job description indicates the normal type and level of work expected of the incumbent. Incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as apparent or assigned.

United Way offers a family friendly working environment and competitive starting salary. Benefits include health, dental, vision, life, long-term disability insurance, generous retirement, and paid leave plans.

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For consideration, candidate must send cover letter, resume, and three professional references (name, title, and contact information) to

Screening of applicants will begin as applications are received.

Equal Opportunity Employer

United Way Benefits

  • Paid Time Off

    • 11 Paid Holidays, including a floating diversity day to be taken on a holiday of your choice!
    • 13 Sick Days (Per year)
    • 22 Vacation Days (Per year)
    • 3 Volunteer Days
  • Insurance

    • United Way of East Central Iowa offers protection to our employees through a full insurance program including coverage for Health, Dental, Vision, Life, LTD, and EAP.
  • Retirement Plan

    • United Way of East Central Iowa is pleased to be able to offer its employees retirement benefits in a 403(b) plan. The plan offers an important opportunity for you to save for your retirement. Moreover, United Way of East Central Iowa will contribute up to 8% of your earnings toward your plan account after 3 months of employment.