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Program Manager, Impact Monadnock Early Childhood Initiative

Monadnock United Way

About MUW

This is an exciting time in MUW’s 65-year history. We are in the first year of a 5-year strategic plan aimed at addressing our region’s most pressing needs. Through research conducted by MUW, the NH Charitable Foundation and the NH Public Policy Institute, we learned that MUW and its partners are poised to create positive, measurable change in these areas:

  • Children:  Community children live in safe, nurturing, healthy homes and communities.
  • Education:  Community members receive an education that enables them to achieve their fullest potential.
  • Financial stability: Community members have the financial resources they need to live healthy, happy, and productive lives.
  • Basic needs: Community members have access to food, shelter, heat, and transportation. MUW believes these are foundational needs that support the focus areas above.

In addition, we learned that regions across the country have stronger, more lasting effects when communities come together to address social problems using evidence-based practices in a systems-based investment approach called “Impact.” MUW is embracing impactful investing to achieve long-term, lasting change for our region.

About the Monadnock Region of NH

The Monadnock Region is a beautiful, Currier-and-Ives corner of New Hampshire – known for its beauty, access to outdoor activities, vibrant arts culture, and excellent cuisine. This region is also known for its generosity and commitment to community. People in this region give freely of their time, talents and treasure to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to thrive. As a result, the Monadnock United Way sits at the top of the scale nationally for funds raised per capita within the UW system. The Major Gifts Manager will be joining a vibrant and supportive community with opportunities to grow personally and professionally. 

Monadnock United Way is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position Summary:

The Program Manager will effectively lead the efforts of Impact Monadnock (IM), Monadnock United Way’s (MUW’s) signature early childhood impact initiative.  Using collective impact methodologies, the Manager will facilitate work with groups of community partners and volunteers to develop strategies and implement actions to achieve measurable and lasting change in community conditions related to early childhood. Our vision is that all children in the Monadnock Region and their families are healthy, learning and thriving.

This individual will accomplish this objective with the support and supervision of the Senior Director of Impact, and by:

  • Mobilizing community partners and volunteers to implement the IM early childhood initiative through strategic work groups (project teams).
  • Leading implementation of the IM strategic plan informed by best practices in early childhood development.
  • Working in collaboration with the MUW Impact Team to ensure to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of Impact Monadnock project teams.
  • Reporting regularly to the IM Advisory Committee and Former IM Board, the Monadnock United Way Board, Spark NH, and the community.


The Manager must model the competencies expected of all MUW staff:

  • Mission Focused. Employee’s top priority is to create real social change that leads to better lives and overall community well-being. This drives employee performance and professional motivations.
  • Relationship Oriented. Employee understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
  • Collaborator. Employee understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
  • Results Driven. Employee is dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.
  • Brand Steward. Employee is a steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.
  • Role Model. Employee is a role model for shared leadership and advocates for collective impact principles and processes.


The Manager must model and support the values of the organization:

  • Commitment to Community Success: Make a positive difference and have a measurable impact of enduring consequence.
  • Co-leadership: Empower others and act as a catalyst for promoting positive change in our community.
  • Inclusiveness: Aspire to involve every segment of the community in every aspect of work.
  • Integrity and Accountability: Act with integrity that justifies trust.
  • Innovation. Value innovation in community building to affect positive change.

Experience and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus 3-5 years’ work experience in education, social services, health or other related fields.  
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, presentation, and written communication skills are required, with an ability to relate to a diverse group of individuals or organizations in an effective manner.
  • Project management experience.
  • Proven track record of achieving timely results.
  • Innovative, passionate and committed to the mission of MUW.
  • Community impact and technical support experience.
  • Experience working in multi-sector collaborations both leading and providing technical support.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Ability to think strategically.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Grant writing and monitoring experience a plus.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Manager reports to the Senior Director of Impact and collaborates closely with MUW staff, especially the Impact Team.  The Manager will:

  • Implement the IM strategic plan through hands-on field work with IM project teams; facilitate the creation and implementation of action plans for each group that support the IM strategic plan.
  • Manage the IM strategic plan and ensure systems for data collection, evaluation and reporting as part of MUW’s overarching impact evaluation plan.
  • Collaborate with the MUW Communications Specialist in creating and implementing a marketing and communications plan for IM and its various audiences that include website content and social marketing, presentations to stakeholders, newsletter content, etc. 
  • Develop, implement and/or enhance systems within the IM initiative to facilitate effective communication among all project teams and IM volunteers.
  • Work in tandem with the Senior Director of Impact and the IM Advisory Committee on strategies and growth potential for the IM initiative.
  • Work with the MUW team to ensure positive and active communication of the community impact and investment agenda (including IM), events, accomplishments and challenges through presentations and written reports.
  • Assist in planning, writing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating grant-funded projects; write required reports to funders.
  • Work closely with the Senior Director of Impact to identify areas around which to collaborate and strengthen strategies and investments for early childhood.
  • Oversee and supervise volunteers, interns, and others engaged in the IM initiative, and provide relevant training/professional development.
  • Develop collaborative relationships with local, regional and state leaders and other external stakeholders including Spark NH Community of Practice, Healthy Monadnock, the Monadnock Region System of Care, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and other community impact efforts in the region and state; represent the IM vision and seek input for early childhood development activities and strategic planning.
  • Research, identify, develop and pursue best practices in collective/community impact and early childhood development.
How to Apply:

Submit cover letter, resume, and three references to or mail to Monadnock United Way, 23 Center Street, Keene, NH  03431.

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Date Added: November 16, 2018

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