United Way of Greater Los Angeles,

Program Officer, Strategic Investments (Homelessness)

1 month ago
Employment type
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

United Way of Greater Los Angeles (UWGLA) is home to the change makers and justice seekers. We're individuals from various walks of life making collective steps towards a better future for our community. We focus on bringing about real and sustainable change by unleashing the collective power of people to open minds, unite diverse communities, and covert compassion into action for a more just, inclusive, and thriving L.A. County. Together, we make a tangible impact on some of our toughest community issues including poverty, homelessness, education equity, and economic mobility. For us, being 'united' isn't just in reference to our organization but to our hope for the future of Los Angeles. Regardless of race, gender, sexual [EB1] orientation, or self-identification - we do our part as one by making room for all.


Our Community Impact department advances UWGLA’s mission by generating advocacy, awareness, and accessibility in support of LA’s most vulnerable populations. We’re equally as passionate as we are efficient – tackling poverty at its root and leveraging our collective creative talents to innovate impactful solutions where others see insurmountable odds. We’re the people’s ‘people’, building influential coalitions across communities, industries, and political coalitions that allow us to expand the realm of possibilities for those who have historically been deprived.

About this job

We are looking for strategic and solutions-oriented leaders with a passion for ending homelessness through community-centered grantmaking to become our next Program Officer, Strategic Investments (Homelessness), and implement high-quality grant operations that center equity and impact.

You will design strategic investments to address homelessness by leading the Home For Good Funders Collaborative, LA’s leading public and private resource table on housing and homelessness, and managing United Way’s ongoing homelessness grant investments.

You will have the unique opportunity to work with a diverse set of stakeholders to collaboratively design grant opportunities that test bold ideas, scale proven solutions, and build capacity to one of LA’s most pressing issues.

Roles & responsibilities

Home For Good Funders Collaborative

  • Direct a body of 30+ leading public and private funders in building and investing in catalytic solutions to end homelessness in Los Angeles County.
  • Lead the growth and enhancement of this collective in size, scope, and vision as the pre-imminent public/private partnership for resourcing homeless initiatives.
  • Use discretion and strategic vision to continue evolving the structure and strategies of the Funders Collaborative to broaden and deepen the engagement of philanthropic members and the impact of its investments.
  • Determine and distribute meaningful ongoing and impact communications to Funders Collaborative members and grantees.
  • Represent United Way in key philanthropic and community spaces.

Homelessness Strategic Investments

  • Manage collaborative investment design processes to construct streamlined and impactful funding opportunities for the Home For Good Funders Collaborative and United Way’s homelessness investments, in alignment with the goal of the Home For Good initiative.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to lead the design of homelessness investment in pilots and strategic projects, ensuring alignment with long-term goals and strategies of Home For Good team.
  • Work with Home For Good leadership to identify and research issues and solutions for potential development into strategic funding opportunities.
  • Work in partnership with United Way leadership to further integrate racial equity commitment in investments and grant processes.
  • Identify advancements in the philanthropic field and explore alternative grant processes that increase access and impact of investments.
  • Oversee responsive and partner-oriented support for grantee partners and prospective applicants seeking assistance or advice. Successfully mediate challenging conversations with applicants and partners.
  • Facilitate the production and logistics of special meetings and events (i.e., celebrations, recognition events, strategy meetings) related to grantmaking.

Grantmaking Operations

  • Partner with Director of Strategic Investments to support strategic discussion and decision making that evolves United Way grantmaking strategy and operations in alignment with organizational goals and grantmaking values.
  • Lead cross-functional efforts to apply innovative operational management practices that create efficient and effective grantmaking.
  • Oversee production of proposal and grant management of homelessness investments through United Way’s grants management system.
  • Partner with Manager, Institutional Giving to provide impact data, demographics, and progress information for foundation requests and reports that fund homelessness grant projects.
  • Partner with Community Impact and Finance Business Services leadership to ensure grant payments are made in a timely way and allocated accurately to the appropriate finance account.
  • Oversee tracking of homelessness grant progress and results to support strategic discussions, decision-making and continuous program improvement.


  • Lead research and stakeholder input process to determine core areas of investment for FY23 Funders Collaborative, and outline alignment with additional homelessness investments planned by United Way.
  • Design and execute investment strategy related to senior homelessness in partnership with Home For Good leadership and senior homelessness team.
  • Refine Home For Good Funders Collaborative evolving infrastructure, including resource tracking, policies/procedures, etc).
  • Plan and execute updated meeting management and communications strategy for Funders Collaborative bi-monthly meetings.
  • Participate in and lead significant process improvement efforts with key departments (Finance, Operations) to improve grant management and increase access to decision-making information for program/project leads.


Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, Nonprofit Management, Social Work, Business Administration, related disciplines, or equivalent professional experience required; Master’s degree a plus
  • Minimum 5 years of related work experience required in philanthropy, program development, or fundraising
  • Demonstrated experience working with boards, funding collaboratives, or other decision-making bodies

Personal Qualities

  • You understand the value of racial equity as an organizational operating principle and are committed to continued learning on issues related to race, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • You are a team player that can effectively work in collaborative environments.
  • You’re a strong communicator that can build positive working relationships with an array of internal and external stakeholders.
  • You have a results-oriented mindset, utilizing planning and problem-solving skills to get the job done.

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU’RE A FIT (The Nice-to-Haves)

  • You can light a spark in the dimmest of rooms with your energy and enthusiasm for the work you do.
  • You are a strategic planner who can successfully transform thoughts to action and goals to success with a well-crafted play-by-play strategy.
  • Your written communications are concise and clear when it comes to ensuring messaging is compelling, accurate, and tailored to the audience.
  • You understand all aspects of data analysis - the graphs, charts, facts, and figures - well enough to explain the story they tell to others.
  • You keep your priorities straight but also know when it's time to re-prioritize your work assignments based on business needs.
  • You are proactive, self-motivated, and action-oriented when it comes to managing your workload.
  • You work well with others - stakeholders and colleagues alike would agree that you are the quintessential “Team Player”
  • Logic and reasoning come naturally to you, making you an efficient problem solver to challenges big and small.
  • You stay calm under pressure and can meet tight deadlines when necessary.
  • You know how to build a plane while you fly it and thrive in the face of ambiguous situations.
  • You're comfortable with giving and receiving feedback in a manner that's respectful yet constructive whether in performance reviews or one-off conversations.
  • You know what you know, and what you DON'T know, you’ll research through credible sources and apply that knowledge to your role.
  • You've always lived true to the phrase, 'Where there's a will, there's a way," and you're willing to pave the way by creating or improving processes where needed.
  • You are familiar with designing and implementing programs from scratch or improving on an existing framework.
  • You can project manage, project management! From the blueprint of an idea to outlining and seeing through actionable next steps - you love when a plan comes together.
  • You know your way around the Microsoft Windows operating systems and all its essential programs including Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint – Microsoft CRM and grants management software are a plus.

To apply

Apply for this position here: https://jobs.lever.co/unitedwayla/6813f32c-ee74-4da7-af6e-57076c8a7b27