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United Way of Greater Nashville

Director, Education

United Way of Greater Nashville


Job Summary

Position Objective: The Director, Education contributes to the efforts of United Way of Greater Nashville by providing vision, leadership, innovation, and strategy to advance UWGN’s education agenda; position the organization as a solutions-oriented leader in the education space; and ultimately serve as a catalyst for transformational life outcomes for our most vulnerable students.  The Director, Education is responsible for overseeing and providing thoughtful stewardship of education investments and initiatives to advance UWGN’s mission and education goals. This position is responsible for answering the questions, “How are students better off because of the work and investment of United Way? How have we seeded transformational life outcomes?” The Director, Education represents UWGN around multiple, high-level education tables and is integral in forming and strengthening community relationships and partnerships to advance education goals. This position works with the campaign/development team to support fundraising efforts.

Job Responsibilities

Essential Functions: The following are indicative of the essential functions required to perform this job successfully.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. This profile is not intended to be all-inclusive of tasks and responsibilities required; it provides a description of the critical responsibilities associated with this position.

Program Leadership

  • Provides thought leadership and strategic direction for UWGN’s education agenda inclusive of strategies, goals, and outcomes.
  • Works with Assoc. Director of Education to successfully meet expectations of Metro Childcare Stabilization grant including engagement of ECE leadership, data analysis, and timely reporting of progress to the city.
  • Thinks innovatively, is outcomes-oriented, and views the work through the lens of transformational change.
  • Seeds, raise awareness and establishes UWGN’s education agenda within the community.
  • Provides oversight and ensures outcome attainment across all education investments.
  • Ensures the collection, analysis, and reporting of data related to education investments.
  • Supervises and coaches and educates team members to ensure the team has the knowledge and resources needed to be successful in achieving department-level and personal goals.
  • Ensures implementation and delivery of action plans across the education focus area.
  • Creates and provides sound stewardship of the Education budget demonstrating fiscal responsibility and organizational accountability.
  •  Supports workplace engagement and marketing to communicate United Way’s education impact in the community to inspire volunteering, advocating, and giving.
  • Works with Chief Community Impact Officer to identify and secure grant funding to support education initiatives 

Partnership, Network, and Professional Development

  • Builds mutually beneficial partnerships that advance the goals of all partners for transformational student outcomes and positions United Way as a highly desirable partner of choice
  • Builds collaborative relationships with key stakeholders including local and state government, Metro Nashville Public Schools leaders, and non-profit education service providers to foster collaboration for transformational student outcomes.
  • Represent United Way of Greater Nashville’s education interests at leadership tables including local, state, and public or private convenings to share United Way’s mission, position United Way for partnership, and identify opportunities for collaboration.
  • Stays abreast of current trends, initiatives, policy changes, and best practices in the birth– post-secondary education continuum.



  • Education:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in education or related field; Masters’ preferred
  • Experience:
    • Education leadership or related field: 3 years
    • Management: 3 years
    • Supervisory: 3 years
  • Knowledge:
    • Education trends, best practices, birth–post-secondary
    • Components of College to Career Readiness
    • Collective Impact
    • Education research, assessments, and evaluation practices
    • Local education efforts and initiatives
    • Grant research and writing  
  • Skills:
    • Strategic planning
    • Staff management
    • Meeting facilitation
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Ability to multi-task
    • Relationship cultivation and management
    • Strong presentation skills
    • Project management
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products including Outlook, Word, and Excel
  • Miscellaneous:
    • Valid Driver’s License and Proof of Insurance 


  • Mission Driven: Focuses on the needs and aspirations of the community by telling the “United Way story” to help others understand the importance of volunteering, advocating, and giving.
  • Relationship Management:  Builds relationships internally and externally with organizational stakeholders in efforts to grow and sustain enthusiasm for United Way of Greater Nashville’s work; demonstrates credibility in all interactions; and demonstrates the ability to effectively build a network of contacts by understanding what motivates individuals and organizations.
  • Effective Communication: Ability to effectively communicate through oral, written, and technological means; actively listening, collaborating, and expressing oneself clearly, to ensure those that need specific information to acquire it; plan and deliver communication that makes an impact and persuades the audience; gives positive and encouraging recognition to those that have contributed.
  • Outcome Motivated: Creates and maintains high-performance standards. Maintains an outcomes orientation and seeks methods to continuously improve.
  • Strategy and Planning: Develop education-focused strategies based on analysis of community needs and trends.
  • Leadership and Navigation: Exhibits behaviors consistent with organizational culture; fosters collaboration; demonstrates emotional intelligence both internally with staff and externally with stakeholders; understands the most effective and efficient way to accomplish tasks and achieve results within the parameters of processes, systems, and policies.
  • Program Knowledge: Demonstrates knowledge of techniques, research, skills, procedures, best practices, and resources in the education field to be considered a subject matter expert; applies knowledge to provide strategic leadership to the education team, identifies issues and internal problems, and continuously improves programs; works to continue to develop professionally and increase knowledge and skills.
  • Stress Tolerance: Displays emotional resilience and the ability to withstand pressure on an on-going basis; deals with difficult situations while maintaining performance; seeks support from others when necessary and uses appropriate coping techniques.

Environmental Conditions and Physical Demands:

  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. The employee is required to stand, walk, climb, bend, and balance.
  • An employee spends the majority of time seated; working at a desk in front of a computer monitor.  Manual dexterity is sufficient to reach/handle items and work with the fingers.
  • Frequent driving of vehicle for stakeholder meetings.
  • Well-lighted, heated, and/or air-conditioned indoor office setting with adequate ventilation.

Additional Information


United Way of Nashville offers competitive benefits and salaries.  Hybrid work schedule. 

How to Apply

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United Way of Metropolitan Nashville is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


  • Date Posted: August 4, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Education
  • Start Date: 09/12/2023
  • Working Hours: M - F, ; 8:00-4:30