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Portfolio Manager, Basic Needs

The United Way of Greater St. Louis mobilizes the community with one goal in mind — helping people live their best possible lives.  The Portfolio Manager, Basic Needs, works within the Community Impact Division to implement and maintain approaches to basic needs strategies by developing, supporting, and leading a strategic portfolio of investments and partnerships throughout the St. Louis region.


Supervisory Accountabilities:  

Staff: No
Volunteers: Yes


General Responsibilities:


  1. Grantmaking
  • Within the United Way impact area of basic needs, manage a portfolio of community investments with the goal of reaching and improving the lives of people in the region
  • Responsible for the overall management of the basic needs portfolio fund, coordinating and facilitating grant processes including review, due diligence, and distribution of unrestricted and donor directed funds
  • Assess organizational and programmatic performance of agencies using standard rubric and common outcomes to ensure resources are effectively and wisely invested
  • Communicate regularly with partner agencies, cultivating positive community partnerships
  • Monitor partner agency performance through site visits and analysis of reports and documentation
  • Assist with recruitment, training, and management of community investment volunteers
  • Help build collaborative networks between fund recipients and community stakeholders/partners
  • Ensure results and reliable data is available and used by United Way and partners throughout work, working closely with internal evaluation team
  • Identify and organize opportunities for capacity building to strengthen providers and network


  1. Collaboration
  • Connect and align with other appropriate community partners, assets, and resources to optimize impact
  • Play a leadership role across collaborative, cross-sector partnerships building trust and commitment among partners to work together for a long-term vision
  • Convene and facilitate decisions, plans, action, and joint problem solving at the common table to help move key strategies forward in accomplishing common outcomes
  • Continuously build upon field of service expertise in the basic needs areas
  • Work collaboratively to align and integrate efforts with internal divisions
  • Represent United Way at community meetings, agency events, statewide and local coalitions/task forces, etc.
  • Represent the United Way in a professional manner and be responsible for public accountability of the organization
  • Facilitate community conversations; listen and seek information from the community


Key Accountabilities: 

  • Manage grant and accountability process
  • Assess and monitor partner agency performance
  • Manage volunteer recruitment and training process
  • Convene and facilitate collaborative common tables
  • Represent United Way at community meetings
  • Align and integrate efforts with internal divisions


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Masters degree required in Social Work, Public Health, or related field with a minimum of 5 years in the nonprofit sector
  • Demonstrated solid ability to assess and monitor organizational performance
  • Experience in grantmaking and collaborative work
  • Ability to effectively facilitate and convene common tables with relevant key stakeholders
  • Possesses subject matter expertise in basic needs, including knowledge of evidence-based practices, pertinent outcomes, and local stakeholders
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and accuracy
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills
  • Team player, positive attitude, mature, confident, self-starter
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of community groups, partner organizations, internal customers, and volunteers
  • Ability to adapt and keep current in a rapidly changing and organic environment


Please submit resume and cover letter to


Employment is contingent upon passing a screening for illegal drug use.

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We offer competitive health, vision and dental plans to staff and their families, along with wellness initiatives and unlimited access to our healthcare provider professionals. New employees can earn up to 11 vacation days and 10 paid holidays within their first year of employment, including their birthday! We encourage staff to continue growing their skill sets and fuel their passions by attending seminars and conferences throughout the year.

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We're committed to the richness of diversity in all aspects of our organization and those with whom we partner and serve. Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of what it means to help people live their best possible lives. We're committed to a positive and collaborative work environment where all employees are appreciated for who they are and what they contribute. We value different backgrounds and perspectives, foster teamwork and a collaborative environment, while maximizing the impact of donations entrusted to us. This environment is imperative to our ability to make a meaningful, measurable impact in the region.


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