Job Opportunities

United Way of the Coastal Empire is an equal opportunity employer.  We are proud to employ individuals from diverse backgrounds who are committed to building a stronger community and improving lives.  We offer excellent benefits, including health, dental, 403b, holidays and paid vacation.  Currently, we are looking for candidates to fill the following positions:

POSITION TITLE: Project Coordinator, United Way HandsOn Savannah

POSITION SUMMARY: The Project Coordinator is responsible in assisting the director in promoting professional excellence in volunteerism throughout the Coastal Empire. United Way HandsOn Savannah, a direct service of United Way of the Coastal Empire, shares a mission to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities.  United Way HandsOn Savannah strives to reach this mission by connecting individuals, families, corporate, and community groups to results-driven service opportunities; mobilizing community volunteers around National and International days of service; and promoting professionalism in Volunteer Administration by providing free training, consultation, and development opportunities for nonprofit professionals responsible for managing volunteers.


  • Agency Relations:  Conducts outreach with targeted agencies that operate in, or serve members of, one or more of the Coastal Empire communities. Establishes partnerships with agencies for referrals and projects that address community need.  Provides general technical assistance with the United Way HandsOn Savannah website.
  • Volunteer Recruitment & Management:  Assists with a recruitment strategy for engaging volunteers. Works with schools, faith-based organizations, civic, and service groups to identify needs and facilitates a match with interested volunteers.  Assists agencies from within the community in supporting these new volunteer populations through materials, project development, educational opportunities, and technical assistance. Attends community meetings, information fairs and other public events.
  • Community Outreach: Assists with volunteer and media outreach at volunteer fairs, community meetings, and special events. Works with UWCE and UW-HOS staff to engage with community members to identify and then address needs and opportunities. Posts major events and newsworthy material to all social media sites. Drafts press releases for all major events and days of service.
  • Volunteer Education & Training: Supports staff during all trainings; contributes to Council of Volunteer Administrators (COVA); and Common Grounds training series to educate members of the community about the best practices and influence of volunteerism.
  • Project Development & Implementation:  Works with the director to develop targeted projects that identify vital service needs within the community. Works to recruit volunteers and project leaders as well as manage logistics for these projects; could require 25%-30% travel time and physical strength to lift an excess of 25lbs. Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license.
  • General Administration:  Answers general volunteer and agency inquiries and responds to messages, emails, and requests in a timely and service-oriented manner.  Attends to copying, faxing, and other administrative duties as they relate to position.


Education & Experience
•    High school diploma or equivalent required, bachelor’s degree preferred
•    2 years professional work experience required
•    1-3 years in nonprofit sector with volunteer management component preferred

Proficiency in the use of computers for:
•    Web experience in order to work with web based platforms (GetConnected, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, etc.)
•    Microsoft Office Suite
•    Online research
•    CRM Database management experience preferred

DESIRED ATTRIBUTES: The ideal candidate for this position should demonstrate competence in some or all of the following:

  • Community: Knowledge and/or experience with the Savannah nonprofit community specifically background and/ or experience in community service or volunteer work
  • Effective Communication: Speak, listen, and write in a clear, thorough, and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques both in person and online.
  • Organization: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities.
  • Planning: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.
  • Balancing teamwork and independence: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problem, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.  Demonstrated ability to perform in an atmosphere that requires individual initiative as well as group decision-making.
  • Problem Solving: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
  • Creativity/innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities.
  • Inclusion: Commitment to diversity, innovation and community-building
  • Travel & Physical Demands: Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.  Travel back and forth to trainings, projects.  Physically able to lift materials in excess of 25lbs. Manage within high stress environment to perform a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature.
  • Decision Making: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.

To apply: email resume and cover letter to Rebecca Pierson.

: Director, Community Investments

POSITION SUMMARY: Directs the strategic investment of resources in Education & Youth Development programs. Assists in all aspects of United Way of the Coastal Empire’s (UWCE) program funding processes and capacity-building of its funded organizations. Effectively communicates UWCE’s community impact work to donors, volunteers and the community at-large.


  • Develop and maintain UWCE performance measurement standards for Education & Youth Development programs, including: common outcomes and standard performance measurements, valid measurement tools and data collection processes;
  • Train and provide technical assistance to UWCE Education & Youth Development programs with regard to funding, including: effective performance evaluation and financial management practices;
  • Recruit, train and provide technical support to UWCE Investment Volunteers;
  • Manage Investment Panel for Education & Youth Development, to include: schedule and attend all application review meetings and site visits, review all applications and supporting documents, develop evaluation reports and facilitate deliberation of programmatic and funding recommendations;
  • Assist in communicating Education & Youth Development programmatic and funding recommendations to UWCE’s governing committees and Board of Directors;
  • Promote UWCE’s Education & Youth Development goals and outcomes through United Way website, social media and community impact reports;
  • Provide consistent, reliable communications with funded programs and Investment Volunteers of funding decisions and other relevant announcements, news and opportunities;
  • Develop and conduct surveys and focus groups with constituents to evaluate UWCE’s investment processes, policies and standards, adjusting strategies, as needed;
  • Provide professional development and capacity-building supports to funded programs and volunteers, as applicable;
  • Represent UWCE on task forces, coalitions and other community groups, as appropriate;
  • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS: Minimum of Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in education, human services or a related field. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential, as well as effective time-management and strong organizational capabilities. Must work well in collaboration with others and demonstrate initiative and a passion for United Way’s mission to improve lives.

Submit a cover letter and resume to Pfeffer McMaken, Vice President of Community Investments, United Way of the Coastal Empire, at No phone calls, please.

POSITION TITLE: Loaned/Sponsored Associate

POSITION SUMMARY:  A Loaned/Sponsored Associate is an individual who is hired or loaned on a temporary basis by United Way to assist in the implementation of the annual fund-raising campaign from August through November.


  • Gain working knowledge of United Way and its funded programs
  • Contact and work with Employee Campaign Managers (ECM) within local businesses to plan, organize, and conduct effective employee fundraising campaigns; This includes providing them with necessary materials and making public presentations to employee groups
  • Provide an informational program within each organization for the purpose of educating employees about United Way, funded programs and services
  • Assume responsibility for achieving goals established by staff and volunteers
  • Maintain complete records on assigned accounts
  • Evaluate and recommend changes for future campaigns on assigned accounts
  • Attend scheduled meetings, trainings, and campaign related functions


  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with many types of work styles
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including group presentations
  • Ability to manage many projects at one time by prioritizing and planning
  • Commitment to providing good customer service
  • Ability to work independently and as a team
  • Ability to represent themselves and United Way in a positive and professional manner
  • Strong computer skills, i.e. Microsoft Office Suite


  • Develops public speaking, time management, leadership, and communication skills
  • Networking with diverse members and leaders of the community
  • Heightened appreciation for the role of volunteerism and making a visible contribution for the good of the community


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, preferably in fundraising, sales and/or marketing
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license, required automobile and insurance
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds

EMPLOYMENT CLASSIFICATION:  Temporary, Full-time, from August 24 through November  24, 2015

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to  No phone calls, please.


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