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Equity and Network Development Specialist

United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County in Asheville, NC, USA


$50,000 Annually

Benefits Offered

401K, Dental, Life, Medical, Vision

Employment Type


Why Work Here?

“Join our team if you want to work with a group of highly professional and caring people who are committed to building a strong community.”

This is a full-time position with United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County (UWABC). Primary roles and responsibilities include: co-designing and supporting a cross-district Community Schools Youth Leadership Team, co-designing and co-facilitating Asheville Buncombe youth development network convenings, facilitating the network’s shared professional development workgroup, serving as a member of UWABC’s Equity Change Team and joining the cross-district Restorative Practices trainer/coaching cohort.

The Equity and Network Development Specialist works to promote the foundational principle of the community school strategy that educational excellence and equity are inseparable as well as the vision, mission, focus and guiding principles of UWABC.


This position requires adaptive leadership skills that foster strong relationships with diverse groups of people and technical skills such as detail-oriented planning and implementation of community-wide events.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or Social Service field or comparable related experience and training

  • Understanding of our public education system and youth service organizations and the ability to support equity-centered goals for both student and systems-level change

  • Experienced and skilled in community- and/or school-based equity work including but not limited to: relationship development with diverse groups of people, creating safe and inclusive group dynamics, program development and evaluation, designing and facilitating adult and youth learning opportunities, events management, public speaking, professional written communications and reporting, data/information management

  • Knowledge of and experience with (or willingness to develop expertise in) any of the following: collective impact, Results-Based Accountability (RBA), improvement science, systems thinking/practices

  • General attributes: works effectively with people from different backgrounds and with different interests and levels of technical skill, strong self-motivation, and works well both independently and on teams

  • Working knowledge of G Suite (Google) and/or Microsoft Office applications and ability to learn and routinely utilize new computer programs/software

  • Multilingual abilities are preferred, not required.


Youth Leadership Team

  • With local youth leaders, co-design and facilitate the development of a cross-district youth leadership team to support the scale and continuous quality improvement of community schools and the youth development network.
  • Develop and share best practice standards for integrating youth leadership into design, decision-making, and evaluation practices (at both the school/organization and network/community-wide levels).
  • Facilitate the incorporation of youth voice and leadership into network convenings and other shared learning opportunities.
  • Support youth leaders in serving on the Community Schools Cross-Sector Leadership Team (responsible for scaling and sustaining community schools and the youth development network through policy, advocacy, evaluation, and systems-level best practices).

Shared Professional Learning Strategy

  • Guide/advance the network’s shared professional learning goals and objectives focused on core principles and practices (ie. racial equity, student and family voice and leadership, asset-based approaches, trauma-informed practices, restorative practices, cultural and gender-focused programming, multilingual and multi-generational approaches, continuous-quality improvement, etc).
  • Facilitate the Shared Professional Learning Workgroup, including member recruitment and development towards achieving shared vision and results.

  • Map existing learning/professional opportunities and identify areas in which current learning opportunities are not sufficient to enable high-quality implementation of shared vision and strategies.

  • Facilitate improved shared learning/professional development. With school and community partners, increase access to existing opportunities, create new opportunities where current gaps exist and support/facilitate evaluation and continuous quality improvement efforts.

  • Research and share innovative best practices that support the shared vision and strategies of Community Schools and the youth development network.

Network Convenings

  • Co-design and co-facilitate (in-person and virtual) annual large-scale community-wide events and ongoing smaller relationship-building/networking events.
  • Serve on planning and design teams. Create and carry out detailed logistics from marketing and communication strategies, registration processes, meal planning, post-event evaluation, etc.
  • Support content development and presenters’ design process (as needed).
  • Facilitate event evaluation and continuous quality improvement efforts.
  • Facilitate and/or co-facilitate portions of events/convenings.

Integrated Learning

  • Serve as a member of the UWABC Equity Change Team.
  • Support the integration and scale of Restorative Practices with community school youth development partners. (Note: this position/person will be a member of the local training of trainers cohort)

  • Co-design and implement strategies to integrate the learning and development of UWABC staff and volunteers with that of the youth development network.

Cross-Departmental Collaboration

  • Support increased impact and efficiencies of UWABC departments and initiatives by working collaboratively with staff leads and working groups. Examples include Community School Coordinators and school-based Resource Teams, Homework Diners, higher education partnerships, the Results-based Accountability workgroup, NC 211, UWABC Resource Development, Marketing and Communications, and Volunteer Engagement departments.


Director of Community Schools Leadership and Strategy Development

The starting salary for this position is approximately 50k with a highly competitive benefits package and opportunity for annual growth. UWABC strives to create a strong, healthy and supportive work environment which includes a strong focus on shared learning and professional development.

United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County

About United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County:

United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County envisions a united and resilient community where everyone belongs and everyone thrives. We mobilize and support a robust network of people, partners, and resources to collectively fight the root causes and consequences of poverty.

This is an exciting and pivotal moment for UWABC. As we prepare to celebrate our centennial anniversary in 2021, we are rolling out a new strategic plan that deliberately centers our work around equity, and explicitly names the community school strategy—an equity-based approach to elevating student success, supporting families, and engaging communities—as the organizing framework for accomplishing our mission. Meanwhile, the recent outbreak of COVID-19 and the resulting impact on vulnerable populations, in particular, demonstrates how critical time-tested UWABC strategies like NC 2-1-1 and volunteer engagement are for our community’s resilience.

If you are interested in being a part of an organization that has a strong history, but isn't afraid to question and re-think how to accomplish its goals then you will enjoy working with us.

The ideal candidate will align with UWABC’s guiding principles:

Equity at the Center - Recognize and challenge the dominant culture narratives, norms and power structures that prevent all people from belonging and thriving

Courageous Leadership - Live out our Vision, Mission and Guiding Principles with empathy and compassion, even when difficult or unpopular

Collective Wisdom - Ensure that our work is guided by community expertise, including the lived experience of people most impacted by poverty and injustice

Embracing Change - Continuously learn, innovate and evolve to confront emerging challenges and opportunities

Accountability Driven - Earn community trust through dependability, transparency and a commitment to achieving results


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

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Company address: 50 South French Broad Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

Posted date: 16 days ago

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