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United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) promotes equity, creates opportunity, and improves lives. Our 95 years of service to the people of Greater Baltimore have taught us what it takes to change our region for the better. We are proud to be a source of support, compassion, and hope for people who work hard but still can’t make ends meet. We strengthen families and communities by taking on systemic challenges and increasing access to basic needs- health, housing, employment, education, and more. 

As a member of the Social Impact Accelerator Division, the primary focus of the Senior Director of Research and Impact Analysis is to support the ongoing evolution of United Way by providing research and data analytic support that informs program evaluation and development.




  • Data Analysis (40%)
    • Work with program staff to conduct data analyses on our direct-service initiatives in education, health, housing, and economic advancement. 
    • Develop and deliver presentations to program stakeholders, including staff, Board of Directors, partners, and funders.
    • Extract and analyze data from internal and external sources to inform organizational decision-making and improvements.
  • Program Development Support (40%)
    • Conduct best-practice research to support the development and ongoing improvement of programs.
    • Identify emerging national trends in community development research; develop new research and publications that are aligned with United Way’s mission and goals.
    • Communicate research findings to inform ongoing program development, strategic planning, advocacy, and investment decisions.
    • Serve as the point of contact for external research and data requests.
  • Grant Development Support (10%)
    • Provide research support for innovative funding models and their requirements.
    • Provide research and writing support for grant proposals in areas such as the development of a statement of need, evaluation plan, data collection approach, outcome measures, and best practices research.
  • Other Responsibilities (10%)
    • Serve on United Way’s inter-departmental Data Team to improve data systems across the organization.
    • Review and provide feedback on evaluation reports completed by outside consultants.
    • Support ALICE research and reporting.
    • Provide research and data analysis support for Grants, Development, Major Gifts, and Impact Strategies to promote special campaigns.




To demonstrate ongoing success in this position, the Senior Director of Research & Impact Analysis will consistently demonstrate competency in:

  • Performing analyses of internal and external data timely and accurately.
  • Assisting direct-service programs through developing logic models, theories of change, and/or program performance measures.
  • Preparing and publishing data briefs, white papers, etc. to support ongoing program development, strategic planning, and fundraising.
  • Translating research and best practices for a variety of audiences, including those that do not have a background in data and program evaluation.



Interface regularly with internal staff from the Impact Strategies and Development Departments as it relates to developing useful externally facing products.




Master’s degree required in public policy, public administration, or a similar field. Must have a solid foundational knowledge of data collection and program evaluation practices. Must also have strong research experience and demonstrated skills in writing research syntheses and reports. Content area expertise in one of United Way of Central Maryland’s four pillars: education, health, housing, and/or economic advancement.

Abilities/Skills needed:

  • Demonstrates familiarity with qualitative and/or quantitative research methodologies.
  • Possesses excellent written and oral communication skills. Must be able to write and speak concisely with the ability to analyze large datasets.
  • Writes clearly, accurately and effectively.  
  • Be well-organized and time-sensitive, able to multi-task, manage competing priorities, meet deadlines and work under pressure.
  • Plans ahead and finds alternative paths, when needed, to get to the finish line.
  • Builds authentic relationships across lines of difference, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, gender identity, citizenship status, or other identities.
  • Has a successful track record of taking a concept from idea to implementation.



The employee is primarily seated while performing duties of the position. Walking or standing and interaction with personnel located in other parts of the building and at program sites are also necessary.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume via email to:

United Way of Central Maryland 
Attention: Human Resources
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 340 
Baltimore, MD 21230