Careers and Internships2019-05-30T14:18:39+00:00


Over the past decade, United Way of Southwest Virginia has adjusted our work and shifted our focus from treating symptoms to addressing root causes.  We have moved from being recognized as a premier fundraiser and distributor to an organization focused on prevention, which produces a greater return on investment.

In addition to this shift in thinking, we have taken a more regional approach, providing programs and services to 15 counties and three cities, leveraging our region’s strengths and collective assets.  This has allowed us to bring unparalleled existing resources and proven results, combined with existing key relationships, to successfully scale effective and successful region wide initiatives.

These initiatives have received high honors and support from national organizations such as the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  In 2017, the organization was an inaugural recipient of the Virginia Governor’s Award for Excellence and Innovation in Education for its achievements in preparing students for the New Virginia Economy.

Today, United Way of Southwest Virginia employees a 19 member team with some of the most talented subject matter experts in the region.  Outside of our internal team, we involve experts, leaders, practitioners, neighborhoods, community members, and governments. We work across partisan and income divides, leading community conversations and bringing people from all walks of life into the solution conversation. Whether we’re leading a coalition, developing an initiative, driving agencies to common outcomes, or creating collective impact, United Way is a driving force in Southwest Virginia.

But there is more work to do, and we need skilled and talented individuals to join our team.  In response to recent grants that we have received, United Way of Southwest Virginia is seeking to add the following positions to our team:


Community Relations Manager

Full-time | Abingdon, VA

The Community Relations Manager will oversee the Community Relations Department to provide strategic direction to accounts, priority setting management, and daily coordination of Community Relations team members.  The Community Relations Manager will assist the Director of Community Relations in the development and implementation of annual fundraising and communication plans to ensure United Way of Southwest Virginia achieves and exceeds its fundraising goals.

Youth Success Coordinator

Full-time | Abingdon, VA

United Way of Southwest Virginia (UWSWVA) seeks a Youth Success Coordinator to develop, plan, implement and coordinate the Ignite program.  The Youth Success Coordinator will work collaboratively with school systems and site administrators, the regional workforce development systems, employers and community businesses to develop partnerships leading to expanded learning opportunities for all students and leading them to meaningful career opportunities. The successful candidate must have experience with local educational systems and employers; be able to collaborate and think strategically; communicate dynamically; and work both independently and as a strong team player. Bachelor’s Degree from accredited four-year college or university preferred; and three years related experience and/or training.

Youth Success VISTA

Join United Way of Southwest Virginia as an AmeriCorps VISTA, and help us empower 30,000+ middle and high school students to realize their potential and enter and advance in the region’s workforce.

United Way of Southwest Virginia is proud to employ dedicated, skilled professionals from a variety of backgrounds.  We foster an inclusive, supportive, and fun work environment for all of our team members.

This VISTA project will serve our Ignite program, which sparks career interest in the next generation of Southwest Virginia’s workforce through career awareness and hands-on learning. With the Youth Success team, the VISTA member will grow relationships with 86 schools and 100 businesses, building capacity with educational partners and employers to facilitate successful transitions from the classroom into high-demand, high-wage local careers.

If you are interested in learning more or want to apply for this opportunity visit AmeriCorps VISTA.  Applications will be accepted until June 20, 2019.

How to Apply

To apply for the positions listed above, please send a resume, cover letter, and completed UWSWVA employment application to


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