The Opportunity

The United Negro College Fund, Inc. (UNCF), headquartered in Washington, DC, is the nation’s largest, most successful, and most comprehensive minority education assistance organization and has been an engine of minority educational achievement for more than 75 years. UNCF’s mission is to build a robust and nationally recognized pipeline of Black students who, because of UNCF support, become highly qualified college graduates. In addition, UNCF ensures that its member institutions remain respected models of best practices in moving students to and through college. Since its inception in 1944, UNCF has raised over $5 billion in private support, distributed more scholarships to help minorities attend school than any entity outside of the federal government, and enabled more than 500,000 minority and low-income students to graduate from UNCF’s member historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and launch professional careers. UNCF is committed to closing the educational attainment gap between African Americans and other populations by increasing postsecondary access and success for students from underrepresented groups, particularly low-income and first-generation students.

The Position

Role of the Vice President, Research and Membership Engagement for United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

The Senior Vice President, Research and Membership Engagement (SVP), reports directly to the Office of the President, partnering with the President on strategic initiatives and membership support services, and working closely with the Chief Operating Officer on matters of key operational priorities. As an active member of the senior leadership team, the SVP works primarily out of UNCF’s Headquarters in Washington, DC, and serves as the organization’s lead consultant working with UNCF members building institutional capacity, frequently interfaces with external entities including the media as a UNCF spokesperson, and serves as chief research officer and principal editor of research publications. The SVP provides dynamic vision, direction, and specific expertise in implementing strategies to develop and fund UNCF’s education, research, and technical assistance programs supporting the success of its 37 member institutions and their senior administrative officers, faculty, staff, and students.

The SVP manages a portfolio that includes three primary UNCF initiatives: 1) The Institute for Capacity Building (ICB)—an expanding unit, providing general programming, professional development, institutionally specific technical assistance and grant support, and customized resources and tailored interventions to address short- and long-term needs of individual HBCU institutions; 2) Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute (FDPRI)—the nation’s foremost organization dedicated to the design, implementation, and dissemination of research that helps guide policymakers, educators, philanthropists, and the general public toward improving educational opportunities and outcomes for African Americans and other underrepresented minorities across the pre-school-through-college-graduation pipeline; and 3) an emergent Teaching and Learning Center focused on expanding resource capacity (including instructional pedagogy and faculty development) and the design and implementation of sustainable collaborations and shared learning platforms designed to increase educational resources and access not constrained by space or place for students of UNCF member institutions.

As the chief research officer, the SVP works collaboratively with UNCF Branding, Marketing & Communications and Public Policy and Government Affairs staff to enhance UNCF’s brand and prestige, track public policy issues, identify emerging trends, and document student outcomes and impact of UNCF member institutions and other HBCUs. Additionally, the SVP collaborates with senior officers at member institutions and provides content expertise on scholarship and grants administration, policy development, executive leadership, financial management, fundraising, enrollment and retention, academic programming, faculty development, and STEM minority access. Concierge-type support is extended by the SVP to member presidents navigating the accreditation process, including direct situational assessment with senior officers, coordinated campus consultations by UNCF executives, and appropriate interventions with Department of Education leaders on behalf of member institutions to facilitate communication and resolution of concerns. The SVP also works closely with UNCF’s Development Office and the Executive Director of ICB to structure alliances with national organizations and potential funders to create new educational, research, and technical assistance programs. The SVP manages an operating budget of $1.5 million (excluding grant-funded projects) and a staff of 20 ICB and FDPRI professionals, including four direct reports.

History of the Position

Dr. Brian Bridges served as the Vice President of Research and Member Engagement at UNCF for six years. He joined UNCF in 2012 as Executive Director of the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute (FDPRI), a position of responsibility he retained even as his work expanded considerably upon being named a vice president and joining the senior leadership team in 2014.

As Vice President, Bridges oversaw three primary functions key to UNCF’s service to its 37 member institutions—FDPRI; the Institute for Capacity Building (ICB); and highly customized member engagement focused on strengthening HBCU operations, sustainability, and navigation of the accreditation process. Bridges served as UNCF’s chief research officer, principal editor, and contributor to FDPRI’s publications focused on the educational status of African Americans from pre-school through college. Under his direction, FDPRI transformed its efforts and positioned UNCF as a true national leader with regard to data-driven research chronicling the impact and value of HBCU institutions. During his tenure overseeing ICB, the organization advanced numerous initiatives in the areas of enrollment management, institutional advancement, and fiscal and strategic technical assistance to HBCU member institutions. Along with President Lomax and others, Bridges was instrumental in securing and implementing a $50 million Lilly Foundation grant funding the UNCF Career Pathways Initiative. The Career Pathways Initiative has strengthened participating HBCU institutions’ internal career services capacity and, in turn, improved the educational experiences and career outcomes of thousands of college students.

Throughout his tenure at UNCF, Bridges demonstrated his leadership capability and expanded his scope of responsibility and influence. Bridges resigned as Vice President at UNCF in November, 2020, prior to assuming his current role as Secretary of the State of New Jersey’s Department of Education. Following Bridges’ departure, senior officers have elevated the position to that of Senior Vice President in recognition of the strategic and expanding importance of the work to the overall mission of UNCF.

Opportunities and Challenges of the Role

The Senior Vice President, Research and Member Engagement (SVP), will manage a portfolio of significant importance to UNCF and the organization’s strategic priorities. Since its founding, UNCF has been known as an engine of educational opportunity and currently provides more than $100 million annually in scholarships to students of minority—African American, low-income, and first-generation attending college—communities. While this central mission continues, today UNCF is also deeply committed to strengthening the capacity of its 37 HBCU member institutions and raising the visibility and value of HBCUs and their graduates in all facets of our economy. The SVP will join a seasoned senior leadership team, bringing new perspectives, experience, and energy needed to propel UNCF’s next chapter. Additional challenges and leadership opportunities awaiting the SVP as expressed by key stakeholders in the search include the following:

  • Bring the vision and facility to drive the concept, strategy, design, and marketing of an important entrepreneurial endeavor—that of creating a UNCF engine for teaching, learning, and innovation to support the 21st century needs of its 37 HBCU member institutions;
  • Balance all three portfolio verticals—FDPRI, ICB, and Teaching & Learning (HBCU V), recognizing that during its nascent phase, the Teaching & Learning component will involve extensive work with outside consultants, participating member institutions, and funding sources;
  • Promote and advance a spirit of entrepreneurial innovation, what some may call a disruptive mindset, throughout UNCF and its many programs and services. Champion change where appropriate and create an atmosphere conducive to leveraging the professional talents of staff, empowering them to tackle operational challenges and find creative solutions;
  • Recognize that as SVP, one must be largely external facing and continuously focused on building relationships and working in a consultative manner with HBCU senior executive officers, external partners, and donors;
  • Identify strategic priorities in areas of immediate oversight, and support staff members’ ability to focus their energy on those initiatives, stepping in as needed to negotiate appropriately with other senior officers who may at times desire to redirect efforts elsewhere—the SVP must be ready to negotiate, compromise, and coordinate human and other resources in a manner that best serves the UNCF mission and its members;
  • Advocate for needed resources—be it people, training, technology, etc.—required to meet expanding opportunities and expectations and be equipped to partner with development officers to creatively secure the funding needed to underwrite these endeavors;
  • As a member of the senior leadership team, actively contribute to defining and articulating the strategic mission, vision, and value of UNCF to internal and external constituents, and also be prepared to step up and serve as a key point person and visible spokesperson on behalf of UNCF to members of the media and others in high profile positions;
  • Work collaboratively across the organization, forging strong working relationships with the CEO, COO, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Chief Advancement Officer, and others, and appreciate that the areas of responsibility overseen by the SVP Research and Member Engagement are interdependent with other UNCF units;
  • Continuously scan for opportunities to bring value to UNCF’s member institutions—build a strong understanding of institutional challenges and needs and identify strategies to effectively address member priorities by harnessing the talents and abilities of UNCF to make the case, generate the resources, and implement real solutions that transform institutions and the educational experience for its students;
  • Optimize the ability of FDPRI to gather and analyze data that informs a greater understanding of the impact and importance of HBCUs—the “HBCU Effect”—and the education of African American communities.

Measures of Success

The items listed below will define the new Senior Vice President, Research and Member Engagement’s success throughout the first year of employment:

  • Refine the business model for the Research and Member Engagement units—FDPRI, CBI, and the Teaching and Learning Center—ensuring they are integrated and cross-functional;
  • Develop and promote innovation and impact based on data, analysis, and informed decision making;
  • Build strong, mutually respectful relationships with the presidents at HBCU member institutions;
  • Strengthen the brand recognition and esteem of UNCF among higher education experts, influencers, and organizations;
  • Meet annual fundraising goals, working with the Executive Vice President of Development, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs, and Chief Executive Officer.

Qualifications and Characteristics

The successful candidate must hold a PhD and possess a successful track record in research, grant management, and program administration. A strategic skill set encompassing superior organizational, planning, and implementation ability is required. Familiarity with higher education administration, particularly within HBCU and/or PBI institutions, is preferred. A high degree of self-motivation and initiative; superior communication, public relations, and relationship-building skills demonstrating success in working collaboratively with many stakeholders and constituents of diverse backgrounds and expertise; facility to embrace ambiguity, to resolve problems, and to advance priorities within stated grant parameters; budget and personnel management acumen; and understanding of college student development and learning outcomes assessment are key qualifications.

Additional capabilities and experience that will be important considerations in the selection of the next SVP include demonstrated understanding and appreciation for both curricular and co-curricular components that, when combined, amplify learning and success for college students; evidence of entrepreneurial leadership and change management abilities, coupled with a practical “roll-up-the-sleeves” approach and determination to advance critical initiatives and operations; a track record of success in establishing respected partnerships among senior higher education and academic affairs professionals, including members of the board of trustees, college presidents, provosts, and faculty, as well as other administrative staff; a broad understanding of national trends and best practices with regard to the integration of career preparation into the undergraduate experience; and a balanced skill set that combines visionary, analytical, tactical, relational, and fundraising abilities needed to support the continued success of high-impact programs, focused research, membership engagement, and teaching/learning initiatives that are core to the UNCF mission.

In addition to the qualifications stated above, key stakeholders identified the following list of capabilities and attributes of a successful candidate:

  • Understand the higher education enterprise and possess demonstrated familiarity with the accreditation process;
  • Have a track record of academic research, scholarship, and publication;
  • Project a highly collegial and collaborative demeanor—able to effectively engage in coaching and consultative relationships;
  • Possess a keen understanding of enrollment management, recruitment, and retention;
  • Bring skills and experience regarding virtual learning and pedagogy to the role;
  • Must be highly versatile with the capability of being a big-picture thinker and planner who is adept at both strategy and tactical operations;
  • Possess a portfolio of experience that includes substantive interaction with business and industry;
  • Exhibit a strong leadership and entrepreneurial skillset—able to take initiative, develop and implement strategic priorities, and work with a high degree of autonomy, yet also contribute as a member of a team focused on broad organizational mission and objectives;
  • Possess the confidence and conviction that inspires innovation and action in others;
  • Bring a balanced skill set that combines visionary, tactical, and relational abilities needed to support the success of a high-impact program over a sustained period of several years;
  • Possess C-level briefing experience, coupled with creative and diplomatic problem solving ability needed to work alongside leadership and provide new, impactful initiatives;
  • Bring a somewhat “disruptive” mindset to the work—be able to bring new ideas and creative solutions to senior leadership supported by clearly articulated, data-driven rationale.

Overview of the Senior Vice President, Research and Member Engagement’s Portfolio

Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute

On February 22, 1996, UNCF announced the creation of the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute (FDPRI), named in honor and memory of the founder of UNCF. Its mission has been constant: to build a comprehensive research foundation for UNCF’s efforts to improve the education the nation’s students receive and the educational outcomes they experience. FDPRI offices are located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Since its inception, the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute has made great strides in the development of research on African Americans in education. The institute’s activities have included the following:

  • Instrumental in generating and reporting data supporting passage of H.R. 7380, the HBCU Capital Finance Debt Relief Act, which relieves over $1.3 billion in debt for HBCU institutions.
  • Designing and producing the first-ever comprehensive books on the status and progress of the education of African Americans in the United States.
  • Designing, conducting, printing, and disseminating detailed annual reports on the progress of UNCF-member institutions.
  • Producing groundbreaking research on the perceptions of low- and moderate-income African American parents on education reform.
  • Producing several reports that supplement the body of knowledge on HBCUs and promote their value proposition, as well as conducting evaluations of UNCF programs.
  • Designing and producing a scholarship effectiveness study that demonstrates the impact of UNCF scholarships on the students who receive them.
  • Conducting analysis on issues that shape education policy, such as Parent PLUS Loans and graduation rates, through the lens of HBCUs.
  • Providing technical assistance and information to answer specific inquiries from academic institutions, policymakers, the media, and the general public with respect to the status and conditions of African Americans and other minority populations in education.

To view a 2019 influential article produced by FDPRI, HBCUs Punching Above Their Weight, visit: https://uncf.org/pages/hbcus-punching-above-their-weight.

The Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute has also produced “The HBCU Effect ®” research series designed to understand, validate, and promote the success of historically Black colleges and universities to develop a counter narrative that fully illustrates the value and competitiveness of HBCU institutions. For more information, visit: https://uncf.org/pages/the-hbcu-effect.

Institute for Capacity Building

The Institute for Capacity Building (ICB) was launched by UNCF in 2006 to provide targeted capacity-building resources to help UNCF’s 37 member institutions. The umbrella framework for ICB is Institutional Support Services (ISS). Based on the findings of an annual network-wide institutional assessment, and with approval of the ICB Advisory Board of member presidents, ISS offers off-site and on-site technical assistance, programming, and grant support tailored to address immediate and urgent institutional needs in the core areas of institutional advancement, enrollment (admission, retention, and graduation rates), and fiscal management through various intervention initiatives aimed at strengthening member institutions.

ISS operates under a three-part strategy to broadly serve the UNCF network of institutions:

  • Annual Member Institution Assessment

ICB conducts an annual network-wide institutional assessment to assess member institutions’ needs, threats, and opportunities that in turn informs ICB services, training, and other forms of intervention to support and build institutional capacity. The frequency of the assessment helps UNCF identify burgeoning issues long before they become problematic and risk non-compliance during the accreditation reaffirmation process.

The end result is a comprehensive report, complemented by institutional reports, that categorizes UNCF-member institutions in three areas—student achievement, financial resources, and institutional effectiveness. Institutional reports allow for benchmarking across the UNCF network and similarly situated institutions.

  • Discrete Technical Assistance

Discrete technical assistance builds ongoing institutional capacity in institutional advancement, enrollment, and fiscal management and is offered to UNCF-member institutions through a competitive grant process. Each intervention is tailored to institutional needs and opportunities identified in the annual institutional assessment, rather than focus on any one particular area.

All participating institutions receive a two-day site visit by a consultant, who provides technical assistance on the specific needs or opportunities identified in the assessment. Participating institutions are selected based on a balanced examination of the institution’s health and prioritized by the following areas aligned with regional accreditation standards: financial resources, institutional effectiveness, and student achievement (enrollment, retention and graduation data). Participating institutions receive grant support in addition to the consultant support.

  • Knowledge Management and Professional Development

UNCF recognizes the importance of serving as a training and best practice resource for its member HBCU network. To that end, ICB provides training opportunities for member institution staff through webinars, conferences, communities of practice, and published training materials. These training initiatives support robust information sharing, networking, and the exchange of best practices across core institutional enterprises (e.g., resource development, operations management, institutional effectiveness, etc.).

Teaching and Learning Center/HBCU Virtual

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNCF facilitated a group of 15 member institutions to come together to formulate a cohesive response to the immediate crisis facing their respective institutions and to implement systems of effective emergency cost management. With the help of external partners and consultants, this initiative has given rise to new strategies to support enrollment and retention, advanced faculty development programs and skill training to support the pivot to virtual instruction, and also helped lay the foundation for a shared teaching and learning platform across member institutions.

While these efforts are in a nascent phase at this juncture, the Senior Vice President, Research and Member Engagement will play an instrumental role in advancing the evolution and expansion of UNCF services designed to support critical needs of its HBCU member institutions. Fundraising to support the Teaching and Learning Center has already garnered approximately $7 million, and efforts to advance the design/build phase are on track to produce a pilot program of shared virtual instruction for Fall 2021 with full implementation projected for Spring 2022.

Organizational Structure

Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute

  • Senior Vice President, Research and Member Engagement (directly oversees this functional unit)
    • Director, F.D. Patterson Research Institute
    • Two (2) Senior Research Associates
    • Two (2) Data Analysts
    • Two (2) Affiliate Senior Research Associates
    • Research Associate
    • Executive Assistant

Institute for Capacity Building

  • Executive Director
    • Strategist
      • Senior Manager, Leadership Programming
      • Manager, Institutional Knowledge
      • Manager, Education Policy
    • Director, Strategic Finance Initiatives
      • Senior Strategic Finance Manager
      • Senior Manager, Fundraising
    • Senior Program Manager
      • Two (2) Program Managers
      • Program Manager
    • Director, Knowledge Management
      • Operations Manager
      • Program Coordinator
    • Executive Assistant

Teaching and Learning Center

  • Director, Learning Innovation

Institution & Location

Organization Overview and History

Throughout decades of service, UNCF has grown and evolved to meet the needs of its member HBCUs and the students who attend them. Its core mission, however, has been the same since day one.

From UNCF’s inception until today, the organization has acted on the belief that first-generation, low-income African American students deserve and want access to a good education. UNCF is proud to have helped cultivate some of the country’s most brilliant minds for decades.

Beginnings

In 1943, Frederick D. Patterson wrote his historic letter to The Pittsburgh Courier proposing the creation of an alliance of Black colleges that would raise money for their mutual benefit. UNCF was founded in 1944 on the belief that there is strength in numbers—that HBCUs ought to make a joint effort to appeal for funds—as well as the belief that education was crucial to Black mobility. At the start, UNCF served 27 member colleges and universities, totaling 12,000 students. Its first campaign received the support of many prominent Americans, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt and John D. Rockefeller, II. The collective effort raised $765,000, equivalent to $10 million today, which is three times what its member institutions had raised separately the previous year.

Supporters

John D. Rockefeller, II, was essential to UNCF’s founding in 1944. In fact, UNCF was the first charity to which he gave his public support. He donated $25,000, equivalent to $300,000 today, and wrote letters to other businesspeople and philanthropists to garner support for UNCF. Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Bethune-Cookman College, won the support of President Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt. During his term, President Truman also supported the fledgling organization.

In 1957, Senator John F. Kennedy donated the proceeds from his Pulitzer Prize to UNCF. Nancy Wilson and Clifton Davis made history in 1974 when they hosted the first UNCF telethon, “Something Special,” and raised $300,000. In 1989, after years of supporting HBCUs, President George H.W. Bush created the Presidential Advisory Board on HBCUs to advise the President and the U.S. Secretary of Education on best strategies to strengthen HBCUs. In 1991, Bush and 50 governors urged Congress to fund matching grants for students at HBCUs. Bush donated a portion of the proceeds of his autobiography, Looking Foward, to UNCF. And in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, both George H.W. Bush and former President Bill Clinton partnered with UNCF to raise $20 million to support HBCUs damaged by the storm.

Billionaire publisher Walter H. Annenberg pledged an historic $50 million to UNCF in 1990. His gift is the largest single contribution ever given to help support historically Black colleges. In 1999, UNCF was named administrator of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s $1.6 billion Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

Growth

UNCF has seen remarkable growth since its founding. In 1948, about 15,000 students had graduated from UNCF-member institutions. By 1972, that number was up to 120,000. It was in this year that UNCF coined its iconic “A mind is a terrible thing to waste”® motto, which later became one of the most famous advertising slogans in history. In the ’70s and ’80s, UNCF made an important step by incorporating scholarships into its organizational mission. Prior to this, UNCF exclusively funded institutions.

In 1991, Rep. William H. Gray, III, became UNCF’s eighth president. By 1994, Gray had brought in one-quarter of the nearly $1 billion UNCF had raised since its founding. That year, UNCF-member college enrollment reached an all-time high of 54,000 students, a 28 percent increase since 1986. The Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute was founded in 1996.

Dr. Michael L. Lomax took his current position as UNCF’s president and CEO in 2004. Today, as the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to students of color, UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships to more than 10,000 students at more than 1,100 schools each year. In 75 years, UNCF has raised $5 billion to help more than half a million students earn college degrees.

Constants

Diversity matters and fuels growth, and HBCU institutions and students are key components to national economic growth that enables better futures for all Americans.

The “A mind is a terrible thing to waste”® slogan coined in 1972 has persisted and evolved to include the 2013 addition “…but a wonderful thing to invest in.” This phrase succinctly sums up a practice UNCF has kept up over the years—a practice of investing time, money, and influence in HBCUs and the brilliant students who attend them.

Leadership

Since 2004, Dr. Michael L. Lomax has served as president and CEO of UNCF, the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships and other educational support to African American students and a leading advocate of college readiness: students’ need for an education, from pre-school through high school, that prepares them for college success. Under his leadership, UNCF has raised more than $3 billion and helped more than 110,000 students earn college degrees and launch careers. Annually, UNCF’s work enables 60,000 students to go to college with UNCF scholarships and attend its 37 member historically Black college and universities (HBCUs).

At UNCF’s helm, Dr. Lomax oversees the organization’s 400 scholarship programs, which award 10,000 scholarships a year. He also launched the UNCF Institute for Capacity Building, which helps UNCF’s member HBCUs become stronger, more effective, and more self-sustaining.

Under Dr. Lomax’s leadership, UNCF has fought for college readiness and education reform through partnerships with reform-focused leaders and organizations and worked to further advance HBCUs with Congress, the administration, and the Department of Education. He serves on the boards of the KIPP Foundation, America’s Promise, Teach for America, and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Before joining UNCF, Dr. Lomax was president of Dillard University in New Orleans and a literature professor at UNCF-member institutions, Morehouse and Spelman Colleges. He also founded the National Black Arts Festival, was a founding member of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), and served as chairman of the Fulton County Commission in Atlanta, the first African American elected to that post.

Mission

UNCF envisions a nation where all Americans have equal access to a college education that prepares them for rich intellectual lives, competitive and fulfilling careers, engaged citizenship, and service to our nation.

“UNCF’s mission is to build a robust and nationally-recognized pipeline of under-represented students who, because of UNCF support, become highly-qualified college graduates and to ensure that our network of member institutions is a respected model of best practice in moving students to and through college.”

UNCF’s North Star is to increase the total annual number of African American college graduates by focusing on activities that ensure more students are college-ready, enroll in college, and persist to graduation. This is done through a three-pillar strategy:

  • Positioning member institutions as a viable college option for students and investing in institutional capacity to improve student outcomes;
  • Creating transformational support programs to ensure students are enrolling and persisting through college completion;
  • Building awareness of educational attainment and cultivating college-going behaviors within the African American community.

UNCF Offices

UNCF maintains its headquarters in Washington, DC, and this will be the office from which the senior vice president, research and member engagement, will principally work. The Washington, DC office supports students and HBCU institutions located in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

The Institute for Capacity Building and Frederick R. Patterson Research Institute offices are located in Atlanta, Georgia, home to 5,803,000, (an increase of two percent from 2019) and the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement. Atlanta is home to the Atlanta University Center (AUC), the largest contiguous consortium of historically-Black colleges, comprising Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Interdenominational Theological Center. The first of these colleges were established shortly after the Civil War and have made Atlanta one of the historic centers of Black education and empowerment.

In addition to offices in Washington, DC and Atlanta, UNCF maintains several local offices, including:

  • Birmingham
  • Boston
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Detroit
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Houston
  • Indianapolis
  • Los Angeles
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • New Orleans
  • New York
  • Newark
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • Richmond
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle

Benefits Overview

UNCF provides a comprehensive and competitive benefits package, including:

  • Medical Coverage: administered by Cigna;
  • Dental Coverage: administered by Delta Dental;
  • Vision Insurance: administered by EyeMed;
  • Basic Life and AD&D Insurance: administered by Cigna;
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability: plans administered by Cigna;
  • Voluntary Accident and Critical Illness Insurance: administered by Guardian;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts: health care, dependent care, and parking and transit;
  • Employee Assistant Program;
  • Retirement Plan: administered by TIAA;
  • Travel Assistance Program;
  • Health Advocate;
  • Vacation Accrual: (20 working days from date of hire);
  • Additional Paid Time Off: 15 sick days accrual per calendar year; two personal days; and ten (10) paid holidays.

Application & Nomination

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