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Chief Executive Officer

Spokane, WA

Relocation expenses: Negotiated

CEO/President/Executive Director
Full time
11-15 years of experience

Published on 8 Aug 2021

Expires on 8 Aug 2021

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Chief Executive Officer

United Way of Spokane County is currently searching for a Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The CEO is the leader of the organization, establishing a vision for Community Impact that is achieved through the efforts of a diverse team of high-performing leaders, staff and volunteers alike. The CEO leverages the power of relationships and networks, and works across private, public and corporate sectors to improve conditions in the community. S/he possesses a high level of business and management skills and is effective at generating resources and financial support for the organization. The CEO is dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good – creating, resourcing, scaling and leveraging strategies for broad investment and impact. The CEO understands the value of the United Way brand and fosters the importance of its role in the community. S/he is responsible for building trust in United Way and its relevance in the community. The CEO will oversea the internal operations of the United Way of Spokane County staff, developing and supporting staff in their daily responsibilities.



Has a clear vision for the organization and actively engages the complex realities of the environment, leading others in the community to work for a better future.

Organizational Leadership

Builds effective teams using effective communication, authenticity, humility and respect for others. Creates opportunities to further explore and commit to inclusion inside the organization and community. Builds trust within the organization and among the Board and stakeholders. Proactively drives the organization to a higher level of performance, innovation, and efficiency, through inspiring action and engagement of staff and the community.

Innovator and Influencer

Has a growth mindset; builds and cultivates a network of relationships; is influential and leverages United Way’s unique position to proactively increase visibility, reputation, and competitive advantage that generates interest; and has passion for investing in community. Successfully navigates and recognizes the complex nature of the human service delivery system and can connect its importance to the many constituencies that influence and support this system.


The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the leadership and management of an organization with experience in implementing complex resource development strategies.  Although it is not a requirement that the CEO candidate has worked within the nonprofit sector, s/he must have an understanding of how nonprofits operate and a passion for their role in a community.  A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school is preferred, however relevant work experience may be substituted if proven to demonstrate a significant ability to perform at an executive level.

A strong candidate will have a demonstrated and proven history of a dedicated commitment to community, expertise on issues relevant to the organization, and the ability to command the confidence and respect of stakeholders. S/he will have a demonstrated track record of building collaboration around common goals with the community at large, and developing partnerships across multiple sectors, including nonprofit, public and corporate environments.   The CEO must have experience in developing, leading and managing highly effective teams including experience in building revenue and operational support.  S/he will have experience in navigating work that requires a high level of intelligence, intellectual curiosity, demonstrating an ability to explore new ideas and innovative approaches to solving problems.

The CEO must have unquestioned integrity, a long term perspective, a strong sense of accountability, practical ability to get things done, wisdom and good judgment combined with an emotional competent approach to management that fosters innovation.  S/he will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, be engaged in this work, and have strong interpersonal savvy. 


United Way of Spokane County is a mobilizer for positive and lasting community change.  We aim to improve the lives and futures of all people in the community.  We bring together expertise, funding and volunteer support to positively impact health, education and financial stability.  In partnership with others, we work to eliminate inequities experienced by low-income and diverse populations so that all people have a safe, healthy home environment, achieve their educational potential, and increase their financial stability.

United Way of Spokane County has a commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  We believe that equity is a non-negotiable core value in achieving our mission of improving people’s lives in Spokane County.   We are an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, disability, veteran status, marital status, age, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, and other legally protected characteristics, in accordance with applicable laws.


Located east of the Cascade Mountain Range, Spokane County is known for it’s numerous lakes and waterfalls, abundant camping and hiking, and career development opportunities.  Spokane County is an urban hub for a broad region in Eastern Washington, North Idaho, and Western Montana, situated at Washington state’s border with Idaho. Because it is a health care and educational hub in the region, those two sectors represent its largest employers, although the region includes strong finance and manufacturing employers as well. The county population is roughly 525,000, but the metro region stretches into Kootenai County, Idaho, which has another about 175,000 residents.


Please submit a resume AND cover letter.  Resumes alone will not be accepted.

Cover letter should include how your experience correlates to the core competencies of the CEO as described in the job ad – Visionary, Organizational Leadership, and Innovator and Influencer.