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Chief Impact Officer

Seattle, WA

Relocation expenses: Paid

CEO/President/Executive Director
Full time

Published on 16 Nov 2022

Expires on 31 Dec 2022

Chief Impact Officer

United Way United Way of King County is committed to working for a racially just community where all people have homes, students graduate, and families are financially stable. We believe that having staff, volunteers, and supporters that represent diverse backgrounds will allow us to better accomplish our mission. We continue to work diligently to ensure that the field of philanthropy is welcoming to diverse communities. We strive to have a diverse staff and particularly encourage Black and Indigenous people, and people of color to apply and be part of our team.

Our culture fosters collaboration, teamwork, open communication, leadership, integrity, and accountability. 

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Job Summary:

The Chief Impact Officer (CIO) role is an executive-level position that provides leadership to talented professionals working in the areas of preventing and ending homelessness, breaking the cycle of poverty, and addressing educational inequities. This role oversees the allocation of $60 million dollars. The person in this role is a member of the organization’s senior leadership team, providing direct leadership to 5 director-level employees, 50+ departmental employees, as well as a robust AmeriCorps program of 150+ members. The person in this role will have responsibility for building and sustaining relationships with leaders internal and external to UWKC. In alignment with the organization’s goals and strategies for 2023, the Chief Impact Officer will have the opportunity for impact by:

  • Being a visible leader in systems change work focused on racial justice; internally and externally.
  • Leveraging the expertise and talent of the organization to follow through on the organization’s commitment to racial justice.
  • Identifying and pursuing opportunities to increase resources that will strengthen the organization’s ability support community impact.
  • Growing and supporting opportunities for BIPOC organizations to direct work.
  • Utilizing the organization’s Racial Equity Theory of Change framework to evaluate current practices and programing, which may result in the redesign, creation of, or sunsetting programs that do not share power or center community voice.
  • Partnering with the CEO and community leaders as a thought leader who stays abreast of major policy issues related to community impact.
  • Creating opportunities to strengthening organizational culture and improve employee experience.
  • Actively contributes to capacity building and fostering a culture of trust that advances racial equity.

This is a full-time exempt position with a target starting annual salary range of $150,000 - $220,000.

The United Way of King County offers a generous benefits package including paid time off, medical, dental and vision coverage, flexible spending account, EAP, 403(b), short-and-long term disability and ORCA transportation.

Essential Duties:

  • Knowledge of community building, community impact, and fundraising.
  • Understanding of budgeting, fiscal management and fund allocation procedures.
  • Public speaking and formal presentation experience – including speaking to a wide range of audiences.
  • Experience effectively coaching staff and leaders; inspiring others to grow and develop.
  • Sharing leadership with others.
  • Proven experience making effective decisions that have a positive lasting impact.
  • Experience exercising creativity, innovation and having a growth mindset.
  • Successful track record of collaborating with others to develop strategies to solve the community’s toughest problems.
  • Recognized by others as having superior active listening skills.
  • A track record of collaboratively creating and implementing process improvements and change management strategies.
  • Exhibits mindfulness and discernment when holding challenging conversations and making difficult decisions.


Supervisory Responsibility:

Provides leadership and oversees the work of five (5) directors, an associate vice president, and an executive assistant.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated understanding of social and racial justice and equity, with a proven commitment to apply racial and economic justice lenses in both personal and workplace contexts.
  • Lived experience and/or demonstrated professional skills working within a diverse work environment.
  • Demonstrated thorough knowledge of community building, community impact, fundraising, and ‘needs’ analysis and allocation procedures and strategies; human resource and fiscal management is essential to achieving success in this position
  • Proven in-depth knowledge of budgeting practices and computer and software applications is also essential.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership, negotiation, public speaking, coaching, problem solving, conflict resolution, planning and evaluation skills are essential for success in the position.
  • Proven mental activities required by the work include using independent judgment in evaluating situations and making effective decisions.
  • Demonstrated positive interpersonal skills; formal presentation skills; training/supervising others; reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English; performing basic math; using discretion; and working in a teamwork environment.
  • Proven problem analysis and negotiation skills, mentoring, and a high level of customer service and creativity.


Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Business Administration, Human Services, or a closely related discipline, and ten (10) years’ experience in a senior-level position with duties and responsibilities equivalent to the senior leadership role on the Community Services Team at United Way of King County.

UWKC is an equal employment opportunity employer, and all 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 characteristics protected by law.  United Way of King County values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to apply.

We are an Employer of National Service: AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.


Job Conditions:

The position works under frequent time requirements/constraints and performs extensive close work using a computer. Work requires a flexible work schedule and may require shift extensions or weekend work to meet specific work objectives. United Way of King County operates a hybrid workplace with most employees working schedules that combine remote and on-site components. A record of full COVID-19 vaccination is required for this role.


Additional Information:

United Way of King County is an exceptional workplace that can provide you with:

  • Opportunities to work with smart, passionate, and enthusiastic team members and volunteers
  • Ongoing collaboration with diverse staff and other constituents
  • A desirable culture of high-performance expectations and accountability
  • Exciting and challenging work
  • Opportunities to help solve the community's toughest problems
  • Competitive pay that is commensurate with demonstrated successful performance and experience
  • Many other benefits that we are happy to discuss with you.

Application Procedures:

Send your resume to

Questions regarding this opportunity are welcome and can be directed to Nicole Leckband.

Diversity Recruiters is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to job applicants who are interested in this role. Please contact Nicole Leckband if you are in need of an accommodation.

COVID-19 Update:

United Way King County operates a hybrid workplace with all employees able to work a combination of remote, on-site, and off-site. Full COVID-19 vaccination is required for this role.