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Executive Director

companyUnited Way of Henderson County
locationHendersonville, NC, USA
PublishedPublished: Published 2 weeks ago
Leadership / Executive Board
Full time
5 - 10 years of experience
$90,000 - $100,000 per year

United Way of Henderson County (UWHC) seeks an innovative and experienced Executive Director (ED) 
to organize and mobilize community resources to improve the lives of Henderson County residents.

The Area
When people think of Henderson County, the word that comes to mind first is 'beautiful.' It is a 
culturally rich region that is both economically and geographically diverse. Its quality of life 
makes it highly attractive as a place where lifestyle complements professional opportunity. Whether 
it is outdoor recreation, restaurants, breweries, or a place to vacation or retire, the area 
continues to rank highly in people’s opinions.

Less well-known is that we face cross-cutting challenges including a significant affordable housing 
deficit and a cost of living that outpaces wages.

The Organization
United Way of Henderson County has been a catalyst for positive change in the community since 1953. 
Through the years, UWHC has grown to become a community leader, convening conversations on key 
issues, and raising funds to support education, financial stability, health, and basic needs 
programs. We are one of the approximately 1300 local, independent United Way organizations around 
the country. Each United Way is an autonomous nonprofit agency governed by a local board of 

We fight for the education, financial stability, health, and basic needs of everyone in Henderson 
County. Our community impact work is innovative and includes not only allocations to carefully 
selected nonprofit partners, but other initiatives that meet the needs of our neighbors. These 
programs include Girls Empowered, Rising Leaders, EveryDay Strong, Born Learning Trails, two annual 
community-wide volunteer events, several collection drives for food, clothing, books and other 
supplies, 2-1-1, Women United, Small Business League, Nonprofit Forum, and other initiatives. 
Including cash and the value of non-cash items, our total community impact investment for the next 
fiscal year is projected to be almost $1.9 million. This means that for every dollar contributed to 
UWHC, we provide 135% of value back to the community.

We are supported by hundreds of local businesses and individuals who appreciate the United Way 
model of a single point of giving that benefits multiple programs and agencies. United Way works 
hard to leverage all types of support - financial, in-kind, and volunteer - to ensure that our 
community receives the maximum benefit. More than 1,300 volunteers provided 6,400 volunteer hours 
during 2022-2023.

Our most recent annual report outlines our community impact in our six target areas:
kindergarten readiness, school success, financial stability, affordable housing, reducing

obesity, and encouraging healthy youth behaviors.Our 2023-28 strategic plan articulates our key 
goals and commitments.

UWHC is governed by a committed 20-member board of Directors, has 8 experienced and dedicated 
staff, and an annual budget of $1.5 million.

The Position
UWHC seeks a dynamic, innovative and experienced leader to bring the community together to focus on 
complex problems for the greatest possible impact and results. The ED is well prepared to provide 
the inspired external and internal leadership required of this role. The new ED must have proven, 
significant, and successful organizational leadership experience and the ability to oversee 
fundraising, programs, and overall operations while working effectively with both the staff and the 
board to guide the organization.

The ED must possess the talent to listen and communicate effectively and to build relationships 
with multiple constituencies, including the Board, staff, volunteers, donors, agency partners, and 
other community leaders. The ED is also responsible for building trust in United Way and its 
relevance in the community.

The incoming Executive Director will succeed Denise Cumbee Long who retires June 30ᵗʰ. She has led 
the organization effectively since 2015.

Key Responsibilities:
● Responsible for the overall impact of UWHC on the community.
●  Leads long range planning and visioning, including assessment of community needs in partnership 
with the Board of Directors and staff.
●  Serves as agency spokesperson. Oversees all marketing and public relations and advocacy efforts, 
acts as liaison with partner organizations, and nurtures and expands the organization’s key 
external relationships.
● Leads organizational efforts to grow revenue and increase philanthropic support in partnership 
with the Board and Staff.
●  Manages budget development, financial forecasting, and mitigates financial risk in partnership 
with the Board of Directors and the Finance Director.
● Manages operations, leads the staff team, and maintains the integrity of the organization.
●  Provides advice, counsel, and support to the Board of Directors, and helps maintain and leverage 
an engaged, powerful board.

The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors and supervises Director of 
Finance, the Director of Community Development, and the Program Manager.

Priorities for the new Executive Director
The new leader will lead the organization in focusing on the following priorities within the first 
12-18 months of their tenure:
●  Gain an understanding of and embed themselves fully into the organization and the community – 
including the local nonprofit landscape
● Grow organizational revenue – including innovate the organization’s funding model
● Facilitate the organization’s upcoming process to revisit the community impact strategy focus 

The strongest candidates will have these qualifications:
● Commitment to and passion for the UWHC vision, mission, and values
●  Visionary nonprofit leader - five years of senior nonprofit management experience - including 
administration, staff supervision, strategic planning, evaluation, budgeting, and organizational 
development and innovation.
●  Successful fundraiser - Proven track record in growing and diversifying funding streams 
including both institutional, individual donors, and earned income.
●  Extraordinary relationship-builder across difference - Skill in developing deep and influential 
relationships with community leaders, board members, volunteers, donors, and other key stakeholders 
and constituencies.
●  Effective communicator – Strong leadership presence serving as spokesperson for an organization 
and a demonstrated ability to leverage organizational visibility and credibility through the media 
and other public relations sources. Effective written and verbal communication skills.
● Strong finance skills – including budgeting, fiscal management, and analysis.
●  Effective team builder - Professional and personal style consistent with the supportive, open, 
collaborative team-oriented culture of UWHC. Experience creating and maintaining an effective 
organizational culture that attracts, motivates, and retains a diverse, talented staff. Experience 
employing an inclusive leadership style that builds community and fosters creativity among the 
●  High level of emotional intelligence – accurately perceive and express yourself, personal 
humility/servant leadership, integrity, empathy, active listener, develop and maintain social 
relationships, adapt to challenges, and use emotions in an effective way - and a sense of humor.

Additional desired skills and experiences:
● Advanced degree in a relevant field - or other relevant business, public or nonprofit sector 
●  We prefer applicants with local knowledge but we also welcome transplants with civic leadership 
expertise who have experience with the challenges and opportunities that need addressing in 
Henderson County.
● Prior United Way experience.

● Salary: $90-100,000
● Benefits:
o 37.5 hr workweek
o Paid Vacation: 20 days
o Paid Holidays: 11 days

o Paid Personal/sick leave: 10 days
o Paid Health, dental, life, LTD, AD&D insurance – 100% for employee
o SEP IRA Contribution – 6% of salary (after 1 year)
o Fitness membership benefit: $250/yr
o Paid Sabbatical Leave: 3 weeks additional PTO (every 5 years)

To apply:
To apply, please send a resume and a detailed cover letter, that demonstrates the fit between your 
qualifications to the skills and experience above, in one pdf file using the following naming 
convention: “Your Last Name-Your First Name.pdf”, via email only to:
UWHC Search Committee
Please, no phone calls, faxes, or snail mail.

The hiring process:
Review of applications will begin June 1st and continue until the position closes July 5th, unless 
extended. Selected candidates may be invited to multiple interviews conducted on Zoom and in-person 
in July and August. Ideally the new Executive Director will start work on or before October 1, 

Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Studies have shown that candidates 
that are female and/or BIPOC are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet all of the 
qualifications they find in the job description. We are seeking the best candidate for the job, and 
that candidate may be a person who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage you to 
apply even if you don’t meet every minimum qualification described or are unsure if your experience 
could be considered related experience.

Required degree level

  • Master

Years of experience

  • 5 - 10 years of experience

Salary range

  • $90,000 - $100,000 per year