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Executive Director

Columbus, MS

Relocation expenses: Not paid

CEO/President/Executive Director
Full time
3 - 5 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree

Published on 5 Jul 2018

Expires on 28 Jul 2018

Executive Director

The Executive Director will be supervised by, report to and work collaboratively with the Board of Directors in leading United Way Lowndes County (UWLC) Specifically, s/he will ensure that United Way’s fiscal, operations, public policy, fundraising, marketing, and programmatic strategies are effectively implemented across all segments of the organization.

Education Requirements:
1. Qualified candidates with a strong management and nonprofit background are encouraged to apply 2. Excellent understanding and deep experience of fund development/grant management. 3. Excellent written and oral communication skills. 4. Bachelor's Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred.

Experience Required:
Provides Leadership • Visioning & Strategic Thinking - Thinks long term, stretching horizons and challenging imaginations to develop an image of how United Way should work, creating a vision that captures minds and energizes others to commit to the vision • Problem Solving & Decision Making - Identifying, analyzing, organizing and solving problems and issues in a timely, effective manner; uses data and input from others to make sound, timely decisions even in the face of uncertainty • Change Leadership - Champions change, demonstrating a willingness and ability to initiate, sponsor, and lead a change initiative through to completion • Team Leadership - Builds own skills in team leadership, delegates effectively, and fosters teamwork • Talent Development & Management - Develops individual abilities by coaching, mentoring, and advising; challenges others to improve; addresses performance problems, and grooms executive staff for advancement Develops Impact Strategies, Resources & Builds Relationships • Influence and Impact - Using influence techniques that appeal to reason, values, or emotion to generate enthusiasm for the work, commitment to task objectives, or compliance with orders and requests • Political Astuteness - Ability to understand and operate effectively both within the political environment of the United Way movement and the community; uses political awareness to determine how best to get things done. Formulates strategies and communicates in an ethical and politically sensitive manner. Has a detailed working knowledge of and experience within the city, county and state political system • Strategy & Product Innovation - Ability to identify innovative strategies to address community concerns, create products to address strategies, and find appropriate funding mechanisms • Coalition Building - The ability to explain, advocate and articulate facts and ideas in a persuasive manner and to negotiate with individuals and groups both internally and externally to advance strategies • Development and Investment of Resources - Understands fully the development and investment of resources required for community-wide impact in the areas of education, income and health and thinks comprehensively about the public and private resources suitable to meet those needs • Board Relationship Management - The ability to build and manage productive relationships with board members that will provide leadership and guidance for the organization • Donor Relationship Management - Creates and sustains mutually positive donor relationships; works successfully to foster mutually-beneficial relationships that add value throughout the UW system Demonstrates Business Acumen • Strategic & Operational Planning – Working with the board and staff to determine long term objectives and strategies for meeting goals, allocating resources according to priorities, determining how to use personnel and resources efficiently to accomplish a task or project; and anticipating obstacles • Financial Management - Administers the budget for program areas; administers and monitors expenditures to ensure cost-effective support of programs and policies; assesses financial condition of the organization • HR Management - Applies knowledge of policies and practices involved in personnel/human resource functions • Technology Management - Manages the organization’s technology assets and uses long- and short-range planning to budget for and select technology Personal Attributes • Achievement Orientation - The capacity to be energized and excited by challenging objectives and a concern for exceeding goals set by self or others; achieves high level, sustainable performance • Integrity - Consistently honoring commitments and taking responsibility for actions and words • Flexibility - Demonstrates adaptability and openness to alternative solutions and flexibility when interacting with others, understanding their attitudes, needs, interests, and perspectives • Inclusiveness - The ability to network and partner with all stakeholders including broad and diverse representation of private/public and traditional/nontraditional community organizations • Visionary – Initiates and leads change and transformation • Team Builder – Puts people first – understand that people are the engine that moves the organization forward • Outward Turning – Works across private, public and corporate sectors to improve conditions in communities. Exhibits partnerships principles • Business Acumen – Mobilizes resources; is a skilled fund-raiser • Network Oriented – Links local, regional, national and global perspectives 



  • Develop and implement the budget for the administration of the non-profit organization and annual campaign. Work with bookkeeper to prepare annual tax letters, audit reports, State of Mississippi Charities Registration, and U. S. Census Bureau report. Complete United Way Worldwide annual membership reports and ensure best practices requirements are met.  
  • Develop financial policies to include management and oversight of financial resources, operating budget, collection and disbursement of funds, accounting for all funds, property and official records and destruction of confidential records.  Review monthly financial reports with the bookkeeper, review monthly expenses and co-sign payroll, allocations and operating checks. Provide audit reports (board information, in-kind reports, pledge information, other) to audit preparer. Submit Financial Policies, audit and 990 to board for annual review.
  • Assist with identifying and cultivating board members who are philanthropic, knowledgeable of our community, and culturally and socially diverse, to broadly represent our community at-large and assure the continuity of top-level volunteer direction for United Way. Update board term history and prospect spreadsheet for the committee. Prepare materials for nominees to make informed membership decisions. Develop board manuals, meeting calendar, create orientation slide show and implement board orientation.
  • Maintain board by-laws, policies, financial policies and financial records. Review/revise annually or as needed for the effective operations of United Way.
  • Advise staff and volunteers on compliance in routine and special activities. Ensure each board member signs the Code of Ethics Forms and file.
  • Coordinate meetings, prepare agendas, and compile reports for conducting business with the executive committee, board of directors and multiple committees. Write, review and submit monthly and quarterly meeting minutes.
  • Review insurance policies, update as needed.
  • Administer Charity Tracker web-based program.

Staff Management

  • Develop staff policies, guidelines and procedures.  Review annually or as needed to keep current.  Revise as needed. Confer/research with other non-profits for best practices.
  • Promote and present opportunities for staff to benefit from outside learning opportunities and membership in civic and professional organizations to enhance the employee’s skills, provide a networking base and foster greater visibility for United Way mission.
  • Develop staff job descriptions, conduct annual staff performance evaluations and develop goals and timelines. Hold regular individual and group staff meetings to discuss projects and timelines.


  • Collaborate with Campaign Chair to identify and recruit candidates for campaign cabinet.  
  • Develop campaign materials including cabinet and coordinator training materials, cabinet campaign manuals, brochures, posters, letterhead, forms, guides, etc.
  • Assist campaign cabinet with cultivating new work force campaigns and securing corporate gifts.
  • Work with company CEOs and campaign coordinators to develop and sustain successful annual employee campaigns.
  • Assist coordinators with company campaign presentations.
  • Work with volunteers to write effective funding letters and conduct mass mailings.
  • Create spreadsheets to report on campaign progress and identify areas requiring special effort.
  • Work with Lowndes County Board of Supervisors to secure funding. [Currently approved for $130,000 in designated funds – 2018].
  • Plan/implement Pacesetter and Campaign Kick Off activities. Assist with special events.
  • Grant writing.

Allocations Process 

  • Serve as resource for Allocations Chair and volunteers.
  • Confer with area United Ways on funding policies and agency relations.
  • Serve as funded agency / allocations volunteer liaison.
  • Review and revise agency proposals annually to keep current with local, state and federal non-profit financial guidelines, board governance and best practices. Collaborate with/advise allocations chair and committee of needed revisions and implement.
  • Assist with panel volunteer recruitment.
  • Prepare proposal cover letters, including any modifications to the proposal and allocations process timeframe. Prepare allocations announcement letters for allocations chair with funding levels and stipulations and/or recommendations (if any).
  • Generate historical reports and projections for panel meetings and executive and full board reviews. Send final report to bookkeeper for use in monthly allocations.
  • Review agency quarterly reports. Advise the executive committee of discoveries of agencies engaged in detrimental practices and assist in taking appropriate action.
  • Coordinate meetings with agency directors and board representatives as needed over the course of the year to ensure agency accountability and sustained integrity of the allocations process.

Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) – federal grant

  • Chair, Lowndes County Local Board.
  • Coordinate and implement annual funding process and board activities, including advertising availability of funds, compiling annual board plan (application for funding), interim reports and end of year reports, planning quarterly meetings, and more.
  • Serve as liaison for local agencies, EFSP Local Board and National Board.

Special Events   

  • Coordinate community-wide events.
  • Secure donated use of facilities for events.
  • Secure caterers and work with chefs and restaurant staff.
  • Create invitations for events. 
  • Develop/design awards
  • Develop agendas, programs and scripts for major events.
  • Develop annual meeting slide show, set up table decorations, and clean up following the meeting.
  • Work with agencies, media and other community resources following major weather or fire related disasters to solicit and collect supplies and lead and /or assist with volunteer efforts. Manage calls from the community.

Public Relations/Branding

  • Establish and maintain significant relations with people of all levels within the community, including corporate chief executive officers, labor representatives, education, health and humans service personnel, local, state and federal government officials and representatives, and community and civic organizations.
  • Enhance the public understanding and support of United Way’s mission through a coordinated Public Relations program.
  • Originate marketing themes and designs.
  • Solicit and/or write radio, television and newspaper promotions, press releases, interviews and features. Compile information and statistics, obtain quotes, set up photo shoots, create display ads, write Public Service Announcements, submit “small” PSA ads and more.  
  • Speak to local civic and professional organizations about United Way mission.
  • Write scripts and collaborate with United Way and WCBI staff to develop a theme and provide input on campaign DVD.
  • Participate in professional and non-profit community building organizations to network,   serve as a resource, and educate the community about the United Way mission.

Agency Relations

  • Schedule quarterly agency group meetings / tours to:
  • Learn about / train on United Way activities
  • Learn more about each organization’s missions
  • Create opportunities for collaborations and networking

●    Mission-Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to the mission to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities.  This drives their performance and professional motivations.
●    Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before the process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
●    Collaborator: understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
●    Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.
●    Brand Steward: Steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.