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Executive Director

Columbus, NE
Columbus, NE

Relocation expenses: Negotiated

CEO/President/Executive Director
Full time
5 - 10 years of experience

Published on 31 Oct 2019

Expires on 31 Oct 2019

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Executive Director

Job Summary:

The Executive Director of the Columbus Area United Way (CAUW)  has the role of inspiring people to come together to make a lasting difference in our community, provide authentic leadership within the organization and in the community, to engage people in collective action to address United Way’s goals in the areas of Education, Financial Stability, Health and Community Needs.

This position is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the goals, objectives, policies, and programs approved by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director provides leadership by identifying human service related issues, overseeing and implementing resource development activities and building coalitions designed to strengthen communities. This position has overall responsibility for managing the organization's office and its staff and publicly represents United Way in the community.

The Executive Director is responsible for leading the staff and providing counsel to the Board of Directors This includes management of the overall operations, external relations, community building and fundraising efforts.

 Essential Competencies and Processes:

  1. Provide Community & Organizational Leadership: measurements include visionary/strategic thinking, problem solving & decision making, team leadership, and talent development/management.
  2. Develop Impact Strategies, Resources & Build Relationships: measurements include influence & impact, coalition building, development & investment of resources, volunteer & investor relationship management, political awareness.
  3. Demonstrate Business Acumen: measurements include strategic & operational planning, financial management, United Way brand management, HR management, technology management.
  4. Model Exemplary Values & Personal Attributes: measurements include achievement orientation, integrity, flexibility, continuous learning & self-mastery, inclusiveness.

Primary Job Duties/Responsibilities:


  • Oversee financial affairs including: monitoring of the operating budget; oversight of financial control policies; maintenance of financial records; preparation of audit; timely payment and filing of payroll and other taxes and reports; and payments to member agencies and vendors.
  • Supervise all office operations including: staff hiring, training, supervision, and

    development; maintaining written job descriptions for each staff and Board position, and managing time, space, equipment, and technological resources.

  • Manage programs for which United Way is responsible including all Community Impact Grants and Direct Programs as approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Maintain organizational compliance with United Way Worldwide.
  • Research, apply for, and oversee or administer grants that will further the mission and goals of the United Way.
  • Enhance United Way community relationships by meeting with constituents to ensure public understanding. Plans the annual United Way campaign, setting annual goal jointly with Board of Directors.

Community Impact

  • Position United Way as a leader and a partner in community improvement ventures to advance the common good in the Columbus area and expand the role of United Way in addressing and solving community issues.
  • Recommend and/or provides input on proposed new programs and services.
  • Work with agency leadership to identify and address community problems and reports findings to the Board of Directors in order to facilitate development of long-range strategic plans to meet community needs.
  • Evaluate the services being provided by nonprofit agencies in relation to United Way goals and standards and recommends funding levels to the Board of Directors as needed.
  • Provide leadership for periodic community needs assessments, information and referral databases and other similar undertakings.
  • Develop and maintain a sound working relationship with partner agencies and promotes interagency cooperation.
  • Ensure that United Way funds are used for the purposes specified in the grant application. Provide staff support for the Community Impact Committee.



  • Develop ongoing personal contacts and cultivate current and potential donors, corporations and foundations. Keep donors informed of progress and significant accomplishments.
  • Manage and coordinate day-to-day support operations of the annual campaign including: volunteer recruitment and training; scheduling; promotion; preparation of materials; solicitations and presentations; and donor acknowledgement.
  • Use sound procedures, in accordance with the principles of United Way, to ensure efficient solicitation, collection and record keeping, including campaign pledges and payments.
  • Maintain campaign records and statistics. Analyze and evaluate fund raising and fund distribution results to benefit future campaigns.
  • Solicit contributions from corporations, individuals and foundations for contributions toward campaign, event sponsorships, and other fundraising efforts, as needed.
  • Prepare grant proposals for operating funds, endowment funds, capacity expansion, or community impact proposals.

Marketing and Public Relations:

  • Provide advice and administrative support to the Board in all fundraising activities.
  •  Promote public understanding and support of local human service needs and programs by representing United Way in community activities.
  • Convey United Way message, positions, and policies to business leaders, government, other human services agencies, and the community-at-large.
  • Develop and implement an effective media plan that uses the media effectively.
  • Direct year-round public relations programs.
  • Develop campaign materials including: brochure, pledge forms, and electronic media

Board Leadership and Development:

  • Provide leadership to the volunteer Board of Directors in achieving its organizational goals through productive relationship management, knowledgeable guidance on matters of essential nonprofit policy, the development of strategic direction, and the distribution of ethical, informative, and responsible information.
  • Guide the Board of Directors in matters of bylaws interpretation, policy and procedure formulation and implementation, acquisition and retention of high quality volunteer leadership on the Board of Directors, and long and short-range goal setting.
  • Inform the Board of Directors on the advancement of the United Way’s mission and progress towards its organizational goals, the development of trends in direction and management of local nonprofit agencies, modification of United Way Worldwide standards and policies, and other trends the national nonprofit sector.
  • Assure that the Board of Directors membership is diverse and has broad community representation.
  • Work with the President and other committee chairpersons to plan meetings, provide relevant information, prepare agendas, and set schedules.

Working Conditions:

The Executive Director is an exempt, salaried full time employee of the United Way reporting to the Board of Directors. The regular workweek is Monday thru Friday 9:00am-5:00 pm. Meetings, annual campaign, and special events will require time outside the regular workweek, which can be adjusted to accommodate the additional hours.


  • Must possess strong communication, organizational, and management skills, and the equivalent of 5 years minimum experience as the executive director of a nonprofit administration including communications, financial management, strategic planning, grant writing, fundraising and fund distribution, program development, evidence-based outcome measurement, and volunteer management.
  • Demonstrated exceptional written and oral communications skills; and a good analytical aptitude to interpret community data, review nonprofit financials, programs and systems, and evaluate, monitor and refine United Way’s systems and procedures to ensure compliance with governmental rules and regulations and United Way Worldwide requirements.
  • Must possess the experience and capacity to work effectively with community leaders, donors and clients while demonstrating a blend of visionary leadership and cooperative teamwork style and the capability to help determine community needs. Initiation, self-discipline and the ability to work without supervision while supervising and motivating others is necessary.
  • Must possess an understanding of local needs and national trends in the philanthropic sector and a compelling commitment to the improvement of the quality of life of the residents of the Columbus area. The ability to plan and manage change within the United Way and with agency relationships and to promote change in the broad community is essential.
  • Prior experience managing staff and volunteers.
  • Management of a nonprofit budget in excess of $500K is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s Degree is required or equivalent experiences in a related field will be considered.

Applicant Instructions:
All applicants are requested to provide a cover letter,  resume, the names and contact information (phone and email) for three references and compensation expectations electronically to  NO PAPER COPIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Columbus Area United Way is an Equal Opportunity Employer.