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Executive Director

Gettysburg, PA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

CEO/President/Executive Director
Full time
5 - 10 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree

Published on 6 Mar 2020

Expires on 6 Mar 2020

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Executive Director

The Executive Director (E.D.) is the public eyes and ears of the United Way of Adams County. Our organization’s E.D. is the organization’s primary fundraiser. The E.D. is responsible for both leading the annual community campaign along with oversight of grant writing responsibilities. The E.D also takes the lead for providing a strong, innovative collaborative leadership for the United Way of Adams County (UWAC), in developing financial, volunteer and in-kind resources, and in identifying and responding to community priorities in Community Impact focus areas - health, education and income. The Executive Director creates and builds awareness of the United Way’s role in the community and assures involvement of its diverse constituencies. The position also maintains accountability for overall operational and fiscal integrity of the organization by reporting to, and working in partnership with the UWAC’s Board of Directors. The Executive Director oversees all organizational activities, and in consultation with the Board, is responsible for developing and executing a clear strategy for United Way.

1. Essential Accountabilities:  

  • Fundraising

As the face and voice of the UWAC, provide leadership on the fundraising portal of the organization along with  support by staff and board members. Overall leadership with developing and iplementing strategies to lead successful annual campaigns along with other fundraising and revenue-related ideas throughout the fiscal year.

  • Leadership

Provides direction and leadership toward the achievement of UWAC's vision, mission, strategy, and it's annual goals and objectives.

●  Administration and Management

 Ensures that the business and financial affairs of UWAC are conducted in accordance with acceptable standards and that appropriate systems are in place for effective management.  Oversees the development of the annual operating budget, monitors expenses to assure adherence to budget and mitigates financial risks. Directly supervises staff positions. Provides personnel management including recruiting, hiring, supervising, evaluating and terminating personnel as necessary. Oversee facilities management.

●   Resource Development / Fundraising

Develops and implements year-round resource development strategies to ensure goal achievement, accountability and accurate reporting.  Develops, implements and maintains innovative resource development strategies including annual giving, business support, in-kind donations, major gifts, planned giving and special events. Develop, maintain and support appropriate training programs, materials, and systems for campaign volunteers.

● Community Engagement

Oversees development and implementation of year-round volunteer engagement strategy by positioning UWAC as the premier community mobilizer of volunteers in community impact issues - health, education and income.

●  Community Impact

With Board leadership, identifies the impact agenda and increases the capacity of the organization to implement, sustain and evaluate agenda.

●  Community Relations

Develops and maintains cooperative working relationships with other United Way organizations, UWAC funded agencies and community partners, community leaders in government, business, nonprofits and other strategic partners.  

● Fund Distribution

Develops and implements a plan to allocate available dollars in high impact / outcome programs and to evaluate the results. Develops, implements and maintains an agency program funding application, evaluation criteria, and fund distribution process.

● Strategic Planning and Implementation

Works with the UWAC Board on strategic planning efforts and policy formulation. Ensures integration of all areas of operation into a cohesive direction for the organization. Works to meet established objectives. Recommends policies and programs that will keep the organization viable and responsive to changing needs.

2. Competencies, Knowledge, Experience

Competencies Required

  • Fundraising: The ability to present proposals and funding requests to community leaders and the ability to take charge of the annual campaign and show a history of leading successful revenue-driven fundraising
  • Leadership: Ability to motivate and guide others to perform in accordance with clear expectations and goals.
  • Management Skills: Ability to achieve desired outcomes by setting goals and priorities that deliver results.
  • Business Acumen: Ability to understand business-related topics or issues.
  • Diversity Oriented: Ability to support the organization's diversity goals by using ethnic, gender, religious or socio-economic inclusiveness.
  • Consensus Building: Ability to interact with others of diverse backgrounds resulting in group agreement or solution.
  • Judgment: Ability to form sound opinions or make decisions evaluating available information.
  • Relationship Building: Ability to establish and maintain good rapport and cooperative relationships with customers and coworkers.
  • Problem Solving: Ability to recognize courses of actions that can be taken to handle problems or potential problems, and apply contingency plans to solve those problems.
  • Presentation skills: Ability to effectively present information to a group.
  • Communications, Oral: Ability to send verbal messages, and listen to others’ responses in order to convey information.
  • Communications, Written: Ability to write concise, clear letters, reports, articles, or emails including proofing and editing. Ability to speak and write clearly and concisely for a broad audience. Ability to integrate social media communications with overall business communications.

Experience/Position Requirements:


Bachelor’s degree required.


  • Minimum 5 years leadership experience in nonprofit sector; United Way experience preferred
  • Financial operations management
  • Supervisory and office management experience
  • Resource development skills including activities such as grant writing and donor cultivation
  • Strategic planning experience

Computer Skills

  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Word, Publisher, Excel and Outlook

3. Values-based Behaviors

This position will demonstrate and advance United Way of Adams County Organizational Values.

  • Commitment to Community Success                        
  • Accountability and Transparency
  • Inclusiveness                                             
  • Customer-Centered
  • Innovation/Continuous Improvement                                                
  • Operational Excellence

4. External Factors and Physical Requirements

Environmental Conditions:

Work is performed primarily indoors in an office environment with regular local travel in Adams County area.

Physical and Mental Demands:

The physical and mental demands of this position are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential job functions.  While performing the duties of this job, employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel objects, tools, or controls, and talk and hear.  The employee frequently is required to sit and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The incumbent must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.  The United Way of Adams County reserves the right to review each requested accommodation and determine if such poses an undue hardship.

The description given is intended only to provide information about the general nature of the job and is not an all-inclusive list of the job duties, skills or abilities which may change from time-to time.

5. Salary

    The salary range will be between $50,000 and $65,000.