Position Title: Executive Director
Reports to: Board of Directors
The United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley improves lives and builds stronger communities by bringing resources together to advance the common good. As a trusted community partner with a strong network of staff and volunteers, we work strategically to make an impact on complex problems and improve quality of life. We’re looking for an Executive Director to continue this mission and champion these initiatives.
Responsibilities and Essential Functions
You will be at the center of establishing a vision for community impact that is achieved through the efforts of a diverse team of high-performing staff and volunteer leaders. You will build and maintain productive relationships and networks across private, public, and corporate sectors to strengthen our communities.
Your professional experiences have equipped you with a high-level of business and management skills that will allow you to be effective at generating resources and financial support for our organization. You will take pride in being a steward of the brand and assume responsibility for building trust, growing and protecting the reputation of the United Way, and maintaining our vital role in the community.
The major responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
- Community Impact: The Executive Director is responsible for the overall impact of the United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley on the community, with emphasis on increasing capacity. You will work closely with the Board to craft and adapt a strategy to achieve this increased impact, including raising funds to support it. You will establish and build relationships with community leaders, including those representing the highest levels of the business, government, and non-profit sectors.
- Resource Development: You will be charged with driving key results in fundraising. This includes identifying, cultivating, and soliciting prospective donors and key leaders of prospective new corporate partners; maintain donor and key leaders relationships; leveraging personal and professional contacts and relationships into fundraising opportunities; and promoting a culture of fundraising in the organization, at both the staff and board levels.
- Strategic Management: You will serve as the principal resource to the Board of Directors and its committees and give strong direction in policy formulation and interpretation. You will also partner with the Board of Directors and United Way staff to craft organizational goals and develop strategies to ensure they are achieved. Duties also include ensuring coordination of all United Way activities and providing strategic direction in the areas of community impact, resource development, and staff alignment.
- Organization Management: You will be accountable for building and leading high-performing teams, ensuring they are aligned and collaborating to achieve organizational results. You will maintain accountability for the operational and fiscal integrity of the organization within policies set by the Board of Directors. You will also assess our organizational capacity to implement strategies and identify gaps in systems and staffing; directly supervise staff and establish individual goals; work with the Accountant and Treasurer to manage organizational spending, monitor budget compliance, and mitigate financial risks; and ensure that the United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley’s goals of inclusiveness and diversity among staff and volunteers are met.
- A bachelor’s degree in business administration (management, nonprofit management or marketing) or social work is preferred.
- A minimum of five to 10 years of experience:
- Working in the nonprofit sector (United Way experience is desirable) and interacting with volunteers and diverse boards. Alternatively, extensive experience in the leadership and management of organizations of comparable size and mission.
- Demonstrating a track record of promoting diversity and an ability to build collaboration with the community at large.
- Working in or across multiple sectors, including nonprofit, public, and corporate environments.
- Developing partnerships, building teams, and managing conflict.
- Fundraising and increasing philanthropic support.
- Willingness to work evenings and the occasional weekend.
- Valid driver’s license with a good driving record.
Desired Skills and Experiences:
- Expertise on issues relevant to the organization.
- Dedication to shared and measurable goals for the common good – creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies for broad investment and impact.
- Ability to command the confidence and respect of stakeholders.
- A high-level intellectual curiosity and a desire to explore new ideas and innovative approaches to solving problems.
- Unquestioned integrity; a long-term perspective; a strong sense of accountability; a practical ability to get things done; wisdom and good judgment; a fair and thoughtful approach to management, combined with the flexibility and courage to shift direction and experiment with new initiatives; excellent verbal and written communication skills; a high energy level and sense of humor.
If you need an accommodation as part of the employment process, please contact us at director@uwgcv.
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer: minorities, women, veterans, people with disabilities.