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Executive Director

Chehalis, WA, USA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

CEO/President/Executive Director
Full time
$61,000 to $70,000 per year

Published on 31 Mar 2021

Expires on 31 Mar 2021

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Executive Director

United Way of Lewis County is searching for a thoughtful, steadfast leader who will work towards the goal of lifting 30% of families out poverty in Lewis County by 2030. 

The Executive Director must possess unquestioned integrity, long-term perspective, a practical ability and determination to get things done and carry out the recommendations of the board. The ideal candidate will have a fair and thoughtful approach to management, combined with the wisdom, flexibility and courage to shift direction when needed, and explore innovative solutions and initiatives; all while maintaining a high energy level and sense of humor.

Our Mission:

Connecting people and resources to improve the quality of life in Lewis County.

Our Vision:

A community with a strong social services network, where individuals can develop their potential for self-sufficiency and personal well-being.

Our Values:

  • Equity
  • Integrity
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Outcome-Oriented

Lewis County has a population of just over 80,000 people and covers over 2,400 square miles from White Pass in the east to Pe Ell in the west, and Chehalis, the county seat, is where the United Way office is located. The other major city in the area is Centralia, located just 3 miles to the north. They are often referred to as the Twin Cities.  Both cities are located on a major interstate (I-5) that puts us halfway between Portland, OR to the south, and Seattle on the north.

The retiring executive director of United Way has led for 22 years, and has created a dedicated, passionate and experienced team to help fulfill the mission of the United Way.  As a result, the relationships between UW and the various stakeholders in the county are lasting and meaningful.  City government leaders, first responders, other human service organizations including all non-profit agencies, health care agencies, educational partners (K-12 and Centralia College) as well as various religious denominations are well aware of United Way and reach out for resources when needed.  That often means putting those requests in the hands of the most appropriate responder.  In fact, our UW is the hub for connecting people and resources. For example, in the aftermath of a disastrous flood that hit the area in 2007, United Way found resources for the homeless and directed volunteers to places they were most needed. The Governor and other state leaders recognized those efforts publicly.

That view of the important role United Way plays in the lives of Lewis County citizens still prevails today. 

However, changes in local resources, new areas of need, and a cultural shift in traditional United Way fundraising has inspired the United Way Director to lead the Board of Directors through a careful review and identification of underlying problems in our county.  This took time and effort using surveys, countywide studies, and many conversations with county, city, medical, and education leaders.  As a result, our UW has become an issue-focused agency resulting in the decision to help lift 30% of families in Lewis County out of Poverty by 2030 through facilitating discussions centered on access to resources, affordable childcare/early childhood education, and affordable housing.  To that end we have partnered with three local Rotary clubs to jointly sponsor the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to ensure our youngest citizens are given a better chance of being ready for school when they start kindergarten.  As of this date, there are over 2,000 children enrolled.

In addition, we are in the process of establishing an Early Learning Center in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club that we helped fund in Chehalis several years ago.   Other partners include the city of Centralia, and the Discover Museum for Children.  The state of Washington is allocating a major portion of the building funds, however, we are also currently raising funds to make this huge project a reality.

Minimum Qualifications to lead United Way of Lewis County

Must be a Visionary who can confront complex realities while simultaneously maintaining faith in a different and better future by providing purpose, direction, and motivation.  Possesses a high level of intelligence and intellectual curiosity and be willing to explore new ideas and innovative approaches to solving problems.

Must have a Strategic mindset, able to set strong direction in policy for partners and the board and be able to craft goals and organizational strategy to ensure alignment of United Way activities in the areas of community impact, resource development and staff organizational chart.

Must be Relationship Oriented, astute in cultivating and managing relationships and able to mobilize resources (both financial and human) through purpose driven engagement.

Must demonstrate Leadership and Management skills that ensure all teams are aligned and collaborating to achieve desired organizational results.

Education/Experience Requirements

The Board of Directors of United Way of Lewis County understands and appreciates the value of formal education.  They also recognize that education, knowledge and skills come in many forms from life experience. The ultimate goal of this posting is to find and hire the person who has the skillset, experience, and ability to lead this organization.

If you have those qualities and the heart for non-profit management, please consider applying for this position.

Organization Management

United Way of Lewis County has a board of 20 strong leaders representing various sectors of our community and 4 talented and dedicated staff members with a total of 72 years of United Way experience and commitment. 

The Executive Director is accountable for building and leading a team of high-performing staff members to collaborate in achieving organizational results.  S/he maintains accountability for the operational and fiscal integrity of the organization within the policies set by the Board of Directors.

The Executive Director assesses organizational capacity to implement strategies and identify gaps in systems and staffing; directly supervises staff positions and establishes individual goals; works with the Financial Director to manage spending, monitor budget compliance, and mitigate financial risks. S/he works directly with the President of the Board of Directors to plan meetings, create agendas and ensure that United Way of Lewis County goals of inclusiveness and diversity among staff and volunteers are met.

Essential Elements of the job

  • Demonstrated experience working in/with the nonprofit sector and interacting with volunteers and diverse boards.
  • Ability to gain the confidence and respect of stakeholders.
  • A demonstrated track record of promoting diversity and an ability to build collaboration with the community.
  • Experience in developing partnerships, building teams and conflict management.
  • Experience in building revenue and increasing philanthropic support.
  • Strong written and verbal abilities.

Overview of Responsibilities

The Executive Director is the leader of the organization, implementing a vision for impact in the community that is achieved through the efforts of a diverse team of high-performing leaders, staff and volunteers alike.  The Executive Director is the Chief Mobilizer; s/he leverages the power of relationships and networks and works across private, public and corporate sectors to improve conditions in the community.  The Executive Director possesses a high level of broad business and management skills and is effective at generating resources and financial support for the organization. The Executive Director is dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good - creating, resourcing and leveraging strategies for broad investment and impact. The Executive Director is the steward of brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation of United Way. 

Key Responsibilities/Essential functions

The major responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

Community Impact

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall impact of United Way of Lewis County on the community.The Executive Director works closely with the Board to craft and adapt the strategy to achieve this increased impact, including raising the funds to support it.S/he will establish and build relationships with top leaders in the community, including those representing the highest levels in business, government and nonprofit sectors.

Resource Development

The Executive Director drives key results in resource development; to identify, cultivate and solicit prospective donors and key leaders of prospective new corporate partners; to leverage personal and professional contacts and relationships into fundraising opportunities; and to promote a culture of fundraising in the organization, both at the staff and board level.

Strategic Management

The Executive Director serves as the principal resource to the Board of Directors and its key committees and gives strong direction in policy formulation and interpretation.S/he partners with the Board of Directors and the community constituents to craft organizational goals and develops strategies to ensure that they are achieved.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Untied Way of Lewis County has a strong organizational commitment to the principles of diversity in all areas. United Way of Lewis County is an Equal Opportunity employer.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is 60k-75k annually.  United Way of Lewis County provides employees an excellent benefits package from which they can select options that best serve their needs.  United Way also provides matching contributions to a 403(b)-retirement savings plan.