More than a fundraising organization, United Way of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties (UWCWC) is a community catalyst and a partner for creating measurable social impact that enhances the quality of life for the residents of greater Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties in Washington. An affiliate of one of America’s most respected nonprofit brands, UWCWC works with a broad range of individuals and organizations to identify and mobilize solutions to address the community's most critical issues.
UWCWC professional staff and volunteers work to advance the common good and to improve the lives of those who need help the most. United Way of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, one of the nearly 1,300 local US affiliates of the United Way worldwide network.
The Vision of United Way of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties is: To ensures all individuals live healthy, secure, and productive lives in our community.
The Mission is to mobilize the caring power of our community to continually improve the lives of every person in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties.
The Creed is that we fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties.
UWCWC envisions a community where people work together to ensure that:
- Every child grows up with hope and the opportunity to be successful,
- Income equity is growing, and poverty is rare, and
- All community members are thriving and healthy.
UWCWC organizes and directs a comprehensive approach to achieve strategic and measurable community impact through systems-change. UWCWC is a visible community leader, convener, and funder, working with community partners from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to analyze and create solutions for a broad range of needs. Currently, UWCWC is moving toward an approach where critical child and family needs and services can be met using collective impact principles aligned with schools and other nonprofit partners.
OVERVIEW OF RESPONSIBILITIES
Acts as the Chief Resource Development Officer that creates community, non-profit and business relationships across all sectors and leverages those relationships to uplift local lives and community conditions. Conducts presentations and workplace campaign activities that will cultivate new donors and volunteers and engages donors and volunteers through various communication mediums.
Responsible for the impact United Way of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties has on the community. Works with the board and board designated committees to create and execute strategies that will move results.
Ensures all compliance requirements with United Way Worldwide are met and accomplished within identified deadlines and reports to the board any new policies, advocacy or organizational changes being conveyed from United Way Worldwide or the United Ways of the Pacific NW Association that warrant attention or decision-making action. Is the spokesperson for the organization along with the Board President and is responsible for distributing necessary communications to the local media and key stakeholders. Always protects the brand and organization to the highest ability and informs the Board of anything that could damage the brand or operational integrity. Conducts business in a way that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Conducts financial activities including reviewing and submitting monthly credit card statements, and accounts payables and receivables to the 3rd party bookkeeper so financials are reconciled and maintained regularly and keeps a close eye on financial and donation system entries to ensure accuracy of postings. Initiates annual audit or financial review process with the Executive Committee and provides timely information requested for completion. Provides requested financial or operational information to the Board upon request, and manages staff time sheets, vacation requests and personnel matters. Manages a federal funding phase process (Emergency Food and Shelter Program) as phases are awarded to Cowlitz County. Ensures all licenses, permits, policies and dues are maintained for operation.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES/ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
The Executive Director personifies the mission of United Way of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED provides vision and leadership to the organization, and is responsible for the overall management, fundraising, accountability, and administration of the organization to ensure the organization achieves its goals, according to board approved policies and procedures. Ideal candidates for this position will be passionate both about UWCWC’s mission and about the fundraising, community organizing, organizational leadership, and management activities needed to achieve the mission. The ideal candidate will have proven fundraising and nonprofit management skills and be an inspirational and collaborative team builder. The ED must exhibit a facilitative leadership style, active listening with a diverse group of people, public speaking skills, a transparent work ethic, and openness in considering and valuing the contributions of many in a collective impact effort. Essential qualifications include:
- A Bachelor’s degree in public, non-profit, or business management, plus five years progressively responsible experience in nonprofit leadership and development, including fundraising, community organizing, planning, budgeting, and fiscal management. Educational qualifications may be waived depending on work history. Executive level corporate or public sector experience with significant volunteer leadership roles may substitute for nonprofit experience.
- Knowledge of non-profit management and human resources best practices, laws and regulations.
- Strong change management skills to build effective community- and organization-wide systems and structures to raise funds and create impact.
- Demonstrated leadership skills in inspiring, empowering, and developing current and future staff to achieve strategic organizational goals. Experience implementing performance management and/or accountability systems.
- A proven track record of fundraising and relationship development; ability to successfully develop new revenue sources within the local market conditions.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills at all levels, with staff, board, and community stakeholders.
- Demonstrated effectiveness in inspiring support and confidence, representing organizational vision, mission, goals, and outcomes to a diverse group of stakeholders in a variety of venues.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the nonprofit sector, with an understanding of the importance of building and maintaining relationships with nonprofit partners, and ability to develop and implement collaborative strategies and plans.
Work is performed typically in an office environment which will be performed remotely, and a variety of settings among diverse stakeholders and audiences. A considerable amount of time will be spent in meetings, at a computer screen for extended periods, at UWCWC events, and speaking before public audiences. Frequent use of phones and e-mail will be required to communicate with stakeholders. Frequently works outside normal working hours and will drive due to work performed with donors and other stakeholders in the community. Occasional travel out of town and out of state will be required.
UNITED WAY CORE COMPETENCIES FOR ALL STAFF
● Mission-Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to 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 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.