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President and CEO

United Way of North Carolina
Cary, NC

Relocation expenses: Paid

CEO/President/Executive Director
Full time
5 - 10 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree
$141,000 to $160,000 per year

Published on 7 Jul 2022

Expires on 7 Jul 2022

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President and CEO

As the statewide member association for 50 local United Ways in North Carolina, the President and CEO is the chief mobilizer and connector for a $2.75 million statewide nonprofit. United Way of North Carolina leverages the power of partnerships and networks across private, public, and corporate sectors so all people, regardless of background, can thrive in communities across North Carolina.

Primary Responsibilities

Strategic vision and leadership

  • Collaborate with the statewide Board of Directors to create and implement a new strategic plan that focuses on a clear, long-term, sustainable vision to serve the needs of local United Ways and local communities and motivate collaboration, participation, and success.
  • Provide transformative leadership, ensuring the continued growth and development of a professional, efficient organization with a solid impact footprint across the state.
  • Lead and model the organization’s core values through leadership, service, and decision-making.
  • Build upon a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the organization’s partnerships and work.
  • Provide leadership that reflects the highest standards of fiduciary responsibility and ethical conduct.

Strategic partnerships

  • Build and foster high-level relationships with statewide business, government, and foundation leaders to support community and statewide programs.
  • Seek out innovative partnerships to meet ever-increasing needs of the state and local communities.
  • Ensure contractual partner deliverables are achieved and that open communication and accountability are central to the relationship.
  • Serve as the state liaison with United Way Worldwide and other state associations to ensure opportunities are recognized for partnership and sharing of best practices.

Revenue development

  • Drive results in revenue development, leading to diverse revenue streams that support, sustain and grow statewide programs and operations.
  • Leverage/cultivate relationships that create opportunities to strengthen the organization’s long-term sustainability.
  • Identify new revenue streams through creative partnerships and business development opportunities.

Board of Directors

  • Cultivate a strong, transparent working relationship with the Board and ensure open communication about the measurement of financial, programmatic, and impact performance against stated milestones and goals.
  • Support the Board in its own development and recruitment of diverse, highly qualified members.
  • Encourage quality engagement through committee work to leverage the skills and experiences of all Board members.

Talent and leadership development

  • Recruit and retain top talent and the next generation of leaders.
  • Create an environment encouraging healthy communication within and across teams and make team-building a priority.
  • Set clear expectations, build trust, and empower staff to make and be accountable for decision-making as a part of their responsibilities.
  • Identify tools and resources to best develop staff and lead by example through teaching, mentoring, and knowledge-sharing.
  • Ensure the organizational structure best serves key constituents and stakeholders.

Programmatic leadership

  • Provide transformative leadership to serve vulnerable people and local communities through tumultuous times by leveraging strategic resources and services in support of local United Ways and the NC 211 system.

Association leadership

  • Engage with all local United Ways to understand their needs and support their goals.
  • Provide statewide and national perspective about the United Way brand, challenges, and opportunities.
  • Ensure understanding of the health of the United Way ecosystem and its return on investment provided to local United Ways.

Brand promotion

  • Promote the United Way brand as the way forward to connect people and communities in need with strategic resources and services.

Minimum Requirements

  • 10 years of progressive executive leadership with United Way, nonprofit organizations, or the business community.
  • Proven track record in revenue development, successfully cultivating and soliciting major contributions/grants, and leading organizations to fundraising success.
  • Experience in negotiation and collaboration, skill in developing effective partnerships, contracting process, and an understanding of and commitment to community-based collaboration.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop a highly motivated team.
  • Visionary change agent with proven ability to implement core strategies.
  • Financial acumen.
  • Broad understanding of human service systems, both public and voluntary
  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent combination of skills and experience.

Core Competencies

  • Mission-focused
  • Great communicator, collaborator, relational focus
  • Strategic thinker; vision and goal orientation
  • Change agent
  • Tech savvy
  • Decision making
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Influencer
  • Employee development/coaching
  • Negotiation/conflict resolution
  • Crisis management
  • Time, team and priority management
  • Understanding and appreciating others    

In one document, please submit a cover letter, resume and how you found out about the position. Applications will be reviewed beginning July 6, 2022 and accepted until the position is filled.  Anticipated start date is September 2022.

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Roy Watson and Heidi Norwick