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President and Chief Executive Officer

Fort Worth, TX, USA

Relocation expenses: Negotiated

CEO/President/Executive Director
Full time

Published on 4 Nov 2019

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President and Chief Executive Officer

To learn more about this opportunity or provide a confidential referral, qualified applicants should contact:

Renee Baker Arrington

Pearson Partners International, Inc.

8080 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1200

Dallas, Texas 75206

214-292-4142 Direct


Position Specification

The Company

From its beginnings in 1922 as Fort Worth Community Chest through today, the United Way of Tarrant County has worked to improve the lives of those in the communities it serves. As a nonprofit leader, it partners with companies, organizations, schools, religious institutions and city/state and local governments to fulfill the mission of providing leadership and harnessing resources to solve Tarrant County’s toughest social issues. The United Way of Tarrant County also serves as the regional grantee for Tarrant County’s Area Agency on Aging (AAA).


Through the efforts of the 70 employees who support the mission of the organization, the legacy Workplace Giving Campaign, individual donors and foundations, the United Way of Tarrant County invests in programs and initiatives of its more than 45 partner agencies aimed at solving our community’s pressing social issues.


The current President and Chief Executive Officer will retire in December 2019. In his tenure, the organization has undergone significant change including building a new executive team and launching a strategy focused on systems change, donor centricity and public philanthropy. The results of this strategy are starting to take root and the next leader of the United Way of Tarrant County will have the latitude to assess and adapt this plan to chart a course for future growth and long-term community impact. 


Reporting Relationship

Reports to the Board of Directors and manages senior leadership including the Executive Team, the Director Area Agency on Aging, and an Executive Assistant.


Position Overview

The President and CEO will serve as the face of United Way of Tarrant County in the community, representing the organization to internal and external stakeholders including its employees, board members, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, volunteers, clients and citizens. With business savvy and leadership skills, the successful candidate will set the strategic direction for United Way of Tarrant County and ensure the strategy is effectively implemented. The organization is currently on a path to restoring financial strength. The President and CEO will connect people to the mission and purpose of the United Way so that it will remain relevant and necessary as a leader in the broader social services community. The next CEO will need to be visionary, innovative, and strategic; provide community and organizational leadership; develop and manage resources; and ensure operational accountability and fiscal integrity.



  • Develop and implement a clear strategy and vision for the organization that confronts the complex realities of the environment and addresses systemic challenges
  • Recruit, motivate, mentor and lead a high performing management team with leadership bench strength in all areas of the organization.
  • Review, and revise as needed processes and policies so that the organization can achieve its goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrate inspired, strategic and transparent leadership balanced with authenticity, respect for others, and trust building with all stakeholders including the Board of Directors.
  • Engage the Board, providing up-to-date information and advice, and ensure that the budget, staff and priorities are aligned with the organization’s values and mission. Operate within the purview of the board bylaws, serving as an ex-officio member of division and department committees.
  • Sustain a diverse, engaged and inclusive Board representative of the community and willing to leverage and secure resources.
  • Establish and maintain credibility and visibility in the community, building diverse alliances and relationships with relevant local, state and national partners, including United Way Worldwide.
  • Generate and grow financial support for the organization. Engage donors, volunteers, and the community-at-large in advancing the mission and ensure resources are allocated properly to reflect present needs and future potential needs.
  • Facilitate cross-departmental collaboration and strengthen internal communications. Create and promote a positive multi-cultural work environment that supports consistency.
  • Provide the fiscal oversight for the organization’s investments, budgets, and financial controls and reporting



  • This position requires minimal out-of-region business travel.


The Candidate


Bachelor’s degree preferred.


Professional Experience

  • At least ten (10) years of executive level not-for-profit and/or business management experience. This includes having held profit and loss responsibility, financial, operational and budgetary accountabilities.
  • Resource development, revenue generation or fundraising experience in a non-profit or corporate setting.
  • Demonstrated leadership, management and negotiation skills. Known for attracting, motivating and developing strong teams.
  • Prior experience serving either as a volunteer or as a board member for other not-for-profit organizations is desirable.
  • Proven ability to build relationships and make a personal connection with individuals from all walks of life in the community.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of human service issues and an awareness of the cultural and economic diversity within the region.
  • Established network among local business leaders and/or the ability to quickly and adeptly position within a new community is a plus.
  • Financially savvy and politically astute.  Keen analytic, organizational and problem-solving skills, which enable sound decision making.
  • A skilled communicator who offers a consistent and thoughtful message to colleagues and team members through formal and informal channels and many types of media.


Personal Characteristics:

  • Personal values consistent with United Way mission.
  • Possess utmost professional and personal integrity.
  • Excellent coalition building skills. Able to lobby and advocate, communicate and work effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Visionary and strategic thinking capabilities, and personal demeanor and executive presence consistent with a highly visible position in the community.
  • A critical thinker with attention to detail who regularly seeks innovative solutions to complex business/technical issues.
  • Flexible, with the ability to know when to shift direction and when to be persistent.
  • Capable of establishing immediate credibility in the community; able to build consensus and achieve goals through influence versus direct line authority.
  • A high energy, results-oriented leader who must be a self-starter