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President & CEO

Everett, WA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

CEO/President/Executive Director
Full time
11-15 years of experience
$121,000 to $140,000 per year

Published on 16 May 2022

Expires on 16 May 2022

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President & CEO

United Way of Snohomish County

Everett, Washington



Position Profile:

President & CEO


Organizational Overview


United Way of Snohomish County (UWSC) is searching for a leader who believes in creating more equitable systems for families with young children and knows how to manage system-wide and organization-wide change processes. Over the last five years, United Way of Snohomish County has undertaken an organizational transformation. We have completed the first cycle and launched a second three-year cycle of community investments into a collaborative approach called CORE: Creating Open Roads to Equity. This bold approach recognizes that solving a complex issue like poverty requires complex, collaborative solutions. We are not the typical United Way of the past. With CORE, we have moved beyond the traditional role of simply being a fundraiser to being a funder, active partner, and convener focused on a 2-Generational and Collective Impact approach.


Our four Core Collaboratives—groups of more than 100 nonprofit, public, and private partners working together towards long-term solutions— each hold a unique shared vision focused on collaborative outcomes to help children birth to age 8 and the adults in their lives escape the traps of poverty. Our commitment to this work is long-term because disrupting systems to advance CORE requires patience, care, and tenacity for the journey as we help collaboratives build their risk-tolerance and the capacity to change and innovate.


This CORE Approach recognizes that although every family is unique with different strengths and struggles, as they engage in social services, all families face common experiences that reveal barriers and inequities that are built into those systems. Instead of just helping select individuals who can access programming to beat the odds, CORE seeks to change the odds for entire population groups by identifying and changing the barriers and conditions that cause the trap of poverty. CORE Collaboratives place families at the center of their partnerships, learning from collective family experiences to design interventions that make it easier for children birth to age 8 and the adults in their lives to find success together. Our CORE work is focused on children birth to age 8 because of the profound benefits of early learning and development in young children. In Snohomish County, more than 18,000 families are trapped in poverty and almost 41,500 are struggling to get by. For a family of four, the Federal Poverty Level is $25,100 a year. Even when struggling families earn three times the Federal Poverty Level, they still earn less than the basic cost of living in our region.


CORE combines two promising national models: Collective Impact, which is intentional, measured collaboration, and a 2-Generational Approach, which focuses on the well-being of the whole family. United Way is an active partner in four Core Collaboratives that work intentionally to remove barriers within and between the systems related to:

  • Early Childhood Education
    Nurturing the early years has a profound effect on a child’s ability to learn, as well as overall health later in life.
  • Postsecondary and Employment Pathways
    Creating pathways for parents and caregivers to get additional training, education and work skills can lead to higher wages, benefits, and opportunities for advancement.
  • Economic Assets
    Even a relatively small increase in household income can have a significant impact on a child’s environment and future stability.
  • Health and Wellbeing
    Reducing adverse childhood experiences and increasing access to healthcare are imperative to any family’s ability to thrive.
  • Social Connections
    Meaningful relationships with family, friends, and neighbors are powerful social networks to help keep families healthy and functional.


About Snohomish County

Nestled between beautiful Puget Sound to the west and extending to the crest of the majestic Cascade Mountains to the east, Snohomish County is a region of natural beauty and spectacular outdoor recreation opportunities and is also home to world-renowned art studios and cultural attractions. Washington’s third-largest county by population, Snohomish County is experiencing robust population and business growth. A global center of the aerospace industry, the County is one of the world’s leading hubs of high-tech innovation—from clean energy and biotechnology to advanced technology manufacturing. Snohomish County is also a regional leader in agriculture, within the rapidly growing Seattle metropolitan region.


The Leadership Opportunity: Managing the Change Process


United Way of Snohomish County’s transformation into an impact-driven modern United Way is one of hundreds of local United Ways across the country who are laser-focused on a new business model to achieve deep community impact. With the employee giving model expected to continue declining in years to come, and donors demanding a genuine relationship, United Ways know they must move beyond transactional relationships to achieve true community change. Within this context, United Way of Snohomish County is proactively engaging donors and measuring its outcomes, yet it is clear that achieving significant and deep community impact is an incremental process.


UWSC is currently providing approximately $840,000 in awards annually directly to the CORE work. This vital work brings great opportunity to the region as United Way is known as a convener that brings people together to address the greatest needs of the community. In addition, in FY 2020, over $250,000 was invested into the community through donor designations.



The Position Priorities


Build strong and trusting working relationships with the board, staff, CORE Collaborative partners, and the community to be able to address the following key priorities.


Evaluate the existing strategic plan and propose changes to build stronger relationships with existing CORE collaborative partners, government entities, funders, and the community.


Increase fundraising revenue to enable continued support of the CORE Collaboratives and to generate positive operating income.


Ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion are embodied in all grantmaking, community convening, and board and staff policies and practices.


Foster a positive and supportive organizational culture that improves staff morale, cohesion, and retention.



Experience, Skills, and Attributes


Ideal candidates for this position will be passionate about the mission of United Way of Snohomish County and the CORE Collaboratives. The successful candidate will have strong leadership, management, communications, and relationship-building skills, and a track record of successfully managing change processes. Ideal candidates will be authentic, trustworthy, and transparent leaders with the following qualifications:

  • Experience in human services, with a particular understanding of as many of the four CORE Collaborative focus areas as possible
  • Demonstrated experience in confronting systems of oppression, demonstrated experience with equity principles, and a desire to advance diversity, inclusion, equity and access within the organization’s practices and policies. Experience working with families living in poverty preferred
  • Experience in leading large-scale organizational change, including experience in turnarounds and/or changing an organization’s fundamental mission and/or core strategies
  • Strong skills in financial management, with experience in balancing deficit budgets


Minimum Qualifications


  • Strong networking skills with a commitment to building community relationships
  • Bachelor’s degree in public or nonprofit management, plus ten years progressively responsible experience in organizational leadership. Educational qualifications may be waived depending on work history
  • Strategic and innovative thinker
  • Proven track record of fundraising and partnership development
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in inspiring, empowering, motivating, and developing current and future staff to achieve strategic organizational goals
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and a track record of successful public speaking and community engagement


Working Conditions

Work is performed typically in a small office environment and a variety of settings among diverse communities and audiences. A considerable amount of time will be spent in meetings, at a computer screen for extended periods, at events, and speaking before public audiences. Frequent use of phones and email will be required to communicate with stakeholders. Some work outside normal working hours will be required, as will occasional travel as noted above to connect with supporters, partners and other stakeholders.




The annual salary is $125,000-135,000 depending on experience and skills. UWSC provides a defined benefit contribution that covers 100% of employee only premiums for medical, dental, vision, and Life/LTD/AD&D. Benefits also include both a base and matching contributions to a 403(b)-retirement savings plan, and paid time off. 


Equal Employment Opportunity and Non-Discrimination


United Way of Snohomish County is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and values diversity and its role in building a more inclusive culture and, ultimately, a more capable organization. UWSC embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.


Application Process

To apply upload a resume and cover letter here by May 16, 2022. All submissions will be held in strict confidence.


For further information please contact: Trish Lehr, Human Resources Director at (425) 374-5514 or email: