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President / CEO

Portland, OR

Relocation expenses: Negotiated

CEO/President/Executive Director
Full time
11-15 years of experience
Master's Degree
$181,000 to $200,000 per year

Published on 29 Jun 2022

Expires on 29 Jun 2022

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President / CEO

Department: Executive

Reports to: Chair of the Board and the UWCW Board of Directors

Salary: $165,810 - $248,716

Status: Full time

Core Hours: M – F, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Hybrid with a regular in-person presence needed and also some remote flexibility


We recognize that structural racism and other forms of oppression have contributed to persistent disparities in our region. We must focus our work on the most marginalized groups, and we know that centering on race and ethnicity is critical to ending the historical and social inequities that continue to exist in our region.

Purpose of this Role
Reporting directly to the Chair of the Board and the UWCW Board of Directors, the President/CEO establishes a vision for the organization that is achieved through the efforts of a diverse team of high-performing leaders, staff, and volunteers. The organization values inclusion, different perspectives and cultures, and is on a journey to demonstrate our commitment to racial equity and authentic relationships through our actions and impact across diverse communities. Our mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and advance equity by mobilizing the caring power of people across our region.
The President/CEO is dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good – creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies for broad investment and impact. The organization strives to leverage its breadth of community presence, relationships, and strategy, working across private, public, and corporate sectors to improve community wellbeing and resilience.
Serving as the organization’s lead strategist and fundraiser, the President/CEO possesses a high level of broad relationship, business and management skills and is effective at inspiring and supporting collaboration internally and externally, generating resources and financial support for the organization, maintaining accountability for the operational and fiscal integrity of the organization, and building trust in UWCW and its relevance in the community.

• Develops overall vision and related policies for the organization in   collaboration with staff and community partners, and with input and   approval of the Board of Directors.
• Reinforces the mission and vision of UWCW through frequent   interaction with staff and the external community as well as   transparent and consistent communication.
• Drives key results in Fundraising and Community Impact to support   the organization’s strategic goals and impact initiatives.
• Builds and leads high-performing teams, ensuring that all teams are   supported, aligned, and collaborating to achieve organizational   results.
• Leads and maintains accountability for the operational and fiscal   integrity of the organization.
• Solves a variety of complex problems requiring collaboration,   numerous decisions and compromises, and develops or selects   appropriate solutions, soliciting input where appropriate.


Strategic Leadership
• Works closely with the staff and Board to craft and revise organizational goals and develop key strategies to achieve increased community impact, including raising the funds to support it.
• Works collaboratively with the staff, Board, and community to the lead iterative work and implementation of the organization’s strategic plan and initiatives.
• Serves as the principal professional resource to the Board of Directors and its key committees and gives strong direction in policy formulation and interpretation. Works with the Board Chair to develop Board and Executive Committee meeting agendas.
• Ensures coordination and alignment of all UWCW activities to strategic direction in the areas of community impact, resource development, and Board and staff alignment.
• In accordance with the policies established by the Board of Directors, develops organization plans, policies, and procedures as necessary for effective operation of United Way of the Columbia- Willamette.
• Works with the Governance and Nominating Committee to ensure the diversity of representation, including talent and experience, through a program of cultivation, recruitment, and motivation of community leadership.

• In partnership with the Chief Impact Officer, responsible for   UWCW’s overall impact in the four-county region it serves, with   particular emphasis on addressing racial disparities and systemic   inequities.
• Establishes and builds collaborative relationships among service   providers, particularly those serving communities of color, as well as   with funding sources, planning bodies, business, government, and   community groups to plan for, fund, and implement a community   impact agenda in alignment with strategic goals.
• In partnership with the Chief Development Officer, sets the   fundraising strategy, drives key results in fundraising; identifies,   cultivates, and solicits prospective donors and key leaders of   prospective partners; leverages personal and professional contacts   and relationships into fundraising opportunities; and promotes a   culture of fundraising in the organization, both at the staff and Board   level. Works closely with the fundraising team to participate in donor   cultivation and stewardship.
• Plans for program innovation and provides leadership and support   to changing or emerging service needs, delivery systems, and   population groups.
• Enhances public understanding and support of human service   needs, as well as UWCW’s vision, mission, and strategy, through a   coordinated marketing/communication program.
• Enhances the capacity of affiliated programs and agencies.

Inspiring Leadership
• Leads and maintains accountability for the operational and fiscal integrity of the organization.
• Builds and leads high-performing teams, ensuring that all teams are aligned and collaborating to achieve organizational results.
• Partners with the VP of Equity, Culture and Talent to lead and champion UWCW’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, both internally and externally. Fosters a healthy organizational culture based in trust, inclusion, and equity.
• Selects, guides, motivates, and participates in the training, development, and evaluation of directly reporting staff.
• Provides overall management direction to a multi-disciplined staff with deep expertise in the following activities:
   o Developing and implementing a Community Impact agenda
   o Planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating a UWCW          fundraising program in collaboration with the Chief Development   Officer
   o Managing financial resources, including operating budgets,   collection, disbursement, and accounting for all funds, property, and   official records
   o Developing effective and efficient support systems for the   organization including information services, training, purchasing,   human resources, etc.
   o Implementing an equity lens in programming, policies, and         decision making for the organization
• Stays abreast of local and national social, leadership, and   innovation trends as they help to inform direction of the organization.
• Represents UWCW in committees and activities of United Way   Worldwide.
• Carries out various responsibilities outside UWCW offices. Must be   able to get to and function in various locations.
• Performs other duties as determined by the Board of Directors.

This job description describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position. This is not an exhaustive list of all required duties, responsibilities, and skills. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable disabled individuals to perform the essential functions of the job.


Personal Characteristics
• Shows high personal standards of integrity, honesty, character,   wisdom, and good judgment.
• Shows a strong sense of accountability.
• Has a practical ability to get things done.
• Exhibits a passion for serving people.
• Presents a high degree of professional maturity and self-confidence.
• Exhibits a fair and thoughtful approach to management, combined   with the flexibility and courage to shift direction and experiment with   new initiatives.
• Able to balance short term needs with a focus on long-term vision.
• Possesses a track record of embracing change, seeking creative   and innovative solutions.
• Employs a high degree of tact and empathy.
• Demonstrates the ability to be a bridge-builder and work across         difference. Key Relationships

Key Relationships
UWCW Relationships
Chief Development Officer; Chief Impact Officer; VP-Finance; VP-Equity, Talent & Culture; VP-Marketing and Communications; Director- IT; Executive Assistant/Project Manager.

Community Relationships
UWCW Board of Directors and volunteers, UWCW staff, business leadership, key members of the community, major donors, representatives of UWCW’s constituencies, and United Way Worldwide staff.

Education, Skills, Experience, and Training Required for this position
• Experience in diversifying revenue and increasing philanthropic   support.
• Experience in developing partnerships, building teams, and conflict   management.
• Possesses a high level of broad business and management skills   and is effective at generating resources and financial support for the   organization with proven fundraising experience.
• A demonstrated track record of promoting diversity and equity, and   trust, internally and externally, and ability to build collaboration with   the community at large and specifically with communities of color.
• Minimum 10 years’ progressively responsible management   experience in the human services field.
• Experience in or across multiple sectors, including nonprofit, public, corporate.
• Master’s Degree preferred in social work, social science, public   administration, planning, or business administration, or a comparable combination of experience and education. 

Technical Knowledge
• Proficiency with MS office programs, ability to adapt to changing   office technology

Physical Requirements
• Valid driver’s license, auto insurance, and access to reliable   transportation

●    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.