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President & Chief Executive Officer

Roanoke, VA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

CEO/President/Executive Director
Full time
5 - 10 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree

Published on 30 Nov 2019

Expires on 30 Nov 2019

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President & Chief Executive Officer


United Way of Roanoke Valley (UWRV) has dedicated 94 years to improving lives in our community, proudly serving the citizens of Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Salem, Vinton, Botetourt, Craig, and Franklin County. United Way creates lasting change by lifting individuals and families to a position of stability through collaborative solutions that address an entire family’s needs, solving problems that no one organization can solve alone.  United Way Roanoke Valley seeks to elevate 10,000 families to self-sufficiency by 2030.

United Way of Roanoke Valley does not fund general operating budgets for agencies, and instead supports specific programs and partnerships that are best aligned with the organization’s vision and priorities.  Partners receive funding through the UWRV Community Investment process, utilizing an innovative tiered funding model approved by the Board of Directors in 2017.  Agencies may operate multiple programs that are funded by UWRV.


The President/CEO is the leader of the organization, establishing a vision for Community Impact that is achieved through the efforts of a diverse team of high-performing leaders, staff and volunteers alike.  The President/CEO is the Chief Mobilizer; s/he leverages the power of relationships and networks, and works across private, public and corporate sectors to improve conditions in the community. S/he is an effective and committed to engaging the Board of Directors to drive results in improving community conditions, building engagement, and increasing financial resources. The President/CEO possesses a high level of broad business and management skills and is effective at generating resources and financial support for the organization.  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 President/CEO is a steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation of United Way. S/he is responsible for leading the effort to build trust in United Way and its relevance in the community. S/he values network and strives to leverage United Way’s breadth of community presence, relationships, and strategy.


The major responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

Community Impact

The President/CEO is responsible for the overall impact of United Way of Roanoke Valley on the community, with particular emphasis on increasing its capacity to drive the impact agenda.  The President works closely with the VP of Community Impact and the Board to craft and adapt the strategy to achieve this increased impact, including raising the funds to support it.  S/he will establish and build relationships with top leaders in the community, including those representing the highest levels in business, government and non-profit sectors.

Resource Development

The President/CEO is charged with driving key results in traditional fundraising; working alongside the VP of Resource Development and the Board to identify, cultivate and solicit prospective donors and key leaders of prospective new corporate partners; to leverage personal and professional contacts and relationships into fundraising opportunities; and to promote a culture of fundraising in the organization, both at the staff and board level.   In addition, the President/CEO works with the Senior Leadership team to create and implement new and innovative fundraising strategies including grant writing, collaborative funding, and targeted outreach and underwriting.


The President/CEO is a steward of the brand, and embodies the core values, vision and mission of the organization everywhere s/he goes. S/he works alongside the VP of Communications to ensure a positive reputation of the organization in the community, maintain trust among key stakeholders and partners, successfully engage donors year-round, and effectively communicate United Way’s unique value proposition to both internal and external audiences.

Strategic Management

The President/CEO serves as the principal resource to the Board of Directors and its key committees, and gives strong direction in policy formulation and interpretation. S/he partners with the Board of Directors and Senior Leadership team to craft organizational goals, develops and implements strategies to ensure that they are achieved.  S/he ensures coordination and alignment of all United Way activities with the strategic direction in the areas of community impact, resource development, communications, and financial operations.

Organization Management

The President/CEO is accountable for building and leading high-performing teams, ensuring all teams are aligned and collaborating to achieve organizational results.  S/he maintains accountability for the operational and fiscal integrity of the organization within policies set by the Board of Directors.  The President/CEO works with the Senior Leadership team to assess organizational capacity to implement priority strategies across the organization, identifies gaps in systems and staffing, and develops solutions that position the staff and organization for growth. S/he directly supervises and coaches Senior Leadership positions for high performance, and sets personal goals for accountability to the Board. S/he works with the VP, Operations & Finance to manage organizational spending, monitor budget compliance, and mitigate financial risks; and ensures that United Way of Roanoke Valley goals of talent development, inclusiveness and diversity among staff and volunteers are met.


  • Substantial experience working in the nonprofit sector (United Way experience is desirable), and engaging with volunteers and diverse boards. Alternatively, extensive experience in the leadership and strategic management of organizations of comparable size and mission.
  • Expertise on issues relevant to the organization, and the community.
  • Ability to command the confidence, trust, and respect of stakeholders, and donor groups.
  • A demonstrated track record of promoting diversity and an ability to build collaboration with the community at large.
  • Experience in or with developing partnerships across multiple sectors, including nonprofit, public and corporate environments.
  • Experience in supervising, coaching and building staff teams, Board development, and conflict management.
  • Experience in building revenue and increasing philanthropic support.
  • Must demonstrate a high level of intelligence and intellectual curiosity and a desire to explore new ideas and innovative approaches to solving problems.

S/he has unquestioned integrity; a long term perspective; a strong sense of accountability; a practical ability to get things done; wisdom and good judgment; a fair and thoughtful approach to management, combined with the flexibility and courage to shift direction and experiment with new initiatives; excellent verbal and written communication skills; a high energy level and sense of humor. 

Education Background

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study required; Master’s preferred.


  • 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.
  • Visionary: Confronts the complex realities of the environment and simultaneously maintains faith in a different and better future, providing purpose, direction, and motivation.
  • Team-Builder: First ensures that the right people are in the right roles at the right times; fostering commitment, trust, and collaboration among multi-cultural leaders and stakeholders.
  • Outward Turning: Understands the dynamics of local, regional, and national environments, and works on an agenda rooted in the community’s own perception of its needs and aspirations.
  • Business Acumen: Possesses a high-level of broad business and management skills and is effective at generating financial support for the organization.
  • Network-Oriented: Values the power of networks; striving to leverage United Way’s breadth of community presence, relationships, and strategy. 


  • Valid Virginia Driver’s License

Other Skills

  • Sensitivity and respect for cultural diversity

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk and/or hear.  The employee is frequently required to use finger and hand motion and occasionally required to stand walk and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. 

Work Environment

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Employee works in a normal office environment under moderate heat and noise levels with minimal in-the-field activities within the Roanoke Valley.