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President & Chief Executive Officer

Everett, WA

Relocation expenses: Negotiated

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

Published on 6 Dec 2020

Expires on 6 Dec 2020

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President & Chief Executive Officer

United Way of Snohomish County is searching for a thoughtful, steadfast leader who believes in creating more equitable systems for families with young children.

Over the last three years, United Way of Snohomish County has transformed as an organization. We have launched and completed the first 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 your typical United Way. 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 five CORE Collaboratives – groups of more than 100 nonprofit, public, and private partners working together on shared, long-term solutions – are each focused on specific 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. United Way of Snohomish County’s strategies and activities align with our CORE work and support United Way of Snohomish County’s 10-year strategic roadmap.

 Quick Facts

  • In Snohomish County, more than 18,000 families are trapped in poverty and almost 41,500 are struggling to get by.
  • The first 3-year grant cycle for our CORE Collaboratives ends in December 2020. The board approved an additional 3-year grant cycle, investing $1,050,000 per year from 2021-2023.
  • In FY 2020, $256,587 was invested into the community through donor designations.
  • Gross revenues for FY 2020 were $2,988,007.
  • The five CORE Collaboratives include 110 cross-sector partners in Snohomish County.
  • CORE is focused on children prenatal to age 8 and the adults in their lives.
  • The CORE Collaboratives serve a total of 220 families with young children in a holistic way.
  • Community, family engagement, and equity are vital to our CORE work.
  • United Way of Snohomish County has a board of 22 strong leaders representing various sectors of our community, and 16 talented and dedicated staff members.



  • Only organization in Snohomish County that is not only a funder, but an active partner in cross-sector collaborative work.
  • Recognized as a strategic partner and leader, known for innovation and collaboration.
  • Highly trusted throughout partner and donor communities.
  • Fiercely committed to equity and anti-racism, continually learning and unlearning to be our best selves and organization for all.
  • Values family and community voice because we recognize we don’t have all the answers. The best solutions come from inclusive and diverse perspectives.


  • Systems change is long-term work and CORE is a complex approach that can be difficult to market and fundraise around.
  • Shifting donor mindsets from band-aid approaches with annual outputs to removing barriers in our systems resulting in long-term generational outcomes.
  • Increasing donor engagement and overall organizational revenue, particularly in a COVID-19 environment.
  • Diversifying revenue streams to lessen dependency on employee giving, a model that will continue to decline in the years to come.
  • Collaborative work is the right work, but is also very layered, sometimes messy, and slow moving.
  • Continually challenging binary “either/or” thinking to find innovative solutions.
  • Balance long-term strategy with flexibility to meet emerging needs.

Initial Focus for the New CEO (12-18 months)

  • Build authentic relationships with board and staff members to establish mutual trust and confidence.
  • Actively develop relationships with community leaders, key donors, CORE Collaborative partners, and elected officials to leverage the collective resources (human and financial) to improve the conditions of families in the community.
  • Lead the implementation of the 10-year strategic roadmap, innovating within and around the plan.
  • Increase overall revenue and investments into CORE Collaboratives.

Position Description - Qualifications - Benefits


The CEO reports to the board of directors and works closely with the board chair, the board of directors, executive committee and the department lead team who guide the mission, strategic direction, and policies of United Way of Snohomish County. The CEO has wide latitude in exercising independent initiative and judgment, subject to the policies and procedures established by the board of directors and is fully responsible for a committed staff.


Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide strategic, collaborative leadership focused on implementing and innovating around the 10-year strategic roadmap
  • Strengthen United Way’s presence and reputation in the community as a trusted partner and leader
  • Guide strategies to increase financial capital and thus community investments
  • Maintain a central focus on long-term family outcomes
  • Think creatively about ways to educate and engage complex systems-change work
  • Make all decisions and facilitate interactions with an equity mindset
  • Maintain accountability for the overall operational and fiscal integrity of the organization
  • Hold the delicate balance of meeting donor needs and prioritizing the needs and generational outcomes of families with young children. 


  • Relationship Building
  • Community Impact and Outcomes
  • Fundraising
  • Anti-racism Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Community and Family Engagement
  • Business Acumen, Budget, Financial Statements
  • Team Building
  • Strategic Planning


  • Trustworthy, authentic, ethical
  • On an advanced personal anti-racism, equity, diversity, justice, and inclusion journey
  • Connecter and influencer
  • Transparent and effective communicator
  • Passionate about community, in particular issues related to poverty
  • Strong leadership and executive skills
  • Ability to engage in and problem solve around complex issues and topics
  • Possesses a healthy sense of humor
  • Demonstrates humility and ability to share power with others
  • Uniting and steadfast in turbulent and ambiguous times
  • Forward thinking and growth mindset



Bachelor's degree and 7-10 years of senior level experience managing a non-profit organization, or executive level corporate or public sector experience with significant volunteer leadership roles.

Compensation and Benefits:

The hiring range for this position is $130,000 to $160,000 commensurate with experience. United Way of Snohomish County provides employees options on an excellent employee benefits package from which they can select benefits that best serve their needs, within United Way’s defined benefit contribution. Choices include: Medical, dental, vision, long and short-term disability, group life, FSA and HSA options.  UWSC provides both base and matching contributions to a 403(b) retirement savings plan.


To apply upload a resume and cover letter to match our profile competencies and attributes, and stating salary requirements.

Applications received by December 6, 2020 are assured full consideration. All submissions will be acknowledged and will be held in strict confidence.

It is anticipated that initial candidate assessments will be conducted mid-December with remote first interviews being held in early-January, second interviews late-January with the successful candidate’s anticipated start date on or before March 1, 2021.

Formal background checks will be conducted on finalists for the position, with their permission.


For further information please contact: Trish Lehr (425) 374-5514  email: