TITLE: President & Chief Executive Officer
REPORTS TO: United Way of Greater Greensboro Board of Directors
LOCATION: Greensboro, North Carolina
United Way of Greater Greensboro (UWGG) is a 501c3 social impact organization founded on March 1, 1922 that works to improve lives and create thriving communities by mobilizing and uniting the caring power of greater Greensboro, North Carolina. During its 99-year history it has been a part of the United Way Worldwide Network of local affiliates. United Way Worldwide is comprised of over 1800 organizations in 47 countries and territories across the globe. Each Local United Way (LUW) affiliate has an independent Board of Directors and regional focus on critical social issues. The business model leverages a global brand and network of resources at UWW and LUWs.
In 2019-2020 alone, United Way of Greater Greensboro aided 56,000 Greensboro citizens, received 25,951 volunteer hours, and raised $10.6 million. In 2015, the community identified poverty as the greatest issue facing children, adults and families. As a result, the board of directors voted to make ending poverty their single focus and mission.
UWGG leverages the power of a network of local nonprofits that engage in the services and supports to address the root causes of poverty in the local community. UWGG uses an equity lens (diversity, equity and inclusion) as a foundation for building a network of effective program providers. The focus of its strategic plan and grant programs is “to create partnerships that end the cycle of generational poverty.” Partnerships include volunteers, high school & college students, corporate grants, foundations, employee-based philanthropy, individual donors, non-profits, government, affinity groups, schools, etc.
UWGG launched an innovative place-based anti-poverty solution using the principles of integrated service delivery. These Family Success Centers are located in communities experiencing concentrated and persistent levels of poverty. These centers offer solutions that address crisis situations through preparation for employment of individuals at wages that start the movement out of poverty. The Family Success Center model has been hailed as successful and scalable. Innovation continues as the team is currently embarking on virtual integrated services to be piloted in Summer 2021.
The staff is comprised of 26 professionals in functional areas such as marketing, finance, resource development, and community impact. This highly effective team has experience in post-secondary education, public accounting, financial services, faith-based organizations, for-profit businesses, as well as regional and national non-profits. The collective knowledge and contributions of the team has resulted in strategic solutions that drive impactful results.
An independent Board of Directors of up to 38 members is elected or appointed each year to guide the strategic direction of UWGG. The board is comprised of community leaders from a range of sectors including financial services, local government, education, corporate leadership, law, accounting, entrepreneurship, retirees, and community volunteers. The Board offers subject matter expertise in seven committees – human resources, fund development, community impact, marketing, governance, executive, and finance.
Further, UWGG has sector partners to guide and support solutions including MDC, North Carolina State University – Emerging Issues Cohort, infiniteWorkflow, NC Foundation for Innovation and Health, Guilford Works, and My Brother’s Keeper to name a few.
For more information please visit: https://www.unitedwaygso.org/
The President & Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of Greater Greensboro must be mission- driven, collaborative, innovative, equity driven and social impact focused. This person will serve as the brand ambassador and champion of the United Way of Greater Greensboro in the community, across all stakeholders, including donors, volunteers, business leaders, community members, nonprofit leaders, government, education partners, strategy partners, families served and more. The President and CEO will leverage the power of relationships and networks, working across private, public, and corporate sectors to improve outcomes linked to generational poverty in the Greensboro community.
Primary Roles and Responsibilities Include the Following:
Strategic and Operational Leadership:
- Develop and deploy the annual operating plan that supports the five-year strategic plan
- Establish best practices across all business functions
- Advance the operating budget to support delivering on business goals and objectives
- Support the plan for fundraising
- Lead a Center of Excellence mind-set to end poverty
- Serve as the brand ambassador, community partner, and convener across multiple sectors
- Lead revenue diversification from local, regional and national sources
- Leverage the principles of equity, inclusion and diversity across all business practices
- Initiate local, regional, and national partnerships aligned with anti-poverty
- Serve as a thought partner to the Board of Director’s Chairperson and board committees
- Serve as the primary United Way of Greater Greensboro spokesperson and thought leader
- Lead Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Strategic Planning, and Governance committees in the furtherance of their goals
- Maintain an organizational focus on the issue and impact of generational poverty
- Lead the annual planning and retreat with members of the Board of Directors, the Senior Leadership Team and all staff
- Champion the annual assessment of key volunteers and employees
- Engage all members of the team
- Create and approve annual staff development and succession planning
- Instill principles of equity, inclusion, diversity and belonging in all people systems
- Serve as the orientation partner for all new Board of Director and staff members
- Lead annual performance reviews of the staff
- Approve annual action plans for key volunteers and employees based on assessments (engagement surveys) and ongoing feedback channels
The President & Chief Executive Officer will not only serve as the senior leader of the organization but will also have significant contact with the Board of Directors. He/she will report directly to the Board of Directors and manage a team of direct reports. The members of the Board of Directors are made up of community influencers and leaders within the greater Greensboro area. In addition, he/she will have exposure to constituents, business leaders, community leaders, City of Greensboro elected officials and staff members throughout the community.
- Leadership Experience: The ideal candidate will possess 15+ years of work experience, with no less than five years serving in a senior position demonstrating effective and inspiring leadership for a respected entity. Previous experience as a Chief Executive Officer is preferred.
- Communication & Presence: The successful candidate will possess outstanding communication skills with the ability to positively influence employees, donors and the Greensboro community. The CEO must be an attentive listener, an articulate and persuasive speaker, and a compelling writer.
- An Equity Focus: The CEO will have a strong foundational understanding of how to focus and lead the work of an organization with an equity lens, such as effectuating systematic changes through integrated services and strategic partnerships.
- Fundraising Experience: A track record of fund raising through a number of creative outlets is preferred. A sales persona is critical to this role.
- Nonprofit Experience: Prior experience serving in a leadership capacity at an impact oriented non-profit is preferred.
- Social Services Focused: While not required, the ideal candidate will have spent some portion of their career focused on engaging community, corporate, and philanthropic leaders on tackling social service issues, such as generational poverty.
The candidate selected for this position will be a creative, out-of-the-box thinker who is intellectually curious with a demonstrated interest in learning. This person will also need to be a self-motivated, high-energy individual who can easily function in a high demand, performance-driven environment. This professional must demonstrate strong leadership skills, best demonstrated by the individual’s ability to gain credibility with team members, donors, community leaders and a passionate Board of Directors.
The successful candidate will:
- Be modest in nature, recognizing the accomplishments of the team before the individual
- Be highly motivated and possess vision and enthusiasm
- Communicate in an open and honest way that quickly builds trust and respect
- Possess an entrepreneurial spirit
Submit Your Résumé
To apply for this role, call Charles Aris Inc. Associate Practice Leader Heather Porter at (336) 217-9145 or email your cover letter and résumé to email@example.com.