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President & Chief Executive Officer

Elizabeth, NJ

Relocation expenses: Negotiated

CEO/President/Executive Director
Full time
Bachelor's Degree

Published on 30 Jul 2022

Expires on 30 Jul 2022

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President & Chief Executive Officer

Key Responsibilities

The President & CEO will be coming in at a time of great institutional opportunity and positive momentum from a programming, reputation, and historical community impact and connectivity standpoint.  Navigating and leading change management within operations and an evolving funding model will provide additional tremendous opportunity.

As the leader of the organization, establishing a vision for Community Impact is achieved through the efforts of a diverse team of high-performing leaders, staff, and volunteers alike. The President & CEO is the Chief Mobilize and leverages the power of relationships and networks, and will work across private, public, and corporate sectors to improve conditions in the community. 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 the steward of brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation of United Way. S/he is responsible for building 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. In addition, the President & CEO is responsible for day-to-day operations and for providing leadership and direction to staff in carrying out the organization’s mission.

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 Greater Union County on the community, with particular emphasis on increasing its capacity to drive the impact agenda. The President works closely with 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 to drive key results in fundraising; 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.

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 the United Way of ANYTOWN Senior Leadership team to craft organizational goals and develops strategies to ensure that they are achieved. S/he ensures coordination and alignment of all United Way activities to strategic direction in the areas of community impact, resource development, and staff alignment.

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 assesses organizational capacity to implement strategies and identify gaps in systems and staffing; directly supervises Senior Leadership positions and establishes individual goals; works with the Chief Financial Officer to manage organizational spending, monitor budget compliance, and mitigate financial risks; and ensures that United Way of Greater Union County goals of inclusiveness and diversity among staff and volunteers are met.

Core Competencies

Visionary: Is the Chief Mission Officer, has a clear vision for the organization, confronts the complex realities of the environment and simultaneously maintains faith in a better future, providing purpose, direction, and motivation.

Organizational Leadership: Demonstrates strategic leadership balanced with authenticity, respect for others, and trust building within the organization, with the Board, and  stakeholders. Proactively drives an organization to a higher level of performance, efficiency, and growth through inspiring action and commitment for best results.

Influence in the Marketplace: Has growth mindset, builds and cultivates network of relationships, is influential and leverages United Way's unique position to proactively increase visibility, reputation, and competitive advantage that generates interest, passion for investing in community. Successfully navigates the complex dynamics of local, regional, and national environment.

Grow Business and Revenue: Possesses a high-level of business acumen and broad  management skillset, is effective at generating and growing financial support for the organization. Is able to raise funds by effectively engaging and linking a variety of donors (individuals, corporations, major giving, and other segments) and volunteers to inform and contribute to advancing the mission.

Partnership Mindset and Network-Oriented: Has a partnership mindset: s/he values and leverages the power of networks; Is leveraging the 1,800+ United Ways, its collective buying power, 11,000+ employees, 30,000+ board members, and United Way's breadth of community presence, relationships, and strategies. Provides leadership at the local, regional, national, and global level.

Mission-Focused: The top priority is to create social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities. This competency 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: Is 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: Is a steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.

Professional Experience

The successful candidate will be a passionate and enthusiastic advocate for the mission of the United Way. The organization is seeking a highly credible and proactive professional with demonstrated executive leadership experience within an organization of similar size and scope.   Other desired qualifications and leadership characteristics include:

  • A strong and inspirational leader who will build collaborative relationships with community partners and establish trusting alliances with local non-profit organizations.
  • A courageous and visionary executive who will work with the Board of Directors to establish long-term goals to continue to grow the organization and respond to the changing needs of the Greater Knoxville community.
  • Proven track record for team building and the ability to leverage the diverse skills and personalities of a dynamic and highly effective volunteer Board of Directors.
  • Proven management, business, financial and fundraising acumen.
  • A charismatic and sophisticated communicator who will be a strong advocate in promoting the mission of the United Way of Greater Knoxville with key constituents.
  • Success in growing top line revenue, establishing innovative sources of revenue, and driving sustainable growth.
  • Keen analytic, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities that enable sound decisionmaking.
  • Strong professional ethics, integrity, and accountability in all actions.

Role Requirements

The ideal candidate will have ten or more years of experience directing an organization or a complex function/operation that includes experience and skills in each of the following:

  • Financial Management: fiscal/financial skills in dealing with all phases of business operations.
  • Planning: organization and planning skills, development of long- and shortrange plans and tactics.
  • Organization Management: skills in staffing complex organizations and directing, developing, appraising employees to attain desired organization goals and results.
  • Ability to lead collective impact outcomes by calling upon and collaborating with different government, businesses, non-profits, and philanthropic organizations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Board of Directors, staff, community groups and other related agencies. Ability to be a fixture in the community who is inspirational and a proactive connector and facilitator of innovative programs.
  • Political acumen to build and sustain relationships with many internal and external constituencies including local associations, peer organizations, government agencies funding sources, and the media.
  • Successful record of growing top line revenue, establishing innovative sources of income, and driving sustainable growth.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising across private, public, and governmental sectors.
  • Proven track record for team building in a complex, multi-layered organization with success in attracting, developing, motivating, and retaining a diverse staff.
  • Proven management, business, and financial acumen within an organization of similar scale of complexity.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written, with an infectious enthusiasm for the mission and the ability to engage and inspire others.
  • Ability to plan organization-wide activities and work with the Board of Directors, United Way stakeholders, government agencies, community groups and others as necessary.
  • Knowledge of grant administration, contract negotiations/administration, community organizations and principles of marketing/public relations and media.
  • Charisma and effective communication skills culminating in a strong advocate for the organization who will safeguard the mission of the United Way.
  • Commitment to the mission and values of the United Way.
  •  Experience with non-profit fundraising and working with a non-profit board a plus.

Undergraduate degree preferred, graduate degree is a plus.

A competitive compensation package will be made available to the selected candidate.


Application Process
Interested and qualified candidates are welcome to submit a cover letter and resume to:  UnitedWayGUC.PRESIDENT &


The United Way of Greater Union County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, non-job-related disability, or marital status.