United Way Jobs


locationSpringfield Township, MO, USA
PublishedPublished: Published 1 month ago
Leadership / Executive Board
Full time
5 - 10 years of experience

United Way of the Ozarks (UWO) unites people, resources and ideas to enhance lives in the Ozarks. Our Board of Directors is seeking UWO’s next President/CEO to lead the organization and continue our positive momentum and purpose, and to grow our future impact within the 14 counties we serve across Southwest Missouri.

At UWO, we have refreshed our strategy and operations to succeed in the evolving nonprofit world. The organization has an energetic and skilled team of professionals who are excited to build on this momentum from our office in Springfield, Missouri.

Salary Range:  $85,000 - $125,000

General Position Summary:

United Way of the Ozarks (UWO) is seeking an outstanding communicator and builder to lead our organization’s fundraising efforts, community engagement, administrative activities and daily operations. If you are a dynamic relationship-builder who believes in strengthening community ownership and connecting donors to people and organizations by creating opportunities for engagement, UWO could be the place for you to grow your career and have a positive impact on people across 14 counties across Southwest Missouri.

With oversight from the Board of Directors, the President/CEO works collaboratively with private, public, corporate and governmental organizations to advance the organization and fulfill our purpose – to unite people, resources and ideas to enhance lives in the Ozarks.

Key Responsibilities:

Community Involvement and Impact

  • Be the face, voice and heart of UWO across our community.
  • Work closely with key stakeholders to develop a vision, strategies and goals to improve lives within our community, emphasizing UWO’s key focus areas.
  • Develop, cultivate and maintain relationships with key leaders and groups across the nonprofit, corporate and government sectors.
  • Embrace active community leadership and involvement in community planning activities with organizations such as city and county governments, Chamber of Commerce and area public schools.
  • Be a catalyst for UWO to serve and unite the community as a convener, facilitator and collaborator among nonprofits, industry and government.
  • Develop key metrics and indicators to assess UWO and partner agency progress in meeting strategic objectives and community needs.

Organizational Leadership

  • With the highest integrity, oversee the organization’s operational and fiscal activities, including budgets and audits, and comply with policies set by the Board of Directors.
  • Develop and deliver on organizational goals, including strategies for successful fundraising and engagement.
  • Build and lead high-performing, collaborative teams, including direct supervision and coaching of staff.
  • Model and promote a culture of fundraising and innovation.
  • Assure compliance with all United Way member requirements, IRS reporting, state and local reporting and all other applicable regulatory requirements.
  • Maintain or exceed the ethical standards of United Way Worldwide and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Board Relations

  • Reports to the Board of Directors,  leads Trustee orientation, and facilitates/leads Board development.
  • Prepare and submit annual budget for approval; administer/implement the approved budget.
  • Provide regular updates, including at Board meetings, on:
    • Progress toward the objectives and measures of UWO strategies
    • Agency financial performance
    • Performance of partner nonprofits
    • Trends affecting community needs, fundraising and operations
    • Bylaws and policy interpretation/questions

Resource Development

  • Drive key results in fundraising, personally and via the team and Board.
  • Identify, cultivate and solicit prospective donors and key leaders of new corporate partners.
  • Leverage personal and professional contacts and relationships into fundraising opportunities.
  • Embrace stewardship, accountability and recognition of community and donor support.

Partner Nonprofit Relations

  • Engage with partner nonprofit organizations to promote mutual success with UWO.
  • Monitor performance metrics of financial allocations and compliance with United Way requirements, initiating partner nonprofit audits when necessary.
  • Facilitate collaboration and joint planning among partner agencies.



  • A minimum of two years in an organizational leadership position is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required. Graduate degree in business, social services, education, administration or another relevant field is preferred.
  • Significant experience with charitable nonprofits in paid staff and/or volunteer roles.
  • Ability to engage with diverse constituencies ranging from nonprofit clients, nonprofit representatives and volunteers/donors to community and corporate leaders.
  • Ability to effectively oversee the planning and execution of major fundraising efforts, donor engagement programs and related events.
  • Experience with the United Way model and partner nonprofits is preferred.


  • Knowledge of principles and practices of fundraising is required.
  • Creative ability to “tell the story, connect the dots and inspire others” is required.
  • Strong oral, presentation and written communication skills are required.
  • Budget development and organizational management experience are required.
  • Strong supervision and leadership skills are required.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with diverse constituencies, facilitate discussions and lead problem-solving efforts.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in stakeholder and relationship management.
  • Strong experience as a convener and facilitator of diverse constituencies on critical community issues.
  • Outstanding collaboration skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including strategic planning, establishing organizational objectives and creating performance standards/metrics.
  • High energy level with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to simultaneously manage multiple complex projects.
  • Ability to inspire commitment among staff, volunteers and donors.
  • Willingness and ability to work side-by-side with staff and volunteers to complete projects.

Why United Way?

Advancing the common good is about helping one person at a time and about creating community change that benefits every member of the community. We are all connected and interdependent; we all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, and when people are healthy. 

United Way of the Ozarks unites people, resources, and ideas to enhance lives in the Ozarks. To support the great work of our employees, we offer a competitive salary and a robust benefits package, including health and dental insurance, a 403 (b) plan, life insurance, generous vacation, holiday pay, and paid sick leave. 

Additionally, United Way of the Ozarks offers: 

  • Convenient downtown location with free parking.
  • Opportunities for professional development. 
  • Paid time off to volunteer.
  • An exceptional team of top-notch professionals who share your passion for strengthening our community. 

Our values guide our decisions at United Way of the Ozarks. We strive to serve the Ozarks with compassion, letting our values motivate everything we do.

Accountability: We operate with integrity and transparency and are responsible for our performance, behaviors, and words.

Collaboration: Recognizing we are better together, we work in partnership with others to develop and implement community solutions.

Impact: We work to effect positive change and deliver results. We encourage new, innovative methods to solve community challenges and exceed expectations.

Inclusivity: We embrace differences, recognize that we can learn from each other, and foster a sense of belonging. We work for equal access and opportunities for all.

United Way of the Ozarks is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse environment and to the principles that promote inclusive practices. We are dedicated to building a diverse staff with expertise and interest in serving our communities and encourage persons of all types of diversity to apply. 

Visit uwozarks.org to learn more.

Applications accepted until the position is filled.

Required degree level

  • Bachelor

Years of experience

  • 5 - 10 years of experience