Job Details

President/Chief Executive Officer

United Way of Columbia Willamette, Downtown Portland

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 08/09/2019


Organization Overview
At United Way of the Columbia-Willamette (UWCW), we’ve been bringing the community together to do good for nearly 100 years. Our mission is ambitious, yet simple: Invest in our region’s kids so they are free from poverty and free to reach their potential.

We’re uniquely positioned to bring people, community partners, foundations, businesses and government agencies together to build awareness of the challenges that poverty creates, focus on where the need is the greatest and scale what works. We’re not only meeting the immediate needs of our most vulnerable families today, but also working to change systems and create lasting impact for generations to come.

UWCW is part of United Way Worldwide, the largest privately-funded nonprofit in the world operating in more than 40 countries and territories.

Mission-Driven Culture
Addressing the root causes of poverty is our priority. In doing so, we put racial equity at the center of our work because research shows that kids and families of color face social and economic disparities that deter the progress of our community as a whole. We work with organizations in our region to address these disparities and strive to create a more equitable region that benefits everyone.

Diversity, inclusion and equity are fundamental values for UWCW, both internally and externally. From our interactions with the public, to engagement with partners and donors, and the allocation of resources across our community – equity is at the forefront of all that we do. We are committed to working with diverse communities. It is important that our staff and Board reflect the diversity of the four-county region we serve. Together, we are authentically and intentionally dedicated to UWCW’s mission through our daily work, interactions and commitment to make schools, families and communities stronger for kids in our region.

Position Overview
Reporting directly to the Chair of the Board and the UWCW Board of Directors, the President/CEO establishes a vision for community impact that is achieved through the efforts of a diverse team of high-performing leaders, staff, and volunteers. They value inclusion and different perspectives and cultures, and have a proven track record of community leadership, commitment to equity, and authentic relationships within diverse communities.

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. They value the organization and strive to leverage its breadth of community presence, relationships, and strategy, working across private, public, and corporate sectors to improve conditions in our community.

Serving as the organization’s lead fund-raiser, 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. They maintain accountability for the operational and fiscal integrity of the organization within policies set by the Board of Directors, and they build trust in United Way and its relevance in the community.

Key Accountabilities
Develops overall vision and related policies for the organization in collaboration with staff and community partners, and with input and approval of the Board of Directors
Communicates the mission of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette through continual interaction with the external community
Drives key results in fund-raising to support the organization’s goal of disrupting the cycle of poverty for kids and families in our region.
Builds and leads high-performing teams, ensuring that all teams are aligned and collaborating to achieve organizational results.
Maintains accountability for the operational and fiscal integrity of the organization
Solves a variety of complex problems requiring numerous decisions and compromises, and develops or selects appropriate solutions, soliciting input where appropriate

Essential Job Functions

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Serves as lead champion in United Way’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion efforts, both internally and externally.

Strategic Management
Works closely with the Board to craft organizational goals and develop key strategies to achieve increased community impact, including raising the funds to support it.
Serves as the principal professional resource to the Board of Directors and its key committees and gives strong direction in policy formulation and interpretation. Works with the Board Chair to develop Board meeting agendas.
Ensures coordination and alignment of all United Way activities to strategic direction in the areas of community impact, resource development, and staff alignment.
Ensures the continuity of Board member direction through a program of cultivation, recruitment, and motivation of community leadership
In accordance with the policies established by the Board of Directors, develops organization plans, policies, and procedures as necessary for effective operation of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette

Resource Development
Drives key results in fund-raising; identifies, cultivates, and solicits prospective donors and key leaders of prospective new corporate partners; leverages personal and professional contacts and relationships into fundraising opportunities; and promotes a culture of fund-raising in the organization, both at the staff and board level.

Community Impact
Responsible for UWCW’s overall impact in the four-county region it serves, with particular emphasis on addressing the racial disparities that serve as the root causes of poverty. Works closely with the Board to craft and adopt the strategy to achieve this increased impact, including raising the funds to support it.
Establishes and builds collaborative relationships among service providers, particularly those serving communities of color, as well as with funding sources, planning bodies, business, government, and community groups to plan for, fund, and implement a community impact agenda focused on disrupting the cycle of poverty for kids and families in our region by addressing racial disparities
Plans for program innovation and provides leadership and support to changing or emerging service needs, delivery systems, and population groups
Enhances public understanding and support of human service needs through a coordinated marketing/communication program
Enhances the capacity of affiliated programs and agencies

Organization Management
Maintains accountability for the operational and fiscal integrity of the organization
Builds and leads high-performing teams, ensuring that all teams are aligned and collaborating to achieve organizational results.
Selects, guides, motivates, and participates in the training, development, and evaluation of directly reporting staff
Provides overall management direction to a multi-disciplined staff engaged in the following activities:
Developing and implementing a Community Impact agenda;
Planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating a United Way fundraising program within the framework of a volunteer campaign structure and in accordance with the principles of United Way fundraising;
Managing financial resources, including operating budgets, collection, disbursement, and accounting for all funds, property, and official records;
Developing effective and efficient support systems for the organization including information services, training, purchasing, human resources, etc.
Implementing an equity lens in programming, policies and decision-making for the organization.
Interprets trends in United Way activities to the Board and staff by maintaining involvement in the professional field as a whole
Represents United Way of the Columbia-Willamette in committees and activities of United Way Worldwide
Carries out various responsibilities outside United Way offices. Must be able to get to and function in various locations
Performs other duties as determined by the Board of Directors

Team Management
Chief Development Officer; Chief Impact Officer; VP-Finance; VP-Equity, Talent & Culture; Director-IT; Director-Marketing and Communications; Executive Assistant to the President/Board Liaison

Key Relationships
UWCW Board of Directors and volunteers, United Way staff, CEOs, key members of the community, major donors, representatives of United Way’s constituencies, and United Way Worldwide staff

Experience in building revenue and increasing philanthropic support
Experience in developing partnerships, building teams, and conflict management
Possesses a high level of broad business and management skills and is effective at generating resources and financial support for the organization; proven fund-raising experience
A demonstrated track record of promoting diversity and equity, and an ability to build collaboration with the community at large and specifically with communities of color
Minimum 10 years’ progressively responsible management experience in the human services field as well as extensive knowledge of the United Way system
Experience in or across multiple sectors, including nonprofit, public, corporate
Master’s Degree preferred in social work, social science, public administration, planning, or business administration, or a comparable combination of experience and education
Proficiency with MS office programs, ability to adapt to changing office technology, valid driver’s license, auto insurance, and access to reliable transportation

Leadership and Professional Competencies

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. Advocates for support that drives equitable outcomes in education, income, and health

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

Relationship-Oriented: Astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common good. Is an articulate and passionate champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Can operationalize that commitment through internal practice and policy, and external partnerships and investments

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

Demonstrates Community Understanding and Commitment to Diversity and Equity: Has a deep and authentic understanding of community assets, resiliencies, and challenges. Has or can build trusting relationships, especially in communities of color. Through lived experience or authentic relationships, understands the systems that create opportunities or barriers for diverse communities and people of color. Can effectively translate these understandings into compelling cases – moral, economic, demographic – for United Way’s agenda and commitment to equity.

Mission Focused: Prioritizes creating real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities. This drives their performance and professional motivations.

Visionary: Has a clear vision for the organization, confronts the complex realities of the environment and simultaneously maintains belief in a better future, providing purpose, direction and motivation.

Change Leader: Possesses a strong acumen for assessing business strategy. Proven experience designing, implementing, and measuring the effectiveness of strategic business pivots at both the functional and organizational levels. Effectively leads the people side of change to achieve the desired outcomes and to fully integrate transitions within the infrastructure of the workplace.

Collaborator: Understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.

Influence in the Marketplace: Values diversity, inclusion, and different perspectives and cultures, with a proven track record of community leadership, commitment to equity, and authentic relationships with and in diverse communities. Has a growth mindset, builds and cultivates a network of relationships. Is influential and leverages United Way’s unique position to increase visibility, reputation, and a competitive advantage that generates interest and a passion for investing in our community. Successfully navigates the complex dynamics of the local, regional, and national environment.

Brand Steward: Is a steward of the brand and understands the CEO’s role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater organization.

Partnership Mindset and Network-Oriented: Has a partnership mindset. Values and leverages the power of networks. Leverages United Way’s breadth of community presence, relationships, and strategies. Provides leadership at the local, regional, national, and global level.

Personal Characteristics
Shows high personal standards of integrity, honesty, character, wisdom, and good judgment
Shows a strong sense of accountability
Has a practical ability to get things done
Exhibits a passion for serving people
Presents a high degree of professional maturity and self-confidence
A fair and thoughtful approach to management, combined with the flexibility and courage to shift direction and experiment with new initiatives
Presents a long-term perspective
Possesses a track record of embracing change, seeking creative and innovative solutions
Employs a high degree of tact and judgment

Physical Requirements
Work is primarily performed indoors, within an open office setting with a moderate noise level and occasional exposure to scents.
Frequently required to sit/stand at computer in a stationery position.
Frequently operates a computer and other office productivity equipment, such as copy machine, printer, phone, and fax machine.
Frequently required to move about inside the office for meetings, access to information, office equipment, etc.
Frequently required to travel locally and occasionally nationally for meetings and conferences that occur in other office settings.

Work Schedule
Full-time. Core hours of Monday-Friday, 8:30 to 5:00 p.m. Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including early morning, evening, and weekend work. Frequently serves as a representative for United Way at evening and /or weekend functions.

Total Compensation
Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

Complete details: