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Executive Director

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Kelowna, BC, Canada

To lead and inspire people to come together to make a lasting difference to the lives of the most vulnerable in our communities. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is a dynamic and innovative leader, responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization. The Executive Director, in collaboration with the Board of Directors, leads the delivery of a compelling vision and strategic direction for the United Way Southern Interior BC. Leading a dedicated team, the Executive Director is responsible for implementing the strategic plan, managing the overall operations, financial management, resource development, and human resources and risk management. 

Areas of Responsibility: 

Board of Directors

  • Works proactively with the Board of Directors to deliver the mission and strategy of United Way
  • Provides consultation and staff support to the Board of Directors and its committees
  • Keeps the board informed of emerging needs and risks related to policy development and organizational direction
  • Facilitates learning opportunities for the Board that supports strategic planning, enterprise risk management and program development
  • Through distribution of Board Meeting Minutes and Board Committee Meetings informs the Board of Directors and other key volunteers on issues that affect their United Way leadership


  • Represents Southern Interior BC on Regional and National United Way Committees as appointed or requested by United Way Centraide Canada (UWCC)
  • Actively contributes to enhancing the United Way movement by collaborating with, and facilitating learning and support to, other United Ways as requested
  • Supports nonprofit and community capacity building
  • Identifies and builds meaningful collaborative working relationships with community partners and organizations, business, and municipal, provincial and federal government
  • Represents United Way in key community partnerships that address community issues and needs
  • Oversees the development and implementation of United Way’s community impact strategy
  • Looks for new opportunities to provide leadership in terms of United Way’s impact in the community and resource development

Public Relations and Communications:

  • Represents or identifies opportunities for United Way to raise awareness of community and promotional activities, including speaking on issues involving United Way and enhancing its profile
  • Provides commentary on community issues, in line with United Way agreed Board policy and positions
  • Oversees and approves the production of all marketing and promotional tools, including a strong online presence, for resource development and community development initiatives in keeping with the UW Brand Framework
  • Oversees development of the annual report to community stakeholders
  • Promotes and fosters good relations with the communications media partners

Resource Development

  • Oversee the development and implementation of the Resource Development Strategy and associated activities, including the annual workplace campaigns, individual giving, and grant writing
  • Oversees all resource development related events, donor engagement, and monitoring of success and impact
  • Takes the lead in building and managing relationships with major donors and prospects, including individual donors and corporate partners4.Leads on major corporate relationships and sponsorships at CEO level

Support and Infrastructure Management

  • Oversees the system, policies and practices which foster the resource development and community development activities of the United Way and meets accounting and reporting standards
  • Provides a professional office environment, working arrangements, and resources for the programs and services of the organization and its associated committees
  • Maintains personal knowledge and professional development with respect to the non-profit and community development and all issues related to the mission and management of the United Way
  • Develops budget recommendations in consultation with the Finance committee for annual board approval and monitors financial performance on a regular basis including variances to the approved budget and additional budget information as changing operational plans dictate
  • Oversees and facilitates the day-to-day operations of the United Way

Staff and Program Management

  • Provides leadership to staff through understanding and alignment of strategic direction
  • Hires, supervises and motivates employees to meet the needs of the organization and communities United Way serves
  • Hires, discharges, evaluates, promotes and recommends salary budgets for staff within the established procedures of the United Way
  • Provides direct and third party training to increase the skills and knowledge of the United Way staff and volunteers as related to their duties
Educational Background: 
Post Secondary Education in Community Development, Business, Social Services, or related field.
  • 5+ years of proven success in fundraising, marketing, business, community development, communications and volunteer management.
  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Core Competencies
  • Superior organizational, leadership, human resources and technical skills and the ability to oversee operations and projects
  • Strategic thinking – ability to be future thinking and shape strategy for success, gaining buy-in and alignment from stakeholders
  • Strong business and financial acumen
  • Superior oral and written communication and public relations skills to represent and promote the United Way to all stakeholders
  • Excellent relationship building abilities including the building of strategic partnerships
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Superior demonstration of professionalism - tact, courtesy, diplomacy
  • Leadership and a strong team player- the ability to inspire and lead the organization to achieve its vision, goals and objectives

Organization Info

United Way Worldwide

Alexandria, VA, United States
Annual Budget : 
About Us

United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.

United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. We win by living United. By forging unlikely partnerships. By finding new solutions to old problems. By mobilizing the best resources. And by inspiring individuals to join the fight against their community's most daunting social crises.

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Aug 11 2019
Active Until: 
Sep 11 2019
Hiring Organization: 
United Way Worldwide