The President/CEO is the leader of the organization, establishing a vision for Community Impact that is achieved through the efforts of a diverse team of high-performing leaders, staff and volunteers alike. The President/CEO is the Chief Mobilizer; s/he leverages the power of relationships and networks, and works across private, public and corporate sectors to improve conditions in the community. S/he is an effective and committed to engaging the Board of Directors to drive results in improving community conditions, building engagement, and increasing financial resources. 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 a steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation of United Way. S/he is responsible for leading the effort to build 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.
- The President/CEO is responsible for the overall impact of United Way of Roanoke Valley on the community, with particular emphasis on increasing its capacity to drive the impact agenda. The President works closely with the VP of Community Impact and 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.
- The President/CEO is charged with driving key results in traditional fundraising; working alongside the VP of Resource Development and the Board 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. In addition, the President/CEO works with the Senior Leadership team to create and implement new and innovative fundraising strategies including grant writing, collaborative funding, and targeted outreach and underwriting.
- The President/CEO is a steward of the brand, and embodies the core values, vision and mission of the organization everywhere s/he goes. S/he works alongside the VP of Communications to ensure a positive reputation of the organization in the community, maintain trust among key stakeholders and partners, successfully engage donors year-round, and effectively communicate United Way’s unique value proposition to both internal and external audiences.
- 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 Senior Leadership team to craft organizational goals, develops and implements strategies to ensure that they are achieved. S/he ensures coordination and alignment of all United Way activities with the strategic direction in the areas of community impact, resource development, communications, and financial operations.
- 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 works with the Senior Leadership team to assess organizational capacity to implement priority strategies across the organization, identifies gaps in systems and staffing, and develops solutions that position the staff and organization for growth. S/he directly supervises and coaches Senior Leadership positions for high performance, and sets personal goals for accountability to the Board. S/he works with the VP, Operations & Finance to manage organizational spending, monitor budget compliance, and mitigate financial risks; and ensures that United Way of Roanoke Valley goals of talent development, inclusiveness and diversity among staff and volunteers are met.
- Substantial experience working in the nonprofit sector (United Way experience is desirable), and engaging with volunteers and diverse boards. Alternatively, extensive experience in the leadership and strategic management of organizations of comparable size and mission.
- Expertise on issues relevant to the organization, and the community.
- Ability to command the confidence, trust, and respect of stakeholders, and donor groups.
- A demonstrated track record of promoting diversity and an ability to build collaboration with the community at large.
- Experience in or with developing partnerships across multiple sectors, including nonprofit, public and corporate environments.
- Experience in supervising, coaching and building staff teams, Board development, and conflict management.
- Experience in building revenue and increasing philanthropic support.
- Must demonstrate a high level of intelligence and intellectual curiosity and a desire to explore new ideas and innovative approaches to solving problems.
S/he has unquestioned integrity; a long term perspective; a strong sense of accountability; a practical ability to get things done; wisdom and good judgment; a fair and thoughtful approach to management, combined with the flexibility and courage to shift direction and experiment with new initiatives; excellent verbal and written communication skills; a high energy level and sense of humor.