United Way of Snohomish County’s transformation into an impact-driven modern United Way is one of hundreds of local United Ways across the country who are laser-focused on a new business model to achieve deep community impact. With the employee giving model expected to continue declining in years to come, and donors demanding a genuine relationship, United Ways know they must move beyond transactional relationships to achieve true community change. Within this context, United Way of Snohomish County is proactively engaging donors and measuring its outcomes, yet it is clear that achieving significant and deep community impact is an incremental process.
UWSC is currently providing approximately $1M in awards annually directly to the CORE work. This vital work brings great opportunity to the region as United Way is known as a convener that brings people together to address the greatest needs of the community. In addition, in FY 2020, over $250,000 was invested into the community through donor designations.
The new President & CEO will inherit an organization with a $3M budget and 15 staff. The new leader will have six direct reports, including Directors of Impact and Investment, Finance and Operations, Communications and Equity, Resource Development, and Human Resources, and an Office Manager and Executive Assistant. You’ll work with a diverse and professional 17-member board that is packed with expertise and waiting for a leader to engage them at a deep level in the mission and help them tap into their networks for stronger relationships. The President & CEO will have a mandate to provide leadership within the staff, board, and community toward the success of the CORE Collaborative work.
The Position Priorities:
The new President & CEO will need to build strong and trusting working relationships with the board, staff, and the community to be able to address the following key priorities for their first 18-24 months:
Communicate clearly, and build strong relationships with CORE Collaborative partners, government entities, funders, other community partners, staff, and board to better understand and build support for the CORE Collaborative work.
Fundraise to provide additional support to the CORE Collaboratives and close the UWSC budget deficit.
Ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion are embodied in all grantmaking, community convening, and board and staff policies and practices.
Develop strategic partnership(s) with other nonprofit(s) and stakeholder entities that have similar missions and greater capacity, to create economies of scale that allow all involved to better serve the community and invest in systems change.
Foster a positive and supportive organizational culture that improves staff morale, cohesion and retention.
Ideal candidates for this position will be passionate about the mission of United Way of Snohomish County and the CORE Collaboratives.
The successful candidate will have strong leadership, management, communications, and relationship-building skills, and a track record of successfully managing change processes. Ideal candidates will be authentic, trustworthy, and transparent leaders with the following qualifications:
Ten years progressively responsible experience in organizational leadership
Experience in human services, with a particular understanding of as many of the five CORE Collaborative focus areas as possible
Strong networking skills with a commitment to building community relationships
Strategic and innovative thinker
Demonstrated leadership skills in inspiring, empowering, motivating, and developing current and future staff to achieve strategic organizational goals
Experience in leading large-scale organizational change, including experience in turnarounds and/or changing an organization’s fundamental mission and/or core strategies
Demonstrated success confronting systems of oppression, demonstrated commitment to equity principles, and a desire to advance diversity, inclusion, equity, and access within the organization’s practices and policies. Experience working with families living in poverty preferred.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, and a track record of successful public speaking and community engagement
Proven track record of fundraising and partnership development
Strong skills in financial management, with experience in balancing deficit budgets
Strength in nonprofit governance and board development
Willingness to travel locally and nationally
Ability to use a personal vehicle for UWSC business, with a valid driver's license; and current automobile insurance
Must be able to pass criminal background check
To apply, interested candidates should e-mail their cover letter and resume to:
E-mail applications with a cover letter are required. The position is open until filled.
Additional Salary Information: UWSC provides a defined benefit contribution that covers 100% of employee only premiums for medical, dental, vision, and Life/LTD/AD&D. Benefits also include both a base and matching contributions to a 403(b)-retirement savings plan, and generous Paid Time Off.
About United Way of Snohomish County
United Way of Snohomish County (UWSC) is searching for a leader who believes in creating more equitable systems for families with young children and knows how to manage system-wide and organization-wide change processes. Over the last three years, United Way of Snohomish County has undertaken an organizational transformation. We have launched and completed the first cycle of community investments into a collaborative approach called CORE: Creating Open Roads to Equity. This bold approach recognizes that solving a complex issue like poverty requires complex, collaborative solutions. We are not the typical United Way of the past. With CORE, we have moved beyond the traditional role of simply being a fundraiser to being a funder, active partner, and convener focused on a 2-Generational and Collective Impact approach.
Our five Core Collaboratives—groups of more than 100 nonprofit, public, and private partners working together towards long-term solutions— each hold a unique shared vision focused on collaborative outcomes to help children birth to age 8 and the adults in their lives escape the traps of poverty. Our commitment to this work is long-term because disrupting systems to adv...ance CORE requires patience, care, and tenacity for the journey as we help collaboratives build their risk-tolerance and the capacity to change and innovate. United Way of Snohomish County’s strategies and activities align with our CORE work and support United Way of Snohomish County’s 2030 Strategic CORE Roadmap at www.uwsc.org/sites/uwsc.org/files/2030coreroadmap.pdf.
This CORE Approach recognizes that although every family is unique with different strengths and struggles, as they engage in social services, all families face common experiences that reveal barriers and inequities that are built into those systems. Instead of just helping select individuals who can access programming to beat the odds, CORE seeks to change the odds for entire population groups by identifying and changing the barriers and conditions that cause the trap of poverty. CORE Collaboratives place families at the center of their partnerships, learning from collective family experiences to design interventions that make it easier for children birth to age 8 and the adults in their lives to find success together. Our CORE work is focused on children birth to age 8 because of the profound benefits of early learning and development in young children. In Snohomish County, more than 18,000 families are trapped in poverty and almost 41,500 are struggling to get by. For a family of four, the Federal Poverty Level is $25,100 a year. Even when struggling families earn three times the Federal Poverty Level, they still earn less than the basic cost of living in our region.
CORE combines two promising national models: Collective Impact, which is intentional, measured collaboration, and a 2-Generational Approach, which focuses on the well-being of the whole family. United Way is an active partner in five Core Collaboratives that work intentionally to remove barriers within and between the systems related to:
• Early Childhood Education
Nurturing the early years has a profound effect on a child’s ability to learn, as well as overall health later in life.
• Postsecondary and Employment Pathways
Creating pathways for parents and caregivers to get additional training, education and work skills can lead to higher wages, benefits, and opportunities for advancement.
• Economic Assets
Even a relatively small increase in household income can have a significant impact on a child’s environment and future stability.
• Health and Wellbeing
Reducing adverse childhood experiences and increasing access to healthcare are imperative to any family’s ability to thrive.
• Social Connections
Meaningful relationships with family, friends, and neighbors are powerful social networks to help keep families healthy and functional.