President & CEO

  • Nonprofit Full Time
  • Washington
  • City: Everett

Website United Way of Snohomish County

CORE; Creating Open Roads to Equity.

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.


Experience, Skills and Attributes:

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


Job Requirements:

  • 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



The annual salary is $150,000-$175,000 depending on experience and skills.

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.


Application Process:

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