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Executive Director United Way of Clatsop County

Organization Overview

United Way of Clatsop County fights for the health, safety, education and financial stability of EVERY PERSON in our community. United Way has become synonymous with caring for children, families and individuals. We have a long tradition of helping people with basic needs such as safety, food, clothing and shelter.


To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of Clatsop County communities.

Overview of Responsibilities

The Executive Director 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 Board members and volunteers from partner agencies. The Executive Director 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. The Executive Director possesses a high level of broad business and management skills and is effective at generating resources and financial support for the organization. The Executive Director is dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good – creating, resourcing, scaling and leveraging strategies for broad investment and impact. The Executive Director is the steward of brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation of United Way. S/he is responsible for building 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.

Key Responsibilities/Essential Functions

Community Impact
The Executive Director is responsible for the overall impact of United Way of Clatsop County on the community, with emphasis on increasing its capacity to drive the impact agenda. The Director works closely with 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.

Resource Development
The Executive Director is charged to drive key results in resource development; 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.

Strategic Management
The Executive Director 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 to craft organizational goals and develops strategies to ensure that they are achieved. S/he ensures coordination and alignment of all United Way activities to strategic direction in the areas of community impact, resource development, and staff alignment.

Organization Management
The Executive Director maintains accountability for the operational and fiscal integrity of the organization within policies set by the Board of Directors. S/he assesses organizational capacity to implement strategies and identify gaps in systems and staffing; establishes individual goals; oversees finances to manage organizational spending, monitor budget compliance, and mitigate financial risks; and ensures that United Way of Clatsop County goals of inclusiveness and diversity are met.

Experience/Position Requirement
● Must demonstrate a high level of intelligence and intellectual curiosity and a desire to explore new ideas and innovative approaches to solving problems.
● Substantial experience working in the nonprofit sector (United Way experience is desirable) and interacting with volunteers and diverse boards. Alternatively, extensive experience in the leadership and management of organizations of comparable size and mission.
● Experience in developing partnerships, building teams and conflict management.
● Expertise on issues relevant to the organization.
● Ability to command the confidence and respect of stakeholders.
● A demonstrated track record of promoting diversity and an ability to build collaboration
with the community at large.
● Completes other tasks as assigned by the Board of Directors
● Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office products

Preferred Experience
● 3 years’ experience in philanthropic/non-profit fundraising and administration
● Experience in or across multiple sectors, including nonprofit, public and corporate
● Experience in building revenue and increasing philanthropic support.
● Demonstrated proficiency with Quick Books or other financial software.
● Experience in grant writing preferred.

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.

Education Background
Bachelor’s Degree or higher with preference in business or marketing

Competencies Required for this Position

Core Competencies
● Mission-Focused: The United Way team member’s top priority is to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities. This competency drives their performance and professional motivations.
● Relationship-Oriented: The United Way team member understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
● Collaborator: The United Way team member understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
● Results-Driven: The United Way team member is dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.
● Brand Steward: The United Way team member is a steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.

Leadership Specific Competencies
● Visionary: The Executive Director is the Chief Mission Officer, has a clear vision for the organization, confronts the complex realities of the environment and simultaneously maintains faith in a better future, providing purpose, direction, and motivation.
● Organizational Leadership: The Executive Director demonstrates strategic leadership balanced with authenticity, respect for others, and trust building within the organization, with the Board, and stakeholders. Proactively drives an organization to a higher level of performance, efficiency, and growth through inspiring action and commitment for best results.
● Influence in the Marketplace: The Executive Director has a growth mindset, builds and cultivates network of relationships, is influential and leverages United Way’s unique position to proactively increase visibility, reputation, and competitive advantage that generates interest, passion for investing in community. Successfully navigates the complex dynamics of local, regional, and national environment.
● Grow Business and Revenue: The Executive Director possesses a high-level of business acumen and 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, and other segments) and volunteers to inform and contribute to advancing the mission.
● Partnership Mindset and Network-Oriented: The Executive Director has a partnership mindset: s/he values and leverages the power of networks; Is leveraging the 1,800+ United Ways, its collective buying power, 11,000+ employees, 30,000+ board members, and United Way’s breadth of community presence, relationships, and strategies. Provides leadership at the local, regional, national, and global level.

Work Environment
Position involves sitting, standing, walking, stooping, occasionally carrying and lifting lightweight to moderate weight materials. May be required to sit for extended periods of time.

Position Classification/Compensation
● Full time, exempt position (40 hours/week) in Astoria, Oregon with competitive benefits and generous annual leave including paid vacation/holidays.
● Annual Salary: $45,000
● United Way of Clatsop County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes its hiring decisions without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.

To express interest in this role please email the hiring team directly at All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.