Executive Director


The Executive Director is the leader of the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, establishing a vision for Community Impact that is achieved through the efforts of a diverse team of high performing leaders, staff, and volunteers. The Executive Director is the chief mobilizer, with the responsibility to leverage the power of relationships, networks, and resources across private, public, and corporate sectors to improve conditions in the community. The Executive Director possesses a high level of broad business, management, and community change skills. 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 the United Way brand and understands the responsibility to grow and protect the reputation of the United Way. The successful candidate is responsible for building trust in the United Way and its relevance in the community. The Executive Director values networking and strives to leverage United Way’s breadth of community presence, relationships, and strategies.


The broad scope of this position requires the Executive Director to establish and maintain significant, trusted relationships with people at all levels within the public, private, and voluntary sectors throughout the region. This includes corporate chief executives, local government and non-governmental organization leaders, leaders of other funding organizations, representatives of other United Way organizations (local, state, and worldwide), and representatives of constituencies.

The complex community change work that the UWNCC is undertaking also requires an understanding of both transformational as well as shared leadership models. While the United Way is a single organization, the mission requires the community-based work to be accomplished through network and coalition building as well as creating space for innovation in social sector approaches to complex community issues.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Responsible for overall positive impact of the UWNCC’s strategies for meeting community needs and growing the UWNCC’s Corner Stones for maximum community impact.
  • Provide leadership in bringing about greater understanding and involvement concerning issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).
  • Provide leadership in developing the financial and social resources to ensure organizational longevity and ability to meet the community’s needs.
    • Develop creative strategies and plans for achieving financial goals and assure appropriate staffing of the campaign structure.
    • Develop and sustain resources required for community impact; network, create, and sustain mutually positive relationships with community decision makers, advancing both community interests and United Way interests.
    • Effectively engage volunteers from around the community in support of UWNCC.
  • Assure organization’s overall compliance with laws and regulations to ensure UWNCC is in good standing as a charitable organization under state and federal law and preserves its tax status.
  • Ensures UWNCC conforms to United Way Worldwide standards.
  • Maintain a leadership role among United Way’s constituencies.
  • Advocate at the state and local levels for policies affecting the lives of UWNCC’s representative communities.
    • Serves as a confident, articulate, and persuasive advocate for UWNCC to increase its visibility with private and public human service organizations and associations, advocates, lawmakers, government staff and agencies, the media, funders, and key community representatives.
  • Directs contract negotiations with government agencies, subcontractors, and any other outside organizations.



  • Acts as a liaison with to the Board of Trustees, to ensure continuity of the organizations, mission and operations. Maintains a strong relationship with the Board of Trustees Chair.
  • Work closely with the Board to develop ongoing policy and strategic direction for the organization.
  • Provide operational research, program information, and resource development information to support the Board in developing long-range goals.
    • Analyze and interpret existing conditions, opportunities, and challenges in order to inform Board-level financial planning.
    • Work with the Board Chair, to effectively engage the board to identify and cultivate resource development opportunities.
    • Work with the Board Chair to develop the annual calendar and agenda. The Executive Director directs UWNCC staff to support the implementation of the calendar as needed.
  • Assist the Board of Trustees in its ongoing recruitment and retention of members with the skills, knowledge, and relationships that are useful to the UWNCC’s organizational development.


  • Build and lead diverse, high performing team of staff, ensuring internal alignment and collaboration to achieve organizational results.
    • Create a professional atmosphere that fosters the development of strong, effective teams and empowers staff through involvement and participation in decision-making.
    • Enhance own leadership skills, delegate effectively, and ensure that tasks are completed on time.
  • Maintain accountability for the operational and fiscal integrity of the organization within policies set by the Board of Directors.
    • Manage organizational spending, monitor budget compliance, and mitigate financial risks.
    • Maintain stewardship and accountability for financial and capital resources, official records, operating budgets, and campaign collection and disbursement; understand fully the development and investment of resources and think comprehensively about the public and private resources suitable to meet those needs.
    • Assure effective and prudent distribution of United Way resources that achieve overall organizational Ends.
  • Assess organizational capacity to implement strategies and identify gaps in systems and staffing.
    • Staff the organization with fully competent diverse professionals and delegate responsibilities/authority effectively.
    • Promote continued professional development among staff, demonstrate and assure cultural competency of self and all staff.
  • Reports to the Board of Trustees.
  • Provides educational opportunities to the UWNCC Board of Trustees members in partnership with the Board of Trustees President.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social work, Education, Business, Accounting and/or Non-profit Management. Experience in related field may substitute required or preferred academic credentials.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in the leadership and or management position.
  • Experience with working in the nonprofit management sector and interacting with diverse volunteers and Board of Directors.
  • Working knowledge of non-profit fiscal management, including fund accounting and budgeting.
  • Have and maintain unquestioned integrity, a long-term perspective, a strong sense of accountability, a practical ability to getting things done, wisdom, good judgment, a fair and thoughtful approach to management combined with the flexibility and courage to shift direction and experiment with new initiatives.
    • Must demonstrate a high level of intelligence and intellectual curiosity as well as desire to explore new ideas and innovative approaches to solving problems.
    • Demonstrated track record of promoting diversity and an ability to build collaboration with the community at large.
    • Ability to elicit the confidence and respect of different types of stakeholders across all socio-economic, ethnic, and gender types.
    • Experience developing partnerships, building diverse teams, and conflict management.
  • Experience in building revenue and increasing philanthropic support.
    • Experience in, or across multiple sectors, including nonprofit, public, and corporate environments.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.


  • Valid driver’s license, safe driving record, current vehicle insurance, and ability to use personal vehicle for UWNCC business throughout the regional service area.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Must consent to and pass criminal background and full credit checks.
  • Must be able to be bonded.


Work is performed typically in an office environment and a variety of settings throughout the region among diverse stakeholders and audiences. A considerable amount of time will be spent in meetings, at a computer screen for extended periods, at UWNCC events, and speaking before public audiences. Frequent use of phones and e-mail will be required to communicate with stakeholders. Frequently works outside normal working hours and will drive due to work performed with donors and other stakeholders in the community. Occasional travel out of town and out of state will be required.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits such as paid time off, Holidays and sick time off included.


To apply, interested candidate should e-mail their resume and cover letter to: Unitedwaynccsearch@gmail.com (E-mail applications are required).

Application review begins May 30th, open until filled.

United Way of Northern Chautauqua County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes its hiring decisions without regard for race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.