Employment Opportunities

Chief Executive Officer

United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties is looking for a visionary Chief Executive Officer who is engaging, a great relationship builder, accomplished fundraiser and possesses a high level of emotional intelligence. The successful candidate will be skilled at strategic thinking, with strong communication skills, and the ability to empower and appropriately evaluate staff. This position also requires someone who can lead change to create increased organizational effectiveness and be flexible to trends and changes in market conditions. Qualified candidates should be problem solvers who will follow through and take needed action.

The CEO reports to the Board of Directors and administer policies as approved by the Board.

Job Summary

The Chief Executive Officer, CEO provides leadership for all aspects of the organization’s operations with an emphasis on community engagement, fiscal responsibility, return on investment, ROI, sustainability, and talent acquisition.

The CEO will be a mission-driven, collaborative and an innovative leader. They will serve as the brand ambassador and champion of the United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties in the community, which includes connecting with a constituency of philanthropists, donors, recipients of services, individuals, associations, agencies, Chambers, education partners, government, businesses, and other stakeholders.

The CEO will leverage the power of relationships and networks, working across private, public, and corporate sectors to improve conditions in the community. They will possess a high level of broad business skills, human resources background, financial acumen, marketing principles, and strategic management to acquire talent, generate resources and financial support for the organization. The CEO will be a driver of change, open to technology and new ways to monetize opportunities. As chief spokesperson, they will ensure that the United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties, its mission, people, programs, and services are presented in a positive, collaborative manner.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Commitment to United Way’s mission and values, including the ability to build relationships internally and with other United Ways, State and local governments, education, nonprofit and private sector organizations.

Oversight of the strategic plan and the processing to identify future direction for the organization and the community.

Lead the development, implementation, and execution of the annual operational plan and manage the process.

Leverage and coordinate resources to ensure strategic alignment in the areas of community impact, resource development, and talent acquisition and alignment.  Serve as the principal resource to the Board of Directors and its key committees while handling day-to-day operations and decision making.

Community Impact

Responsible for the overall impact of UWLS in the community, with emphasis on increasing its capacity to set priorities and measure impact of social change.  Provide strategic and long-term visioning consistent with the direction set in partnership with the Board of Directors.  Determine objectives and strategies for meeting goals, allocate resources according to priorities, and leverage all resources available to accomplish associated tasks and anticipated obstacles.

Resource Development

Oversee fundraising planning and implementation, including identifying resource requirements, developing innovative future strategies, researching funding sources, establishing an effective process to approaching funders, submitting proposals and grants, and overseeing fundraising records and documentation.

With the Board of Directors, work toward campaign growth, fundraising successfully within the traditional campaign and planned giving channels and utilizing newer development methods and opportunities to increase giving and improve organizational sustainability.

Maintain and foster relationships with current individual, foundations, and corporate donors, and identify, cultivate and solicit prospective donors and corporate partners to further develop fundraising opportunities and increase levels of engagement.

Organizational Management

Build and lead a high-performing team and ensure all team members are trained, aligned, and collaborating to achieve year over year improved organizational results.

Maintain accountability for the operational and fiscal integrity of the organization which includes ROI analysis of events and programs.  Manage organizational spending, monitor budget compliance, and mitigate risk.

Core Competencies

  • Fundraising –Proven Track-Record
  • Mission-Focused
  • Relationship-Oriented
  • Results-Driven
  • Brand Steward
  • Team-Builder
  • Network-Oriented

Education and Experience

Preferred Education:  Bachelor’s Degree

Preferred Experience:  3 to 5 years leading an organization through change, nonprofit experience in fundraising, project management, procurement, event planning, event analysis, social media engagement, supervising managers, conducting performance evaluations, documenting coaching and counseling action plans, fiscal oversight, exposure to payroll and human resources, negotiating vendor contracts, strategic planning, and participating in high profile community events.  Understands the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, and a harassment free workplace.

Salary – Starting at $92,300 commensurate with experience and education.

Bonus plan – As determined by the Executive Board

Residency requirements – Within 6 months of hire date, CEO must have taken up residence in Lake or Sumter County

Relocation package – As determined by the Executive Board

How to apply

Please email a cover letter and updated resume including your education and relevant experience to: apply@uwls.org .  The position will remain open until filled. The final applicants for the position will be required to undergo a background check.  Educational transcripts must be submitted before employment.  If reasonable accommodation is required to fully participate in the job application or interview process, to perform the essential functions of the position, and/or to receive all other benefits and privileges of employment, please email apply@uwls.org.