United Way of Greater Union County President & Chief Executive Officer
Position: President & Chief Executive Officer Company: United Way of Greater Union County Location: Elizabeth, New Jersey Reporting Relationship: Board of Directors Website: www.uwguc.org
United Way of Greater Union County United Way of Greater Union County envisions a community where all children and families achieve their potential through education, income stability and health and family strengthening:
Where all children receive a quality education that offers a pathway to a brighter tomorrow
Where the cycle of poverty and financial dependence ends, and more productive lives begin
Where all children and families have access to affordable health services and healthy activities that improve their quality of life
Where all family’s basic needs of food, shelter, health, and safety needs are met
Greater Union County encompasses Berkeley Heights, Clark, Cranford, Elizabeth, Fanwood, Garwood, Hillside, Kenilworth, Linden, Mountainside, New Providence, North Plainfield, Plainfield, Rahway, Roselle, Roselle Park, Scotch Plains, Springfield, South Plainfield, Summit, Union, Westfield, and Winfield Park New Jersey.
A closer look at The Union County Needs Assessment reveals that Elizabeth, Hillside, Linden, Plainfield, Roselle, Rahway, and Union show increased rates of poverty, unemployment, and poor housing compared to the rest of Union County:
The poverty rate in these communities is 11%, compared to 4% of Union County in 2011.
1 in 11 households can’t afford healthy, nutritious meals.
In Plainfield, 36.3% of ages 18-24 do not have a high school diploma.
Among youth aged 16-19, the unemployment rate is 27%, with 36% of males and 18% of females out of work.
26% of mothers do not receive early prenatal care
As a result, the majority of UWGUC’s focus is on these Communities of Opportunity.
Our Mission Our mission is to improve lives and build strong communities by uniting individuals and organizations with the will, passion, expertise, and resources needed to solve problems.
Our Commitment Our commitment is to change the odds so that all children and their families, regardless of their circumstances, have the same chance to succeed in school and in life.
Our Impact We also partner with local, state, and federal agencies like the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency; the Department of Labor, the Union County Department of Human Services, The Department of Children and Families of the State of New Jersey, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development who enlist and count on UWGUC to deliver help to our neighbors in need.
Impact Providing Financial Assistance
Financial Assistance - UWGUC provides direct funding to families in order for them to meet basic needs.
Families served in 2020:
Emergency Food – 3,500
Rental Assistance – 750
Utility Assistance – 450
Child Care Assistance – 195
Other Financial Assistance – 36
Shelter Nights – 7,600
Meals Served – 51,000
Strengthening Family Skills
Our four Family Success Centers and 40 nonprofit partners support early education programs, after-school initiatives, emergency food and shelter for families in crisis, homeless intervention services, support services for adults with disabilities, workforce development services and much more.
Families served in 2020:
Employment Services – 410
Parent Child Bonding Activities – 425
Life Skills – 251
Advocacy & Linkages – 201
Parent Coaching Family Plan Development – 358
UWGUC recognizes that education is a cornerstone for success in school, work, and life. High school graduates have higher earning potential, contribute more to their local economies, are more engaged in their communities, and are more likely to raise children who also graduate on time. We provide tutoring services to children and assisting parents with accessing online learning. We also recognize that preparing youth to enter the workforce is an equally important role, and manage programs dedicated to giving youth this instructive experience.
Families served in 2020:
Pre-School – 518
Vocational Training – 125
Improving Health Conditions
Good health improves a child’s opportunity to learn, increases an adult’s productivity at work, and enhances the quality of life for the elderly. UWGUC supports initiatives that help Union County’s most vulnerable residents achieve and maintain good health.
Families Served in 2020:
Family Health – 92
Mental Health – 188
Nursing - 80
Key Responsibilities The President & CEO will be coming in at a time of great institutional opportunity and positive momentum from a programming, reputation, and historical community impact and connectivity standpoint. Navigating and leading change management within operations and an evolving funding model will provide additional tremendous opportunity.
As the leader of the organization, establishing a vision for Community Impact is achieved through the efforts of a diverse team of high-performing leaders, staff, and volunteers alike. The President & CEO is the Chief Mobilizer and leverages the power of relationships and networks, and will work across private, public, and corporate sectors to improve conditions in the community.
The President & CEO possesses a high level of broad business and management skills and is effective at generating resources and financial support for the organization. The President & CEO is dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good - creating, resourcing, scaling. and leveraging strategies for broad investment and impact.
The President & CEO 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. In addition, the President & CEO is responsible for day-to-day operations and for providing leadership and direction to staff in carrying out the organization’s mission.
The major responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
Community Impact The President & CEO is responsible for the overall impact of United Way of Greater Union County on the community, with particular emphasis on increasing its capacity to drive the impact agenda. The President 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 President & CEO is charged to drive key results in fundraising; 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 President & CEO 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 and the United Way of Greater Union County Senior Leadership team 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 President & CEO is accountable for building and leading high-performing teams, ensuring all teams are aligned and collaborating to achieve organizational results. S/he maintains accountability for the operational and fiscal integrity of the organization within policies set by the Board of Directors. The President & CEO assesses organizational capacity to implement strategies and identify gaps in systems and staffing; directly supervises Senior Leadership positions and establishes individual goals; works with the Chief Financial Officer to manage organizational spending, monitor budget compliance, and mitigate financial risks; and ensures that United Way of Greater Union County goals of inclusiveness and diversity among staff and volunteers are met.
Core Competencies Visionary: 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: 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: Has 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: Possesses a high-level of business acumen and broad management skillset, is effective at generating and growing financial support for the organization. Is able to 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: 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.
Mission-Focused: The top priority is to create social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities. This competency drives their performance and professional motivations.
Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
Collaborator: Understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
Results-Driven: 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: Is a steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.
Professional Experience The successful candidate will be a passionate and enthusiastic advocate for the United Way mission. United Way of Greater Union County is seeking a highly credible and proactive professional with demonstrated executive leadership experience within an organization of similar size and scope. Other desired qualifications and leadership characteristics include:
A strong and inspirational leader who will build collaborative relationships with community partners and establish trusting alliances with local non-profit organizations.
A courageous and visionary executive who will work with the Board of Directors to establish long-term goals to continue to grow the organization and respond to the changing needs of the Greater Union County community.
Proven track record for team building and the ability to leverage the diverse skills and personalities of a dynamic and highly effective volunteer Board of Directors.
Proven management, business, financial and fundraising acumen.
A charismatic and sophisticated communicator who will be a strong advocate in promoting the mission of the United Way of Greater Union County with key constituents.
Success in growing top line revenue, establishing innovative sources of revenue, and driving sustainable growth.
Keen analytic, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities that enable sound decisionmaking.
Strong professional ethics, integrity, and accountability in all actions.
Role Requirements The ideal candidate will have ten or more years of experience directing an organization or a complex function/operation that includes experience and skills in each of the following:
Financial Management: fiscal/financial skills in dealing with all phases of business operations.
Planning: organization and planning skills, development of long- and shortrange plans and tactics.
Organization Management: skills in staffing complex organizations and directing, developing, appraising employees to attain desired organization goals and results.
Ability to lead collective impact outcomes by calling upon and collaborating with different government, businesses, non-profits, and philanthropic organizations.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Board of Directors, staff, community groups and other related agencies. Ability to be a fixture in the community who is inspirational and a proactive connector and facilitator of innovative programs.
Political acumen to build and sustain relationships with many internal and external constituencies including local associations, peer organizations, government agencies funding sources, and the media.
Successful record of growing top line revenue, establishing innovative sources of income, and driving sustainable growth.
Demonstrated success in fundraising across private, public, and governmental sectors. • Proven track record for team building in a complex, multi-layered organization with success in attracting, developing, motivating, and retaining a diverse staff.
Proven management, business, and financial acumen within an organization of similar scale of complexity.
Strong communication skills, both oral and written, with an infectious enthusiasm for the mission and the ability to engage and inspire others.
Ability to plan organization-wide activities and work with the Board of Directors, United Way stakeholders, government agencies, community groups and others as necessary.
Knowledge of grant administration, contract negotiations/administration, community organizations and principles of marketing/public relations and media.
Charisma and effective communication skills culminating in a strong advocate for the organization who will safeguard the mission of the United Way.
Commitment to the mission and values of the United Way.
Experience with non-profit fundraising and working with a non-profit board a plus.
Education Undergraduate degree preferred; graduate degree is a plus.
Compensation A competitive compensation package will be made available to the selected candidate.
The United Way of Greater Union County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, non-job-related disability, or marital status.