Position announcement:

Executive Director,

United Way of Skagit County

Application instructions - Deadline Extended to 5 pm, March 13th

Please submit your resume and a detailed cover letter describing how you meet each of the 11 Qualifications and Requirements listed in this Position Information document.  To apply, send an email with resume & cover letter to job@unitedwayskagit.org by 5 pm, March 13, 2020.  No hand-delivery or snail-mail applications accepted.  If you have questions, please email the UW Board President Andrew Entrikin at andrew@portofskagit.com


The timeline is to notify all applicants by April 1 as to our interest in considering them for phone screening and in person interviews. The selection will be finalized by May 15 with a start date of June 15, 2020. There is no funding available for relocation costs.  United Way of Skagit County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes its hiring decisions without regard for race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.

Thank you for your interest.  

United Way Executive Director Position Description

Reports to:                                        Board of Directors

Affiliation/Hours of Work                 Exempt/Full-Time, occasional evening/weekend functions

Start Date:                                         June 15, 2020

Direct Report Staff:                          5

Salary Range:                                   $65,000 - $75,000 depending on qualifications

Benefits:                                            Medical Insurance, Vacation, Holidays/Personal Days, Travel and Cell Phone allowance,

                                                               Retirement contribution, Flexible working arrangements


Organization Overview

Founded in 1963 as United Good Neighbors, the local United Way Board changed the name in 1973 to United Way of Skagit County to coordinate with our national United Way organization. Since then, UWSC has transitioned from being a partner fundraising organization to a community impact agency. In 2017, the Board selected early childhood development as our primary focus area, with the bold goal of “By 2025, all Skagit children entering kindergarten are ready to learn.”



Overview of Responsibilities

The Executive Director is responsible to work with a diverse team of leaders, staff and volunteers to achieve the vision of Community Impact and the Bold Goal as developed by the Board of Directors.  The Executive Director understands the value of collaboration and relationships and works across private, public and corporate sectors to help our organization make a positive impact in our community. They are dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good – creating, resourcing and leveraging strategies for broad investment and impact. The Executive Director is responsible for the ongoing trust in the United Way brand and helping the organization continue its relevance in the community.


Qualifications and Requirements

    1.  Minimum 10 years of work experience with at least 5 years of senior management level experience in a non-profit organization or executive level corporate or public sector experience

  • 3-5 years of experience within the non-profit sector as management, Board Member or a volunteer is preferred

  • Previous experience working for a Board of Directors is beneficial.

  • Demonstrated success raising funds to support a mission.

2.   Ability to support the development and communication of a compelling and inspired vision among Board Members, donors, staff, volunteers, service providers, business leaders and the community.

3.  Demonstrates broad knowledge, passion and perspective regarding Skagit County community issues and the unique role of United Way to build a positive, sustainable quality of life for all

4.  Demonstrates strong listening, writing, public speaking and presentation skills.

5.  Expertise in corporate, employee, individual and special event fundraising.

6.  Experience with social media, marketing and public relations communications

7.  Demonstrates drive for accomplishment and getting results through strong leadership and collaboration. Also demonstrates ability to measure results with effective metrics

8.  Bachelor’s Degree or Associate’s Degree in a related field

9.  Demonstrates knowledge of effective tools/development programs to build and lead high performance Board and staff teams

10.  Displays a broad understanding of diversity and equity and a commitment to helping the organization determine actions to address gaps.

11.  Demonstrates proven fiscal management and responsibility to properly oversee an organization’s budget and build trust in the organization’s ability to act as a reliable steward of its finances.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assumes a major leadership role in fulfilling United Way’s mission in the community. Chairs or plays a key role with task forces and committees working with community issues. Meets regularly with community decision makers and maintains positive relationships with the public. These include corporate executives, government leaders and representatives of other organizations.

  • Creates an atmosphere that fosters the development of a strong volunteer leadership group and an effective Board of Directors. As a supervisor, creates an inclusive, positive, fun work environment so the staff is efficient, productive and is able to contribute to their full potential and develop required skills.

  • Provides leadership in developing the financial resources needed to accomplish the Community Impact goals as established by the Board of Directors. Works with the Board, other volunteers and staff to raise funds from workplace campaigns, individuals, corporations, government and foundation grants and planned gifts. Ensures regular communications with donors.

  • Leads the annual review and update of the Strategic Plan, assists in development of strategies and monitors the organization’s progress regarding the achievement of the agreed goals.

  • Develops, implements and monitors annual operating budget. Approves and oversees expenditures in accordance with United Way financial policies.

  • Serves as principle staff resource to the Board President, Executive Committee, Board of Directors and key committees providing needed reports, monitoring key metrics and recommending actions.


Core Competencies

Visionary – The Executive Director helps the Board of Directors develop their vision for the impact this organization hopes to achieve in our community. The ED provides purpose, direction and motivation.


Organizational Leadership – The Executive Director demonstrates strategic leadership balanced with results driven, respect for others and trust building within the organization, with the Board and stakeholders. Proactively drives the 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 networks of relationships, is influential and leverages United Way’s unique position as a convener of interested people and organizations. They successfully navigate the complex dynamics of local, regional and national interests.


Grows Business and Revenue – The Executive Director possesses a high level of business acumen and broad management skill set, is effective at generating and growing financial support for the organization. They are able to raise funds by effectively engaging donors (individuals, corporations, major giving) and communicating the outcomes of their investments.


Relationship Oriented – The Executive Director understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.


Partnership Mindset & Network-Oriented – The Executive Director fosters trust, interdependence and collaboration. They act as a convener, helping community, non-profit & business leaders connect and collaborate. They value external networks, and builds or participated in coalitions to seek information of strategic importance and to seek a position of influence in key forums.


Collaborator – The Executive Director understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobile resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.


Results-Driven – The Executive Director is dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing and leveraging strategies and innovation s for broad investment and impact.


Brand-Steward – The Executive Director is a steward of the United Way brand and understands their role in increasing community trust in the organization and growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.


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PO Box 451, Burlington WA 98233

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