Executive Director/CEO

Burlington/West Burlington United Way - Burlington, IA


Position: Executive Director

Reports To: The Executive Director reports directly to the Executive Committee and is accountable to the Board of Directors.

Overview of Responsibilities: The Executive Director serves as the general manager and fiscal agent employed by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director in conjunction with the Board of Directors represents and positively promotes the United Way in the community and in all aspects of the position.

Key Functional Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Assists the Board of Directors in policy formulation, development and interpretation of policies and procedures, short term and long range goal setting, and recruiting high-quality organizational leadership.
  • Supervises all office operations including hiring support staff, training and evaluation, management of time, space and equipment resources; the development and monitoring the office budget, payments to community supported agencies and all accounts payable.
  • Keeps the Board of Directors fully and regularly apprised of United Way activities and needs, organizational goals, affiliate agencies’ status, background supporting information on local agenda items and national United way trends.
  • Works with all campaign and allocations Chairpersons in planning meetings, setting schedules, recording minutes, promoting volunteers and providing relevant background information.
  • Enforces all internal controls of the United Way office that have been set forth by the United Way Board of Directors.
  • Prepare the annual office budget every year and submits information with supporting documentation first to the Executive Committee and then to the full Board of Directors for final approval.
  • Maintains and preserves all meeting records and all minute records of the organization.

Fundraising and Fund Distribution Responsibilities

  • Provides administrative assistance and training to Campaign Chairperson and Campaign Co-Chairpersons, regarding such matters a volunteer recruitment and training, scheduling, goal-setting and campaign promotion.
  • Uses sound campaign procedures, in accordance with principles of the United Way, to ensure efficient solicitation, collection, distribution and record keeping.
  • Ensures that a sound Allocations Review Process is implemented and maintains a strong cross-section of involvement by United Way contributors from the community.
  • Strictly analyses and oversees all fund raising and all fund distribution, in accordance with adopted policies and procedures.

Community and Agency Relations Responsibilities:

  • Promotes public understanding and support of human service needs and programs by representing the United Way in community activities; by using the media effectively; by directing a year-round public relations programs explaining how community supported agencies meet human service needs and by developing good public relations policies and positions for the Board of Directors.
  • Develops a sound working relationship with the Directors of all affiliated agencies by providing consultation, regarding their services and programs, budgets, inter-agency cooperation and current community needs.
  • Monitors agency activity and assure that United way funds are used as allocated.
  • Maintains cooperative relationships with other organizations and community leaders.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Associate Degree or Bachelor’s Degree and experience in the non-profit field.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, making the United Way and its objectives understandable and informative to all facets of the cultural, educational, social and economic diversity of the area.
  • Professional leadership experience in administration and management, development, fund raising, fund distribution, and volunteer recruitment.
  • Experience in human-care charitable organization management, administrative practices and business management.
  • Good initiative, self-disciplined, and the ability to work without supervision, while supervising staff and motivating others.
  • Effective interpersonal skills with an ability to work successfully with United Way personnel and Board of Directors, community leaders and donors, to secure strong support and participation. A commitment to the philanthropic sector and to the betterment of the quality of life for the residents of the area.
  • A high level of perception and analytical ability is required in order to implement United Way’s mission, along with adopted policies and procedures and to ensure compliance with State laws and governmental rules and regulations. Ability and experience to determine community needs and recommend solutions.
  • Proven organizational and planning skills. Initiative, self-discipline and the ability to work without supervision, while supervising staff and motivating others.
  • Good Decision-making skills.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $50,000.00 to $60,000.00 /year


  • relevant: 1 year (Preferred)

Additional Compensation:

  • Bonuses

Work Location:

  • One location


  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid time off