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Executive Director – United Way of Union County, Inc. - United Way of Union County

Listed: 08/22/2023
Listing Expires: 09/08/2023

Job Description

Position Title: Executive Director

Reports to: Board of Directors


About United Way of Union County

United Way is a national network of locally governed organizations that work to create lasting positive changes in communities and in people's lives. United Way has been in existence for over 120 years and in Union County since 1962, although originally known as the El Dorado Community Chest since 1933.

Mission Statement:

The United Way of Union County is a voluntary effort to increase the organized capacity of people who care for one another.

United Way of Union County is governed by a board of local community leaders and makes decisions based on local needs and values. Last year alone, the United Way helped over 30,000 citizens in Union County. In 2022, local contributions helped the United Way of Union County raise more than $1.2 million for its local agencies making hundreds of programs possible in this community. 100% of those donations stayed in Union County.


The Executive Director is the leader of the organization, 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; they leverage the power of relationships and networks and work across private, public, and corporate sectors to improve conditions in the community. The Executive Director possesses a high level of broad business and management skills and is effective at generating resources and financial support for the organization. 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 brand and understands their role in growing and protecting the reputation of United Way. They are responsible for building trust in United Way and its relevance in the community. They value the network and strive to leverage United Way’s breadth of community presence, relationships, and strategy.


The major responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

Community Impact:

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall impact of United Way of 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. They 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 Executive Director 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 Executive Director serves as the principal resource to the Board of Directors and its key committees and gives strong direction in policy formulation and interpretation. They partner with the Board of Directors to craft organizational goals and develop strategies to ensure that they are achieved. They ensure 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 Executive Director is accountable for building and leading high-performing teams, ensuring all teams are aligned and collaborating to achieve organizational results. They maintain accountability for the operational and fiscal integrity of the organization within policies set by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director assesses the organizational capacity to implement strategies and identify gaps in systems and staffing; directly supervises the staff and establishes individual goals; works with the Board Treasurer to manage organizational spending, monitor budget compliance, and mitigate financial risks; and ensures that United Way of Union County goals of inclusiveness and diversity among staff and volunteers are met.

Job Requirements


  • Substantial experience working in the nonprofit sector (United Way experience is desirable) and interacting with volunteers and diverse boards. Alternatively, extensive experience in the leadership and management of organizations of comparable size and mission.
  • Expertise on issues relevant to the organization.
  • Ability to command the confidence and respect of stakeholders.
  • A demonstrated track record of promoting diversity and an ability to build collaboration with the community at large.
  • Experience in or across multiple sectors, including nonprofit, public, and corporate environments.
  • Experience in developing partnerships, building teams, and conflict management.
  • Experience in building revenue and increasing philanthropic support.
  • Must demonstrate a high level of intelligence and intellectual curiosity and a desire to explore new ideas and innovative approaches to solving problems.
They have unquestioned integrity; a long-term perspective; a strong sense of accountability; a practical ability to get things done; wisdom and good judgment; a fair and thoughtful approach to management, combined with the flexibility and courage to shift direction and experiment with new initiatives; excellent verbal and written communication skills; a high energy level and sense of humor.


A bachelor’s degree is preferred.


The duties require both office work and out-of-office activities. Bending, lifting up to 25 lb.


  • Mission-Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to the mission to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities.
  • 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: 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: Steward of the brand and understands their role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.
  • Visionary: Confronts the complex realities of the environment and simultaneously maintains faith in a different and better future, providing purpose, direction, and motivation.
  • Team-Builder: First ensures that the right people are in the right roles at the right times; fostering commitment, trust, and collaboration among multicultural leaders and stakeholders.
  • Outward Turning: Understands the dynamics of local, regional, and national environments, and works on an agenda rooted in the community’s own perception of its needs and aspirations.
  • Business Acumen: Possesses a high level of broad business and management skills and is effective at generating financial support for the organization.
  • Network-Oriented: Values the power of networks; striving to leverage United Way’s breadth of community presence, relationships, and strategy.
Position Details
  • Full-time position
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Paid time off, sick time, and holidays
  • Simplified Employee Plan (SEP) retirement savings
  • No relocation assistance
  • Pass a background check and drug test
For consideration, please submit resume to before end of business on Friday, September 8th, 2023.

Job Info

Job Category: Non-Profit
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: El Dorado, Arkansas

Contact Info

Name: United Way of Union County
Phone Number: 870-862-4903