Now Hiring:

President/CEO, United Way of Central Virginia

Lynchburg, Virginia 

The United Way of Central Virginia is seeking an accomplished executive with strong strategic vision, fundraising and operational skills whose experience preferably includes community collaboration for impact. The successful candidate will have proven leadership experience, a reputation of high integrity, and an outstanding record of success within a United Way, another non-profit, or within the business/public sector with volunteer leadership experience.

The area of coverage for  United Way of Central Virginia consists of  approximately 259,950 people, 2,000 square miles, eight colleges and universities.  Situated near the geographic center of the state in the Valley of the James, in a single day’s drive you can reach every major metropolitan area on the East Coast between New York and Atlanta.  An outdoor lover’s dream the Lynchburg region offers a vast array of outdoor wonders in a quiet, beautiful and historic setting.

With headquarters in Lynchburg, Virginia, United Way of Central Virginia serves a broad community in the Central Virginia area, the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell and the City of Lynchburg.  United Way of Central Virginia partners with nonprofits, businesses, community leaders, and individuals to understand the conditions and needs of each locality served.  UWCV provides  programs and resources through their community impact partners to improve the quality of life in the community.  United Way of Central Virginia focuses on helping students succeed in school, early childhood education, and working with partner agencies to meet health and human service needs.

This recruitment profile outlines the qualifications and experience determined to be necessary and desirable for the position of  President/CEO.

The profile will be used as a guide in the recruitment process, providing the specific criteria by which resumes and applications for employment will be screened and by which individuals will be selected for interviews and appointment consideration.

The President/CEO of United Way of Central Virginia reports to the Board of Directors for United Way of Central Virginia.  This opportunity was created by the retirement of the current President/CEO after 9 years.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume, with professional references to the Applications will be accepted until May 15, 2017.


*Apply by date: May 15, 2017

The President/CEO 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 alike.  The President/CEO:

  • Is the Chief Mobilizer and Strategy Officer
  • Leverages the power of relationships and networks
  • Works across private, public and corporate sectors to improve conditions within our community
  • Possesses a high level of broad business acumen and management skills and is effective at generating resources and financial support for the organization
  • Is dedicated to the shared and measurable goals for the common good – creating, resourcing, scaling and leveraging strategies for broad investment and impact
  • Is the steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation of UWCV.
  • Is responsible for establishing and building trust in United Way and its relevance and importance in our community
  • Values networking and strives to leverage United Way’s breadth of community presence, relationships, and strategies


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


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.


The President/CEO is responsible for the overall impact of United Way of Central Virginia on the community, with particular emphasis on increasing its capacity to drive the impact agenda.  The President/CEO works closely with the Board to craft and adapt the strategy to achieve this increased impact.  The President/CEO develops effective relationships with volunteer leadership, human service agencies, and government representatives to identify and assist in solving community problems and develop long-range strategic plans to meet community needs.  Additionally, the President/CEO maintains a positive presence in the community to promote United Way services and enhance fundraising activities.  The President/CEO actively participates in a variety of local and national committees, conferences, agency functions, and annual meetings.


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.  Partners with the Board of Directors to craft organizational goals and develops strategies to ensure that they are achieved.  The President/CEO ensures coordination and alignment of all United Way activities to include strategic direction in the areas of community impact, resource development, and staff alignment.


The President/CEO is accountable for building and leading high-performing teams, ensuring all teams are aligned and collaborating to achieve organizational results.  Will ensure accountability for the operational and fiscal integrity of the organization in compliance with 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 Finance Director and board to manage organizational spending, monitors compliance with the financial goals and performance, mitigates financial risks; and ensures that United Way of Central Virginia’s goals of  inclusiveness and diversity among staff and volunteers are met.


  • Strong experience working in/with the nonprofit sector and interacting with volunteers and diverse boards
  • Experience in building revenue, raising funds and increasing philanthropic support
  • Expertise on issues relevant to the organization
  • Ability to exhibit executive presence and 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 networking across multiple sectors, including nonprofit, public and corporate environments
  • Experience in developing partnerships, building teams and conflict management.
  • Must demonstrate a high level of intelligence and intellectual curiosity and a desire to explore new ideas and innovative approaches to solving problems


  • Unquestioned integrity
  • A long term perspective
  • A strong sense of accountability and ownership
  • A practical ability to get things done
  • Wisdom and good judgment
  • A fair and thoughtful approach to management
  • The flexibility and courage to shift direction and experiment with new initiatives
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A high energy level
  • A sense of humor
  • A passion for the betterment of our community


  • Proven successful resource development ability
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills
  • Ability to attract, motivate and develop leadership, volunteers and staff
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills, maturity and good judgment and be capable of communicating with a diverse range of individuals
  • Able to hold his or herself and others accountable
  • A high energy, results-oriented leader, who is a self-starter
  • An individual with the utmost professional and personal integrity
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and innovative drive for establishing excellence and creativity
  • Outstanding collaboration skills through effective communication
  • Business acumen with the ability to engage and influence, as well as assess risks, issues and priorities
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written


  • Executive leadership experience
  • Education: College degree, and commensurate experience managing a non-profit organization preferred. Masters Degree in Business Administration or related field desired.
  • Minimum of 7 years of successful and progressive experience as a manager of people, dollars and facilities; proven supervisory experience; experience, knowledge and demonstrated ability in fund raising, community planning and problem solving, financial management and planning.
  • Hiring is contingent upon successful completion of standard background screenings/checks


Compensation and benefits commensurate with experience and consistent with organizational policies and resources.

United Way of Central Virginia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


All applicants are requested to provide a cover letter with a resume to our selection committee at United Way of Central Virginia. Fill out the form below or e-mail