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Job Description: Executive Director

United Way of Grant County

The Executive Director of United Way of Grant County is the leader of the organization, and, along with the Board of Directors, establishes a vision for service to the community.  The Executive Director possesses broad business and management skills and is effective at generating resources and financial support as well as engaging a volunteer Board of Directors in all aspects of the organization’s work. The ED values local networks and seeks to engage the broad community in United Way’s mission.  The ED is the brand champion for United Way of Grant County and seeks to promote the vision, mission, and projects of UW throughout the community and protect the integrity of the United Way brand.

Key Responsibilities and Essential Functions

Community Impact

  • Driven by our mission statement, directs overall impact on the community
  • Drives the impact (programming) agenda
  • Achieves, measures, and reports on impact
  • In collaboration with board, engages key community leaders/influencers in the mission of the organization
  • Builds productive partnerships with mission-sharing organizations
  • Evaluates new and existing programs to recommend appropriate changes or additions

Resource Development

  • Manages annual campaign, including the training of volunteer solicitors
  • With board, identifies, cultivates, solicits prospective donors and key leaders
  • Promotes culture of philanthropy and community among board
  • Conscientiously stewards relationships within the community
  • Prepares reports and analysis for strategy improvement
  • Manages all aspects of grant solicitation and reporting

Strategic Management

  • Ensures all activities are directly related to mission and aligned to strategic direction of impact, fundraising, and staffing
  • Gives strong direction in policy making and implementation
  • Partners with board to craft goals and strategies

Organization Management

  • Provides accountability for all aspects of operations
  • Identifies gaps in organizational capacity and manages staffing
  • Manages budget, spending, and financial risk
  • Ensures inclusiveness and diversity in all activities
  • Manages relationship, reporting, and membership requirements with United Way Worldwide (UWW)


  • Manages membership requirements and reporting for UWW
  • Performs or oversees finance administration including banking, payroll, gift processing, landlord relationship, insurance management
  • Works with board to produce annual budgets, financial reports
  • Maintains internal controls and transparency in all operations

Experience/Position Requirements

  • Relevant experience in the nonprofit sector preferred (United Way experience is desirable), including interacting with volunteers and boards, or similar experience in leading and managing organizations of similar size.
  • Ability to command confidence and respect of stakeholders
  • Verifiable experience in developing partnerships, building revenue and philanthropic support, and building strong teams
  • Demonstrated work ethic and strong sense of responsibility and integrity
  • Well-developed skills in public speaking and persuasive writing
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule as needed
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Evidence of a commitment to life-long learning

Qualified candidates should submit a thoughtful cover letter and résumé to board@uwofgrantco.com or 215 S Adams St, Marion, IN 46952.