President and CEO

An Invitation to Apply for the Position of

President and CEO of the United Way of the Brazos Valley


The President and Chief Executive Officer leads the organization and is accountable to the Board of Directors. The candidate must have a proven track record of fundraising, the ability to attract donors at all levels, and the capability to respond to an ever-changing philanthropic environment. The President and CEO must provide leadership in obtaining diversified financial resources and maintaining strong, collaborative relationships with the United Way of the Brazos Valley’s constituents, including government, corporations, and community organizations. She/he must be a visionary and strategic thinker who confronts the complex realities of the environment and provides the organization with purpose, direction, and motivation. She/he must lead with action, develop and communicate a vision and strategy for the organization, for its community investment and fundraising goals, and provide leadership to the Board and staff in formulating policy. The President and CEO is a champion of the community, who has the ability to define and articulate United Way of the Brazos Valley’s community investment strategies, and the capacity to work on an agenda rooted in the community’s own perception of its needs and aspirations. She/he must have unquestioned integrity and maintain accountability for the overall operational and fiscal integrity of the organization within the policies set by the Board of Directors.


I. Leadership

§Provide leadership in developing the financial resources to help meet the health and human services needs of the community.

§Establish financial development goals with the Board of Directors.

§Develop creative strategies and plans for achieving financial goals and assure appropriate staffing of the campaign structure.

§Support, recruit, and develop volunteer leadership in the community to participate on United Way’s Board and committees.

§Maintain a presence among United Way constituencies.

§Play a key role in committees/task forces which deal with significant community issues.

§Meet regularly with community decision makers, advancing both community interests and United Way interests.

§Address community groups.

§Balance legitimate interests of major constituents.

§Position United Way to advocate improving human services within realistic economic constraints and according to the values of the community.

§Provide a negotiating arena for politically sensitive human-service issues.

§Lend leadership on the state and national levels by providing direction, proposing initiatives, and discussing issues affecting United Way movement; serving on state and national taskforces; delivering conference presentations and participating in roundtables.

II. Strategy & Policy

§Establish and guide ongoing process in the development of shared and measurable short- and long-range goals.

§Engage volunteers and staff in planning processes.

§Assist in assessing the United Way organization and its environment.

§Analyze and interpret existing conditions, opportunities and problems.

§Work with the Board to identify appropriate issues requiring policy decisions/actions and assure implementation.

§Monitor the organization’s progress against the Strategic Plan and Annual Work Plan.

III. Technical & Administrative

§Staff the organization with diverse, fully competent professionals and delegate proper authority. Develop organizational work plan and monitor implementation. Promote continued professional development among staff and demonstrate and assure cultural competency of managers/staff.

§Create an atmosphere that fosters the development of strong, effective teams and empowers staff through involvement and participation in decision making.

§Establish and ensure that the organization maintains open and honest communication both internally and externally.

§Manage and direct activities of professional staff to achieve objectives of the United Way.

§Plan, organize, implement and evaluate United Way fund-raising programs within the framework of the volunteer campaign structure and in accordance with the principles of United Way fund raising.

§Manage and account for financial and capital resources (including management of property), official records, operating budgets, campaign collection and disbursement.

§Develop effective, integrated and efficient support systems for the organization, in such areas as computer services, staff and volunteer training, procurement, personnel and building management.

§Enhance public awareness, understanding and support of human needs through coordinated marketing and communication programs. Also, enhance United Way’s understanding of public perceptions and needs.

§Assess community needs and identify appropriate roles for United Way in addressing them; serve as a community catalyst addressing the changing or emerging service needs, delivery systems, and population groups.

§Assure prudent distribution United Way funding resources.

§Enhance the capabilities of affiliated agencies to be responsive to local community needs and to effectively manage their organizations.

IV. Job Relationships

The scope of this position is broad, requiring the President and Chief Executive Officer to establish and maintain significant relationships with persons at all levels within the public, private, and voluntary sectors, including corporate chief executive officers, local government leaders, labor representatives, representatives of other United Way organizations including local, state, and national organizations and of key planning organizations and representatives of all United Way constituencies.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

Education Desired

Post-graduate studies.

Experience Requirements

Minimum of seven years of work experience, with at least five of these years in management; Previous non-profit experience in leadership role required. Previous experience fundraising and must have working knowledge of non-profit fiscal management, accounting, and budgeting. Must have excellent MS Office and computer skills, writing and presentation/public speaking skills, and exceptional interpersonal relationship skills.

Experience Desired

United Way experience


Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with the candidate’s experience.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a letter of application addressing their qualifications for the position and resume to As part of your application, we will ask you to complete a questionnaire that will allow us to get to know you better.

Inquiries and nominations may be directed to William Brown, Chair Search Committee (

Electronic submission of applications is required.

Screening and Search Schedule

Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by March 31, 2014. Ideally, the new CEO would begin work in August 2014.

College Station, Texas
United Way of the Brazos Valley
William Brown

909 Southwest Parkway East, College Station, TX, 77840, US