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United Way Announces Search for President & CEO

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut (UWSECT) is seeking a dynamic leader to provide innovative leadership to its fundraising and fund distribution programs. The successful candidate will be skilled at building a strategic vision and forging collaborative relationships, while having a passion to make a positive difference in the lives of people in New London County. The candidate must be excited by a role with high demands and be able to collaborate effectively with volunteers, partner agencies, community leaders, and stakeholders. The President/CEO champions the vision of United Way to build a community united in its efforts to ensure that individuals and families achieve their full potential. The President/CEO must have the ability to build consensus and convene multiple partners in efforts that produce specific deliverable and demonstrable outcomes.

The President/CEO will be expected to uphold the United Way vision and mission and oversee the entire operation of UWSECT within the guidelines of the annual budget as adopted by the Board of Directors. This includes being responsible for the successful oversight, management and strategic growth of UWSECT including the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center. The successful candidate must have the ability to work well with diverse groups of people; effectively lead a team of approximately twenty-five (25) staff members, including as direct reports the senior leaders and an office administrator; and have the ability to manage employees in a union-represented workplace under a collective bargaining agreement. The President/CEO should have demonstrated expertise in building strategies that harness the talent within an organization.

This person will also help identify new initiatives and projects, bring current research, public policy, community relationships and knowledge of priority communities to influence United Way initiatives. To achieve this the President/CEO will coordinate and align multiple partner organizations and community resources, and represent United Way at community meetings, agency events, funders' collaboratives, and statewide and local coalitions/task forces etc. The successful candidate must be proficient in attending to detail with the ability to organize, prioritize, and effectively lead within a team setting. The candidate must be able to manage a cross-functional team structure to ensure United Way’s priorities and goals are being met.

The ideal candidate will have significant fundraising experience with a proven record of cultivating donors and soliciting major gifts. The President/CEO needs to possess strong written/verbal communication skills, and an enthusiastic, optimistic attitude to build strong relationships at all levels. This position requires the use of courtesy, tact, and discretion. The successful candidate should possess strong analytical skills as well as a strong business acumen.

This position has competitive pay and excellent benefits through United Way of Southeastern Connecticut. Candidates are encouraged to become familiar with the website of United Way of Southeastern Connecticut. We welcome applications from candidates who might have the attributes described in the attached position specification. Please review the Position Specification document and Full Role Description located here.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to search.committee@uwsect.org by February 26, 2021. Thank you for your interest.