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Position Profile—CEO and President

Reports to:  Board of Trustees

Location:  Chillicothe, Ohio

Read the job posting here.


About United Way of Ross County


The United Way of Ross County (UWRC) traces its roots to at least 1937 when the Chillicothe Community Fund supported five organizations: Boy Scouts, Ross County YMCA, Salvation Army, Ross County Welfare Association (forerunner of The Assistance House), and the Ross County Tuberculosis Association. The theme of the campaign was: “Give once…but give enough for all FIVE.”

In 1942, the Council of Social Agencies of Chillicothe and Ross County was chartered by the State of Ohio. In 1954, the name of the organization was changed to Community Chest and Council of Chillicothe and Ross County. The current name, United Way of Ross County, adopted in 1986, more accurately identified its affiliation with United Way of America.

The first documented campaign goal in 1938 was $20,000. A total of $27,668 was raised. At its peak in the late 1990s, prior to historic economic turmoil and downturns, United Way of Ross County raised more than $700,000 a year. The most recent campaign raised over $600,000 with plenty of opportunity and room for growth.

While this traditional model of raising and distributing funds among local health and social service agencies remains a core element, the role of United Way has evolved in recent years in its transition to a Community Impact Business Model. More than just a fundraiser, United Way is an active partner with the agencies it supports and a convener and collaborator with others in the community to create and support specific programs and larger community initiatives that improve lives and strengthen our community. The United Way of Ross County is poised to make an even greater impact for the people of Ross County.

Mission—To mobilize resources to improve lives and strengthen the community.

Vision—A stronger community of engaged stakeholders collaborating to create sustainable, positive change and empower people to achieve their potential.

Core Values—

  • Integrity: trustworthy, accountable, transparent
  • Leadership: engaging our community to develop greater capacity and maximize assets while advancing opportunities for all
  • Stewardship: responsible management of community dollars and resources
  • Collaboration: we can do more together
  • Inclusiveness: we respect, reflect, and reach out to the diverse members of our community.

About the CEO/President Position

Summary—The CEO of the United Way of Ross County not only leads the agency’s fundraising efforts and day-to-day functions, but is also a leader in the community with responsibility for mobilizing resources to strengthen the community and improve lives for all who live in Ross County.

The CEO will be:

  • Passionate about the mission and vision of the United Way of Ross County
  • A dynamic leader who is visionary and can guide strategic planning processes
  • A collaborative leader who builds strong relationships in the community
  • An effective fundraiser
  • A strong manager who is accountable with an emphasis on measuring impact
  • Self-motivated and proactive in delivering results
  • And, a resident of Ross County, Ohio (or willing to relocate within a reasonable amount of time after accepting the position)

Position Responsibilities—

Board Relations:

  • Advises and informs the board on matters of policy and procedure; ensures ongoing communication, analysis, and information is provided to the board
  • Shares new business models, mission, and strategies promoted by United Way Worldwide
  • Supports board committees by providing relevant reports and data; assists with board governance by providing volunteer recommendations, assisting with board succession planning, and volunteer recruitment
  • Facilitates periodic review and revision of by-laws, strategies, and policies
  • Carries out policies, objectives, and directives of the board

Administration & Management:

  • Oversees general operations, direction, and evaluation of office, staff, and programs
  • Evaluates, develops, and implements effective organizational structures, policies, procedures, and processes
  • Implements effective planning processes (development planning, financial planning, marketing planning, communication planning)
  • Maintains compliance with United Way Worldwide, State Employees Combined Charitable Campaign, and Combined Federal Campaign
  • Ensures timely compliance with all federal, state, and local reporting and filing requirements


  • Works with the Treasurer and Finance Committee to develop annual budget for operating costs, community impact grants distribution, reserves, and endowments
  • Ensures maintenance of accurate financial records and provides periodic reporting of results to the Executive Committee and Board
  • Maintains accountability for the operational and fiscal integrity of the organization within policies set by the board
  • Works with staff and auditor to ensure timely, accurate annual audit and IRS-990 reporting


  • Facilitates the Annual Campaign: Works with the board to recruit annual campaign leadership and volunteers, set campaign goals; work with staff and campaign leadership to oversee/manage campaign training, solicitations, CEO calls, presentations
  • Implements strategic and proven fundraising practices (major gifts, planned giving) to diversify revenue stream
  • Writes and/or oversees grant writing for Community Impact programs; manages requests, files, and correspondence for the Special Needs and New initiatives Grants
  • Drives key results in fundraising; identifies, cultivates, and solicits new donors and key leaders of prospective new corporate partners
  • Leverages contacts and relationships into fundraising opportunities
  • Promotes a culture of philanthropy in the organization (both at the staff and board level) and in the community

Community Relations:

  • Represents UWRC to the community and positions United Way as a leader in the community
  • Networks and participates in business, civic, and professional groups to further the mission
  • Promotes and recruits a diverse volunteer corps to deliver on the mission
  • Nurture partner agency relationships and competencies


  • Develops and/or approves all communication plans and materials, including correspondence and media relations
  • Promotes United Way year-round through social media and multi-media channels, special events, and other public relations tools
  • Prepares an annual report for public distribution
  • Oversees development and production of campaign materials, including brochures, pledge forms, posters, and other media


Position Competencies, Skills, and Qualifications—

Functional/Technical Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrates proven effective fundraising strategies and practices
  • Fund development strategies and practices
  • United Way community impact strategies and best practices
  • Program offerings
  • Financial management and budgeting
  • General management practices
  • Nonprofit governance
  • Technology and social media

Behavioral Competencies and Attributes:

  • Passion for the mission; ability to lead with vision and compassion
  • Extremely strong strategic thinking and planning skills with the ability to establish both short-term and long-term strategies and plans for achieving organizational goals
  • Very strong interpersonal skills with the ability to be persuasive with a variety of constituents including corporate executives, community leaders, funders, other providers of services
  • Strong listening and negotiation skills
  • Very effective communication skills (verbal, written, presentation) are essential
  • Timely communication with the board, community agencies, and funders
  • Organization and planning skills are necessary to develop and implement plans (marketing, development, communications, strategy)
  • Ability to work independently and be self-directed while also being highly collaborative with constituents, and like-minded organizations
  • Ability to establish priorities, goals, and timelines
  • Effective problem-solving and decision-making abilities
  • Orientation toward action and results and strong command skills
  • A fair and thoughtful approach to management, combined with the flexibility and courage to shift direction and experiment with new initiatives
  • Ethics and integrity in all activities inside and external to the organization
  • A high energy level

Minimum Qualification Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Business, Nonprofit Management, or a related field
  • Significant experience (5+ years) in the leadership and management of organizations of comparable size. Alternatively, substantial experience, with progressive leadership practice, working in the nonprofit sector and interacting with volunteers and boards
  • Experience in developing partnerships, building teams, and conflict management/ resolution
  • Experience in developing and maintaining sound financial practices including but not limited to budget development and expense tracking
  • Experience in building revenue and increasing philanthropic support, including grant preparation

Desired Qualifications:

  • A graduate degree
  • Experience with United Way
  • Experience in or across multiple sectors, including nonprofit, public, and corporate environments


To Apply—

Send a meaningful cover letter and resume to For full consideration, apply no later than October 1, 2021.


UWRC Executive Board Members:

Kim Jones, Chair, Adena Health System

Linda Madison, Treasurer, Kenworth Truck Company (Retired)

James Hill, Vice-Chair, Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library