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Feb 02, 2017 in United Way News



United Way of the Cape Fear Area

OPPORTUNITY: President and Chief Executive Officer

Reports to: Board of Directors


United Way of the Cape Fear Area, UWCFA, has been celebrating its 75th Anniversary, having been founded in 1941.  Over the past several years, the community-wide campaign has raised approximately $2.2 million each year, mostly from company-wide campaigns.  A major gifts/planned giving program is now in its third year.

UWCFA adopted the United Way “Community Impact Model” nine years ago, and now invests in 39 local programs and initiatives in the Impact Areas of Health, Education and Financial Stability.  The UWCFA investment process includes the engagement of five separate volunteer reviews, starting with Vision Councils’ determining the most critical needs and establishing program targets, and ending with the Board of Directors making final investment decisions.  UWCFA Investment commitments are for three years, allowing UWCFA to focus on one Impact Area every spring.  Program outcomes from funded partner organizations are provided quarterly and monitored by UWCFA staff and volunteers.

The UWCFA’s successful collaborative-based problem solving strategies within its “Community Impact Model” are quickly becoming a “best practice” both within the Cape Fear Area and nationally within the United Way network.  It has resulted in the substantial increase in financial resources managed by the organization in all three of the Impact Areas.  Increasingly, elected officials, community leaders and service providers are approaching UWCFA to assist and/or provide leadership in implementing successful creative and innovative initiatives.


United Way of the Cape Fear Area (UWCFA) serves four (4) counties:  New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick and Columbus.   The overall population of the Cape Fear area is now estimated at over 400,000 residents and growing rapidly.  The area has become, not only a popular retirement venue, but a thriving professional business hub.  People and companies are drawn to the area because of the moderate climate, proximity to world class beaches, strong health care system, an international airport and an overall high quality of life.

One of the fastest growing MSAs, Wilmington is situated between the Cape Fear river and beautiful sandy beaches.  The developing historic downtown has a one-mile-long Riverwalk that was recently named “Best American Riverfront” by USA Today.  The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Wilmington one of its 2008 Distinctive Destinations.  Wilmington and the Cape Fear area have the distinction of playing major roles in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and WWII.

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, UNCW, provides numerous undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees to over 15,000 students.  Additionally, the Cape Fear Area is home to many great community colleges such as Cape Fear Community College, the Brunswick Community College, University of Mount Olive and Miller Motte Technical College.

The Cape Fear area’s diverse economy is composed of several mainstays: tourism, filmmaking, contract research organizations (CROs), finance, retail, technology, construction, education, government, arts, marine research and manufacturing.  The largest employers include New Hanover Regional Medical Center, GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy, Corning, PPD, Verizon Wireless, and Duke Energy.


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 UWCFA
  • Is responsible for establishing and building trust in United Way and its relevance and importance in our community
  • He/She 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 the Cape Fear Area 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, including raising the funds to support our mission.  The President/CEO and the Board will establish and build relationships with top leaders in the community, including those representing the highest levels in business, government and non-profit sectors.


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.  He/She partners with the Board of Directors and the United Way of the Cape Fear Area Senior Leadership team 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.  He/She 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 the Cape Fear Area 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
  • 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 themselves 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
  • Proficiency business tools and systems such as Microsoft Office, etc


  • Executive leadership experience
  • BS/BA in Business or related field ; MBA, MPA, or MSW and/or CFRE preferred
  • 10+ years of relevant experience with increasing roles or levels of responsibility
  • Hiring is contingent upon successful completion of standard screenings/checks


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


United Way of the Cape Fear Area is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


All applicants are requested to provide a cover letter with a resume to CEOApplicant@uwcfa.org.