President and CEO Job Description

President and CEO

Reports To:  Board Chair and Board of Directors

If you believe you are prepared to be our next CEO, please click the link below to read the full job description. We will accept completed applications, resumes with cover letters, until June 30, 2023. Applications may be sent to All candidates will receive a response of their status in the selection process.


Provides strong, strategic, collaborative leadership focused on maximizing the role of Lubbock Area United Way in achieving community impact. Develops strategies for increasing financial resources linked to community priorities and the organization’s strategic initiatives. Creates and builds awareness of United Way's role in the community and ensures involvement of its diverse constituencies. Maintains accountability for the overall operational and fiscal integrity of the organization within the policies set by the board of directors.


The major responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

Provides leadership in bringing about a greater understanding among staff, board, and community as it relates to United Way’s role of working with diverse populations including business and industry, government, labor, education, and health and human services.

Assumes a major leadership role in positioning United Way’s community agenda among its constituencies. Plays a key role in committees and task forces that deal with significant community issues. Meets regularly with community decision makers, addresses community associations and maintains regular communication with major donor groups.

Provides leadership in developing financial resources to help meet the educational, health, and human services needs of the community. Establishes financial development goals with the board of directors. Develops creative strategies and plans for achieving financial goals and ensures appropriate staffing for the annual campaign and endowment program.

Works with the Board of Directors to identify and initiate appropriate items requiring policy decisions and ensures implementation. Establishes ongoing process of staff and volunteer involvement in development of short-range and long-range planning. Monitors the organization's progress against strategic and annual work plans.
Staff the organization with competent and trustworthy professionals and delegates responsibilities and authority. Creates an atmosphere that fosters the development of strong, effective teams. Establishes and ensures that the organization maintains open and honest communication both internally and externally.

Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the organization. Fulfills supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include screening, interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


Establishes and maintains significant relationships with people at all levels within the public, private and volunteer sectors. These people include corporate chief executives, local governmental leaders, labor representatives, leaders of other funding organizations, and representatives of other United Way organizations.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Bachelor's degree and five years of executive level experience managing a non-profit organization, or executive level corporate or public sector experience with significant volunteer leadership roles. A master’s degree in a relevant field and previous United Way experience are desirable.

Proven leadership and ability to communicate a compelling and inspired vision or sense of core purpose among volunteers, staff, human service providers, business leaders, and the community.

Demonstrated ability to be forward thinking, anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; broad knowledge and perspective; ability to create and implement competitive strategies and plans.

Experienced in negotiating; knowledgeable and sensitive to how organizations and people function; familiar with how strategies and tactics work in the community. 

Proven fundraising and community building results, with experience working in a complex organization.

Proven management skills, particularly in strategic planning, non-profit fiscal management, evaluation of personnel and programs, and operating systems.

Proven history of possessing the skills, tools, and knowledge be an effective, dynamic leader who can create effective teams and foster open dialogue and accountability.


Is widely trusted and viewed as direct, honest, and truthful.

Demonstrates a drive for results and pushes self and others for results through effective leadership.

Manages people equitably; supports equal and fair treatment and opportunity for all.

Demonstrates strong listening, informing, written and presentation skills.

Exhibits a passion for serving people and nonprofit organizations.

Demonstrates composure and decisive, thoughtful leadership. During a crisis, can be looked to as an excellent communicator and one who stays calm and positive to navigate the circumstances.


The starting salary range for this position is currently $130,000 to $175,000 per year. Proffered salaries are determined by several factors including applicant’s knowledge, skills, experience and the Lubbock Area United Way’s budget.