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President & CEO Search

United Way of Snohomish County is searching for a thoughtful, steadfast leader who believes in creating more equitable systems for families with young children.
Over the last three years, United Way of Snohomish County has transformed as an organization. We have launched and completed the first cycle of community investments into a collaborative approach called CORE: Creating Open Roads to Equity. This bold approach recognizes that solving a complex issue like poverty requires complex, collaborative solutions. 
We are not your typical United Way. With CORE, we have moved beyond the traditional role of simply being a fundraiser to being a funder, active partner, and convener focused on a 2-Generational and Collective Impact approach. 
Our five CORE Collaboratives—groups of more than 100 nonprofit, public, and private partners working together on shared, long-term solutions—are each focused on specific collaborative outcomes to help children birth to age 8 and the adults in their lives escape the traps of poverty.
Our commitment to this work is long-term because disrupting systems to advance CORE requires patience, care, and tenacity for the journey. United Way of Snohomish County’s strategies and activities align with our CORE work and support United Way of Snohomish County’s 2030 Strategic CORE Roadmap.

Position Description

The CEO reports to the board of directors and works closely with the board chair, the board of directors, executive committee, and the department lead team who guide the mission, strategic direction, and policies of United Way of Snohomish County. 
The CEO has wide latitude in exercising independent initiative and judgment, subject to the policies and procedures established by the board of directors, and is fully responsible for a committed staff. 
Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Provide strategic, collaborative leadership focused on implementing and innovating around the 2030 Strategic CORE Roadmap.
  • Strengthen United Way’s presence and reputation in the community as a trusted partner and leader.
  • Guide strategies to increase financial capital and thus, community investments.
  • Maintain a central focus on long-term family outcomes.
  • Think creatively about ways to educate and engage around complex systems-change work.
  • Make all decisions and facilitate interactions with an equity mindset.
  • Maintain accountability for the overall operational and fiscal integrity of the organization.
  • Hold delicate balance of meeting donor needs and prioritizing the needs and generational outcomes of families with young children.
  • Relationship building
  • Community impact and outcomes 
  • Fundraising 
  • Anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Community and family engagement
  • Business acumen, budget, financial statements
  • Team building 
  • Strategic planning


  • Trustworthy, authentic, ethical
  • On an advanced personal journey toward anti-racism, equity, diversity, justice, and inclusion
  • Connecter and influencer
  • Transparent and effective communicator 
  • Passionate about community—in particular, issues related to poverty
  • Strong leadership and executive skills 
  • Ability to engage in and problem-solve around complex issues 
  • Possesses a healthy sense of humor 
  • Demonstrates humility and ability to share power with others
  • Uniting and steadfast force in turbulent and ambiguous times
  • Forward-thinking with growth mindset
Bachelor’s degree and 7-10 years of senior level experience managing a nonprofit organization, or executive level corporate or public sector experience with significant volunteer leadership roles.
Compensation & Benefits
The hiring range for this position is $130,000 – $160,000 per year, commensurate with experience. United Way of Snohomish County provides employees options on an excellent employee benefits package from which they can select benefits that best serve their needs, within United Way’s defined benefit contribution. Choices include medical, dental, vision, long- and short-term disability, group life, and FSA and HSA options. United Way provides both base and matching contributions to a 403(b) retirement savings plan. 

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Contact Info

For further information, please contact Trish Lehr at 425.374.5514 or