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President and CEO

Company: United Way of Rhode Island
Date Posted: February 2, 2018

KLR Executive Search is proud to partner with The United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) in the recruitment and selection of their next President & Chief Executive Officer.  Based in Providence, RI, our Client is committed to changing the lives of 250,000 Rhode Islanders and strengthening the local community. UWRI works with its community and funding partners to identify the issues that matter most and respond to them by focusing resources on effective solutions. The following five core values provide the foundation on which UWRI bases its actions and decisions:  Integrity, Impact, Engagement, Inclusiveness, and Catalytic Leadership. 


About UWRI:

  • The RI Chapter is one of the strongest in the United Way system. 
  • UWRI has been voted “Best Place to Work” eleven years running.
  • UWRI is one of only two United Way Chapters for which all fundraising costs are paid by a permanent trust. Therefore, 100% of donations go directly to help those in need.
  • UWRI has a highly competent, hard-working, loyal employee base. The environment is cooperative, collegial, team-oriented, and relationship driven.
  • The Board is highly engaged, smart, and great to work with.
  • The team leverages technology and social media as methods to proactively engage donors, in particular Millennials/the next generation.




  • Lead and strategically grow a highly regarded institution. The President & CEO can make his/her own mark and have a major impact.
  • Manage key internal and external relationships, including interacting with and/or managing the following: all UWRI departments, Board of Directors, Community Advisory Board, agency directors, CEO’s, major donors, RI Grant makers Council, and elected and appointed government officials.  
  • Responsible for UWRI’s mission and will oversee the entire operation of UWRI within the guidelines of the annual budget as adopted by the Board of Directors.
  • Play a key role in resource generation for the Organization while serving as the lead fund raiser for UWRI.
  • Champion innovative approaches towards solving community issues.


Experience/Position Requirements:


  • Strong relationship building and significant fundraising experience with a proven record of cultivating and soliciting gifts and grants.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills, including the ability to attract, motivate, and develop leadership volunteers and staff along with visionary and strategic thinking capabilities.
  • Experience in public policy and/or advocacy.
  • Demonstrated skills in communication, consensus building, conflict resolution, problem-solving and coalition development. 
  • Broad understanding of human service systems, both public and voluntary.
  • Evidence of success in building strong coalitions and working effectively with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds.
  • An understanding of individual community interest and regional issues and experience dealing with the concerns of multiple constituents.
  • Superior presentation, communication, interpersonal skills and unquestionable integrity, with skill to build consensus.
  • Passion to make a positive difference in the lives of people and strength to be a decisive, compassionate, and humble leader who is willing to take strategic risks when appropriate. 
  • Fluency in and/or exposure to technology, social media, and/or digital marketing would be highly valued.
  • Master’s Degree and 7-10 plus years of relevant experience.



The estimated breakdown of responsibilities for the role is: 

Strategic Business Partner








Administrative and Management







A top performer will enjoy a highly competitive compensation package.


If you are interested in this position, please send your resume by February 16th to KLR Executive Search Group at


Disclaimer:  This Position Description is intended to convey the essential functions of this position and it is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, duties, responsibilities, or working conditions associated with the position.