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Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League in Wilmington, Delaware
Date Posted 07/28/2021
Executive-President and Chancellor
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Salary: $100,000 base, negotiable based on experience, to include benefits with the opportunity for additional incentives.

The Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, Inc. seeks a President and Chief Executive Officer to manage and oversee the day-to-day operation of the non-profit social service organization. An Affiliate of the National Urban League, the MWUL seeks to improve the economic, cultural, social, and educational conditions affecting all citizens in the city of Wilmington, Delaware and surrounding communities. As an Affiliate of the National Urban League, it reaches nationwide audiences and partners with other Urban League Affiliates making it a strong proponent for programs that can be replicated across the country. The MWUL services a population of 70,851 in Wilmington and 897,937 statewide according to the 2010 United States Census.

Cultural sites in Wilmington include The Delaware Art Museum, The Christina Cultural Arts Center, City Fest, The Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage at the Historical Society of Delaware, The Playhouse on Rodney Square, The Grand Opera House, and The Queen Theatre. The Blue Rocks Stadium, home to the High-A-Affiliate, Washington Nationals Baseball Team, is also located in Wilmington. There is a vibrant restaurant, food and social scene. Wilmington is home to the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Train Station for excellent access to Amtrak. The city center is less than 30 minutes from the Philadelphia International Airport. Maryland, D.C., New Jersey and New York are all also easily accessible by car.

Delaware is home to The University of Delaware, Delaware State University (ranked 11th HBCU by US News and World Report in 2021), Wilmington University and Delaware Technical and Community College. Each of these institutions has satellite locations all over the state.

The President and Chief Executive Officer serves as the chief administrator and is responsible for communicating effectively with the Board of Directors and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions; demonstrates the ability to develop the vision of the Affiliate; serve as an external face of the organization with the ability to tell the MWUL’s story; provides leadership to the organization, administering its functions and operations; assists in the development of short and long-range objectives; acts as principal spokesperson, and in conjunction with the Board Chair, generates new ideas and leads through completion; initiates and maintains relationships with staff, board, political, corporate and community leaders; keeps abreast of issues facing Black and Brown communities; exhibits a sincere and informed commitment to social policy, equity and inclusion, social justice and dismantling individual and structural racism and the root causes of poverty, unemployment, low educational attainment and violence among African Americans; establishes agenda items and outlines each into action items for completion; forms a disciplined approach to achieving goals and objectives; and engages in dialogue across race, gender, sexual orientation, economic, and other differences.

As the administrator of the organization, the President and Chief Executive Officer directs the day-to-day operation of the Affiliate; implements and administers Affiliate policies and procedures; demonstrates wisdom, tact and diplomacy in managing internal and external politics; evaluates programs and services administered by the Affiliate and ensures all are properly publicized; and engages multiple stakeholders, including key donors, sponsors, partner organizations, individuals, government agencies, elected officials and others in the mission, goals, and objectives of the Urban League..

The President and Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the fiscal integrity of the MWUL to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and quarterly financial statements that accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization; anticipates operating within the approved budget; ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position; must be proficient in and have a record of success in the areas of planning, monitoring, strategic resource development to diversify funding through foundation, corporate, government, endowments and annual donor campaigns; fiscal administration, proposal writing, organizational skills, written and oral communication, planning and evaluation, human resource administration, community and public relations, vision, advocacy, and strategic thinking and planning.

The successful applicant for the position of President and Chief Executive Officer must hold a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in business administration, social work, public administration, or finance. Other disciplines may be considered based on experience and a proven track record of leadership and management in community-based organizations. Candidate must have at least five years of senior non-profit or for-profit management experience. This should include experience in the development and implementation of service programs, program evaluation, advocacy, public education, fiscal management, strategic planning, and resource development. Must be able to prove at least four years’ experience working effectively with a volunteer board to set and execute against a strategic direction. Management and supervisory experience are essential with a focus on fostering leadership and professional development within the staff while emphazing excellence in the quality of work product. Essential qualifications include excellent organizational and communications skills, grant/proposal writing experience, and experience building and managing public and private sector relationships. These are minimum requirements for the position of President/CEO. Prior experience within the Urban League Movement is desirable.

The Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League is located in the National Urban League’s Eastern Region. Patrice Gilliam Johnson, Ph.D serves as the Board Chairperson. Note:


Please Note: This Affiliate may have specific requirements which may not be listed in this announcement

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $100,000.00 per year


  • Bachelor's (Required)

Work Location:

  • One location

Work Remotely:

  • Temporarily due to COVID-19
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