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Chief Executive Officer and President
Middlesex United Way in Middletown, Connecticut
Date Posted 10/14/2021
Salary 93,000 - 95,000  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


Harvest Development Group, a national consulting firm for nonprofit organizations, is managing the recruitment of this position on behalf of Middlesex United Way, a nonprofit organization, located in Middletown, Connecticut.

No direct inquiries, please, to Middletown United Way, members of their staff, or Board of Directors. All inquiries regarding the position may be directed to: jobs@harvestdevelopmentgrp.com.

Resumes may be submitted to: Middlesex United Way Job Posting

A cover letter is required, not to exceed one page, and should clearly address background, skills, and experiences. Application materials should also clearly address the minimum requirements for the position

About the Organization

Middlesex United Way is dedicated to strengthening lives, helping people, and improving community conditions in the fifteen towns in Middlesex County, serving the towns of Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Middlefield, Middletown, Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook.

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned strategic, collaborative, mission-driven and visionary leader, working with the Middlesex United Way staff, its Board of Directors, partner agencies, external partners and constituents dedicated to the mission, vision, and core values of the organization. The CEO will be the outward face to the community, building constituencies with donors, businesses, agencies, government officials and other stakeholders to sustain and advance the work of the organization and the communities it serves.


The successful candidate will be one who:

Inspires and motivates internal and external stakeholders to support the mission, strategic plan, and goals

Conceptualizes, develops, and executes plans in support of the mission and strategic plan

Demonstrates ability to work and collaborate with a diverse group of constituents

Leads by example with integrity and respect, serving as a role model for staff and the community

Demonstrates accountability for the entire organization

Bases decisions that support the mission and strategic plan of the organization and develops the tactics for implementation

Develops and monitor metrics aligned to the strategy and goals of the organization

Demonstrates and embraces the organization’s inclusive, diverse, anti-racist, and equitable community


Vision and Strategic Leadership

Ensure the mission and vision are articulated and shared with a wide range of stakeholders

Collaborate closely with the Board and Staff to continually refine and execute a vision and plan of action for increased impact, long term growth and sustainability

Organizational Management, Financial Management, Planning

Manage the monthly, quarterly and annual budget and financial reports

Monitor financial reporting including and not limited to cash flow and budget forecasting

Monitor official records and documents to ensure compliance with federal, state, local and United Way Worldwide regulations

Assess and manage the infrastructure for efficiencies in collaboration with staff

Support staff in navigating relationships with partners/funders, and state & local governments

External Community Engagement and Fund Development

Deepen and widen existing community partnerships and cultivate new relationships to further enhance the organization’s image and brand throughout the community

Advocate with local and state government for legislation and policies that support the organization

Develop and implement a robust fund development plan

Create fundraising plan to supplement traditional workplace campaign model

Oversee and direct grant opportunities, including grant writing, grant submission, and evaluation process review of grant applications from partner agencies.

Cultivate and steward individual, corporate, and foundation donors

Proven ability to interact and influence philanthropic leaders.

Experience motivating and managing high-profile volunteer leadership and senior executives.

Set goals and assures annual campaign generates maximum financial support

Create an atmosphere that respects and embraces engagement of all people, ideas and backgrounds and aligns with United Way’s values, both internal and external to the organization

Culture and Staff Relations

Inspire and motivate a highly skilled, diverse, and committed team of staff

Promote a culture that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of professional and highly qualified professionals

Supervise, mentor, and coach a staff of six

Collaborate with staff as a knowledgeable part of problem-solving team

Encourage staff development and assists staff in relating their specialized work throughout the organization

Ensure inclusive, transparent, and regular communications both internally and externally

Communicate expectations with staff, establishing metrics and plans in support of the strategic plan

Build, motivate, and develop staff and is an effective leader within a cross-functional team setting.

Develop and grow team members and manage to high levels of performance.

Serve as a role model and effective coach for other managers and staff

Perform annual performance reviews for staff; meet quarterly to review performance objectives and goals

Collaboration with Board of Directors

Develop and present recommendations for annual business plans and budgets

Advance the strategic plan for the organization in support of the organization's mission

Provide regular updates on operational, program, and financial performance and outcomes

Work closely with the Board to ensure compliance with bylaws, policies, and directives

Partner with the Board leadership to continually strengthen governance practices and build a diverse Board of Directors


Minimum of Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree desirable. Degree in Nonprofit Management, Business Administration or related field desired

Seven years of successful senior-level management experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior United Way experience desired.

Demonstrated experience and results in developing, implementing and monitoring strategic, operational, financial, and fund development plans

Demonstrated experience in building teams, creating coalitions with existing and new partnerships

Financial and operational management in a public or nonprofit agency or program, and grant management

Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills.

Experience in building teams and conflict management


Fundraising or extensive experience in the leadership and management of organizations of comparable size and mission

Experience in diversifying revenue and increasing philanthropic support

Middlesex United Way is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The successful candidate will be required to consent to a background check.

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