The Mission of the United Way of Central Missouri is to improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community.  United Way of Central Missouri is looking for a visionary President/CPO who is engaging, a great relationship builder, accomplished fundraiser and possesses a high level of emotional intelligence. The successful candidate will be skilled at strategic thinking, with strong communication skills, and the ability to empower and appropriately evaluate staff. This position also requires someone who can lead change to create increased organizational effectiveness and be flexible to trends and changes in community conditions. Qualified candidate should be a problem solver who will follow through and take needed action.

The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the Board of Directors in establishing a vision for community service, support and outreach achieved through the efforts of a diverse team of high-performing employees and volunteers across a nine-county region. The President/CPO serves as a leader and spokesperson, ensuring the organization’s fiscal, operations, human resources, fundraising, community partner relations, marketing and programmatic strategies are effectively implemented.  The President/CPO leverages the power of relationships and networks and works across nonprofit, faith-based, private, public and corporate sectors to improve the health, education, financial stability and basic needs of every person in the central Missouri region.



Strategic Leadership

The President/CPO serves as the principal resource to the Board of Directors and its key committees and provides strategic direction and visionary leadership by:

  • Partnering with the Board of Directors and the UWCEMO leadership team to craft organizational goals based on the needs of the community and develop strategies to ensure goals are achieved;
  • Serving as a spokesperson and advocate who acts as the steward of the United Way brand;
  • Ensuring coordination and oversight of all UWCEMO activities to strategically direct the areas of community relations, resource development and staff alignment;
  • Continuing to look for unmet needs and gaps in services in our community and be the convener to bring partners together to make our community better and stronger.  


Community Relations

The President/CPO is responsible for building community relations with emphasis on serving and protecting our community by:

  • Working closely with the staff, Board of Directors and key volunteers to craft and adopt appropriate strategies to achieve the desired outcomes, including raising the funds to support agencies, initiatives, grants and gaps in services; 
  • Establishing and building relationships with leaders in the community, including those representing the business, education, government, nonprofit and faith-based sectors;
  • Ensuring transparency and accountability continue to be a critical priority to maintain and build on community trust and respect for the organization.
  • Working with community leaders to ensure community connections and relevance across the nine-county region.   


Resource Development

The President/CPO is the key fundraiser with oversight responsibility for workplace campaigns, major donors, fundraising events, planned giving and all other resource development activities through:

  • Identifying, cultivating, and soliciting prospective donors and key leaders of prospective new corporate partners;
  • Establishing relationships with the potential for fundraising opportunities;
  • Promoting a culture of fundraising in the organization, both at the staff and board level;
  • Engaging with current donors to maintain and strengthen the relationship and understanding of UWCEMO’s work and providing added value through volunteerism and social responsibility opportunities.
  • Cultivating leadership opportunities through UWCEMO and agency volunteerism to strengthen the UWCEMO network and community. 


Organizational Management

The President/CPO is accountable for building and leading high-performing teams, ensuring all teams are aligned and collaborating to achieve organizational results through:

  • Maintaining accountability for the operational and fiscal integrity of the organization;
  • Assessing organizational capacity to implement strategies and identifying gaps in systems and staff;
  • Managing human resources through appropriate employee development and performance management strategies;
  • Developing and managing the organization’s budget, tracking resource development and ensuring fiscal responsibility;
  • Ensuring UWCEMO’s goals of diversity, equity and inclusion among staff and volunteers are met.



Bachelor’s degree required with a minimum of five years of experience in senior leadership roles demonstrating excellent relationship-building, supervisory, organizational and project management skills, as well as strong written and verbal communication skills. The ability to multi-task, delegate and prioritize are also essential requirements for the position. Successful candidates must have a demonstrated ability to coalesce diverse groups of stakeholders.

A track record of persistently achieving intended organizational, community and personal outcomes is paramount. Knowledge and deep relationships within the central Missouri community is highly preferred.  Candidate should have shown success building well-functioning teams and have fundraising and resource development experience, including cultivating and maintaining positive donor relationships.

Candidate must lead by example with an achievement-oriented focus and demonstrate uncompromising accountability, courage, and self-confidence, even in the face of adversity.


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications for the position via email to no later than Monday March 27, 2023. The search committee is targeting a start date in mid-June 2023 for the successful candidate to begin the transition with the retiring President/CPO.