Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer

Class:  Full Time/Salaried

Reports To:  Executive Board of Directors, UWWC

Organizational Summary:

United Way of Wapello county (UWWC) is a leadership organization that works towards creating positive, lasting change in the community to create a better life for all.  To accomplish this, the organization convenes and unites the community in three critical community impact areas:  education, income and health.  By collaborating with a broad base of community partners and funded agencies, United Way invests in research and evidence-based strategies to achieve Key Objective Goals.

Key Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for all administrative, fundraising, fund distribution, operations, and donor and community relations of the organization.  The Executive Director is also responsible for developing key external and internal collaborations, partnerships and relationships which include the Board of Directors, community partners, leaders and staff.  The Executive Director will manage full-time and part-time staff as well as multiple volunteers with various responsibilities as aligned with the UWWC strategic plan.


  • Mission:  Acts to carry out United Way’s mission within the community and oversee the organization’s financial performance.   Effectively communicate the vision, philosophy and strategic goals to staff, volunteers and community at-large.  Ensures that the strategy is well defined and executed to meet annual goals and to advance goals into the future. 
  • Managerial Skills:  Exercise strong leadership for organization; taking initiative in assuming responsibility and to use knowledge and experience to problem solve and make sound, timely decisions.  Provide effective leadership and direction to organization and staff.
  • Agency and Community Relations:  Represents the organization positively in community activities and works closely with agency and community leaders with effective communication to assist in local human service needs.
  • Operations Management:  Develops, controls and maintains fiscal budget and reporting requirements.  Ensures the organization has strong, effective auditing and financial controls in place.  Works with Finance committee to establish annual budget and maintain expected financial ratios relative to overhead and organizational capacity.  Fosters a culture of ethical behavior through effective compliance with legal obligations.
  • Planning:  Lead annual development of goals and ensures Board of Directors are engaged and informed of all important aspects of the organization in a transparent and accountable manner.  Proactively and professionally represents UWWC in both the for-profit and non-profit community and develops relationships where strategic alignment and common goals exist.
  • Communications:    Executive Director is primary spokesperson for the organization and works closely with public relations staff to build long-term relationships with key reporters and other media entities.
  • Campaign:  Drives the development of year-round planning strategies and relationships for the annual workplace campaign and revenue diversification efforts.  Ensures ongoing engagement of key corporate and community leaders.  Maintains strong organizational respect and integrity as a leading non-profit in the Wapello County area. 
  • Interpersonal Skills: Proficient skills in Microsoft Office required for all written communication both external and internal including reporting.    Coach, mentor and advise staff and volunteers.  Addresses performance issues and develops staff for advancement in timely manner.   Ensures top talent (volunteers and staff) in all key positions and identifies successors for senior level staff across the organization to ensure continued execution of goals. 
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as requested by the Board.


  • College degree with major in business, management or marketing.  Equivalent business experience with proven history of leadership/management will also be considered.  Minimum of 3 years working in leadership position, 5 years preferred. 

Additional Preferred Competencies:

  •  Experience interacting regularly with volunteers and a Board; alternatively, extensive experience in the leadership and management of organization of comparable size and mission.
  • Experience in establishing long-term objectives and strategies of an organization;
  • Demonstrated strategic execution of long term vision and goals;
  • Analytical skills that can translate raw and/or complex data into meaningful conclusions;
  • Experience in developing community partnerships across sectors;
  • Strong leadership experience;
  • Organizational skills and project management experience;
  • Track record of building revenue and increasing philanthropic support;
  • Excellent communication skills that include both written and verbal skills.  Ability to effectively present information to diverse audiences.  Willingness to interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds and groups to build consensus for agreement or solution;
  • Ability to be a change champion to initiate and lead through a changing environment or situation;

Position Information:

This is a full-time salaried position. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with education and experience. 

United Way of Wapello County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Send letters of application and resumes to: 

United Way of Wapello County

c/o  1255 N. Elm St.

Ottumwa, IA  52501

Deadline for application is September 18, 2018



United Way is hiring an AmeriCorps VISTA member!

We're looking for a passionate, motivated individual just like you. Join AmeriCorps VISTA and spend a year working with United Way, local schools, and dedicated volunteers to improve literacy rates and decrease poverty in Wapello County. 
As a VISTA member, you will work to recruit and train volunteers, research successful programs in similar communities, and work with staff to identify and apply for funding for literacy programs.
VISTA members receive a monthly living stipend, training and professional development, and a $5815 education award. Members may also be eligible for health care and child care benefits, student loan forbearance, and a free room and meal plan (thanks to Indian Hills Community College!). 
You can find out more about the AmeriCorps VISTA program here, or view the full position description and application here. Applications must be submitted through the AmeriCorps site. 
Contact United Way at uwwc@wapellocouw.org or call 641-682-1264 with any questions about the position!

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Coordinator

Position Summary:

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Site Coordinator provides coordination, organization, and supervision for all aspects of the VITA site operation.  This is a part-time (20 hours per week average) seasonal position that begins in mid-October and ends the middle of April.

Site Coordinator Responsibilities:

  • Ensures the site is in compliance with all IRS VITA site requirements.
  • Maintain relationship with IRS office for obtaining site materials and other pertinent information.
  • Recruits volunteers and schedules volunteers for the site.
  • Ensures that VITA site is open as scheduled and ensures adequate volunteer coverage, supplies, tax materials, and equipment is maintained.
  • Ensures that all tax returns are electronically filed with the IRS in a timely manner and that acknowledgements are reviewed.
  • Ensures rejected returns are either corrected or the taxpayer is contacted.
  • Ensures that a quality review is conducted on each return prepared by volunteer tax preparers.
  • Promotes the VITA program throughout the community, including radio, television, and print.
  • Maintains accurate records of volunteer certifications and volunteer hours.
  • Answers taxpayer questions regarding tax law or their tax return.
  • Compile post‐season reports for end‐of‐season wrap‐up and evaluation.
  • Plan/host volunteer recognition event at the end of the filing season.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Community Impact Associate

Site Coordinator Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational, time management and communication skills.
  • Basic tax knowledge (Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ).
  • Complete all training and certification requirements.   Pass the IRS Tax Test at the Advanced Level.
  • Basic computer skills for inputting tax return information into tax software (TaxSlayer).
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to manage all‐volunteer staff.
  • Must be flexible and dependable with ability to work evenings and Saturdays.
  • Must have dependable transportation, valid driver’s license and proof of insurance

Embodies Organizational Values







External Factors and Physical Requirements

Environmental Conditions:

Work is performed primarily indoors with regular local travel in the Wapello County area. 

Physical and Mental Demands:

The physical and mental demands of this position are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential job functions.  While performing the duties of this job, employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel objects, tools, or controls, and talk and hear.  The employee frequently is required to sit and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The incumbent must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.  The United Way of Wapello County reserves the right to review each requested accommodation and determine if such poses an undue hardship.

The description given is intended only to provide information about the general nature of the job and is not an all-inclusive list of the job duties, skills or abilities which may change from time-to-time.

Interested persons can send their cover letter and resume to:

United Way of Wapello County

PO Box 1778

Ottumwa, Iowa


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