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President and Chief Executive Officer

United Way of North Central MA

Since its inception 40 years ago, the United Way of North Central Massachusetts (UWNCM) has been dedicated to addressing the most pressing health and human service priorities in 22 communities located in an area that stretches from the New Hampshire border down to Route 2, starting in Littleton and ending in Athol, Massachusetts. Committed to high-quality, low-cost community impact, UWNCM tackles some of the region’s most difficult challenges while working to prevent problems before they happen. Its vision is to create sustainable, healthy communities by energizing, empowering, and inspiring people to improve the human condition.

This is an exceptional career opportunity for the visionary and experienced human services leader with expertise in fund development to champion an effective and highly respected nonprofit that serves more than 81,000 residents each year. UWNCM’s strategic initiatives have helped fuel the delivery of more than 150,000 services that have positively impacted the health and wellness of its communities. These transformative initiatives promote early childhood literacy, empower young people to be “change makers” in their communities, combat hunger, provide immediate need for those in crisis, and fund geographically-targeted critical health and human service priorities.

The selected candidate will succeed a nationally recognized leader and social entrepreneur who is retiring after 28 years of service. During his tenure, annual funding tripled, a community foundation was launched, and results-oriented “best practice” programs were brought to the region. The leader who will write UWNCM’s next chapter will have the opportunity to build on solid programmatic and financial ground, while working with committed and like-minded people dedicated to making their communities stronger.

Position Summary:
Reporting to the Board of Directors and leading a team of 10, the President/CEO ensures excellence across all agency operations including fundraising, grant allocation and distribution, finance, IT, marketing, and volunteer management. In this highly visible role, s/he will develop and foster productive relationships with business, government, nonprofit leaders, and individuals, cultivating and securing their commitment and financial investment in meeting community needs. Additionally s/he will serve as the face of the organization, enlisting, engaging, and celebrating the work of 5,000+ area residents who volunteer each year.


Bachelor’s degree in business, health/human services or related field, Master’s preferred; 10-15 years’ experience in social services agency management, United Way preferred; record of success with board and volunteer relations, team building/coalescing, staff management; must be a masterful relationship manager and fundraiser, authentic, confidence-inspiring, and passionate about making a difference in the lives of people and communities.

How to Apply:

This is retained search of Exceptional Executive Search.

For a complete description, please contact:
Nicole Gakidis at or Mary Ann Botelho at

Job Location:

Fitchburg, MA

Date Added: April 12, 2019

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