Job Opportunities

Black River United Way

Job Description

Chief Executive Officer

To apply: please send personalized cover letter addressed to the Board of Directors and resume to by March 10th.

Summary: The CEO is the chief fund development officer and a visionary with the qualities of effective leadership including strong communication, managerial, organizational, marketing, fund raising and negotiating skills. Requires excellent interpersonal and communication skills in order to build lasting relationships with various constituent groups. The position oversees and manages the key operations of BRUW including, but not limited to, resource development (fundraising and relationship building), community investment (allocation) and community impact programming. Position is full time, exempt and salaried.

Reporting Relationships:

  • Reports to the Board of Directors
  • Supervises staff and volunteers

Essential Functions


  • In partnership with the Board of Directors, develop, maintain and implement a process by which the BRUW establishes strategic direction, conducts tactical and long term planning, sets measurable goals, and evaluates the results, including a comprehensive fund development plan to achieve short-term and long-term objectives related to revenue generation.
  • Know, understand and be responsible for advancing the mission and vision of the BRUW, assuring all programs and services are focused on mission.
  • Complete and fully meet the United Way Worldwide Standards and confirm the proper documentation has been completed each year.
  • Utilize United Way Association of South Carolina opportunities as a resource and for professional development (including but not limited to state conference, grant opportunities, leadership meetings, etc.).
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships and communication with existing and potential Board members and volunteers.
  • Develop and support appropriate training and development programs and materials for Board members and volunteers, always being vigilant and working to involve the entire Board of Directors and staff in fundraising.
  • In partnership with the Board Chair, provide leadership to the Board of Directors to assure effective governance of the organization.

Fundraising & the Annual Campaign

  • Create and implement sound fundraising practices.
  • Develop year-round resource development strategies, including a master campaign plan and schedule, ensuring goal achievement, proper accountability and accurate reporting.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain innovative resource development strategies including, but not limited to, annual giving, business support, gifts in kind, major gifts, planned giving, and special events.
  • Develop, maintain and support appropriate training programs, materials, and systems for campaign volunteers.
  • Oversee all volunteer training sessions.
  • Speak at all employee, community, and organizational meetings when permitted.
  • Develop and enhance positive relationships and communication, both written and verbal, with existing and potential donors.
  • Develop and implement appropriate recognition processes for individual and group donors.
  • Direct the development, implementation and maintenance of year-round marketing/branding and communication strategies to promote broad support and understanding of the BRUW.
  • Oversee the development, implementation, and maintenance of a newsletter, social networking site, and the website, etc.
  • Acts, along with the Board Chair, as the spokesperson for BRUW.

Community Impact

  • Position BRUW as a leader and a partner in community improvement ventures to advance the common good in Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties.
  • Cultivate important constituencies such as government officials, business leaders, other civic leaders, and the faith community and create partnerships to maximize resources.
  • Ensure the regular assessment of community needs; keeps the most pressing community needs as the focus in all related work.
  • Develop and implement a plan for ongoing community impact programs in alignment with priorities established by the Board of Directors.
  • Direct the development of new and management of existing BRUW programs to assure greatest community impact.

Financial Management

  • Supervise the daily financial operations of the organization.
  • Direct the financial operations of the organization including the processing of donations and pledges, accounts receivable, accounts payable, financial reports, budgets, and investment strategy.
  • Responsible for the recruitment, selection and retention of BRUW staff.
  • Supervise and direct staff in accordance with organization’s policies and applicable laws.
  • Oversee payroll and benefit administration.
  • Ensure adherence to the organizations budget and monitor fiscal expenditures.
  • Oversee preparation of financial and fundraising reports for Board and committee meetings.
  • Oversee the organization’s annual audit process.
  • Maintain insurance and bonding as needed for directors, staff, and agency operations.
  • Insure that all Federal and State tax requirements are met.
  • Oversee payroll and tax reporting procedures.
  • Ensure financials are available on the website.
  • Create grant budgeting and oversee all grant dollars.

Fund Allocation

  • Develop and implement a plan to allocate available dollars in high impact/outcome programs and evaluate the results of those investments.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain an agency/program funding application, evaluation criteria, and fund distribution process.
  • Ensure distributions are made in a timely manner.
  • Develop appropriate and inclusive partnerships and sound working relationships with BRUW funded and potential partners.
  • Provide opportunities to convene local agency representatives to address community issues.
  • Collaborate with agencies and be a liaison for agencies with the BRUW Board

Community Relations

  • Develop appropriate and inclusive partnerships with civic organizations, community foundations, chamber of commerces, local governments, local media, and other health/human service organizations.
  • Drives delivery of agency message to the community.
  • Has a visible profile in the community.


  • Regular and satisfactory attendance and punctuality.
  • Provide continual evaluation of processes and procedures. Responsible for suggesting methods to improve operations, efficiency and service to both internal and external customers.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • The ability to inspire and energize others.
  • The ability to communicate clearly and persuasively in formal and extemporaneous settings, to engage people and convey passion for BRUW’s mission.
  • Strong relationship building skills; ability to initiate and build relationships with current and prospective donors, agencies, co-workers, service providers, board members, various business contacts, and community at large.*
  • Demonstrated success in fund development.*
  • Demonstrated ability in grant and proposal writing at appropriate levels for varied proposal development.*
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging marketing trends and best practices, including new technologies such as expanded use of internet and web resources, social media, etc.
  • Proven ability to engage, manage, motivate and unite staff, volunteers and Board members around common goals and strategies, and to drive teamwork and results across functions and work groups.
  • Ability to create an environment that welcomes feedback, discussion and new ideas. Encourages innovation and new directions within the frame of BRUW’s mission. Ability to engage the board, staff, members and partners and stakeholders in decision making to build consensus and to make tough decisions when necessary.
  • Ability to analyze and tackle problems in a fair and collaborative manner, and to put in the systems, processes and accountabilities necessary to support solutions.
  • Proven record of accomplishment that demonstrates vision, creativity, initiative, and flexibility.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the philanthropic sector and to the betterment of the quality of life for residents of Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties and the mission of BRUW.
  • Demonstrated skill in strategic planning, effectively organizing resources, and setting and establishing priorities.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, Adobe, and donation tracker software preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in financial management.
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills.
  • Self motivation and discipline to regularly set and achieve work goals, multitask, and prioritize.
  • Demonstrated supervision of professional staff with leadership, management, and administrative skills that motivate and build professional support staff competencies.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects/assignments concurrently and be very results oriented.
  • High motivated and works well both independently and as an integral part of a team.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with 5 years experience in the nonprofit sector in the area of nonprofit administration. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Routine travel in a two county area. Valid SC driver’s license required.

Physical Skills and Abilities:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Individuals may need to sit or stand as needed. May require walking primarily on a level surface for periodic periods throughout the day. Reaching above shoulder heights, below the waist or lifting as required to file documents or store materials throughout the workday. Proper lifting techniques required. Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp, and visual acuity to use a keyboard, operate equipment and read technical information.

To apply: please send personalized cover letter addressed to the Board of Directors and resume to by March 10th.