The United Way of Greater St. Louis, Inc. (United Way) is a volunteer-directed, not-for-profit charitable and civic organization focused on community health and well-being in 16 counties in Illinois and Missouri. We operate independently of all other United Ways.


With $86.1 million in total revenue (FY18, 990 basis), an increase of $3.5 million from the previous year, we are one of the largest and most financially stable United Ways in the country. The FY19 operating budget of $16.2 million supports a dedicated staff of 150 and is exclusive of allocations and other awards to agencies and spending from temporarily restricted resources.


The St. Louis community maintains a long tradition and culture of generous charitable giving. However, as is happening across the country, donors are being more selective about how and to whom they donate their money. To address this philanthropic trend and to ensure our sustained positive impact on our community, a strategic plan was developed and adopted by the United Way Board in April, 2018. This plan will continue to serve as the guiding framework for the organization and the new President and Chief Executive Officer will play a vital role in its implementation.




Chief Administrative Officer; Chief Financial Officer; Chief Technology Officer; Chief Marketing Officer; Chief Impact Officer; EVP & Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer




The President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Way is responsible for the successful implementation and execution of Board directives. The President and CEO ensures the organization’s long-term relevance to the communities it serves, provides inspirational action-oriented leadership to continually enhance the organization’s capacity to carry out its mission and ensures the accountability of the organization to its diverse constituents.


The President and Chief Executive Officer serves as the strategic and operational leader of United Way. In collaboration with the Chairman and key officers and Board Leaders, the President and CEO represents the United Way to the community and its stakeholders.


Responsible for the overall leadership and day-to-day operations of the United Way of Greater St. Louis in accordance with the mission, goals and strategic direction approved by the Board, the President and CEO manages and executes all activities of staff and volunteers either directly or through delegated authority and provides leadership in areas including, but not limited to: strategic planning, fundraising, relationship building, resource optimization, community involvement and operational excellence.


Specific Responsibilities:


  • Visionary Leadership
  • Board Relations
  • Strategic Planning
  • Financial Management & Fund Development
  • Executive and Volunteer Oversight
  • Relationships and Constituencies




The President and CEO should have a background working in voluntary, not-for-profit corporations and human service management, with increasing levels of responsibility or executive level experience in a business or civic organization. The successful candidate must have a strong record of leadership and successful relationships with volunteer leaders, and be experienced in working with diverse communities. The ability to learn quickly and understand the region and the communities served is essential. A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience is expected, with at least 7 in a management capacity.


The President and CEO is expected to be a college graduate, preferably with a degree in one of the human service professions. Additional training or experience in business would be beneficial. The President and CEO must have broad knowledge, demonstrated skill in managing fundraising, health and social service programs, marketing and communications, finances and resource management. Proven skills and a successful track record in leadership, team building, and working with volunteers is required.




  • Demonstrates Inspirational Leadership
  • Maintains Strategic Focus
  • Fosters Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Employs Influential Communication
  • Builds Relationships
  • Exhibits Passion for Operational Excellence
  • Possesses Business/Financial Acumen
  • Models Professionalism




Questions should be directed to:


James Abruzzo
Managing Partner, Global Nonprofit Practice
DHR International
280 Park Ave, 38th Floor West
New York, NY 10017
T:  973-885-5447


Cover letter and resume should be sent to:


Phil DeBoer
Senior Associate, Nonprofit Practice
DHR International
71 S Wacker Drive, Suite 2700
Chicago, IL 60606
T:  708-450-4003

James Taylor