President & CEO

President & CEO

United Way of Greater Kansas City

Kansas City, MO   |   November 10, 2020

About United Way of Greater Kansas City

United Way of Greater Kansas City (UWGKC) unites donors, volunteers, businesses, nonprofits, and community leaders to help change the lives of those in need.

Like most communities, addressing the scope of need in Kansas City is complicated. It takes hundreds of nonprofits to provide services to all of those seeking assistance. UWGKC believes the most effective and sustainable support system is one that provides help through a comprehensive, far-reaching network of programming that is designed with a deep understanding of the greatest need in our community. UWGKC uses its experience and expertise to assemble the most promising and results-driven service agencies and initiatives and the most generous volunteers and donors to provide that support. And they have been doing exactly that for more than a century.

UWGKC has 181 partner agencies and more than 250 programs and initiatives across dozens of vital health and human service areas in the Kansas City community. With a focus on health, education, and financial stability, UWGKC seeks to provide wraparound care and support for long-term, sustainable answers.

Together, UWGKC looks out for the neighbors, friends, coworkers, and everyone in Kansas City to ensure the community’s greatest needs are the ones being addressed every day.

Health Care, Counseling Services, Child Abuse Advocacy and more. School Readiness, Early Learning, Before- and After-School Programs and more. Fighting Generational Poverty, Emergency Assistance, Adult Education and more.


2019 accomplishments include:

  • 141,583 people received health services.
  • 26,974 children and adults received treatment and support for trauma and abuse.
  • 2,056 people received treatment for a substance abuse issue and the support needed to move beyond addiction.
  • 681 new parents received home-based education and support that promotes healthy child development and prevents abuse or neglect.
  • More than 500 students facing homelessness had their housing stabilized and avoided a disruptive school move.
  • 67,000 youth benefited from social/emotional learning and life skills building through after-school programs, mentoring and other youth development programs.
  • 1,605 young children from low-income households received high-quality early education services, preparing them to enter Kindergarten ready to learn.
  • 201,399 households received food assistance.
  • 443 people were placed in jobs by United Way’s Financial Opportunity Centers.
  • 35,000 people benefitted from utility assistance.
  • 152,087 contacts were made to United Way 211, which provides free, confidential assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • 763 families successfully exited homelessness.

For more information on UWGKC, please visit their website.

Kansas City Area

Kansas City is a community of neighborhoods and a diverse home to an incredible mashup of 2.5 million interesting and diverse people, cool places, and big ideas. From mic-drop worthy performing arts venues and mouthwatering James Beard award-winning restaurants to a fierce fashion scene and epic art galleries … and everything in-between. Or maybe you are more interested in what the business culture is like here. KC has an entrepreneurial community that takes collaboration to the next level and a tech scene that rivals the coasts. KC owns the global animal health industry and is top five globally for engineering, architecture, and design. And let’s not forget, being in the middle has its advantages when it comes to distributing goods around the world. Best of all, visitors to Kansas City are uniformly impressed by the friendly, modest, and down-to-earth spirit of its residents.

Kansas City by the numbers:

  • Top 10 in economic growth potential;
  • The best place to work from home – Business Insider, March 2020;
  • Home to eight best employers for diversity – Forbes, January 2020;
  • 11 best city for jobs – Glassdoor, March 2020;
  • 2 great American city for creatives – Thrillist, May 2020;
  • 9 James Beard Foundation recognized restaurants;
  • 2 nationally acclaimed and certified hospitals including University of Kansas Medical Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital;
  • 11 Pro and Semi-Pro sports teams;
  • Home to 18 charter schools and some of the best school districts in the country;
  • 25 KC-area colleges and universities;
  • $219,900 median sales price of a KC home; and
  • Easy to traverse the city with schools, business, health facilities, and retail placed nearby.

Learn more about Kansas City by the numbers here.

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The Opportunity

The next President & CEO of UWGKC will provide strategic and innovative leadership to guide the organization on its continued journey of growth, innovation, and impact. In doing so, this leader will be instrumental in helping UWGKC achieve its goals and grow the organization.

This leader will be a highly visible face of the organization and will represent UWGKC in the business, donor, nonprofit, government, and United Way communities. The President & CEO will embrace UWGKC’s desire to maintain and grow its nonprofit, corporate, and government partnerships and expand the major donor portfolio, ultimately finding new and innovative ways to support the Kansas City communities.

This leader will have responsibility for UWGKC’s programs, fundraising, finances, operating budget of over $24M, and staff of over 60 full time employees and 17 part time employees.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

Transformational & Innovative Leadership

The President & CEO is a strategic, visionary, and results-oriented leader who is experienced at articulating and implementing a plan for increased impact in an organization’s next chapter. They will transform current practices and project UWGKC’s value proposition to the Board, staff, and other stakeholders. In addition to refining the strategy, they will offer creative ideas to innovate and diversify UWGKC’s program offerings to address the changing needs of the community. The President & CEO will naturally inspire the staff and Board to see where UWGKC could, and should, be going and push the organization forward in a collaborative manner. With knowledge of digital marketing and social media, they will be technologically astute and will use technology to improve the work of United Way. The President & CEO has the drive and passion to remain at the forefront of the sector and continues to develop new and unique opportunities to serve the mission.

Fundraising & Development

The President & CEO will be an energetic fundraiser and asset developer who will fully embrace and excel at this aspect of the role. This leader will bring a creative and entrepreneurial approach to revenue generation, enabling UWGKC to access previously untapped support and the next generation of donors. The President & CEO will have demonstrated skill at cultivating relationships with a variety of constituents and donors including corporations, individuals, and Kansas City’s vibrant community of local and national foundations. The President & CEO will inspire a diverse group of stakeholders to increase existing commitments and/or become involved in UWGKC.

An Ambassador for UWGKC & the Kansas City Community

The President & CEO will be an inspirational and charismatic leader who will serve as the chief ‘Ambassador’ for UWGKC. An articulate, informed, and passionate public speaker, they will represent UWGKC in the community and beyond and will be considered a peer to leaders in the business, civic, and nonprofit communities. They will bring outstanding communication and presentation skills to effectively articulate and convey UWGKC’s mission and its priorities to a range of constituents including staff, Board, donors, community partners, and other key stakeholders. They will be skilled at building strong brand recognition and awareness, particularly as United Way enters a new and innovative chapter.

Leading Through Influence & Relationship Building

The President & CEO will be skilled at building effective relationships at multiple levels within a complex environment, including external and internal United Way constituents. They will have a high level of emotional intelligence and be able to build trust to develop productive and fulfilling relationships with the Board, staff, and other key partners. This will be a strong leader, communicator, and collaborator who is politically astute and skilled at listening to, and learning from, constituents. They will have the ability to develop a powerful sense of shared purpose with staff and motivate and inspire them to engage the opportunities and challenges ahead.

A Passion for the Mission

The next President & CEO will bring a passion for UWGKC’s mission, programs, and helping the Kansas City region’s most vulnerable. Inspired by the opportunity to expand the reach and deepen the impact of UWGKC, this leader will exemplify that commitment on all levels. This executive will lead by example and stay true to the values of UWGKC, including their commitment to be an anti-racist organization. The individual will not only embrace the importance of diversity and inclusion but promote those beliefs at every opportunity. Moreover, the candidate must be an individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics, and values; someone who can be trusted without reservation.

A knowledge of, and connectivity with, Kansas City would be ideal, but is not required.

Compensation & Benefits

The salary range and benefits for this position are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.


UWGKC is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented applicants.


Koya Leadership Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Alex Corvin and Ally Johnson are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please visit this link here or email [email protected]. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

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