Chief Executive Officer – Urban League

Chief Executive Officer



Location: URBAN LEAGUE of METROPOLITAN SEATTLE (105 – 14th Ave., Seattle, Washington 98122)
Job Title/Position: CEO – Chief Executive Officer
Salary and benefits: Starting at $90,000+ (DOE)
Resume submittal deadline: 5:00 PM Pacific Time – September 30, 2017


Established in 1930, the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle (ULMS) is the anchor affiliate serving the largest metropolitan area in Pacific Northwest. Approximately 2 million people, including approximately 250,000 people of color, reside throughout the region.



For nearly 90 years ULMS has championed equality and justice on behalf of the African-American community and other historically underrepresented communities. ULMS has been unmatched in its delivery of education, employment, health and housing programs to our community. With an operating budget that is approaching $4 million, the affiliate is dedicated to improving educational opportunities from “Cradle to Career” by offering direct programs and services to individuals and families in the areas of education, workforce development, housing and financial empowerment.



The Chief Executive Officer serves as the chief administrator and is responsible to and held accountable by the Board of Trustees; demonstrates the ability to develop, articulate and communicate the vision of the local affiliate; provides leadership to the organization, administering its functions and operations; assists in the development of short and long-range objectives; acts as principal ULMS spokesperson, in conjunction with the Board Chair; generates new ideas and leads them through completion; initiates and maintains relationships with staff and the board as well as political, corporate and community leaders; keeps abreast of issues facing the African-American and minority communities; establishes agenda and outlines each initiative into action items for completion; forms a disciplined approach to achieving goals and objectives; and engages in dialogue across race, gender, sexual orientation, economic, and other differences.






Minimum affiliate CEO certification requirements include five years of management and administration in a similar organization, fundraising, and overall resource development, experience in marketing and promotion, personnel management, long and short-range strategic planning, fiscal management, re-building a volunteer board of directors, program development, and concurrent program implementation. Strong problem-solving skills are imperative – as is the ability to innovate and manage change effectively.


Bachelor’s degree required in one or more specializations of business administration, financial planning, development, and management; social justice; human resources development; public administration; education; political science or an appropriate related discipline. Applicant must be able to develop and implement an effective fundraising plan and cultivate private, corporate, and foundation funding and manage grant/proposal writing based on experience. The successful candidate must have exceptional ability to enthusiastically promote ULMS programs and services with visibility to the community.



About Seattle



The Seattle area is one of the healthiest populations in the country: rich in scenery, parks, trails, and recreation. It is a destination city for people who value a high-quality of life. The city is nestled between two mountain ranges – the Olympics and Cascades. Seattle is the home of professional baseball, soccer, and football sports teams, world-class theater, ballet and opera companies and more than 70 different neighborhoods which are as diverse as the people who live here. Seattle schools have more than 60 different culturally and ethnically diverse students – and many people of color serve in elected office

The Seattle area developed as a technology center during the turn of the century with a steady stream of software, biotechnology, and internet companies emerging in the city that led to an economic revival of the Seattle Metropolitan area in the 1990s. The city’s population surged by almost 50,000 and continues to witness a steady stream of growth to this day. In 2016, Seattle was the fastest-growing major city in the United States with an annual growth of 3.1%. ULMS partners with many Fortune 500 companies that are headquartered or have established large offices in the Seattle Metropolitan region including Microsoft, Nordstrom, Amazon, Starbucks, Google, Facebook, and UPS, among others.



Apply Now


Please submit a resume and cover letter via the “Apply Now” link, or via mail (ULMS c/o New Era HR Solutions, 903 East Main St., STE 103, Auburn, WA 98002) no later than 5:00 PM Pacific Time, September 30, 2017. Screening of all applicants is projected for October. Finalist interviews are expected to occur in late October and early November. The final selection is anticipated to occur December 2017.