Chief Impact Officer

Chief Impact Officer


United Way of King County works to build a community where all people have homes, students graduate, and families are financially stable. Our culture fosters collaboration, teamwork, open communication, leadership, integrity, and accountability. 



With our unwavering focus on racial justice for all, we hope to achieve racially equitable outcomes in King County and beyond. We believe that having staff, volunteers, and supportive community members who represent diverse backgrounds and circumstances will help us more effectively accomplish our mission.  We aim to a create a welcoming and inclusive work environment, and we also strive to have a diverse staff and particularly encourage Black and Indigenous people, and people of color to apply and join our team.  




Together, the United Way of King County is working toward a racially just community where all people have homes, students graduate, and families are financially stable. For over 100 years, the United Way of King County has been serving residents of the region. The impact of the organization is undeniable, resulting in thousands of personal stories linking individuals to the United Way.  Looking into the future, the United Way is clearly focused on transforming inequitable systems that perpetuate racial disparities. This work will be challenging but it is the only way forward. The United Way of King County is in a unique position to address large-scale issues through funding, direct service, advocacy, mobilizing communities and elevating BIPOC voices.



The United Way of King County believes that the root causes of structural and systemic racism must be faced head on. This work is a big part of every team member’s role at the United Way in collaboration with a variety of internal and external committees and working groups which have been created with the goal of having a place for every employee to contribute to this work. Learn more about UWKC’s racial equity work.



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The Chief Impact Officer (CIO) role is an executive-level position that will provide leadership to talented professionals working in the areas of preventing and ending homelessness, breaking the cycle of poverty, and addressing educational inequities. This role oversees the allocation of $60 million dollars. The person in this role is a member of the organization’s senior leadership team, providing direct leadership to 5 director-level employees, 50+ departmental employees, as well as a robust AmeriCorps program of 150+ members. 


The person in this role will have responsibility for building and sustaining relationships with leaders internal and external to UWKC.  


In alignment with the organization’s goals and strategies for 2023, the Chief Impact Officer will have the opportunity for impact by:


  • Being a visible leader in systems change work focused on racial justice; internally and externally.
  • Leveraging the expertise and talent of the organization to follow through on the organization’s commitment to racial justice.
  • Identifying and pursuing opportunities to increase resources that will strengthen the organization’s ability to support community impact.
  • Growing and supporting opportunities for BIPOC organizations to directly work within their communities.
  • Utilizing the organization’s Racial Equity Theory of Change framework to evaluate current practices and programing, which may result in the redesign, creation of, or sunsetting of programs that do not share power or center community voice.
  • Partnering with the CEO and community leaders as a thought leader who stays abreast of major policy issues related to community impact.
  • Creating opportunities to strengthening organizational culture and improve employee experience.
  • Actively contributes to capacity building and fostering a culture of trust that advances racial equity.



The following skills and competencies reflect the nature of United Way of King County’s work, which is collaborative, inclusive, and transformational. A successful Chief Impact Officer is a leader who can inclusively bring stakeholders together to collaboratively design and implement solutions, leverage resources, and center the voices of others.


The next Chief Impact Officer will also have:


  • Knowledge of community building, community impact, and fundraising.
  • Understanding of budgeting, fiscal management and fund allocation procedures.
  • Public speaking and formal presentation experience – including speaking to a wide range of audiences.
  • Experience effectively coaching staff and leaders; inspiring others to grow and develop.
  • Sharing leadership with others.
  • Proven experience making effective decisions that have a positive lasting impact.
  • Experience exercising creativity, innovation and having a growth mindset.
  • Successful track record of collaborating with others to develop strategies to solve the community’s toughest problems.
  • Recognized by others as having superior active listening skills.
  • A track record of collaboratively creating and implementing process improvements and change management strategies.
  • Exhibits mindfulness and discernment when holding challenging conversations and making difficult decisions.



Individuals who possess the following will likely be competitive candidates in the recruitment process for the Chief Impact Officer role:


  • 10+ years of senior level leadership experience – including supervising people and initiatives.
  • 5+ years of fiscal management, budgeting, or P/L responsibility.
  • Experience working for an organization with a complex stakeholder group.
  • Understanding of non-profit fundraising and philanthropy (preferred).
  • Higher education within the disciplines of business administration, human services, social work, sociology, psychology, or other related areas of study.



The annual salary range for this role is $150,000 – $220,000. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, flexible spending account, 403(b), EAP, life insurance, short- and long-term disability and ORCA transportation, and paid time off.



For additional  information about this position, please contact Nicole Leckband at Otherwise, please complete the form below to send your application to our firm:

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The United Way of King County supports having safe work environments and requires all staff members to receive a COVID-19 vaccination unless a reasonable accommodation is granted for health or religious reasons.


The United Way of King County is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Research shows that women and members of structurally marginalized groups often only apply if they have met all of the qualifications of the job, but in our experience, no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. United Way encourages you to apply if you’re interested! We look forward to your application.





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