Chief Philanthropy Officer

About the United Way of the Greater Triangle:

With a bold mission to invest in community-driven solutions that advance racial and economic justice, United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) is seeking a strategic leader with sharp vision for what’s possible in philanthropy, strong belief in our mission, and a proven fundraising pro to help us reach our vision and mission. If you lead with a justice-orientation, have a high-performing and highly accountable work orientation, are enthusiastic about what’s possible, optimistic about what’s next, and have a deep passion for leveraging your fundraising and team management skills to make a positive impact in your community, join us as our next Chief Philanthropy Officer.

Position overview:

Reporting to the President & CEO, the Chief Philanthropy Officer (CPO) serves as an integral member of the Senior Leadership Team and is responsible for the vision, direction and execution of United Way’s philanthropy strategy including achieving ambitious philanthropy goals, growing the skills and capacity of a team of philanthropy professionals and implementing an innovative and effective revenue-generating, champion-producing philanthropy strategy. The CPO manages a personal portfolio of high wealth donors while also supporting the Philanthropy Team to leverage to manage their distinct portfolios, work streams and ultimately, achieve their goals. This position manages 3 direct reports and a full team of 6 staff members.

Major responsibilities:

Set Vision, Goals, Direction and Strategy for the Philanthropy Team

  • Support an effective, revenue-generating fundraising strategy leveraging our matrix of corporate, individual, foundation and grant giving
  • Enhance current vision and strategy for the team. The team is off to a strong start, but this role will help refine and personalize this vision based on domain expertise and personal strengths
  • Support current team to achieve SMART, inclusive, equitable goals, catalyzing sense of possibility and demonstrable outcomes
  • Provide strategic clarity, direction, support and accountability for the Philanthropy Team
  • Partner with the Director, Corporate Philanthropy to achieve ambitious goals and strengthen year-round corporate engagement and relationship management
  • Partner with the Manager, Individual Philanthropy to strengthen trust-based, customer-service forward strategy and plans
  • Partner with Manager, Foundations and Grants to execute on a successful foundation and grants vision and plans.
  • Provide regional philanthropy analysis and fundraising best practice-informed strategy enhancements to our current matrix strategy and plan

Coach and Develop the Philanthropy Team

  • Onboard a recently hired Manager, Individual Philanthropy
  • Coach and develop team, support goal execution, strategy and accountability across the Philanthropy Team
  • Retain team talent and increase overall team engagement
  • Cultivate a collaborative and inclusive team culture that works to integrate and eliminate organizational silos and encourage professional growth and development
  • Set clear goals, objectives, and performance expectations for the team and provide regular feedback and coaching aligned to your leadership brand and our UWGT performance management system and values

Partnership Development and Management

  • Identify and cultivate strategic philanthropic partnerships to leverage resources, expertise, and support for United Way’s programs and initiatives
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of philanthropic partnerships and implement strategies to enhance collaboration and mutual impact
  • Advance the UWGT brand across the region, furthering the reputation and trust locally and nationally as a United Way that sets the standard for a nimble, modern, justice-model of community impact
  • Build and deepen relationships with key stakeholders and broaden UWGT influence and circle within the Triangle
  • Support CEO and represent UWGT’s development efforts within United Way Worldwide special initiatives

Strategic Analysis and Execution

  • Lead the team in rich analysis of current fundraising progress goal, modeling strong data analytics practices with our CRM, capitalize on strengths and quickly adjust course to close gaps
  • Develop strategy and galvanize team execution to capture greater market share and generosity of Johnston, Durham, Orange and Wake counties

New Business Development

  • Identify revenue opportunities leading to a measurable new business pipeline and enhancement of brand awareness
  • Develop new business strategy in collaboration with CEO and Philanthropy Team Broader Team Leadership
  • Partner with a dynamic leadership team (Chief Program Officer, Chief Outreach Officer, Chief Finance Officer and Chief Executive Officer) to achieve all organizational goals
  • Model the values of UWGT
  • Be a cultural steward and organizational leader for the broader team
  • Serve as the team liaise for the Philanthropy Cabinet of UWGT’s Board of Directors

Required competencies:

  • You’re passionate about the mission, vision + values of the United Way of the Greater Triangle. You understand what we’re up to and are an effective and passionate brand steward. You see your work as an extension and expression of our values.
  • You’re an excellent people manager. You love leading and managing a team. You see and can activate their strengths, pave the way for their success and coach and develop them with a deep well of tried and true strategies. People love working for you. When necessary, you recruit, hire, onboard and retain outstanding talent.
  • You’re a strategist. You see how your team and role play a part in the larger regional and organizational strategy. You see how each small part fits into the larger picture, making a tremendous impact. You know how to adjust your strategy to support the broader impact of the team.
  • You have a record of outstanding results. You set just-right, ambitious fundraising goals for a variety of revenue streams including corporate campaign, individual, foundation and grants. You have a history of achieving ambitious fundraising goals and securing large asks.
  • You’re an outstanding communicator + storyteller. When you speak and write, people listen and take note. You have a way of motivating and influencing others to achieve outcomes. You listen deeply to what others have to say.
  • You’re an enthusiastic collaborator. You know it takes a village to make deep & lasting impact. You believe that to go far, you have to go with others. You partner internally and externally to accelerate our mission and vision. You happily roll up your sleeves to help regional initiatives. You seek other’s input and ideas and openly share yours.
  • You’re a relationship builder. You develop deep and lasting relationships that create impact. You love working with other people and help make for strong cross-functional collaboration. You tailor your relationship building to the person, meeting them where they are, and honoring their values and interests.
  • You’re a dynamite executor. You get the work done. You can dream up the work, define a plan, execute on it and iterate it to make it better over time. You put plans in motion and monitor their progress. Your vision comes to life with ease and action.
  • You’re committed to diversity, equity, inclusivity + belonging. You examine and work to mitigate your own biases and support the growth and maintenance of a vibrant inclusive, anti-racist culture at United Way of the Greater Triangle.

Other requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; advanced degree preferred
  • Proven experience (10+ years) in philanthropy
  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience

Salary range:

$140,00 – 160,000 along with a generous and competitive benefits package including medical, dental, 401K matching and a flexible work environment.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity (DEI) Vision Statement:

We are committed to becoming a collaborative and inclusive organization that strives for equity and equal opportunity in all we do in order to be a catalyst for change in our community. We will work to create a welcoming environment for all; enable success for all; work constantly toward fairness, civility, and respect for all; and honor the rich mosaic of voices both within our United Way and in the Greater Triangle.


If this sounds like you, please submit your resume and cover letter to by January 3rd, 2024.