United Way of Chatham-Kent’s Board of Directors names new CEO

After the completion of a highly-competitive province-wide search and a review of over 50 candidates, United Way of Chatham-Kent’s Board President, Brad Langford, has announced that Steve Pratt will become its new Chief Executive Officer. Pratt will be replacing Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, who has held the position since 1983 and recently announced her retirement, effective August 17th.

Pratt brings with him a unique blend of post-secondary education, a strong background in liaising with all levels of government, and extensive experience holding senior leadership positions in the business and nonprofit sectors.  As a former recipient of United Way services, Pratt has first hand knowledge of the benefits derived from charitable gifts to funded agencies. He demonstrated, on a personal level, the value of giving when he co-chaired the 2016 United Way campaign.

According to Langford, “Steve has a proven track record of delivering quality results, leading organizations through transformational change, building and leading high performing teams, and collaborating with community partners, donors and service recipients.”

When Kirkwood-Whyte was asked to describe the type of individual best suited to serve as her successor, she recommended the Board of Directors should seek an individual with a business head, a nonprofit heart and clearly demonstrated leadership skills. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Steve for the past three years. He is one of the most multi-talented individuals I have met. It is clear that his passion and commitment to community will serve our organization well. I look forward to passing the baton to an individual who is focused on ensuring that our organizational mission – to improve lives and build community – is achieved”, said Kirkwood-Whyte.

“I am both humbled and honoured to accept this leadership position with an organization that affects over 40,000 lives each year in our community”, said Pratt. “I look forward to working with the United Way Board of Directors, volunteers, and staff, to build ‘a strong and vibrant community free of poverty with children achieving all they can be’.”

A retirement party is currently being planned for Kirkwood-Whyte, entitled “Karen Kirkwood-Whyte: This Is Your Life”. The event will be Karen’s last official fundraiser for United Way and participants will be helping Karen to ‘give as she goes’ in making a parting gift to a great cause. Tickets are available at: http://uwock.ca/event/this-is-your-life/.

Starbucks approached United Way to help shape and improve its company culture with 2-1-1.

Starbucks recently approached United Way to help shape its employee training and improve the company’s culture. Our first step in partnership involved the rollout of “My Starbucks Community Resources” posters across each of Starbucks’ 1,095 stores and 20,000 partners across Canada as well as details on how Starbucks’ partners (baristas) can get better connected to community resources across Canada.

This first step was completed in advance of their company-wide cultural competency and anti-bias training held June 11.

This past year, 575,000 Canadians called 2-1-1 to connect to community resources, and another 1.5 million found information via 2-1-1 over the web.

The promotion of 2-1-1 as a service for baristas is part of Starbucks’ larger effort to improve training and company culture around individuals in need who may be visiting their store.

Through its training and ongoing communication with its staff, Starbucks will continue to emphasize this as well as the importance of recommending the resource to a customer or calling on their behalf only with their permission. Starbucks shares that baristas often search for resources like food banks and soup kitchens for community members who visit their stores and are facing challenges in their lives.

Today, we visited our local Starbucks – Chatham and our Director of Operations, Steve Pratt, met with their Store Manager, Nick, and we’re proud to be working together on our shared goals of improving lives and building community here in Chatham-Kent!

We’re Hiring!! We are currently seeking a motivated individual to join our team as a Campaign Associate for our upcoming fall campaign. Details within.

United Way of Chatham-Kent is looking for a passionate individual to join the 2018 Campaign Team.

The successful candidate will be responsible for planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating annual campaigns as assigned within Chatham-Kent This role will also include responsibilities within campaign related special events occurring during the September-January time frame.

Flexibility to work occasional nights, early mornings and weekends is required.

You want to …

  • Raise funds to support United Way-funded agencies, programs and services
  • Work with volunteers to support them in achieving campaign goals for 2018
  • Be a part of a team by attending and providing input at various meetings and strategy sessions
  • Work with data to identify trends and help refine campaign strategies
  • Plan and implement community fund raising events

You are …

  • Passionate about your community
  • Dedicated to supporting the nonprofit sector throughout Chatham-Kent
  • Skilled in both written and verbal communication and relationship management
  • Comfortable speaking in public
  • An outgoing “people person”
  • A creative thinker capable of innovation

We are looking for someone who has:

  • Project management skills
  • Strong computer skills, specifically working the Microsoft Office suite
  • Research and analytical skills
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Supportive family who understands the need for flexibility in work hours
  • A sense of humour

The duration of this contract will be 21 weeks commencing on 2018 AUG 27 and will end on 2019 JAN 18.  An hourly wage of $16.00 per hour plus 4% vacation pay will be paid for a 35 hour work week.  Your office will be located at “The 425” – United Way’s Centre for Community Innovation in Chatham.  Travel will be required throughout Chatham-Kent so you must have your own reliable transportation.

We thank all applicants but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  No telephone calls please.

Please submit a resume, together with a cover letter and two references by 4:00PM on Friday, 2018 JUN 29 to:

Tom Slager
Director, Resource Development
United Way of Chatham-Kent
P.O. Box 606
Chatham, ON N7M 5K8

tom@uwock.ca

JOB POSTING: Project Co-ordinator, Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Network

United Way of Chatham-Kent – in partnership with several representatives of the nonprofit community – is looking for a passionate, committed individual to lead an exciting project designed to bring public attention to value of the nonprofit sector in Chatham-Kent and to enhance its capacity to improve lives and build community.

Working closely with the Ontario Nonprofit Network, the successful candidate will develop a strong and vibrant network of local nonprofits and will promote teamwork, collaboration and partnerships.  Key to the success of the project will be the sharing of experiences, resources, information and lessons learned.

You want to …

  • identify the needs of local nonprofit organizations
  • build capacity within the nonprofit sector by providing training opportunities for both staff and volunteers of local nonprofits
  • educate business and government partners about the socioeconomic value of the nonprofit sector in Chatham-Kent
  • liaise with neighbouring nonprofits who can benefit from, and provide input to, the enhancement of local capacity
  • research and identify best practices in nonprofit governance
  • organize and deliver professional development opportunities and training
  • disseminate findings to the community through focus groups, workshops, seminars and special events
  • leverage communication tools to “connect” with those individuals working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector
  • gather stories and personal testimonials about how nonprofit representatives are making long-lasting measurable change in society
  • organize and attend regular meetings of the Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Network Advisory Committee; take and transcribe minutes
  • participate and provide feedback in the evaluation of short-term, intermediate and long-term outcomes of the Project
  • work with all sectors of the community (business, government and public benefit nonprofit) to achieve Project outcomes
  • nurture collaboration among community organizations

You are …

  • passionate about your community
  • dedicated to, and intimately knowledgeable about, the nonprofit sector within Chatham-Kent
  • skilled in both written and verbal communication and relationship management
  • social media and WordPress savvy
  • an outgoing “people person”
  • an innovative thinker

We are looking for someone who has:

  • a Post-Secondary Degree or College Diploma in Human and/or Social Services
  • a Certificate in Non-Profit Management (a definite asset!)
  • significant volunteer history
  • project and volunteer management experience
  • strong computer and reporting skills
  • significant research and analytical skills
  • a valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle
  • a supportive family who understands the need for evening and weekend commitments … and
  • a sense of humour!

This 14-month contract position will commence on or about 2018 JUL 03. Your office will be located at “The 425” – United Way’s Centre for Community Innovation in Chatham, but travel will be required throughout Chatham-Kent.

Salary Range – $31,500 – $45,000.

We thank all applicants, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  No telephone calls please.

There is potential for ongoing employment following the completion of this contract … should funding be available.

Please submit a resume, together with a cover letter and references, by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, 2018 JUN 01 to:

Steve Pratt
Director of Operations
United Way of Chatham-Kent
P.O. Box 606
Chatham, ON  N7M 5K8
steve@uwock.ca

 

JOB POSTING: Chief Executive Officer

LONG HOURS – BUT THE REWARDS ARE PRICELESS!

The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors and approved by-laws and policies.  In addition to the foregoing, the successful candidate will be responsible for the provision of overall management and leadership of the organization, its activities, staff and volunteers.  This individual will build positive and productive working relationships with a wide range of community stakeholders including funded agencies, donors, funders and the local media.

Working in collaboration with partners in all three sectors of the community – business, government and nonprofit – the Chief Executive Officer will focus on the organization’s Vision – “A strong and vibrant community free of poverty with children achieving all they can be” and its Mission – “To improve lives and build community in Chatham-Kent”.

Key Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Strategic Leadership, Policy and Board Relations
  • Organizational Operations and Administration
  • Department Oversight
  • Human Resource Management
  • Public Relations and Stakeholder Management
  • Funded Agency Relations
  • Resource Development and Planned Giving
  • Community Investments
  • Risk Management
  • Facility Management (in Chatham, Tilbury and Wallaceburg)

In support of the organization’s focus on “people helping people”, the successful candidate will possess a nonprofit heart, a business head and a leadership spirit.

You want to …

  • raise charitable donations to support priority human service needs
  • work with community volunteers to enhance their capacity to give back to their community
  • be a part of a passionate team of dedicated community servants
  • work with data to identify trends and help to address our community’s most pressing social issues
  • plan and implement community fundraising events

You are …

  • passionate about your community
  • dedicated to supporting the nonprofit sector throughout Chatham-Kent
  • skilled in both written and verbal communication and relationship management
  • comfortable speaking in public
  • an outgoing “people person”
  • an innovative and visionary thinker

We are looking for someone who has:

  • management experience
  • strong computer and reporting skills
  • research and analytical skills
  • a valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle
  • a supportive family who understands the need for flexibility in work hours … and
  • a sense of humour!

Significant experience in the nonprofit and business sectors and post-secondary education is a requirement.

This full-time community leadership position will commence in August of 2018 (with time to spend with the current CEO!)  Your office will be located at “The 425” – United Way’s Centre for Community Innovation in Chatham.  Travel will be required throughout Chatham-Kent.

Salary Range – $68,600 to $98,000

We thank all applicants but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  No telephone calls please.

Please submit a resume, together with a cover letter and two references, by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, 2018 JUN 22 to:

Jayson Campeau
CEO Selection Committee
United Way of Chatham-Kent
P.O. Box 606
Chatham, ON  N7M 5K8
jaysoncampeau@gmail.com