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

Open Call for Proposals

United Way of Chatham-Kent is changing the way it is investing in community services. The new funding model provides a targeted stream of funding that supports its vision for a community united by strong human-based services so that everyone has the opportunity to build a better life for themselves and their families.

United Way has designed a new two-year funding model for 2019-2021 that focuses and intensifies their investments towards high-impact programs which align with United Way’s funding priorities, while providing more flexibility to respond to changing conditions and needs. As part of this new investment framework, United Way is initiating an open call for proposals.

The funding priorities for 2019-2021, as outlined by United Way’s Board of Directors, are as follows:

  • All That Kids Can Be
    • Success in School (Youth high-school completion)
    • Emotional and Physical Wellbeing
  • From Poverty to Possibility
    • Food Security
    • Financial Literacy and Individual Support
  • Healthy People
    • Seniors’ Health and Wellbeing (social isolation)
    • Mental Health Support
  • Strong Communities
    • Organizational Capacity Building and Volunteer Leadership Development

Full details of the funding priorities can be found here:
FUNDING PRIORITIES AND INVESTMENT AREAS – 2019-2021

Individual organizations or groups of organizations are eligible to apply for funding. If a collaborative proposal is being submitted, a lead organization must be chosen on behalf of the group of agencies and this organization must complete the application and be responsible for all funding requirements.

Please note, United Way does not fund individuals.

To be eligible for United Way’s Community Fund funding, your organization must:

  • Be a Canadian registered charitable organization;
  • Have third-party reviewed financial statements for at least one year (fiscal 2017);
  • Provide human-based social or community services in Chatham-Kent; and
  • Demonstrate clear alignment and measurable outcomes within United Way’s funding priorities and investment areas.

As a first step, organizations will be asked to complete an online Letter of Intent in United Way’s CommunityForce system in order to determine if they meet the eligibility criteria and organizational requirements.

Those wishing to complete a Letter of Intent should visit our site online at: https://uwock.communityforce.com/Funds/Search.aspx.

The Letter of Intent process begins on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 and must be submitted no later than noon on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Successful programs will be invited to complete a full application effective July 1, 2018.

After completing a community consultation process, many new changes have been implemented in the new funding process. For example, United Way funds programs. Therefore, there is now no blackout period for agency specific fundraising. For more details on obligations for receiving funds from United Way, please consult the following document:
COMMUNITY FUND AGREEMENT – APPROVED – 2018 MAR 28

Should you have any questions, please contact Helen Heath, Director, Community Impact at helen@uwock.ca or call (519) 354-0430.

United Way Board of Directors announces Retirement of CEO

United Way Chatham-Kent CEO, Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, and United Way Worldwide CEO, Brian Gallagher.

The United Way Board of Directors today announced the retirement of Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, its long serving CEO, to be effective Friday, 2018 AUG 17.  The announcement was made just two weeks following the CEO’s 35th anniversary with the organization.

“This is a bittersweet announcement,” said incoming Board President, Brad Langford.  “While our organization has benefited tremendously from Karen’s leadership, we acknowledge that it is her desire to become – in her words – a ‘recovering’ CEO and to pursue other interests in retirement.”

The Board acknowledged Karen’s vision and tireless passion and commitment to the organization’s mission, to her community and to those most vulnerable of Chatham-Kent’s citizens. Under her direction, United Way spearheaded the incubation and nurturing of a number of community development initiatives including Operation Cover-Up (now housed with The Salvation Army), Operation BackPacks, Operation Red Nose (now Home James), the Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village, the Prosperity Roundtable, Chatham-Kent Drug Strategy, Habitat for Humanity, NeighbourLink, the Women’s Leadership Council, Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Network and “The 425” – one of Chatham-Kent’s community service “Hubs”.  During her tenure, the United Way raised and invested over $53 Million in agencies, programs and services to build a stronger, safer and more caring community for one in three residents.

In keeping with its CEO Continuity Plan, the United Way Board of Directors has established a Transition Committee.  Terms of Reference will include interviews with community partners, donors, service recipients and funded agencies to confirm that the organization’s strategic plan is “on path” to fulfill its mission.  As discussions continue on a future direction for Chatham-Kent’s United Way, the Board of Directors welcomes the public’s input on how the 70 year old organization can continue to enhance its capacity to improve lives and build community.  Although efforts are currently underway to ensure that the CEO’s responsibilities are temporarily assumed by existing staff members, no firm decisions have yet been made on the appointment of a successor.

At the most recent meeting of the organization’s Board of Directors (2018 FEB 28), an overview was provided on how the local charity’s performance compares with United Ways across Canada and with those United Ways of similar market size.  United Way Centraide Canada has recently produced a dashboard for United Ways to track their performance against seven key indicators – including such metrics as dollars available per market million, months of unrestricted net assets, cost of fundraising ratio and donors per capita.  On all seven metrics, the organization ranked in the top 30% of the 101 United Ways in Canada (2016).  The local United Way ranked 8th in the country in terms of the amount of revenue available for investment per market million and 4th within our market size – signaling the fact that Chatham-Kent is a very generous community.

The Board also acknowledged Karen’s strong involvement in the voluntary nonprofit sector outside of her role as CEO.  She served as the first female member of the Rotary Club of Chatham in 1991 and as its President in 2000.  She currently serves as a member of the Community Leaders Cabinet and is Co-Chair of the Community Safety and Wellness Committee along with Chief of Police, Gary Conn.

When asked what the future holds for the retiring CEO, Karen noted that her “bucket list” is long … and includes a number of pursuits that will offer her an opportunity to continue to carry the United Way message of hope, strength, joy and belonging to those who need it most.