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Statement on Equity and Access to Justice
We are committed to honoring diversity.
Here is the full statement from United Way‘s Board Chair and CEO on equity and access to justice.
United Way believes that every person is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect – this includes equal treatment and access to justice. Recent events involving violence and threats against African Americans expose our society’s underlying racism, prejudice and privilege that prevent too many people from being treated with the humanity and respect they deserve. These incidents are abhorrent and run counter to everything that United Way, its volunteers and professionals value, live and fight for every day. All people of all backgrounds and identities must call out discrimination and demand its removal from our society; otherwise, we are endorsing the status quo and are complicit in the abuses that follow. We must all do our part, working United, to make our communities the places that we need them to be – equitable, respectful and opportunity-filled. We, as a society, can and must do better to guarantee that the basic human rights and freedoms of every person in every community are protected.
This month’s VISTA spotlight is Claire Hemme of YouthZone.
Where did you move to Colorado from?
I moved to Colorado from Charleston, West Virginia.
What is the background behind the organization you are serving with?
YouthZone’s mission is to provide comprehensive assessment and advocacy to inspire healthy relationships between youth, families, and communities.
Did you go to college? If so, what is your degree in?
I attended West Virginia University until the Spring of 2020. I acquired a degree in Strategic Communications with a minor in Interactive Media and Design.
What made you want to become a VISTA volunteer?
I wanted to become a VISTA member because I feel that AmeriCorps offers so many opportunities to both serve a community, while developing my own professional skills. I spent months sending out resumes and applications with no luck until I finally found opportunity with VISTA. The position I currently have was exactly what I was looking for out of my early career development experience, and I’m incredibly grateful to get to do so in a way that helps such a wonderful organization.
What were you doing before you became a VISTA volunteer?
Before becoming a VISTA member I was living with my parents because my senior year of college was cut short due to the pandemic. I spent this time cooking, making art, foraging and hiking. While taking my graduate photos my best friend told me about an opportunity to come and be a raft guide on the Arkansas River with her for the summer. Two days later I was on my way to Colorado, with no plan, and a tent to live in. A couple weeks after arriving I had my interview with YouthZone and my journey with AmeriCorps began.
What are you looking forward to as a VISTA volunteer?
I am so excited to work with VISTA here in Colorado. YouthZone’s mission is really special to me, and the fact that I get to live somewhere so beautiful only adds to the enjoyment of this new opportunity. I think that this time with VISTA is going to result in some very significant personal growth, and I can’t wait for the adventures ahead.
United Way of Battlement to the Bells is a active participant in Colorado’s statewide 2-1-1 information and assistance program. More information about the 2-1-1 Program here in Western Colorado can be found by clicking this link or the 2-1-1 logo.
We are hiring!
Executive Director Job Description
The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors of United Way Battlement to the Bells (UWBB) and will work with the board to implement the strategic goals and objectives of the organization and provide direction and leadership toward achieving the UWBB mission. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to the following. The board may add additional duties at its discretion at any time. Ultimately, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall management of UWBB.
Areas of responsibility include but are not limited to:
Resource Development and Leadership (including fundraising)
Community and Public Relations
Financial, Tax and Risk Management
Board Administration and Support
Organizational Program Planning
General Operations and Human Resources
Resource Development (Estimated – 25 percent of ED’s time)
Provide the leadership necessary to meet organizational fundraising goals by researching and identifying funding sources, preparing and submitting proposals, and establishing and implementing strategies to successfully approach and secure the commitment of donors.
Provide Board guidance for Annual Payroll Deduction Campaign – and implement and support a year-round effort to achieve campaign goals and objectives as determined by Board.
Research and prepare grant proposals, as well as other funding applications, as well as grant reporting.
Ensure that all donations are properly recorded in accordance with Federal and state accounting practices and that donations are promptly acknowledged to donors. Maintain a donor database.
Community and Public Relations (Estimated – 10 percent of ED’s time)
Build long-term supportive relationships to benefit UWBB and to meet strategic goals. Ensure that the organization and its mission, programs, products, and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive manner to all relevant stakeholders. Actively and consistently promote the work of UWBB with particular emphasis on the work of partner agencies.
Maintain a website and social media to convey a high-quality UWBB image.
Develop and manage effective relationships with media to ensure coverage of UWBB activities.
Maintain and create community networks, including presentations to community groups, corporations and businesses, fraternal organizations, governments, and potential donors
Financial, Tax and Risk Management (Estimated – 15 percent of ED’s time)
Develop annual budget with Board Executive Committee for Board approval. Prudently manage UWBB resources within those budget guidelines and in accordance with current laws and regulations.
Oversee bookkeeping and accounting of UWBB funds in accordance with the highest nonprofit management standards and regulations. Manage payroll process as necessary.
Ensure all monthly financial reports are provided for board review. Ensure compliance for financial, annual, and other periodic reports as required by partner organizations and grant funding institutions including but not limited to Federal Combined Campaign, Colorado Combined Campaign, United Way Worldwide, and Emergency Food & Shelter.
Maintain proper insurance including property, and directors, and officers liability policies and other policies as directed by the Board.
Board Administration and Support (Estimated – 10 percent of ED’s time)
Partner with the board to create, support, and implement United Way strategies, policies, and procedures including by-laws, strategic plans, and all organizational initiatives.
Maintain all Board records including minutes, financial statements, and meeting agendas.
Inform board and seek direction on strategy implementation.
Programs (Estimated – 30 percent of ED’s time)
Manage AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers Project grant obligations, including grant reporting and grant writing.
Create and maintain VISTA Volunteer Project documentation.
Manage subsite applications and supervision of volunteers, creating and maintaining positive working relationships, MOU requirements, and grant reporting standards
Emergency Food & Shelter program in accordance with current United Way WorldWide standards and requirements.
Advise board regarding community needs and organization’s capacity to meet those needs.
General Operations and Human Resources (Estimated – 10 percent of ED’s time)
Manage day-to-day operations of UWBB. Maintain a central office and provide effective communication channels via phone, email, and website.
Effectively manage the human resources of the organization according to authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations.
Supervise and support UWBB VISTA Volunteers.
Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in business or public administration, nonprofit management, psychology, or related field, ideally with a minimum of 3 years of related experience in administration of non-profit or human service agency.
Candidates will demonstrate a strong understanding of fiscal management, resource development and maintenance, agency and program planning, and public relations as well as a commitment to UWBB goals and mission. Successful candidates must pass a criminal background check.
Compensation & Benefits:
Salary commensurate with experience:
Salary range: $45,000-$55,000, DOE
13 Paid Holidays
Vacation, Sick and Bereavement Time
Simple IRA with 3 % match
Flexible work schedule
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and professional references. Send your full application to firstname.lastname@example.org.