Describe your organization.
United Way of Kenosha County improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of community to advance the common good.
Working together, we help to ensure children have the chance to achieve their goals in school and beyond, we help low-to-moderate-income working families achieve financial stability and independence, and we help improve the health and safety of our neighbors.
Describe your company culture.
The culture of United Way of Kenosha County is very mission-driven. Staff members feel connected to the work and really try to provide stakeholders with a positive experience. We work with a huge range of people from nonprofit, government, business, faith-based, so positive interpersonal dynamics and appreciation of diversity are critical in this environment.
Employees seem to enjoy that every day is different at United Way and there is enormous opportunity for professional growth. Because it’s a small office staff have a variety of experiences and one day can be giving a professional presentation to a large group and the next be facilitating a volunteer project at a homeless shelter or local park.
The largest challenge employees at United Way of Kenosha County face is likely a balance of managing the workload and consistently learning how to prioritize. In a small nonprofit people are stretched to their limits. It presents limitless potential but can be overwhelming for some.
When you are looking for new employees, what do you search for?
We search for people who have a positive, can-do attitude, who are willing to dedicate themselves to learning new things and taking on challenges. We want employees who are passionate about the mission of improving our community and can be strong ambassadors for the United Way brand.
What does a typical hiring process look like for your organization?
Depending on the type of position, we typically would post locally, regionally and nationally using United Way Worldwide. We review resumes throughout and when we find several qualified candidates we would go through a series of interviews that would involve other staff, board members and key committee members.
What tips do have for students and alumni who are looking to enter your industry?
Consider what issues you really care about, assess if you have the appropriate skills to transition into the sectors (sales, financial managements, etc.), and consider what type of organization will help you thrive – an organization that is slow and steady, a fast-growing group, a start-up?
Laura Gassner Otting from the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group said it best, “Working for a non-profit is like starting a marathon. You have to be committed long-term, even when the finish line is out of sight. The need of those served can be seemingly endless, and you will have to do more for them with less, while still satisfying your many, varied constituents. A track record of dedication to the cause or constituency demonstrates an authentic commitment, and this commitment shows your future nonprofit employer that you will take their marathon seriously.”