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United Way of Northern New Mexico begins search for New Director

Kristy new Executive Director

In January, Kristy Ortega resigned from United Way of Northern New Mexico’s position as Executive Director to pursue different career challenges.  In her term as Director, Ortega steered United Way to be a more stable organization and become more focused on impact in the community.  Ortega’s knowledge of the community and the people made her most effective in figuring out where resources are needed most.  “Kristy was really the spark that got a lot of things moving and multiple organizations working together.” said Jeremy Varela, Marketing & Program Coordinator for United Way of Northern NM. “Not only did she lay the foundation for United Way to concentrate on behavioral health; she also improved the reputation of the organization.”

The board of directors is now looking for an energetic individual to continue the momentum that Ortega ignited and continue making significant impact in the lives of many in Northern New Mexico.

Official position post:

Executive Director / United Way of Northern New Mexico, Los Alamos

The United Way of Northern New Mexico seeks a full-time energetic and results–oriented Executive Director. It is a full time position responsible for the achievement of the mission and strategic goals of the organization. The director, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, represents and promotes the United Way to all components of the communities served.

As the executive director, you will have the ability to help identify community challenges, deliver viable funding solutions with measurable community impact-driven results, and to affect positive change in Northern New Mexico. You will also identify opportunities to maximize fundraising and provide excellent customer service to donors and volunteers.

This position will direct the operations of the office, ensuring the organization meets financial, operations, service, and goal plans.

Applicants must possess exemplary leadership and staff development skills; effective communication both verbal and written, and sound critical thinking skills; organization and interpersonal skills are required, as well as a proven ability to manage staff and multiple projects simultaneously. Demonstrated fund-raising ability, volunteer management, effective public relations skills, the ability to lead group presentations, and public speaking skills are a must.


The ideal candidates will have three to five years’ experience working with a board of directors, staff management, strategic planning and goal setting, and fiscal management. Leadership experience with a philanthropic non-profit organization preferred.

This position requires flexible working hours including some evenings/weekends and some travel throughout Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Counties. The Executive Director reports to the UWNNM Board of Directors and supervises all staff including volunteers.

If you would like to further explore this exciting opportunity please email your resume or questions to info@unitedwaynnm.org

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