CEO / Executive Director

Camp Jorn YMCA is a healthy independent YMCA camp in search of a visionary leader who will lead the Y forward and build upon past success.
Job Description

The current program base includes day and overnight sessions along with year around child care and retreats. This person is charged to assess the camp’s physical and program needs, develop a well-trained and motivated staff, and support fundraising through annual and capital campaigns. The Executive Director works with a YMCA board that focuses on strategic issues rather than operational issues. Success will depend on an appreciation for historical relationships with donors, volunteers, and camp alumni.   


Candidates must have a solid business acumen, sound judgment, and exceptional leadership skills.  In addition, they must have a proven track record that demonstrates an ability to successfully implement and promote the camp’s services and activities to the broader camp community, assess the camp’s physical and program needs, develop new camp programs, raise funds through annual and capital campaigns, develop and manage a diverse staff, work with a YMCA board that focuses on strategic issues rather than operational issues and connect and build relationships among the camp’s alumni.  Solid program development and innovation are critical areas for the new Executive Director and to the camp’s success.

Essential Functions

Advocate the vision of the YMCA and be the heart and soul of the operation:


Actively interact and communicate with YMCA donors, staff and volunteers. Be seen as an active and integral member of the community. Act as an ambassador for the mission, cause and vision for the YMCA within the community. Be seen and respected as a leader, with the ability to develop and cultivate relationships with key stakeholders, while always upholding the highest standards of  our mission and core values.




Build and Manage the Staff Team: Ensures that a talent management system is in place and executed effectively.  The system will ensure that the YMCA has an outstanding, dedicated, and competent staff. Establish an individual development plan for each direct report. Hire, motivate, nurture, retain, and hold staff accountable for key objectives. Encourage the team by creating a spirit of camaraderie and sense of mission/purpose. Create a learning organization which encourages all staff members to learn, grow and develop management skills. 


Provide Strong Fiscal Leadership and Lead Fundraising Efforts:  Important fiscal goals include a balanced budget, development of specialized campaigns to support the current day-to-day operations, development of a maintenance reserve, the securing of grants, implementation of a planned giving program, and growth of endowment funds. Develop and implement an annual fundraising plan that will establish the YMCA as a leading charitable organization within the community through the engagement of members, volunteers, staff, and donors. Recognizing the tradition of successful capital fundraising at the Y, take the organization to a new level of effectiveness and impact in annual giving.

Develop and Implement a Strategic Plan: Have the ability to work effectively with the Board of Directors, volunteers and key staff to update and execute the strategic roadmap that addresses the needs of this YMCA with defined organizational strategies.  Lead staff in the development and implementation of goals through an annual operating plan.  Lead volunteers in aligning committees and their charts of work to support the strategies and goals of the association.

Maintain/Establish a Culture:  Strengthen a culture of inclusion, engagement, character, ownership and life-long learning within the YMCA organization that reinforces, encourages, and promotes values of honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring.  Effectively drive change by leveraging resources and creating alignment to expand organization opportunities.

Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

·         Mission Advancement: Incorporates the Y’s mission and values into the organization’s vision and strategies. Ensures community engagement; promotes the global nature of the Y. Leads a culture of volunteerism ensuring engagement, inclusion, and ownership. Leads a culture of philanthropy.

·         Collaboration: Advocates for and institutionalizes inclusion and diversity throughout the organization. Initiates the development of relationships with influential leaders to impact and strengthen the community. Is recognized as an inspirational community leader who navigates complex political and social circles with ease. Communicates to engage and inspire people within and outside the Camp Jorn YMCA. Ensures that a talent management system is in place and executed effectively.

·         Operational Effectiveness: Possesses penetrating insight and strong strategic and critical thinking skills. Invests resources in well-designed innovation initiatives. Creates a structure to deliver organization-wide results to achieve objectives. Develops and implements stewardship strategies. Determines benchmarks and ensures appropriate leadership to meet objectives.

·         Personal Growth: Creates a learning organization. Effectively drives change by leveraging resources and creating alignment to expand organizational opportunities. Shares authority and demonstrates courage and humility. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to[1]date knowledge and skills in technology

·         Change Leadership

·         Philanthropy

·         Volunteerism

Required Certifications

Minimum Criteria for candidates:
1. Accredited 4-year college degree.
2. Must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and personal values consistent with the YMCA mission.
3. Minimum five years prior experience in a senior management role with a YMCA or related experience at a comparable organization with direct supervision of multiple levels of staff and employees.

Preferred Criteria for Candidates:
1. YMCA Organizational Leader Certification. (If this is not currently possessed, the Executive Director is required to obtain this within 3 years of hire date.)
2. Fiscally sound business management approach. 
3. Strategic planning and Fundraising experience including annual campaigns and the securing of grants.
4. A proven track record of budgetary and fiscal management in excess of $300,000 or more annually.