President and Chief Executive Officer

Built on a foundation of 134 years of commitment to the mission of strengthening the community and improving lives...
Job Description

Why This Is An Exceptional Opportunity

Built on a foundation of 134 years of commitment to the mission of strengthening the community and improving lives, the YMCA of the Fox Cities has stood the test of time while continuously reinventing themselves to become one of the top performing Ys in the country.

The outgoing CEO, of 15 years, has left the organization in a position of strength and poised for growth with a focus on innovation and revitalization as he moves into retirement.  

The CEO of the YMCA is a highly visible leadership role in the Fox Cities and reports to the Association Board of Directors, which is made up of committed community partners and volunteers who help drive the strategies of the Y alongside a seasoned and highly talented leadership team.  Unique to this YMCA is also a close relationship with the Upper Midwest Alliance of YMCAs including providing shared services, best practice sharing, and other collaborative efforts to YMCA leadership and Boards across the state of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota.   

This position requires an inspiring servant leader who can build on the successful history of putting Christian principles into practice and collaborating effectively with people of diverse backgrounds. The CEO should have a demonstrated history of forming successful partnerships, creating a positive culture, strong business acumen, building community and leading in challenging times, embraces a growth mindset, sense of belonging for all, accountability that is rich in purpose and focus on delivering on the Y mission.

What The New CEO Needs to Know


At the YMCA of the Fox Cities, we believe in honoring our Christian mission, acting in accordance with our values, and placing the greater good above self. It is our belief that we are stronger when our doors are open to all. Diversity and inclusion are core tenets of our mission “for all.” Our commitment to inclusive programs creates better communities, a better country, and a better world… for a better us. We work to ensure that everyone in our community feels welcomed and engaged.

The YMCA strives to provide everyone with the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. 

The YMCA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, or other legally-protected status. The Y is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment consistent with its mission.

Our Mission

To put Christian principles into practice by promoting youth, adult and family activities that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Building stronger and healthier children, adults and families comes about when we all work together. That’s why at the Y, we work to strengthen our community by helping people live happier, healthier and more purposeful lives.

Our Vision

To strengthen our community by improving lives.

The YMCA of the Fox Cities has been a community anchor since 1888. Over its history the Y has brought lasting personal and social change, which it delivers through its programs at 6 branches, Child Learning Center, and Overnight Camp.   

YMCA of the Fox Cities Core Values

Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.

These shared beliefs and principles guide our behavior, interactions with each other and decision-making.  We promise to engage and operate in ways that exemplify these values.  

Our Focus

  • For Youth Development – Empowering young people to reach their full potential.
  • For Healthy Living – Improving individual and community well-being. 
  • For Social Responsibility – Providing support and inspiring action in our communities.

At the YMCA, we measure the success of our cause by how well we engage communities in these three areas of focus. From water safety to disease prevention, safe, inclusive spaces to welcoming newcomers, everything our Y does is in service to making us better.  

YMCA of the Fox Cities Association Facts

YMCA membership features include access to 6 branches throughout the Fox Cities area, a Child Learning Center and an overnight camp. The Y facilities are made up of 630,000 sq. feet and occupies 220 acres of land.

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Deeply rooted in the local community since 1888, the YMCA of the Fox Cities engages individuals and families through programs, services and events across our 6 branches and overnight camp. A trusted community partner for 134 years, the YMCA of the Fox Cities has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The YMCA of the Fox Cities is a proud recipient of a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. 

The YMCA of the Fox Cities is a member of the Upper Midwest Alliance of YMCAs which consists of 51 YMCA Associations and 120 branches located in communities across Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Upper Midwest Alliance of YMCAs supports local Ys across the three states connect on issues and to expand their reach in the communities they serve and beyond. Jon Agnew, CEO – Julia Wohlt, VP of Alliance Operations – Chris Stenberg, Director of Alliance Services Minnesota – David Dominick, Public Policy Director.

The YMCA of the Fox Cities is the region’s largest provider of before-and after-schoolage care, childcare and swim lessons. 


YMCA of the Fox Cities Stats:

  • 42,000 members
  • 2,300 volunteers 
  • 18,000 program participants
  • 1,144 staff, 932 part time, 212 full time 
  • Operating budget: $26 million 
  • Total assets: $72 million 
  • Owned properties:
    • Appleton YMCA
    • Apple Creek YMCA
    • Bruce B. Purdy Nature Preserve
    • Camp Shioc Day Camp
    • Child Learning Center
    • Fox West YMCA
    • Heart of the Valley YMCA
    • Neenah-Menasha YMCA
    • Ogden YMCA & Valley Tennis Center
    • Overnight Camp Nan A Bo Sho

Programs and offerings vary by location and include, but are not limited to:

  • Active Older Adults
  • Arts and Humanities Programming
  • Aquatics, Swim Lessons, Swim Team, Safety Around Water
  • Before and After Schoolage Care
  • Preschool
  • Childcare
  • Diverse Abilities Camps and Programs 
  • Environmental Programs
  • Health Equity Initiatives
  • Health & Wellness, Fitness, Group Exercise 
  • Adult Sports Leagues
  • Summer Day & Overnight Camps
  • Youth In Government Program
  • Youth Sports, Dance, Gymnastics
  • Tennis Facilities including programs, lessons and leagues
  • Batting cages

Branches and Camp

Apple Creek YMCA

The Apple Creek YMCA offers a variety of amenities including beautiful nature trails in the Bruce B Purdy nature preserve on 104 acres of land. This unique parcel of land features wooded hills and ravines, open fields, restored prairie, ponds and wetlands, and pine plantations – all accessed through a network of approximately 3 miles of trails. Located on Appleton’s quickly growing north-side, the land within its boundaries is home to a diverse mix of local plant and animal life that is sure to interest all visitors to the preserve.

The YMCA facility/programming includes; licensed drop-in childcare, before and after schoolage care, a clean and tidy wellness center with cardio and strength training equipment, TV’s available on the equipment, group fitness classes, pre-school, environmental classroom, onsite day camp, towel service, and free parking. 

Appleton YMCA:

In the heart of downtown Appleton, you will find the Appleton YMCA. This YMCA offers a wide range of amenities from fitness to health to childcare. Childcare programs available include before and after schoolage care, day care, pre-school, and drop-in care where there is a kid’s garden. You can enjoy a day with the family at the Family Fun Center and Splash Pad and take some time to relax with the massage services, sauna, mind/body/spirit studio, steam room, and whirlpool that are available. Fitness amenities include a wellness center, indoor track, Men’s and Women’s Fitness Center, swimming pools and a lap pool, gymnasium, separate free weight room, personal fitness program, group cycling studio, and racquetball courts. In addition, the Appleton YMCA offers kit lockers, free parking, TV available on the equipment, and towel services. 

Camp Nan A Bo Sho

YMCA Camp Nan a Bo Sho is a summer camp located in beautiful Lakewood, Wisconsin on Mary Park Pond. Campers who attend Camp Nan a Bo Sho get to experience a wide range of activities that run from early morning until sunset. These activities focus on teamwork, cooperation, and conservation of resources. Camp offers a safe place where kids can build their self-esteem, develop a healthy mind, body, and spirit, accept all people, and establish an appreciation for our environment. At camp, we are committed to promoting our values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

Child Learning Center

The YMCA Children’s Learning Center is a safe and inclusive childcare facility located in Appleton. It recognizes that every child and family is unique and has their own special qualities. Staff at the YMCA Children’s Learning Center make it a priority to recognize every family’s individual goals, values, and needs. Every child can reach their best potential in an environment that promotes each child’s self-confidence, curiosity, cooperation, and creativity. Children ages six weeks to Pre-K are eligible for enrollment. The center also houses the Appleton Area School District 4k program.

Neenah-Menasha YMCA:

The Neenah/Menasha YMCA is located in downtown Neenah, Wisconsin. This branch offers services for both adults and children. Programs for children include Adventure Alley, before and after schoolage care, day care, Kid’s Corner, Pre-School, and a Kid’s Fit Zone. Adult services include a Women’s and Men’s Fitness Center, sauna, group cycling classes, steam room, whirlpool, racquetball courts, mind/body/spirit studio, indoor track, Café, wellness center, turf, and TVs available on the equipment. In addition, the Neenah-Menasha YMCA has a dance studio, towel service, gymnasium, and free parking. 

Fox West YMCA:

The Fox West YMCA is located in Greenville, Wisconsin. This branch offers childcare services such as before and after schoolage care, childcare, and a Kid’s Corner. Other amenities include a wellness center, gymnasium, dance studio, group cycling classes, kit lockers, pools, nature trails, and free parking. 

Heart of the Valley YMCA:

The Heart of the Valley YMCA is located in Kimberly, Wisconsin. It is the only branch in the Fox Cities to offer 24/7 access to their wellness center. Heart of the Valley provides before and after schoolage care, pre-school, and a Kid’s Corner. There is a Family Fun Center where families can spend time with their children. It is equipped with a gymnasium, dance studio, group cycling room, a mind/body/spirit studio, pool, whirlpool and outdoor basketball court. They also offer towel services, free parking, and kit lockers. 

Ogden YMCA and Valley Tennis Center:

Ogden YMCA and Valley Tennis Center is located in Neenah, Wisconsin. It serves as both a fitness facility and tennis center. Amenities include drop-in childcare, batting cages, gymnasium and gymnasium rental, TV available on the equipment, personal training and coaching, a functional fitness area, group cycling studio, indoor track and turf, and wellness center. Ogden YMCA offers a full tennis center that includes tennis courts, pickleball courts, tennis lessons, and tennis leagues. They also offer towel services and free parking.


The Y consists of 1,144 team members: 212 FT, 932 PT. Our team member demographics are as follows:

Ethnicity                                                                       Count of Employees by Ethnicity          Percentages

American Indian or Alaska Native (not Hispanic or Latino)                    6                                            0.52%

Asian (not Hispanic or Latino)                                                           23                                           2.01%

Black or African American (not Hispanic or Latino)                               9                                            0.79%

Hispanic or Latino                                                                            33                                           2.88%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (not Hispanic or Latino)         2                                            0.17%

Two or More Races (not Hispanic or Latino)                                        16                                           1.40%

Unidentified/Opt Out                                                                         8                                            0.70%

White (not Hispanic or Latino)                                                         1028                                        89.86%

Grand Total                                                                                   1144                                      100.00%


Gender        Count of Employees by Gender        Percentages

Female                           869                                     75.96%

Male                              234                                      20.45%

Undisclosed                    41                                        3.58%

Total                           1144                                    100.00%


2022 Total membership income exceeds March 2021 by 46% and the 2022 budget by 26%. Membership increased by 18% from December 2021.


Year Operating RevenueChange in Net Assets

2018                24,351,548                 520,455

2019                25,000,567                  88,306

2020                20,800,000                 907,212

2021                23,687,697                1,538,282

2022 (Forecast)28,285,136                2,250,703



The YMCA is a leading charity in the Fox Cities with over 2,300 individual donors giving annually and key partnerships established with area foundations and corporations.   

Annual Campaign

2022 goal $1.5 Million - Capital Campaigns

(2007-2021) - $20 million raised

  • Key projects included the construction of one branch in 2009 and numerous renovations throughout the Association.
  • Established a robust endowment of $15,114,100.


Advantages to Living in the Fox Cities Area


The Fox Cities are 19 communities in the greater Appleton area along the Fox River in East Central Wisconsin. Our communities are easily accessible along Interstate 41 and Hwy 10.

One of the state's fastest growing areas with about 250,000 residents, the Fox Cities offer a thriving metropolitan area closely surrounded by incredible natural beauty. 

Quality of Life

A rich paper-making history dating back to the 1830s when the first settlers began to tame the wild and fast flowing river still provides the economic backbone to the area. A large, well-educated work force has drawn many other industries to the area, including health care, financial services, and manufacturing.

Each community of the Fox Cities brings its own special history and personality, making the area a unique blend of urban style and small-town warmth.


Performing arts in the Fox Cities are alive and always in full motion. Upscale and accessible is the feel at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in downtown Appleton, home to touring Broadway shows, live music, and shows by authors and actors of every stripe. More excellent venues include the Lawrence Memorial Chapel at Lawrence University and any sunny green space where we host a wealth of outdoor summer concerts, festivals, and community theatre.

Drinks and dancing or blues and brews? Quiet conversation over spirits at your new favorite establishment? Whether you sample a flight or sip a cocktail, the Fox Cities boast distinctive craft breweries, well-curated wine bars, unique pubs, and a wide range of live music venues to fit your idea of a fun night on the town.


Home to places like the Community First Champion Center and Scheels USA Youth Sports Complex, the Fox Cities are known as a top-tier Midwest destination for sports tournaments and events. Leisure golfers will enjoy over 10 courses throughout the Fox Cities and baseball fans can catch a piece of the action at a Wisconsin Timber Rattler minor league baseball game.

Beyond sports, the Fox Cities events calendar is bursting with original events and festivals all throughout the year that captivate, inspire, and enchant our communities. From Mile of Music in the summer to the largest nighttime Christmas parade in the Midwest, there is never a shortage of things to do and see in all 19 communities.


The creative and the curious will find plenty of things to explore in the Fox Cities. Choose to get hands-on with DIY fused glass, paint, and ceramics studio experiences. Or put your eyes on fascinating exhibits at the Trout Museum of Art in downtown Appleton, the History Museum at the Castle, and the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah, home to an internationally-renowned collection of glass paperweights and art. At every stop, encounter friendly people who are eager and honored to share their craft and knowledge with you.


The Fox Cities are a nature lover’s paradise. Over 100 miles of trails connect cities, towns, and waterways across all 19 communities. The Fox Cities were born on the banks of the Fox River and Lake Winnebago, so boating and kayaking are popular pastimes for residents. 

High Cliff State Park offers incredible panoramic views of Lake Winnebago and an abundance of city, suburban, and natural parks provide play spaces for families and kids. No matter your preference of outdoor activities, adventure-ready spots cover every corner of the region.

For more information on what makes the Fox Valley Region special go to:



Preferred Qualifications

  • Ten or more years of proven successful leadership experience (at least 5 at the Senior Management/Executive Level).
  • Bachelor's degree. (Graduate degree a plus)
  • Experience with the operation of a multi-faceted complex YMCA, nonprofit organization or company.
  • Experience in a leadership role of a volunteer, nonprofit organization within a complex internal and external environment.
  • Experience in community relations, fundraising, financial management, and board and volunteer development.
  • Ability to attract, retain, lead and motivate high-performing staff and volunteer leadership.
  • Knowledge and understanding of community resources and the ability to engage and partner these resources with the YMCA to meet strategic objectives.
  • Ability to communicate and relate to people of various social and economic backgrounds. 


Essential Functions

What The New CEO Needs To Do 

Develop and Implement a Strategic Plan: Work effectively with volunteers, community leaders, and key staff, to create and develop a strategic plan that creates an inspirational vision that propels us forward to address the needs of the communities served by the Y and includes defined organizational strategies, a clear implementation plan with deliverables, and measurable goals. Key competencies: Change Leadership, Communication & Influence, Critical Thinking & Decision Making, Program/Project Management

Build and Lead Staff: Ensure a talent development system is in place and executed in affirming, culturally competent and effectively. Hire, motivate, nurture, retain, and hold staff accountable for key objectives. Work towards recruiting, retaining, developing and promoting staff that represent the diversity of the communities you serve. Encourage the team by creating a spirit of camaraderie, inclusion, and sense of mission and purpose. Create a learning organization to help staff achieve their highest potential. Key competencies: Developing Self & Others, Inclusion, Emotional Maturity, Change Leadership

Position the Y as a Vital Partner for Community Change: Serve as an ambassador for the mission, purpose, and vision for the YMCA within the community. Possess the ability to develop and cultivate relationships with key stakeholders from diverse backgrounds, while always upholding the highest standards and values of the Y. Ensure your Y is seen as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community by connecting all people to their potential, purpose, and each other. Key competencies: Communication & Influence, Engaging Community, Collaboration 

Fiscal Management: Use high-level financial analysis to forecast financial trends, growth and stability, while consistently leading organization to balance or surplus operations by growing earned revenue and contributions and controlling costs. Empower and guide staff leaders to lead their departments to successful financial operation. Develop and implement stewardship strategies. Key competencies: Fiscal Management, Critical Thinking & Decision Making, Developing Self & Others, Philanthropy 

Improve Operating Performance: Engage the board and appropriate staff to develop an annual tactical plan for identifying and achieving key goals and objectives towards operating with safe, relevant and sustainable practices. Quickly address issues that may arise, forecast future needs, and manage and direct the Y’s operations and activities. Key competencies: Developing Self & Others, Critical Thinking & Decision Making, Innovation


Compensation and Benefits For The CEO


As an employee of the YMCA of the Fox Cities you would enjoy a great benefit package that includes many intangible benefits such as a casual, caring and fun work environment, along with work/life balance and flexibility. Additional tangible benefits include a choice of two health insurance plans including a low deductible PPO plan, dental and vision insurance, health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSA), company paid life, AD&D & long-term disability insurance, plus the opportunity to purchase additional life insurance for yourself, your spouse and child(ren), 403-b retirement savings account, 12% retirement plan contribution after meeting eligibility requirements, generous paid time off (including six paid holidays, up to two floating holidays, vacation time and sick time–earn one day per month after meeting eligibility requirements) and a complimentary Family YMCA membership, plus excellent discounts on Y child care and Y programs. 


A competitive salary is reviewed by the Board Governance annually based on performance and market analysis. Starting compensation is commensurate with experience.


Target dates for the search process:

Resumes accepted through:June 8

Preliminary interviews scheduled:Week of July 18 (Tentative)

Final interviews:        Week of August 1 (Tentative)

CEO selection made:        TBD

New CEO on board (anticipated):TBD


To apply:

Candidates will apply via the following website: 

You will be requested to submit the following with your online application: A resume and cover letter, along with four professional and two personal references. Note: References will be checked on final candidates.


Questions regarding this position should be directed to:

Sal Cisneros

Senior Consultant

YMCA of the USA

[email protected]