Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

The Family YMCA of Lancaster & Fairfield County Ohio is an equal opportunity employer committed to valuing diversity & practicing inclusion.
Job Description

About the Family YMCA of Lancaster & Fairfield County

On October 1, 1913, the Lancaster YWCA was organized and fourteen years later, in 1927, a group founded the Fairfield County YMCA. In 1951, the first joint meeting of the YMCA and YWCA was held with joint trustees building fund being formed in 1953. In 1960, after a successful capital campaign, the YMCA and YWCA opened for business in the same building. In 1976, nearly $800,000 was raised and a new gymnasium, pool observation, childcare, women’s fitness center, judo room and two racquetball courts were added.

On March 1, 1985 the YMCA & YWCA consolidated into the Family Y of Lancaster & Fairfield County. A twenty-four member Board of Directors (twelve men and twelve men) was established as the policy-making body. To fund necessary repairs, childcare & other renovations, as well as a nautilus room, the Family Y borrowed $300,000 in 1986. With the building still in a state of disrepair, the Family Y raised over $840,000 in 1991 to complete major repairs and renovations. 

In June of 1998, the Family Y kicked off a $3.5 million campaign to expand the facility. Dr. Robert K. Fox gave a lead gift of $1.5 million. While the Y successfully raised over $3.5 million, the cost of the expansion exceeded $6 million. The building opened in September 2001 and later that fall the Y secured a $1.8 million loan to cover the shortfall. In July 2003, the debt was changed from a conventional loan to bond financing which allowed for a lower interest rate and more money to be applied toward the principle.

Since the expansion in 2001, the Family Y has continued expanding its programs to help spread Christian principles. At the Family Y we believe that our knowledgeable staff uses all our programs to help members and participants build a healthy spirit, mind and body. In addition, our key partnerships with the United Way of Fairfield County and Fairfield Medical Center allow the Family Y to do our part in the community to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities.

YMCA Finanacial Statistics Include:

Operating Budget - $2.4M

Current Debt: $150,000

Annual Fundraising Goal: $50,000 Budgeted Goal

Number of Staff: 125 full/part-time

Number of  Board Members: 18

About the YMCA Community Service Area:

Lancaster is a city in Fairfield County, Ohio. As of 2016 data, the city population was 37,909. It is located near the Hocking River, approximately 33 miles southeast of Columbus and is the county seat of Fairfield County.  Fairfield County has a total population of 149,112. It is the home of Ohio University Lancaster Campus, Anchor Hocking Company founded in 1905, Fairfield Medical Center and many other private and public sector employers.

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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.
  4. Must have the ability to develop and strengthen community relationships.
  5. Have the ability to develop new programs, review and enhance programs being offered or considered for both economy and the effectiveness in broadening our engagement in the communities in which we serve.

Preferred Criteria for Candidates:

  1. YMCA Organizational Leader Certification.
  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 $3M or more annually.
Essential Functions

Position Description and Board Expectations:

The Family YMCA of Lancaster & Fairfield County Board of Directors is looking for a visionary leader who can build strong relationships in the communities we serve. This Cause-Driven Leader must exhibit high energy, outgoing personality and an engaging manner while positioning this YMCA as an indispensable community asset.

The Chief Executive Officer will lead the Family YMCA of Lancaster & Fairfield County and will be uniquely positioned to champion the YMCA mission of providing a myriad of values-based programs and services for families throughout the Lancaster and Fairfield County service area.

To be considered, candidates must have sound judgment and exceptional leadership skills. In addition, they must have a proven track record that demonstrates an ability to raise funds through annual campaigns, provide strong fiscal leadership, lead a staff team, create a culture of excellence/act as an ambassador of the mission, and work with a YMCA board that focuses on strategic issues rather than operational issues. 

Key Deliverables:

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

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 

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

Develop and Implement a Strategic Plan: Work effectively with volunteers, community leaders, and key staff, to create and develop a strategic plan that addresses 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

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 

Steward Fundraising Efforts: Develop and implement an annual fundraising plan that will establish the YMCA as a leading nonprofit organization within the community through the engagement of members, volunteers, staff, and donors. Identify the need for successful capital fundraising, while taking the organization to a new level of effectiveness and impact in annual giving and endowment. Key competencies: Philanthropy, Engaging Community, Communication & Influence

Maintenance and Development of Facilities (Capital Development): Lead your Y through stages of a current or future capital development project, whether it’s initial planning, research and viability; architectural and schematic design phases; construction management; or the operational start-up of your new, renovated, or expanded facility. Key competencies: fiscal Management, Program/Project Management, Change Leadership, Critical Thinking & Decision Making  

Salary Range:  (Salary is commensurate with experience)

Benefits:  Retirement contributions [5% fully paid by Y and 3% paid by employee], health insurance allowance provided. Relocation assistance up to $7,500 actual expense. Retirement contribution, vacation plan, health plan and other benefits per personnel policy included

Target Dates for the search process

Resumes accepted through: July 10, 2022

Preliminary interviews scheduled: August 3, 2022

Final interviews: August 25 & 26, 2022

CEO selection made: September 2, 2022

New CEO on board (anticipated): Mid/late September 2022

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 treferences.  Note:  References will be checked on final candidates.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to

Questions about this CEO search process may be directed to Eric Williams, Senior Director, CEO Search, YMCA of the USA ([email protected])

Questions about this YMCA may be directed to Craig Greenlee, Strategic Consultant, Central/Southern Ohio-Ohio Alliance of YMCA's ([email protected])