The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne is an equal opportunity employer committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.
Job Description

The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne has a commitment to creating a culture of safety.


The Opportunity

This is an incredible opportunity to lead a well-respected, long-standing, reputable community-based organization with the distinction of serving the second largest city in Indiana. With a rich history of service to the community, the President & CEO will lead a dedicated board and committed staff to deepen the impact of enriching programs and services for this growing population.

The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne operates eleven branches in northeast Indiana, including 8 traditional membership facilities as well as YMCA Camp Potawotami, YMCA Child Care Services and the YMCA Youth Service Bureau. We are the largest human service nonprofit in the area serving youth, adults, and families with caring staff and diverse programs. 

Mission Statement

The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne is a charitable not-for-profit whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The Y fulfills this mission through programs in three focus areas – Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.

Our Cause

Strengthening the foundation of community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to gain experience, grow and thrive.

YMCA History

The depth and breadth of the YMCA’s impact has evolved over the years. The Railroad YMCA opened the Y’s first facility in 1884 with sleeping quarters, baths, meals and religious services. The Central Y opened in 1918 at its current location. Overnight camping for boys began in 1920 and established its current home in 1924 at YMCA Camp Potawotami. Physical buildings that served various neighborhoods opened, evolved, closed and combined over time. In 1942 the Y expanded services to women, girls and families. The Y continued to add programs that foster the growth of spirit, mind and body. Examples included youth sports, childcare, physical fitness, teen leadership, swim lessons and more. Today the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne has eleven branches serving Allen, Whitley and Wells counties. 

1924 YMCA Camp Potawotami

1988 Central YMCA 

1992 YMCA Youth Service Bureau 

1996 YMCA School Age Child Care Services 

1997 Whitley County Family YMCA currently includes Armstrong Early Learning Ctr

1998 Jorgensen Family YMCA 

2001 Parkview Family YMCA 

2010 Renaissance Pointe YMCA 

2015 Caylor-Nickel Foundation Family YMCA including an Early Learning Center

2017 Skyline YMCA 

2017 Jackson R. Lehman Family YMCA  

The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne continues to expand and evolve to help people reach their potential at all stages of life. Each year of our history has been marked by undeniable accomplishments in the face of challenges of changing times, but more than anything, what marks our history is our commitment to helping people. The Y is at the heart and soul of living in the greater Fort Wayne area and will be so for years to come.


Current Strategic Plan Key Components - 2021-2024

Operational Strategy

  • Adapt to changing customer needs and incorporate more digital services
  • Identify new ways to engage people
  • Diversify funding sources

Organizational Strategy

  • Identify ways to serve all people. Identify who is missing and why.
  • Define what equity and inclusion means and looks like to our organization.
  • Positively influence others. Encourage our staff to serve community outside work.
  • Be an organization that continually learns. Give staff opportunities to work with cross-teams to solve organizational problems.

Program Strategy

  • Continue to review and offer high quality health programs and adapt as necessary
  • Support and help youth participants develop and demonstrate the Y character values
  • Provide older adults with social activities and support
  • Grow partnerships with other faith-based organizations
  • Leverage corporate, governmental and non-profit partnerships to increase community education

Service Area: (towns/cities, population, demographics)

We are a diverse and inclusive organization for all. We welcome all people to participate in the YMCA through employment, programs, membership and volunteerism without regard to race, color, religion, gender, citizenship, genetic information, national origin, sexual orientation, economic status, age, disability or veteran status.

It is the spirit of the Y that everyone has the opportunity to participate as we focus on building the character traits of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

Fort Wayne is the second-largest city in the state of Indiana, and the hub of Northeast Indiana. Fort Wayne is in Allen County, the largest county in Indiana. The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne serves Allen, Whitley, Adams and Wells counties.


Population & Demographics              Allen          Wells          Whitley

Population Estimate as of 7.1.21          388,608        28,197         34,430 

Persons under eighteen                        25.6%         24.6%         22.9%

Persons over 65                                  14.9%          18.6%        18.5%

Female                                               51.1%          50.6%        50.1%

Male                                                   49.9%         49.4%        49.9%

White                                                 79.6%          96.9%        97.3%

Black                                                  12.0%           0.9%         0.5%

American Indian & Alaska Native           0.5%             0.3%        0.4%

Asian                                                  4.6%             0.7%        0.5%

Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander 0.1%              0              0

2 or more races                                    3.2%            1.2%        1.3%

Hispanic or Latino                                 7.7%            3.3%        2.2%


YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne Association Facts:


# of member and # of units. Also % by category – youth, adults, seniors, family, etc.

Click for links to May statistics for individuals and corporate members for entire association.

Member Stats 2022 and Corporate Membership Stats

Membership retention has remained strong during COVID-19 and has continued to strengthen sitting at 79% - 67% w/o insurance-based memberships

Facility features of building(s) pools, tennis courts, click on the Facilities at a Glance.


Membership Branches 

Caylor-Nickel Foundation Family YMCA

550 W. Dustman Rd. Bluffton, IN 46714

Sq. Ft.: 46,377    Age: 2015   Condition: Excellent


Central Branch YMCA

1020 Barr St. Fort Wayne IN 46802

Sq. Ft.: 48,295   Age: 1989   Condition: Very Good

Major HVAC work should be done in the next 2-4 years. Awaiting resolution of new development before committing to any major purchase (dehumidifier in particular).


Jorgensen Family YMCA

10313 Aboite Center Rd. Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Sq. Ft.: 75,474   Age: 2004   Condition: Very Good

Almost $1m in space renovations in last two years. Mechanical systems due for major overhaul in next 2-3 years.


Jackson R Lehman Family YMCA

5680 YMCA Park Drive W. Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Sq. Ft.: 70,246   Age: 2017   Condition: Excellent


Parkview Family YMCA

10001 Dawson's Creek Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Sq. Ft.: 76,659   Age: 2000   Condition: Very Good

Major mechanical repairs have been made in the last 18 months including new dehumidifier and new boilers. Good working order at present. Some remodeling being done this summer.  Roofing replacement will be a large cost in the next 5 years. 


Renaissance Pointe YMCA

2323 Bowser Ave. Fort Wayne, IN 46803

Sq. Ft.: 39,924   Age: 2010   Condition: Very Good

Major mechanical repairs made in the last 18 months. Good working order.


Skyline YMCA (leased)

838 S. Harrison St. Fort Wayne, IN 46802

St. Ft.: 10,474   Age: 2016   Condition: Excellent


Whitley County Family YMCA 

950 E. Van Buren St. Columbia City, IN 46725

Sq. Ft.: 50,392   Age: 1997   Condition: Very Good

Extensive remodeling over last 3 years. Facility is showing well. New dehumidifier installed in 2020.


Other Owned Properties

YMCA Camp Potawotami 

7255 E. 700 S. Wolcottville, IN 46795

Sq. Ft.: 200 acres   Age: 1922   Condition: Good

Many improvements made in last couple of years including conversion to natural gas from propane. Renovated climbing tower spring of 2022 and new high ropes course is contracted for pall 2022 or Spring 2023. Several youth cabins need updated/replaced.


Hodell Acres  

3135 Elmhurst Dr. Fort Wayne, IN 46809

St. Ft.: 17 acres   Age: 1950   Condition: Fair

Buildings needs new roofs in next couple of years.


Leased Properties

YMCA Youth Service Bureau

1117 S. Clinton St. Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Sq. Ft.: 4200   Age: N/A   Condition: Fair


YMCA Child Care Services

1025 W. Rudisill Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46807

Sq. Ft.: 3100   Age: N/A   Condition: Excellent


YMCA Metropolitan Business Offices

347 Berry St. Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Sq. Ft.: 6200   Age: N/A   Condition: Good



All memberships and programs offered at the Y fall under one of three focus areas: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Offerings vary by branch based and include but are not limited to:

  • Active Older Adults
  • Early Learning, Preschool, Before and Afterschool
  • Aquatics, Swim Lessons, Swim Teams
  • Diverse and Inclusive Programs
  • Evidence Based Health Initiatives such as Diabetes Prevention, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, Enhance Fitness, Pedaling for Parkinson’s, Blood Pressure Self-Management
  • Health & Wellness, Group Exercise, Adult Athletics
  • Summer Day Camp, Summer Overnight Camp
  • Teen Programs, Youth in Government, Leaders in Training
  • Crisis intervention services, mentoring, youth advocacy
  • Youth Sports, Creative Arts, Dance, Gymnastics
  • Spiritual Care Classes, bible studies, financial literacy, counseling
  • Volunteerism
  • Financial Aid is available at every membership branch and some programs are offered for free.

Annual Campaign

Annual Campaign total raised in 2021- $986,449 (100% of goal) Amount raised to date in 2022 - $962,604 (100% of goal).

In 2021, 37,600 people were awarded $2,748,309 in financial assistance in the form of reduced membership rates or program fees. All branches offer financial assistance. Our policy is not to let finances be a barrier to participation at the Y. One out of every three people who participate in the Y receives financial assistance.  

Capital Campaigns

Below is a link to an attachment about capital our campaign history.

Capital Campaigns

There are four capital projects that the new CEO will work on. Each is in a different phase. 

YMCA Youth Enterprise Zone

Offering programs that introduce youth to career fields that require technical expertise and hands-on work. 

$7 million 3-phase project

Career Opportunities Center

Outdoor Corner Park

Athletic/Special Event Fields 

YMCA Youth Shelter

Offering a permanent drop-in youth shelter to serve non-custodial runaway and homeless youth under the age of 18.  

Central Branch YMCA Reimagine

Working with a development group to redesign the corner of the current Central Branch and incorporate a new Y into a residential and corporate office development project.

YMCA Camp Potawotami Masterplan

$10 million multi-phase project to enhance amenities and upgrade facilities



Current Staff:

FT - 119

PT - 1060

Seasonal – 162

 CEO Direct Reports - There are currently 7 direct reports to the CEO. CFO, COO, Executive Assistant, Director of Christian Emphasis, Director of Mission Advancement, Director of Property and Facilities, Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Global Engagement

The COO and Director of Property and Facilities positions are currently vacant and will need to be hired by the incoming CEO.

 Board of Directors

In 2021, 1,325 volunteers contributed 2,118 hours toward projects that helped strengthen our community. Volunteerism include committees, youth sports coach, reading books and helping students with homework and a variety of community service projects.

Click here to view or download the profile of the Metropolitan Board of Directors which governs the association. By-laws were last reviewed/revised in 2009.



COVID-19 has had an impact on the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne but with the benefit from some of the Federal funding programs, a strong balance sheet and growing community - the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne is recovering at a faster pace than the majority of the Ys in the country and is in a position of strength.

Association annual budget size and fiscal year 2022 budget $26.1M

Amount of debt $2.7M

Bank Accounts $4.8M  

Endowment $8.8M 

YTD Operating Results:

Total Revenue $9.8M - $550k positive variance

Surplus YTD: $735K

YTD Balance Sheet:

Assets $65.2M

Liabilities $6.9M

Net Assets: $58.3M

3-year pattern of annual surplus or deficit

2021 – $2,866,487 (includes $3.3M in PPP and ERTC)

2020 – ($233,804)

2019 – ($397,575)


Attractions/quality of life benefits of living and working in the area:

Very family friendly. There’s plenty of things for kids to do in the area, like visiting the Children’s Zoo, Science Central and Historic areas of the city. Also, don’t ignore the Allen County Public Library system, which is a staple of the community.

The city has beautiful, well-maintained parks. There are dozens of local parks and lots of greenery in the city for walking and biking. The city has more than 90 miles of trails to explore, as well as dog-friendly parks and riverside walks and 400 natural lakes for relaxing weekend getaways.

Low taxes – While living in Fort Wayne, IN, you can enjoy lower sales tax and lower income tax than the US average. It also features a decently low property tax rate. 

Plenty of local sports. Fort Wayne is home to the Komets (the local hockey team), the Mad Ants (the basketball team) and the TinCaps (the baseball team), among many local school and intercollegiate sports teams. 

Vibrant and growing arts community. Arts enthusiasts can peruse the works of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the numerous local art galleries, a handful of small museums and plenty of public art pieces. They can also find inspiring spots like the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. The area also throws many fun festivals, especially in the fall. 

Friendly community members. Those moving to Indiana will often comment on how friendly Midwesterners are. 

Top-notch medical care. Six area hospitals boast cutting edge cancer and heart centers. 

Good education. Outstanding local K-12 public schools. Northeast Indiana offers first rate college and trade school educational opportunities.

Other sites for information:


  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, human services or related field; related graduate degree preferred. 
  • Ten or more years broad management experience, preferably in the YMCA and/or not-for-profit sector, including strategic planning, board and volunteer development, philanthropic development, and multi-site operations.
  • Insight and skill to effectively lead a voluntary, not-for-profit organization within a complex internal and external environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in community relations, financial development, fiscal management, and board and volunteer development.
  • Ability to attract, retain, lead and motivate quality staff and volunteer leadership.
  • Knowledge and understanding of community resources and demonstrated ability to engage area partners to meet strategic objectives.
  • Must have commitment to the mission and cause of the YMCA and uphold its values and ethics.
  • Must be an articulate spokesperson on behalf of the YMCA.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community. 
  • Must be regarded as a peer to other top-level community leaders.
  • Must have knowledge and experience with management and supervision skills.
  • Requires strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.
  • An understanding of the national and international relationships of the YMCA is preferred.


Essential Functions

Key Deliverables of Next CEO

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 

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

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

Salary Range: $180-$250k


Retirement Plan - Retirement Fund (401a) – Eligibility upon two years of FT employment and employee is immediately vested. YMCA contributes 12% of employee salary.

All active employees may participate in 403B Savings Account for additional contribution into the YMCA Retirement Fund. This is set up as a pre-tax salary deduction from payroll.

Click here to view and download benefits of employment: Benefit Overview and Benefit Packet 2022. FT employees are entitled to complimentary usage of the Y for themselves and their family with full privileges at the Y. FT employees transferring from another Y will be given credit for prior years of service and therefore eligible for vacation benefits and retirement benefits based on their accumulated years of Y employment.

Some programs such as Before and After School care are available at a discounted rate to FT employees. 


Target Dates for the search process

Resumes accepted through:   August 19

Preliminary interviews scheduled:   October 3 via Zoom

Final interviews:   October 26-27 

CEO selection made:   November 1, 2022

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:

Wade Hampton                          David Martorano

Indiana Alliance of YMCAs           YMCA of the USA 

317-715-2142                           312-419-2839

[email protected]        [email protected]