Executive Director of Youth Development

The YMCA of Wichita Falls is actively recruiting an Executive Director of Youth Development to join our senior leadership team. 
Job Description

The YMCA of Wichita Falls is actively recruiting an energetic, people-focused, positive leader to join our team. The Executive Director of Youth Development is a member of our Senior Leadership team while leading one of the largest youth programs in the Texoma region with afterschool, pre-school, camps in a 30,000 square foot branch with 10+ classrooms, library, cafeteria, 3 playgrounds, meeting rooms. Additionally operates multiple on-site school programs.

This position requires a blend of project management, problem-solving and relationship-building skills that keeps a complex operation relevant, sustainable, and impactful. Our work is centered on PEOPLE. Not only does this person embrace all dimensions of diversity; they treat all people with dignity, compassion, and respect and actively create safe environments in which others feel welcome, included, and respected.

Our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child, and when a community comes together for the common good. Our staff is our greatest asset. In the role of Executive Director, you’ll be an integral part of ensuring the Y continues to fulfill its mission.

Wichita Falls is #2 in the country for cost of living within cities of 100,000 people or more. A great place to raise a family with low crime rates, affordable housing, fun local activities, a unique and growing Downtown. Drivable to DFW metro and OKC metro for large city experiences. The YMCA of Wichita Falls is one of the largest non-profit organizations in Texoma and a leader in meeting community needs.


1.    Bachelor's degree in human services, business, social services or equivalent

2.    Five or more years of professional experience in the YMCA or another nonprofit preferred.

3.    Knowledge and experience in all aspects of operations, including staff supervision and development, successful membership practices, quality program development and implementation, volunteerism, facility and property management and sound financial practices.

4.    Understanding of the mission and cause of the YMCA and the respective roles of volunteers and staff.

5.    Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community; track record of building authentic, constructive relationships with others.

6.    Ability to handle multiple demands and priorities and achieve organizational objectives

7.    YMCA Organizational Leader certification preferred.

Essential Functions

1.    Directs the daily operations of the Dillard Early Learning and Youth Academy branch.

2.    Ability to direct total operations through volunteer development, supervision of staff, development and monitoring of operation budget, marketing and public relations, and program development.

3.    Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.

4.    Experience in management and development of volunteer involvement; ability to recruit top community leaders. Leads an effective branch volunteer board.

5.    Responsible for all licensing records for the Dillard Early Learning & Youth Academy to meet State and local licensing requirements.

6.    Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local regulations as they relate to program areas. Ensures compliance with contract requirements.

7.    Conducts quarterly parent meetings to collect feedback for implementation and improvement of classrooms and Center management.

8.    Carries out all aspects of the current strategic plan applicable to position. Prepares, maintains, and submits reports as required.

9.    Ensures the operational growth of the YMCA through program expansion and retention, pricing strategies, and collaborations.

10.  Ensures high performance and success of annual contributions goals and participates in major capital initiatives.

11.  Provides staff leadership to the Program Quality Team.

12.  Oversees the hiring, training, and supervision of branch staff.

13.  Identifies potential areas for programming to accomplish YMCA goals and works with staff groups to develop and implement programs.

14.  Fosters a climate of innovation to develop youth-focused programs and leads branch staff in the planning, development and implementation of new program initiatives and activities.

15.  Ensures the safety of all unit operations.  Acts as the Association’s child abuse prevention expert.

16.  Serves as a member of YMCA executive leadership team and supports the overall strategy, objectives, and direction of the organization.

17.  Performs other duties as assigned.

Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

(Organizational Leader):

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 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-date knowledge and skills in technology.

Required Certifications

Texas Child Care Licensings requirements will be required after hire.