President & Chief Executive Officer

The YMCA of Greater San Antonio is a well-respected, cause-driven Association, focused on creating a sense of community and belonging......
Job Description

The YMCA of Greater San Antonio is a well-respected, cause-driven Association, focused on creating a sense of community and belonging through innovative programs that meet community needs.

We are a steadfast community pillar, responding to our community’s most critical social needs by ensuring that everyone has the chance to learn, grow, and thrive - regardless of age, income, ability, ethnicity, or faith.

Y Mission and Core Values

Our mission is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

The core values of the YMCA of Greater San Antonio are caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and faith.


Our purpose is to strengthen the foundations of the community.

We are for Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.

YMCA of Greater San Antonio Association Facts:

The YMCA of Greater San Antonio is a well-respected, cause-driven Association focused on creating a sense of community and belonging through innovative programs that meet community needs. We are a steadfast community pilar, responding to our community’s most critical social needs by ensuring that everyone has the chance to learn, grow, and thrive - regardless of age, income, ability, ethnicity, or faith

Established in 1875, the YMCA of Greater San Antonio is committed to strengthening the foundation of our communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility and incorporate our core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and faith into all we do.  At the YMCA we are more than a gym, we are a community and a place for everyone.

As a dedicated Association of staff, volunteers, donors, and partners, the Y is a strong and growing organization focused on impacting the lives of those we serve in a positive way, fulfilling our mission to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

YMCA Membership Features Include:

YMCA of Greater San Antonio membership is open to the entire community - regardless of age, income, or fitness level.  With 11 wellness facilities throughout San Antonio and one Performance Training Center, the Y offers a variety of membership options, including memberships for teens, young adults, adult, duo, family, and seniors. 

Currently, our growing Y serves 66,134 individuals, comprised of 19,600 membership units. 

Y Membership includes nationwide access to participating YMCA’s across the United States, YMCA 360 virtual platform that includes over 1,500 group exercise classes, in-person group exercise options, childcare, wellness consultation, access to pools, and family events.

YMCA members experience a sense of belonging, achievement, and friendship that is hard to find elsewhere.  When you join the Y, you gain access to hundreds of programs at a special member rate.

Y Programs:

Youth Development

The YMCA of Greater San Antonio has three Early Learning Centers and over 60 after-school care sites throughout the service area. 

Our early learning centers provide infant, toddler, and preschool child care with developmentally appropriate learning activities. The purpose of the Early Childhood Program is to provide affordable childcare in an environment that helps to facilitate a child's cognitive, social, physical, and emotional growth.

At the Y, we believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success. That makes for confident kids today, and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

Licensed by the Health and Human Services these programs serve working families at all income levels. Monthly tuition and annual family membership fees apply. Tuition assistance is available through the YMCA Open Doors Scholarship Program.


The YMCA of Greater San Antonio has four Sport Complexes and over 9,300 participants. 

Our youth sports participants gain more than just exercise.  They learn to be leaders in sports and in life.  Our volunteer coaches help guide youth through learning the essentials of physical fitness, healthy development and participation.  We focus on improving their self-confidence, socialization skills and maintaining their determination.


When it comes to swimming and water safety, no one is trusted more than the YMCA.  The YMCA of Greater San Antonio currently operates one Aquatic Center, four indoor pools, and three outdoor swimming pools.

The YMCA swim lesson curriculum is designed to teach this lifelong skill to young people and adults of all skill levels in a safe environment. We offer swim lessons for the beginner and for those looking to improve their strokes.

Y Living/Diabetes Prevention

Diabetes is the leading health issue in south Texas.  The YMCA of Greater San Antonio offers numerous evidenced-based programs that focus on primary and secondary disease prevention.  

Our programs are designed to help individuals focus on several key elements that help foster a sustained lifestyle change: nutrition, behavior modification, physical activity and stress management.  In partnership with the City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, the Y is committed to delivering the diabetes prevention and weight loss programs that promote health and wellness with a lens of community and cultural relevance.

The evidence-based programs are delivered by trained lifestyle coaches.  The lifestyle coaches work with program participants in a structured, supportive, partnership to help them make lasting lifestyle changes.   

The Y anticipates serving 20,000 annually in San Antonio and outlying communities through community-based programs, corporate wellness, before and after school enrichment, youth sports, summer camp, swim lessons and teen mentorship programs. The YMCA is focused on providing youth and community members the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve.


The YMCA of Greater San Antonio is made up of over 1,400 staff members, including 177 full-time staff.  We have an outstanding staff retention rate and 80% of our full-time staff were promoted into their current role from within! 

The largest segment of our staff team works directly in service to youth in our communities.  Early learning, after school programs, day camps, branch childwatch, teen programs, sports, and aquatics are represented by this staff team.

Our staff demographics are represented by:

  • Gender:  66% female and 34% male staff members.  
  • Ethnicity: 55% of our staff identify as Hispanic, 30% white, 10% African American/black, 3% 2+ races, and 2% Asian.
  • Generational: 47% Gen Z, 27% Millennial, 17% Gen X, and 9% Baby Boomers.

Living Our Cause

Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. We strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day by being: 

  • Welcoming: We are open to all. We are a place where you can be, belong and become.
  • Genuine: We value who you are and encourage you to be true to yourself and others.
  • Hopeful: We believe in you and your ability to be a catalyst for good in the world.
  • Nurturing: We’re with you in your journey to develop your full potential.
  • Determined: Above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.

The Y staff community is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life working side by side to strengthen communities. Together we work to ensure everyone—regardless of gender, income, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity or cultural background—has the opportunity to live life to its fullest. We share the values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and faith—everything we do stems from it.

Recognizing that a diverse and inclusive organization is foundational to developing and engaging everyone across the entire Y spectrum.  Our volunteers, members, program participants, families, leaders, staff, vendors, suppliers, donors, collaborators and the community at large all contribute to our efforts to make positive, lasting personal and social change.

Diversity, inclusion, and equity practices foster a high-performing learning environment where staff and volunteers are engaged, valued, and encouraged to collaborate, generate ideas, and contribute at the highest level. 


The YMCA of Greater San Antonio has a strong balance sheet as a result of recent and significant debt reduction and increased liquidity.  This has been accomplished through the sale of three properties as well as funds freed up from Federal stimulus money.  As of 12/31/21, assets totaled $43,180,267, and liabilities totaled $10,184,151 leaving net assets of $32,996,116.

Operationally, the 2022 projected revenue of $26,521,291 is about 78% of pre-COVID levels with expense at $26,314,178 leaving a projected net operating surplus of $207,113.  We are making great strides towards full recovery expected in the next 2 to 3 years.


The YMCA of Greater San Antonio serves the city of San Antonio and the surrounding communities including Boerne, New Braunfels, Cibolo, Schertz, and Roberts Ranch in Comfort, Tx in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. 

San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the United States, and is currently the fastest growing city in the country. 

In 2019, San Antonio, TX had a population of 1.55M people with a median age of 34.4 and a median household income of $53,751. 

The 5 largest ethnic groups in San Antonio, TX are Hispanic 54.5%, White (Non-Hispanic) 23.9%, Black or African American 6.59%, Other (Hispanic) (6.59%), and Asian 2.8%. 

San Antonio is known worldwide for its friendliness and rich culture, with influences from Mexico, Spain, and Germany along with the local Texicans and Native Americans.

Advantages to the Area:

This area of south Texas enjoys low cost of living, warm weather, and stable community growth.  San Antonio has a thriving medical community, which is the largest industry in the city.

Home to the Alamo and Mission Reach, the famous Riverwalk, the Spurs NBA basketball team, renowned universities, a variety of outdoor recreation areas, amusement parks, and shopping outlets, San Antonio is the top tourist destination in the state of Texas. 

San Antonio is also known as Military City USA, with several military bases, training, and medical facilities in the area.

Beyond the city of San Antonio, our northern communities are each unique Texas Hill Country destinations that are all experiencing rapid population growth and business expansion.

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Minimum Criteria for Candidates:

  1. Bachelor's degree in business administration, human services or related area; related graduate degree preferred.
  2. 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.
  3. YMCA Organizational Leader certificate required within three years from date of hire.
  4. Insight and skill to effectively lead a voluntary, not-for-profit organization within a complex internal and external environment.
  5. Demonstrated experience in community relations, financial development, financial management, and board and volunteer development.
  6. Ability to attract, retain, lead and motivate quality staff and volunteer leadership.
  7. Knowledge and understanding of community resources and the ability to engage and partner these resources with the YMCA to meet strategic objectives.
  8. Must be regarded as a peer to other top-level community leaders.
  9. Must have commitment to the mission and cause of the YMCA and uphold its values and ethics.
  10. Must be an articulate spokesperson on behalf of the YMCA.
  11. Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community. Ability to speak Spanish, in addition to English, is helpful.
  12. An understanding of the national and international relationships of the YMCA is preferred.
Essential Functions

Position Description and Board Expectations:  

The President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the YMCA of Greater San Antonio reports to the Association Board of Directors and has executive leadership responsibility for the strategic direction of the Y, by leading the organization in achieving the mission through fiscal management, financial development, community relations, staffing, and operations.

This position requires an inspiring leader who is a vision-caster with impeccable character, a well-rounded world view, proven empathetic and servant leadership of top performing people, and self-confidence with humility.  The CEO must create a vision to put the mission into a long-term view.  The successful candidate will have a strong passion for the Y and will create a culture that encourages growth and innovation.  

The CEO must be an excellent communicator with a solid foundation in collaborations and fundraising.  The candidate must be focused on relationship building and understanding the unique nuances and needs of the diverse communities we serve.  Additionally, the CEO is responsible for constant identification of financial and operational threats to ensure responsible stewardship of the Y’s financial portfolio, including enterprise risk management.

The new CEO should be an experienced executive leader equipped to achieve the following:

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.

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

Fiscal Management: Use high-level financial analysis to forecast financial trends, growth and stability, while consistently leading the 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(AWK). 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 

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

Salary Range:  

Competitive base salary, monthly auto allowance, and annual bonus potential.  


We offer the full range of benefits including medical, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, dependent life insurance, 12% Y Retirement contribution after eligibility period is met, generous PTO (paid time off) plan, 2 paid self-care days, 9 paid holidays, free Y family memberships, and discounts on programs.

Target Dates for the Search Process

  • Resumes accepted through August 15, 2022                   
  • Preliminary interviews scheduled:  September 12 & 13, 2022          
  • Final interviews: September 29 & 30, 2022                                        

CEO Selection:                                      

  • New CEO on board early November 2022 (anticipated):              

To Apply

Candidates will apply via the following website:

You will be required to submit the following with your online application:  A resume and cover letter, along with four (4) professional, and two (2) personal references.  

Note:  References will be checked on top candidates.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to senior consultant, Sal Cisneros [email protected] or chief human resources officer Stacy Oksenberg [email protected].