District Executive Director

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Job Description


The Y is a dynamic and diverse human service organization committed to nurturing the potential of young people, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. The Y is a team effort, right down to our members. The care and concern we show for our members is our success gauge. In order to maintain our success, we must recruit and hire the best employees in the country. The Y commits itself to doing so by providing our employees competitive wages, benefits and opportunities for advancement through our training programs and internal promotions.

The YMCA of South Hampton Roads is recognized as a cutting edge leader in the YMCA movement. The association serves the communities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Franklin, Virginia Beach, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, South Boston/Halifax County Virginia, as well as the Outer Banks, Barco and Elizabeth City in North Carolina. Our facilities consist of 22 Family Centers, 3 satellite fitness centers, 2 regional day camps, 1 resident camp, and a nine-hole golf course operating a successful First Tee program.

Our association strongly supports staff development, training, and encourages membership in the nation’s largest active chapter of YMCA Professionals Network (YPN).

The YMCA of South Hampton Roads is committed to the development of staff leadership. In addition to a robust benefit program, the YMCA of South Hampton Roads also provides training to secure a promising future for our employees and our association. Excellent benefits package includes complimentary YMCA family membership and additional generous child care discounts, competitive pay and bonus opportunities, unlimited paid time off, telework options, health benefits and the industry-leading 12% retirement plan with no match requirement.


Under the direction of the Vice President of Operations, the District Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Greenbrier Family YMCA and supervision of the Greenbrier North Family YMCA. This position provides Cause-Driven leadership in staff supervision, volunteer management, fiscal management, financial development, membership and program administration, facility & equipment stewardship, community relations and personal-professional development. Directly responsible for growing, managing and leading change for a $1.83 million, 2100 household unit membership Family Center.  Also responsible for supervision of the $1.84 million Greenbrier North Family center. Total budget responsibility $3.66 million. 


  1. Strong business operations background with a proven track record of producing growth and strong financial management
  2. Bachelor's degree in Human Services, Business Management, Business Administration or equivalent
  3. Ten or more years of successful management experience, preferably in YMCA or other nonprofit agency in health and wellness field
  4. Must have previous working with diverse populations
  5. Supervision of Full and Part-time employees with the accountability of annual budgets exceeding $ 2 Million.
  6. Ability to establish and maintain collaborations with community organizations
  7. Ability to lead assigned operations including staff development and supervision. Development and monitoring of budgets, membership and program development, financial marketing and public relations, board and volunteer development
  8. YMCA Multi-Team Leader certification preferred
Essential Functions


  • Achieve budget expectations annually of the Greenbrier District YMCAS 
  • Meet quarterly and annual outcomes and expectations of the Association Strategic Plan  
  • Achieve budget expectations annually of the Greenbrier District YMCAS 
  • Attain the Annual Campaign financial expectations for the Greenbrier District YMCAS 
  • Develop and Grow the Greenbrier District programs and services in quality and quantity 
  • Supervision and maintenance (though partnership with Property Team) of two YMCA locations
  • The Development and Leadership for Greenbrier Exempt Leaders 

1. Budget and Financial Performance 

  • Develops, manages, and monitors center operating budgets to meet or exceed targets. Initiates and manages adjustments to the budget to assure a balanced operation and submits reports on current operations 

2. Program Development and Membership Engagement 

  • Implements Association membership strategies that support recruitment of new members and retention of existing members. Creates a member-focused culture and models relationship-building skills in all interactions. Uses YMCA "listen first" skills to understand and respond to the needs, wants and interests of members. Fosters a climate of innovation and resolves problems to ensure member satisfaction
  • Develops long range plans for the expansion of programs and services, in harmony with overall YMCA objectives. Monitors the achievements of these objectives and exercises appropriate action to assure the  achievements of the objectives are of the highest quality programs and services 
  • Ensures safety, cleanliness and function of all related facilities and equipment 

3. Team Performance Toward Organizational Goals 

  • Ensures all program operations are consistent with association procedures, including emergency, insurance, accident, purchasing, personnel, accounting and other administrative systems 
  • Recruits, Hires Trains, develops and leads employees and volunteers. Reviews and evaluates performance. Develop Strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals.. Responsible for exempt staff and 30+ non exempt employees

4. Fundraising

  • Provides leadership and is accountable for achieving Annual Giving Campaign 


  • Requires a person of maturity and good judgement, who can operation with a minimum of guidance from the VP of Operations 
  • Requires ability to exercise appropriate independent judgement and make non routine decision regarding day to day operational issues
  • Requires effective team building and leadership skill
  • Must maintain cooperative, functional relationships with senior leadership team, peers, and subordinates
  • Must maintain a positive energetic attitude toward YMCA work, goals and values
  • Must have ability to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, and to travel as needed for operational management with on site presence managing major operational  issues
  • Must have superior oral and written communication skills and the ability to respond to a wide variety of constituencies , including staff, volunteers, members, program participants, vendors and community leaders
  • Ability to perform the duties of direct reports as needed


Physically able to successfully complete required job functions, including use of hands, arms, fingers, able to talk and hear, use a computer, sit and stand, regularly move/lift up to 50 pounds, enter all YMCA environments( office spaces, indoor and outdoor maintenance/mechanical areas, fitness areas, pool and pool space, camping areas, unimproved outdoor locations and other program areas). 


Accountable for completion of assigned goals as measured by the number of people served, cause driven measures, service satisfaction scores, operating results, and supervisor evaluation of assigned duties.

Continuation of employment is contingent upon receipt of satisfactory results to meet minimum requirements of the position. The requirements may include background check, drug test, driver's license record, CPS, and/or criminal background check. Additional driver's license check, CPS, criminal background check, alcohol, and/or drug testing may be required to be processed in the future in order to meet and/or maintain the requirements of this position. 

Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies
  • Communication and Influence
  • Fiscal Management
  • Engaging Community