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Job Description

The Opportunity:

In the spring of 2000, a group of caring residents identified a huge gap in the Gallatin Valley for affordable, out-of-school opportunities for children. Recognizing this need, an energetic and passionate volunteer group took it upon themselves to create the basis for the Gallatin Valley YMCA, building affordable programs that met the needs of families and children and welcomed everyone regardless of their ability to pay. After being a “Y without walls” for many years, renting space at local schools, churches, and parks to run our programs, the Gallatin Valley YMCA opened the doors to a newly built facility in 2017 after an extensive capital campaign. Since opening our facility in the heart of the one of the fastest growing regions in Montana, we have continued to expand our program offerings, grow our membership base, and build partnerships with other organizations for early learning and aquatics. In the near future, we have plans to expand our facility with the addition of a gym, indoor track, and pool to continue to serve our growing population and community needs.

Our Mission: Strengthen community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

About the Gallatin Valley YMCA

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement:  The Gallatin Valley YMCA provides a wide variety of programs that assist children, families, and individuals in reaching their full potential, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race, or sexual orientation.

Current Key Strategic Initiatives:  The Board of Directors has developed its Frames For Action which include the following 3 areas:

  • Elevate membership and program efficacy to deepen impact of the Y cause.  
  • Generate the awareness and financial resources needed to sustain the Gallatin Valley YMCA.
  • Build the organizational capacity necessary to effectively fulfill the Y cause.

Facility Information:  The facility is 6 years old (22,000 SQ FT) and has 2 group fitness rooms, a programming/multipurpose room, conference room, and cardio/weight room.  The Y is located on 7 acres that is being leased for $1 per year from a local church.

Core Programs:

  • Summer Day Camp
  • Youth and Preschool Sports
  • After School Child Care based at area Elementary Schools
  • Hawks Nest Early Learning Center (2-5 YO) located at Bozeman High School
  • Fitness and wellness offerings including mind/body, Zumba, cycling, a variety of group exercise classes and Re-Charge, which is a 12-week program for participants in cancer treatment


  • 906 membership units 
  • 1261 members
  • 43% adult
  • 12% dual
  • 12% family
  • 9% seniors
  • 21% youth
  • 2% military
  • 1% corporate


Current Staff:

  • 10 FT
  • 20 PT
  • 20-30 seasonal staff during the summer 

CEO Direct Reports:

  • Member Engagement & Sports Director
  • Health & Wellness Director
  • Camp & Family Programs Director
  • Mission Advancement Director
  • Early Learning Center Director 

Board Members:   

  • The Board of Directors is composed of 13 volunteers
  • 40% female, 60% male   
  • Occupations include:  CPA, HR Director, Hotel General Manager, Principal of Elementary School, Architect, Structural Engineer, Financial Advisor, Attorney, Construction Project Manager, University Sports Facilities Director, Construction Consultant, Mortgage Loan Officer, Fire Department Battalion Chief, and Retired Engineer.

Annual Campaign:  

  • In 2022 the Y didn’t have a traditional annual campaign but ran two large special events.  The Board and Mission Advancement Director are focusing on building community awareness of the GVYMCA in 2023.  The special events, program sponsors, and Giving Day generated over $200,000.
  • $40,000 was provided in financial assistance to individuals and families in 2022.

Financial Profile:

  • $2.3M budgeted for FY 2023
  • Current debt is $2.6M
  • Current investment fund is $975,770
  • The three-year fiscal profile:
    • 2020    surplus of $405,954
    • 2021    surplus of $28,670
    • 2022 deficit of ($70,000)

Population and Demographics:

  • There is a population of 81,256 and 32,464 households in a 15-minute drive time radius
  • This population is expected to grow 1.6% per year between 2019-2024.
  • The median age is 32.
  • 86% of the population is White, 5% Hispanic, 5% Multi-Race, 1.4% Asian, 1% Native American/Alaskan Native.
  • The median household income is $81,997 and 14% of households live below the poverty level.

Additional Important Information

Area Amenities and Benefits:  The Gallatin Valley is one of the fastest growing regions in Montana, nestled in the Rocky Mountains. The City of Bozeman sits at the center, home to Montana State University, a Level I research university with 17,000 students. The surrounding communities of Belgrade, Gallatin Gateway, and Manhattan all have their own unique character, outstanding schools, and desirable neighborhoods. Outdoor adventures are plentiful with Yellowstone National Park a short 90 minutes away, two world-class ski resorts, picturesque fly fishing and rafting on the Gallatin and Madison rivers, and other limitless opportunities in the surrounding four mountain ranges. The Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport offers non-stop flights on eight different airlines to over 20 destinations, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles, and Dallas. Bozeman’s mile-long Main Street frequently appears on Top-10 Best lists and is bustling with locally-owned shops and restaurants. The Gallatin Valley’s economy is largely supported by agriculture, tourism, and a burgeoning tech industry. Every school district in the surrounding area has an outstanding reputation for quality and achievement and the GVYMCA is within a 15-minute drive of multiple K-12 districts and schools.

Websites: (Bozeman Public Schools) (Belgrade Public Schools) (Monforton School, a public K-8 school district located 3 miles from the GVYMCA, closest public school to the facility) (YMCA of the USA)


Minimum Criteria for Candidates: 

  1. Must possess a 4-year degree from an accredited college.  
  2. Must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and personal values consistent with the YMCA mission.
  3. Must have a minimum of five years prior experience in a senior management role with direct supervision of multiple levels of staff and employees.
  4. Proven ability in fundraising including annual community support campaign and grant writing.
  5. Proven ability to develop and strengthen community relationships.
  6. Proven fiscal management skills and experience with budget oversight of at least $1,000,000.   

Preferred Criteria for Candidates: 

  1. Previous experience as a CEO or Executive Director. 
  2. Experience with capital planning and facility planning.
  3. Experience overseeing licensed childcare programs. 
  4. Proven ability to grow operating revenue, particularly in membership.
  5. YMCA Organizational Leader certification. Candidates who do not already possess this certification will have up to three years to certify.
Essential Functions

Position Description and Board Expectations:  

The Board of Directors is seeking a CEO to build on this solid foundation of generous community support and take it to new levels of strengthening the foundations of community. The next leader must re-imagine the Y’s future, innovate and elevate the Y’s mission, and leverage the Y’s unique ability to serve all members of the community.

The Board believes its new CEO should be an experienced leader who has the background and qualities that will permit him or her to achieve excellence in the following roles:

Key Skills and Abilities:

  1. Steward Fundraising Efforts:  Possess the ability to develop and cultivate relationships and deepen the breadth and depth of our donor base.  Develop and implement an annual fundraising plan that will tell the story of the GVYMCA as a leading nonprofit organization.  Identify and steward fundraising efforts for the phase two capital project, using proven practices, while taking the organization to a new level of effectiveness and impact in annual giving.
  2. Improve Operating Performance Through Strong Fiscal Management and Administration:  Engage the staff to develop an annual tactical plan for identifying and achieving key goals and objectives toward operational excellence.  Ensure safe, relevant, and sustainable practices while leveraging innovation.  Use high-level financial analysis to forecast financial trends and ensure growth.  Quickly address financial issues that may arise.  Lead the organization to develop the budget and drive operations to surplus annually by growing earned revenue and contributions and controlling costs. Empower and guide staff to lead their departments to achieve financial milestones.
  3. Position the Y as a Vital Partner in the Community:  Actively build relationships with members, community stakeholders, key partners, and other nonprofits to ensure that our Y is seen as a leader and partner in strengthening community.  Serve as an ambassador for the mission, purpose, and vision for the GVYMCA by being the face of the GVYMCA in the community.  Possess the ability to develop and cultivate relationships with key stakeholders from diverse backgrounds while upholding the highest standards and values of the Y.
  4. Build and Lead the Staff:  Ensure a talent development system is in place and executed in an affirming, culturally competent, and effective manner.  Work towards recruiting, retaining, developing, and promoting staff that represent the diversity of the communities we serve. Encourage the team by creating a spirit of camaraderie, inclusion, and sense of mission and purpose.  Foster a learning organization to help staff achieve their highest potential.

Salary Range: $90,000 - $115,000

Benefits: Retirement Plan contributions: (8% YMCA paid, 4% Employee paid) per eligibility requirements (, employee is vested in the YMCA Retirement Fund after 2 years. Employee can also participate in a Tax-Deferred Savings Plan by opening a 403(b) Smart Account from the first date of employment.  Health benefits include medical (BCBS of Montana, 60-75% employer paid) and dental (Delta Dental, 100% employee paid). Laptop and cell phone stipend provided. Paid time off is outlined in the employee handbook and based on years of service FT in the YMCA. Free family membership and 50% discount on programs (including childcare). Relocation assistance may be provided.

Residency: Preferred residence is in Bozeman, Belgrade, Manhattan, or Gallatin Gateway.

Target Dates for the Search Process:

Resumes accepted through:March 24, 2023

Applicant review period:    March 25-April 19, 2023

Preliminary interviews scheduled:        April 28, 2023

Final interviews:                  May 16 and May 17, 2023 

CEO selection made:              May 24, 2023 

New CEO on board (anticipated):June 26, 2023 

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: 

Leighann Sibal

YMCA of the USA – Search Consultant


[email protected]

Questions regarding this YMCA should be directed to: 

Laura Mahan  

Mountain States Alliance of YMCAs – Executive Director 

(208) 484-9253

[email protected]