YMCA of Forest City Iowa
Chief Executive Officer
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The YMCA has a commitment to creating a culture of safety.
This is an excellent opportunity to lead a Y with a brand-new facility for the community and its members. While we have experienced delays in construction, we are excited about opening this new center and have been getting the recreation side of the facility ready to open. The new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will join our Y with a strong board who have a passion about the Y’s mission. The CEO serves as the chief executive officer and reports to and is directly held responsible by the Board of Directors. The CEO is responsible for key result areas as established by the Board of Directors.
This position supports the work of the Y, as one of the leading nonprofits in Oskaloosa committed to strengthening community through programs and services that impact youth, community health, and quality of life. The CEO, in partnership with the Board, sets the strategic direction of the organization; oversees its staffing, financial stability, development, and operations; and needs to position the Y as a leading community collaborator. The CEO works under the policies, directives, and guidelines of the governing board of directors.
To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
Our Cause & Values:
To strengthen the foundations of community and instill the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
The Y is seeking an innovative, strategic and community minded individual to serve as its next CEO. The CEO will build trust and extend the breadth and depth of the Y’s reach across the Oskaloosa area. The CEO will lead collaborative efforts to grow and maintain productive working relationships in the community that enhances the Y’s mission and impact.
About the YMCA:
The Oskaloosa Young Men’s Christian Association had its beginning in the winter of 1866 and was just what the name indicated: an association of Christian young men seeking fellowship and spiritual inspiration. Rooms were first maintained in the old Oskaloosa Herald block, 124 1st Avenue West, with a minimum of furnishings and accommodations. Most of the men had served in the Civil War and were back home. During those days, the Y operated on a $1,000 budget.
More than 20 years ago, a name change took place. The YMCA of Oskaloosa changed to the Mahaska County YMCA, the name it operates under today. The change was to more adequately reflect the service provided to, not only Oskaloosa residents, but to those living within the entire Mahaska Community, throughout the county. The YMCA is an active member of the local early childhood partnership providing high-quality childcare services. Our Childcare Services include Child Care for Infant – 5-year-old children, 3-year-old preschool, and Before and After School and Day Camp programs for Elementary school children.
The Y is partnering with the City of Oskaloosa and the Oskaloosa Community School District to build a new Recreation and Early Childhood Education Center. The new building combines recreation and learning into one facility, creating efficiencies for operations, and allowing crossover in programming. Youth will be able to enjoy swimming while attending daycare and preschool. The over 88,000-square-foot building has two components— an early childcare education center and a recreation center with separate entrances. The education portion is home for our youth from birth to 5th grade. Classrooms have modern conveniences that allow teachers to stay in the classrooms and focus on the kids, education and play. There is a large space dedicated for large motor development, and outdoor playgrounds will focus on imaginative play.
The Y will have expanding aquatic offerings with two pools and a splash pad. There will be a warm-water pool for water aerobics, therapy, lessons, and play. The cooler six-lane pool will focus on lap swim, swim team practice, and competition, while the splash pad will be a great place to introduce youngsters to water. There will be a full-court gym that can be split into two half courts, with room around the perimeter for spectators. There will also be dedicated spaces for group exercise classes, racquetball, weights, and cardio equipment for members to enjoy.
With gathering always being a focus, there are three multipurpose rooms and a lobby area for connecting members and community members after classes or a workout. Locker rooms will embrace today’s needs.
The Y is in the business of building strong individuals and families. The new YMCA Center will help us fulfill that mission for years to come. Our purpose is deeper than the pool and everyone in the community is making this dream a reality.
Current Key Strategic Initiatives:
Annual Support Campaign:
Completed a Capital Campaign in collaboration with Oskaloosa Community Schools and the City of Oskaloosa. This combined capital campaign resulted in the building of a $31.5M facility that will house the Mahaska County YMCA and the Early Learning Center.
CEO Direct Reports:
Board of Directors:
Community Population & Demographics: Mahaska County (Census 2020)
About the Area:
Oskaloosa is the Mahaska County seat, and the downtown City Square Park was named in Travel & Leisure magazine one of the most beautiful in the nation. Oskaloosa is a Main Street community, and the downtown, home to shops, restaurants, and community festivals is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Oskaloosa is deeply rooted in agriculture, manufacturing, education, music and entrepreneurship, and is prepared for the future with unlimited fiber-to-the premise Gigabit service through locally owned Mahaska Communication Group. Oskaloosa is home to a number of hometown headquarter industries, and 24% of our employment is manufacturing based – among the highest in Iowa. They export to 180 countries worldwide and provide a strong and diversified local economy.
The cost of living in Oskaloosa is lower than the national average and most cities in the state. Living in Oskaloosa has a suburban feel, which can be nice for individuals and families looking for more space than larger densely packed cities for the money and a good area for family. Oskaloosa’s small-town charm offers amenities not usually found in micropolitan communities. There’s a lot to do in Oskaloosa! Oskaloosa is home to a state-of-the-art 696-seat auditorium that brings in half a dozen professional shows each year, as well as hosting children’s theater camps year around. An art center hosting live music, Oskaloosa City Band (organized in 1964), art gallery, and a host of classes, a 15-mile/10-ft wide community recreation trail loops the communities of Oskaloosa and University Park, 45 holes of golf, an Urban Skate Park, a high quality 18-hole disc golf course, and outdoor public pool.
Oskaloosa Schools invested $25M to build one elementary and to renovate the middle and high schools. This year the school invested another $9M upgrading the campus. The high school offers Academy classes for students to receive dual credit through Indian Hills Community College. Students also have the opportunity for apprenticeships with area industry. Oskaloosa offers a robust arts program including orchestra, and the Indians have highly successful athletic programs. The school district is a strong partner of the Y, sharing in the early childhood, swimming, and other activities.
Oskaloosa hosts both William Penn University and a branch office of Indian Hills Community College. William Penn University was founded in 1873 and offers a wide range of Baccalaureate and Master Degree programs.
Mahaska Health invested $25 million in a 52,000-sf expansion which added acute care facilities, surgical suites, a birthing center, and Serenity Hospice House. Mahaska Health is experiencing robust growth in specialty care clinics including obstetrics, cancer care, pulmonology, rheumatology, pain management, neurology, cardiology, and orthopedics.
Oskaloosa offers a wide variety of employment opportunities with leading employers including Musco, Clow, Oskaloosa Foods, Interpower, Oskaloosa School District, Wm Penn University.
Mahaska County YMCA: https://www.mahaskaymca.org/
City of Oskaloosa: https://oskaloosaiowa.org/
Chamber of Commerce: https://www.mahaskachamber.org/visit/
Oskaloosa Community School District: https://www.oskycsd.org/
William Penn University: https://www.wmpenn.edu/
Indian Hills Community College: https://www.indianhills.edu/
Mahaska Health Partnership: https://www.mahaskahealth.org/
Mahaska Community Recreation Foundation: https://www.mcrf.info/
YMCA of the USA: www.ymca.org
The Heartland YMCA Alliance exists to bring our Ys across the states of Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota together and improve our effectiveness in strengthening our local communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
We proactively and intentionally use our collective resources to achieve our common vision and goals by increasing the number of individuals served through YMCA programs and membership. We serve seven YMCA associations, including 88 membership facilities and resident camps serving over 750,000 people annually. Read more: https://heartlandymcas.org/
Criteria for Candidates:
Key Skills and Abilities:
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:
Residency Expectation: Living in the YMCA’s service area is required. It is expected that the CEO is immersed and engaged in the Oskaloosa community.
Salary Range: $85,000 to $105,000+
Search Process Target Dates:
Dates subject to change
References, Background Check, and Organizational Leader Certification:
Candidates must submit the following in their online application: a resume, cover letter, and six references (four professional and two personal that are not directly related). References checked on final candidates only with prior notification.
Successful candidate accepting the offer must pass a background check and have a current Y-USA’s Organizational Leader Certification or obtain certification within the first three years from start date as the CEO.
Candidates must apply via the following website: https://tinyurl.com/mahaska-county-ymca-ceo
About the Search Process
Senior Director, Alliances
YMCA of the USA
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About the Y and Alliance
CEO, Iowa YMCAs
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