Chief Executive Officer

The Mahaska County YMCA is an equal-opportunity employer committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.
Job Description

The YMCA has a commitment to creating a culture of safety.

The Opportunity:

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.

Our Mission:

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.

Position Description:

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.

YMCA Facts:

Current Key Strategic Initiatives: 

  • Planning For Transition and Expansion: Our facility is an important vehicle through which we accomplish our mission so we must ensure a successful transition from the existing facility to the new facility.
  • Invest in Our People: We will engage, develop, and empower cause-driven leaders and volunteers at every level who are passionate and dedicated to the Y’s mission, cause and values.
  • Grow revenue and demonstrate IMPACT: Addressing community needs through programs that achieve impact will enable us to generate increasing amounts of earned revenue and charitable support – promoting the sustainability of the Y into the future.


  • Total Number of Members: 1,898
  • Total Number of Membership Units: 863
  • % Youth: 9.8%
  • % Adults:29.9%
  • % Households: 40.0%
  • % Senior: 20.3%

Core Programs: 

  • Child Care (Infants – 5 years of age)
  • Aquatics
  • Out of School Time: Before and After School, Day Camp
  • Youth Sports
  • Group Exercise
  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Adult Sports

Annual Support Campaign:

  • Prior Year’s Raised: $111,625
  • Current Year’s Goal: $110,000

Capital 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.


  • FT: 28
  • PT: 71
  • Seasonal: 8

CEO Direct Reports: 

  • Membership Director
  • Business Manager
  • Aquatics Director
  • Sports Director
  • Wellness Director
  • Child Care Director
  • School Age / Day Camp Director
  • Facilities Director

Staff Demographics:

  • % Female: 90%
  • % Male: 10%
  • % American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
  • % Asian: 1%
  • % Black or African American: 3%
  • % Two or More Races: 1%
  • % White: 95%

Board of Directors:

  • Number of Governing Board Members: 16
  • Board Demographics:
    • % Female: 56%
    • % Male: 44%
    • % American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
    • % Asian: 0%
    • % Black or African American: 12.5%
    • % White: 87.5%
  • Committees: 10
    • Child Care
    • Endowment
    • Executive
    • Finance
    • Fund Development
    • Governance
    • Membership / Marketing
    • Program
    • Site and Facilities
    • Team Experience


  • Current Annual Budget Size: $2M
  • Current Debt: $0
  • Current Endowment: $1,260,759 (Beneficial interest in Lacy Trust)
  • 3-year annual surplus/deficit:
    • Last year +$211,688
    • Previous year +$90,768
    • Previous year +$4,604

Community Population & Demographics: Mahaska County (Census 2020)

  • Total Population: 22,190
  • Total Households: 9,710
  • White alone, 94.2 %
  • Hispanic or Latino, 2.5%
  • Black or African American alone, 2.1%
  • Asian alone, 1.9%
  • Two or More Races, 1.3%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone, .4%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, .1%

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.

Information Sites:

Mahaska County YMCA:

City of Oskaloosa:

Chamber of Commerce:

Oskaloosa Community School District:

William Penn University:

Indian Hills Community College:

Mahaska Health Partnership:

Mahaska Community Recreation Foundation:

YMCA of the USA:

Alliance Information:

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: 


Criteria for Candidates:

  1. Accredited 4-year college degree and or equivalent work experience.
  2. Must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and personal values consistent with the YMCA mission.
  3. Minimum five years prior experience in a senior management role with a YMCA or related experience at a comparable organization with direct supervision of multiple levels of staff and employees.
  4. Fiscally sound business management approach with a proven track record of budgetary and fiscal management in excess of $2M or more annually.
  5. Must have the ability to develop and strengthen community relationships.
  6. Have the ability to develop new programs, review and enhance programs being offered or considered for both economy and the effectiveness in broadening our engagement in the communities in which we serve.
Essential Functions

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:

  • Build and Lead Staff: Ensure a talent development system is in place and executed in affirming, culturally competent and effective manner. 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
  • Fiscal Leadership and Improve Operating Performance: Use high-level financial analysis to forecast financial trends, growth, and stability, while consistently leading 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. 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. Key competencies: Fiscal Management, Critical Thinking & Decision Making, Developing Self & Others, Philanthropy 
  • 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
  • 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 
  • Maintenance and Development of Facilities: Ensure that the facilities are well-maintained, safe, and attractive for members, program participants, and community members.  Ensure that future renovations or expanded facility(ies) are included in the Y’s master plan. Key competencies: fiscal Management, Program/Project Management, Change Leadership, Critical Thinking & Decision Making  
  • 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

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+


  • Retirement: 8% Retirement Contribution (5% paid by Y, 3% paid by employee)
  • Paid Time Off: per personnel policy
  • Health Plan: 80% paid by Y, 20% paid employee
  • Life Insurance: per personnel policy

Search Process Target Dates:

  • Resumes accepted through: April 4, 2023, noon CST    
  • Preliminary interviews scheduled: Afternoon of April 27 and Morning of April 28
  • In-person interviews: May 24 and 25
  • CEO selection made: Week of June 1
  • New CEO on board (anticipated): Week of July 1 (or earlier)

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:


About the Search Process

Richard Clegg

Senior Director, Alliances

YMCA of the USA

312 419 3834

[email protected] 

About the Y and Alliance

Wade Riedinger

Heartland Alliance 


515 971 5259

[email protected]