Branch Executive Director

Job Description

The Branch Executive Director is a key role within Florida’s First Coast YMCA with an opportunity to be innovative and make a difference by expanding the Y’s footprint within the community.  This role provides an exciting opportunity to direct strategic planning efforts and develop the annual operating plans for the Williams Family YMCA.

The Williams Family YMCA opened in 1995 it is located on San Jose Boulevard in the Mandarin section of Jacksonville, Florida.  A 49,000 sq. ft. facility, serving 4,142 members. The branch features state-of-the-art strength and cardio equipment, free weights, 2 group exercise studios, a gymnasium, a heated outdoor 8 lane 25 yard pool, 13 outdoor clay tennis courts, and a KidZone. Another key feature at the branch is a Baptist Healthy Living Center which offers free health screenings and educational programs to members and the community.


The Branch Executive Director, has primary responsibility for the leadership and management of the branch.  Accountable for staff development, board development, fiscal management, and revenue generation including fund development.  Growth and expansion of the major revenue drivers which include membership and programs.   The Branch Executive Director will invest significant time in building and strengthening relationships in the community resulting in collaborations and ultimately greater impact in the community. 

  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum of six to eight years’ experience managing others preferably in a YMCA or other not-for-profit agency.
  • Experience in management and development of staff and volunteer involvement; ability to recruit top community leaders.
  • Prefer knowledge of, and previous experience with, diverse populations.
  • CPR and First Aid certifications required.
  • A proven record of successful leadership in the areas staff development, budget management, membership development, program planning and innovation, facility/property management, financial development, strategic planning and community collaboration.
  • YMCA Multi-Team or Branch Leader Certification desired.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills required.
  • A high level of professionalism is a must.
  • Commitment to character development values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
  •  Ability to direct total operations through volunteer development, supervision of staff, development and monitoring of branch.
Essential Functions
  • Lead the operation in accordance with the policies, procedures and standards established by the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast and its Board of Directors with counsel and guidance from the Branch Advisory Council.  Meet all standards for licensed and accredited programs.
  • Manage the total operating budget of the branch, meeting agreed-upon operating net.  Create a culture of revenue generation and growth.
  • Direct the financial development activities of the branch.
  • Coordinate the development of the Branch Advisory Council and committees. Direct the volunteer activities (policy and program) of the branch.
  • Represent and promote the YMCA in the local community and develop positive working relationships with other organizations, businesses, and governmental entities. Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with community agencies in service delivery area.
  • Develop, manage, and monitor the branch operating budget and meet or exceeds budget targets.
  • Direct strategic planning efforts and develop the annual operating plan of the branch.
  • Ensure high levels of staff satisfaction as measured by SEER survey.
  • Ensure the safety and maintenance of high quality facilities, grounds, and equipment.
  • Serve as a member of YMCA management and supports the overall objectives of the YMCA.
  • Build a dynamic staff team which will include professional development plans for all team members, coaching, recognition and evaluation resulting in a high performing and cohesive staff team. 
  • Provide leadership and motivation to the Branch Advisory Council to ensure a successful operation focused on meeting community service needs.  Ensure a strong and productive full Advisory Board by recruiting, training, evaluating, and recognizing volunteer leadership.
  • Meet annual campaign goal each year.  Explore fund development opportunities with the Branch Advisory Council and Association leadership.
  • Collaborate with Youth Development Executive Director in recruiting youth for summer day camp.
  • Execute Association strategies and develops new and innovative approaches to attract and retain members and program participants.
  • Manage physical facilities to provide a clean and welcoming atmosphere. Prioritize capital maintenance to meet facilities long term needs.
  • Collaborate with individuals, businesses, government, and not–for–profits to develop and provide programs to address community needs. 
  • With Vice President of Operation’s approval, process and implement branch strategic plan in coordination with the Association’s strategic plan.
  • Through Living Our Cause, promote the YMCA‘s Mission and serve more individuals and communities.



Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Community: Effectively communicates the benefits and impact of the Y’s efforts for all stakeholders.

Relationships: Builds and nurtures strategic relationships to enhance support for the Y.

Developing Others: Provides tools and resources for the development of others.

Decision Making: Integrates multiple thinking processes to make decisions.

Change Capacity: Creates a sense of urgency and positive tension to support change. 

Emotional Maturity: Anticipates challenges that can sidetrack or derail growth and personal learning.