Training and Development Specialist

Unlock your potential & empower others as a Learning & Development Specialist at YMCA of Central Ohio. Join us in shaping tomorrow's leaders
Job Description

Determines training and development needs for the association; coordinates high quality training sessions and schedules that address those needs so that leaders have the foundational knowledge to be successful in strengthening community.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in human services, social services, business, health education or equivalent combination of education and experience. 

  • Four or more years of management/training experience, preferably in a YMCA or other nonprofit agency, preferred, but not required.

  • Ability to work effectively with diverse groups and viewpoints from all social and economic segments of the organization and community. A commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism is expected from our staff.

  • Strong knowledge of LINK, and YMCA Learning and Career Development resources.

  • Ability to foster a collaborative team approach to solving challenging situations. 

  • Proven track record of developing authentic relationships with others. 

  • Ability to establish and maintain collaborations with other YMCA’s and the community organizations.

  • Knowledge Word, Excel, Power Point, Kronos, YMCA LINK, LCDC, and web-based programs are needed.

  • Training requirements:

    • CPR for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, O2 within the first 60 Days of employment. (If not already certified, obtain certification within 60 days.)

    • Knowledge of aquatics, childcare, leadership competency and other basic YMCA trainings.

    • Team Leader level certification. (Within 2 years.)

    • Become a trainer in at least 1 training venue.  Recommend becoming a trainer in multiple areas. (Within 1 year.)

    • ALL certifications must be maintained during employment 

  • Strong knowledge and/or certifications in outside related areas (i.e. ACE, AFAA, Red Cross, ASHI, American Heart Assoc.)

  • Passionate belief in the Y’s cause of nurturing the potential of all youth, supporting healthy living for all people and finding ways to help and support our neighbors.

  • Understanding of the nature and purpose of the YMCA and the respective roles of volunteers and staff.

Essential Functions


  1. Thinks, communicates and behaves as a cause-driven leader and role model for other staff and members when it comes to desired staff behaviors; promotes youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility in all job-related functions.

  2. Organizes and executes annual training needs assessment for YCO; develops annual training plan to address needs of current YMCA staff and volunteers; annual plan should be aligned with and support YCO’s strategic initiatives.

  3. Provides updates to supervisors on their staff certifications, needs, and opportunities for training.

  4. Responsible for the design and implementation of necessary training to ensure that we are meeting association standards for volunteers and those that work with children and youth at the Y.

  5. Ensures that the pool of qualified trainers is reflective of type/number of trainings needed; recruits and assists new trainer candidates through the certification process & monitors trainer quality.

  6. Develops, coordinates, and ensures the delivery of quality training; ensures that the training offered complies with YCO and YUSA standards.

  7. Serves as a resource to YCO leaders in order to be proactive in planning to prevent lapses in certifications. 

  8. Maintains training documents and records required by YMCA of the USA. Works with the YMCA HUB to advocate for training, communicate eligible opportunities, and ensure our teams have access to what is needed.

  9. Ensures that all financial aspects of training - from billing to IDT’s, etc, are managed appropriately and in a timely manner.

  10. Models relationship-building skills (including Listen First) in all interactions with staff, volunteers, members, and the community.

  11. Fosters a climate of innovation to develop programs which support the Y mission, goals, and strategies.

  12. Represents and promotes the YMCA in the local community and nationally, and develops positive working relationships with other organizations, businesses, and governmental entities. Develops, maintains, and models collaborative relationships with community agencies in service delivery areas.

Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Mission Advancement: Reinforces the Ys values within the organization and the community. Effectively communicates the benefits and impact of the YMCA’s efforts for all stakeholders. Implements effective systems to develop volunteers at program, fundraising, and policy leadership levels.

Collaboration: Develops strategies to ensure staff and volunteers reflect the community. Builds

and nurtures strategic relationships to enhance support for the YMCA. Serves as a community leader building collaborations based on trust and credibility to advance YMCA mission and goals. Communicates for influence to attain buy-in and support of goals. Provides tools and resources for the development of others.

Operational Effectiveness: Integrates multiple thinking processes to make decisions. Involves members and community in the development of programs and activities. Ensures execution of plans. Institutes sound accounting procedures, investment policies and financial controls. Assigns clear accountability and ensures continuous improvement.

Personal Growth: Fosters a learning environment embracing diverse abilities and approaches. Creates a sense of urgency and positive tension to support change. Anticipates challenges that can sidetrack or derail growth and personal learning. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.