Executive Director

Job Description

As the nation’s leading nonprofit organization committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y offers more than just a job. We offer you a career with a future and the chance to make a lasting difference in your community.  This is an opportunity to join a mission-driven, energetic team committed to making a positive impact on individuals, families, and communities.



Originally organized in 1892, the Chestnut Street Family YMCA has a long history of addressing the most critical needs of community members in West Louisville.  The Y seeks to help all members of West Louisville reach their fullest potential by strengthening community cohesion, improving academic outcomes and advancing health and well-being. 


The Executive Director will lead all aspects of this YMCA.  Building and maintaining strong relationships with community leaders and other community advocates will be a critical part of this role.  Significantly improving the community’s health and well-being and positioning the YMCA to be seen as a key player in solving community issues are top goals.  West Louisville has a population of about 92,000 residents (68% African-American, 28% Caucasian, median income $25,000) plus a large number of office and manufacturing worksites throughout the area. 


We seek an experienced leader with a record of producing outstanding results and excellence in member services and programs, with a particular emphasis on the unique needs of an urban community with vulnerable populations.  We seek proven skills in developing personal relationships, community partnerships, fundraising, board development, major facility management, financial management, membership and program development, marketing, and working with diverse populations.  Candidates must embrace a complex environment and be able to develop and lead a high-performing team of staff and volunteers.  Seeking excellence in all that we do is a foundation of our work. 

The complexity of this position necessitates a person with a proven track record of sophisticated leadership that includes the ability to articulate the Y’s mission and charitable purpose, cultivate relationships and seek collaborative opportunities within the community.  An understanding of the concepts of (health) equity, social determinants of health, community integrated health and collaboration is critical.   


1.    Bachelor's degree in human services, social services, business or equivalent preferred

2.    Six or more years of community services/recreation management experience preferred

3.    Fundraising experience and a thorough understanding of running an Annual Campaign

4.    Previous budget responsibility of at least $500,000

5.    Experience in development of volunteers; ability to recruit top community leaders

6.    Experience and knowledge in facility management

7.    Prefer knowledge of and experience with serving historically disinvested communities of color

8.    Successful track record of supervising a full-time staff team

9.    A passion for and experience working with urban communities and vulnerable populations

Essential Functions

1.    Serve as a role model and advocate of the YMCA MISSION, Purpose, Values, and Personality of the YMCA.  Support the YMCA’s Strategic Vision.

2.    Lead the development of the Y board and the annual fundraising campaign.

3.    Strengthen and innovate programs and services at the Chestnut Street YMCA including large on-site preschool child development center (90 child capacity), school age child care and day camp (100+ children), Achievers program (400+ youth), on-site supportive housing (41 rooms), outreach services and membership/healthy living programs.

4.    Represent and promote the YMCA in the local community and develop/maintain positive collaborative relationships with other organizations, businesses, and governmental entities.

5.    Work with existing neighborhood organizations to strengthen surrounding neighborhoods.

6.    Oversee the hiring, training, inspiring and supervision of quality staff.

7.    Develop, manage, and monitor the branch operating budget and meet or exceed budget targets.

8.    Ensure the SAFETY of all staff and participants, including the attractive appearance, and maintenance of high quality facilities, grounds, and equipment.

9.    Direct branch marketing and communication efforts to exceed enrollment and impact goals.

10.  Facilitate the partner-tenant integrated services committee to maintain highly integrated services to the community in this new facility.

11.  Build and ensure a quality experience for staff and participants that produce Learning, Achievement, and Relationships – Spiritually, Mentally and Physically.