Jerry Long Family YMCA Associate Executive Director

The Jerry Long Family YMCA is seeking an Associate Executive Director.
Job Description

The Associate Executive Director serves as a member of YMCA management and supports the overall objectives of the branch and association. Ensures a high quality experience for members and program participants. Ensures programs and staff are effectively scheduled.  Exercises sound fiscal management. Ensures effective branch operations by performing the essential and marginal responsibilities below and the specific responsibilities detailed on any applicable supplemental fact sheet(s). Responsible for other duties as assigned.    

Candidate Profile

  • Cause-driven leader, whose core values and beliefs align with the Guiding Principles of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina.
  • The new Associate Executive must provide effective and thoughtful leadership by building strong relationships with stakeholders at all levels of the organization, including youth, families, community partners, volunteers, and the Board while continually reinforcing the mission, vision, and values.
  • Strong Fundraiser - Works with Executive Director to assure annual goal is met through assisting with fundraising activities as needed, including Annual kickoff, Bright Beginnings, Dirty Dozen, the BASH, foundation tours, external meetings, fundraising reports, and relationship-building.
  • Fiscal Accountability- Work with leadership team to ensure that budgets are well constructed, followed throughout the year, and targets successfully obtained.
  • Able to hold others accountable for budget targets.
  • Problem Solver – Able to be diplomatic and put positive customer service skills into practice in mediating issues that arise through daily branch operations.
  • Strong Communicator – Professional verbal and written skills. Computer savvy.
  • Team Player - Open and willing to jump in when and where needed to insure the highest member, participant, and staff experience.
  • Promotes a positive branch culture through inspiring leadership, strategic vision, encouraging professional development, team recognition and continuous feedback.
  • Facilitates quality member, participant, and staff experiences through an engaged and visible presence in the facility.
  • Some knowledge of Clemmons and surrounding communities.
  • Helps Executive Director to identify and cultivate quality community and government partnerships.
  • Cultural awareness and experience working with diverse populations.


The Y is a place where common ground thrives and people of all walks of life can belong. We approach diversity and inclusion through the Christian principles of love, compassion, kindness, and respect. The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina will promote and exemplify togetherness. We value, encourage, and nurture the contributions that each person makes to our increasingly diverse association and the communities we serve.


It is the policy of the Y to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical diverse ability, genetic Information, or other protected characteristics. 

  • Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university; or four years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • CPR/First Aid/AED – must obtain certification within first 90 days of employment and maintain a current certification thereafter.
  • YMCA Team Leader or Multi-Team/Branch Leader certification preferred.
  • Three to five years management experience, preferably in a YMCA or similar organization.
  • Ability to direct assigned operations including staff and volunteer development, supervision of staff, development and monitoring of budgets, marketing and public relations, and program development.
  • Prefer knowledge of, and previous experience with, diverse populations. 
  • Strong ability to promote a positive team atmosphere. 
  • Exemplifies a proactive, hands-on approach, as well as a professional work ethic. 
  • Ability to work a non-traditional schedule including some nights and weekends.
  • Strong interpersonal, organization and communication skills.
  • Energetic, devoted, mission driven, team oriented individual.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) is a plus.


Sufficient strength, agility and mobility to perform essential functions of position and to supervise program activities. 

Essential Functions
  • Ensures the highest quality of member/program participant satisfaction by continuously observing program and member service areas. Identify and resolve issues in collaboration with the Executive Director.
  • Participates in recruiting, hiring, training, developing, and directing of all branch staff across all experience circles or programs.
  • Develops strategies to ensure cause-driven culture by creating and fostering open lines of communication across all experience circles and program areas.
  • Provides input to experience circle leadership on staff performance and engagement.
  • Develops relationships with members and community in an effort to help identify potential volunteers (Annual Impact Fund, sports, literacy, events, etc.).
  • Actively participates in all Connections meetings providing staff and program feedback to experience circle representatives.
  • Actively supports and participates in the Annual Impact Fund, working directly with the Development Director assigned to the branch.
  • Ensures the maintenance of facilities and properties of the branch to assure high standards of maintenance, safety, cleanliness and to assure that the requirements of regulatory codes are met.
  • Represents the YMCA and the Executive Director at leadership and management meetings, and community events as needed.
  • Lead all branch operations when the Executive Director is not on site.


The Associate Director has very few, if any, direct reports so the ability to develop relationships and inspire others through influence and collaboration is crucial.

Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies


Mission Advancement: Models and teaches the Y’s values. Ensures a high level of service with a commitment to changing lives.  Provides volunteers with orientation, training, development, and recognition. Cultivates relationships to support fund-raising.

Collaboration: Champions inclusion activities, strategies, and initiatives. Builds relationships to create small communities. Empathetically listens and communicates for understanding when negotiating and dealing with conflict. Effectively tailors communications to the appropriate audience. Provides staff with feedback, coaching, guidance and support.

Operational Effectiveness: Provides others with frameworks for making decisions. Conducts prototypes to support the launching of programs and activities. Develops plans and manages best practices through engagement of team. Effectively creates and manages budgets. Holds staff accountable for high-quality results using a formal process to measure progress.

Personal Growth: Shares new insights. Facilitates change; models adaptability and an awareness of the impact of change. Utilizes non-threatening methods to address sensitive issues and inappropriate behavior or performance. 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.