Community Executive Director

Transformative leader to drive our Delaware Western Family YMCA
Job Description

We're looking for a transformative leader to drive our Western Family YMCA to be a charity, partner, and employer of choice for years to come. If you're passionate about making valuable and positive change in an organization and community, apply today! As the Community Executive Director of our Newark branch, you are the key leader in driving a transformative Y experience at your branch and in the community. You build loyal members, energize employees and volunteers, inspire donors, and stimulate growth and innovation. You will also support the our Y’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) and the core character values of the YMCA.

Location:  Western Family YMCA, 2600 Capitol Trail, Newark, DE; $6m operating budget; 260 staff plus volunteers; 4 pools and more!

About Us:

Founded in 1891, the YMCA of Delaware is the state’s largest non-profit organization committed to strengthening local citizens through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. With seven branches statewide, a youth resource center in downtown Wilmington, and an overnight camp and conference center in Worton, Maryland, the Y has developed long-standing relationships and a physical presence in Delaware to deliver lasting personal and social change. We serve over 100,000 people annually with an annual operating budget of $40 million.

Our Priorities:

  • Ensure that the young people are on a pathway to success
  • Improve individual and community health
  • Uniting Communities' and inspiring service to others.  

Benefits & Perks:

  • Full benefits package including Dental, Vision & Health Insurance
  • Starting at two weeks PTO vacation, 12 paid holidays, and sick leave
  • Free Nationwide Y Membership for your Household 
  • 12% Employer-Funded Retirement Plan upon meeting eligibility
  • Learning and development workshops 
  • Career advancement opportunities  
  • Staff Discounts on Programs & Services and more!

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have experience working with Boards, supervising government contracts, demonstrated growth in fundraising campaigns, strategic planning, staff leadership/development and a proven record of successful fiscal management. 
  • Three to five years demonstrated leadership role with proven abilities in branch operations, staff management, board development, membership marketing, financial management, fundraising and community program development.
  • Ability to think conceptually, good analytical skills, and assertiveness to manage the scope and diversity of the responsibilities, multiple demands and priorities and achieve organizational objectives.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to serve a diverse community.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bi-lingual
  • Bachelor's degree in related field
  • YMCA leadership experience
Essential Functions
  • Ultimately accountable for team achieving at high levels to ensure a transformative Y Experience and achieve organizational objectives. 
  • Ensures high-quality programs and excellent customer service.
  • Models inclusive management behaviors and embraces all dimensions of diversity – building strong teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to our mission 
  • Responsible for hiring, coaching, and managing all direct reports and ensuring alignment with association people practices for all positions within their organizational structure. 
  • Ensures branch is achieving targets and producing meaningful qualitative results. 
  • Designs and implements strategy to drive membership and program enrollment and growth while ensuring a high-quality and transformative Y Experience
  • Ensures implementation of high-quality member engagement strategies and programs to support center and association goals and strategies. 
  • Oversees plans for the expansion of programs and services, in harmony with overall YMCA objectives and key results.
  • Builds bridges within the community so that all segments of society have access to the Y. 
  • Effectively communicates community benefit and the Y’s impact on all stakeholders (e.g., staff, volunteers, members, and community leaders) and develops positive working and collaborative relationships with other organizations, businesses, and governmental entities. 
  • Enhances the Y’s reputation in the community by engaging with partners, businesses, school districts, and other non-profit organizations that are invested in strengthening the community. 
  • Oversees the budgeting process so that resources are devoted to top priorities and strategic objectives. 
  • Identifies growth opportunities, conducts forecasting monthly, and corrects financial deficiencies on a timely basis. 
  • Leads the development of, and monthly variance reports reviews, with the Community Vice-President, implementing action plans to stay on plan with the annual budget. 
  • Enhances the Y’s reputation in the community by engaging with partners, businesses, school districts, and other non-profit organizations that are invested in strengthening the community (e.g., serving on the local chamber, building relationships with local, city, and county officials, and representatives) 
  • Recruits develops, and maintains a highly effective Advisory Board
  • Drives successful fund-raising and financial development, working with the Community Vice-President to meet annual objectives. 
  • Leads strong board/volunteer and staff participation. 
  • Serves on task forces, and/or committees as needed. 
  • Other duties as assigned.