Branch Executive

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Job Description

This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Branch Executive at the Kirk Family YMCA stewards the Y’s cause, promoting and protecting the brand and reputation as a global, inclusive organization within the community. The Branch Executive oversees the operation of the Y and participates in volunteer and staff development, financial development, and collaboration with community stakeholders. This is an exciting opportunity in a downtown branch with much diversity; the building was built in 2004 and has been renovated over the past few years.  The staff team is solid and welcoming, and the possibilities for impact are exciting. This branch also has a large childcare operation. 

  •  Bachelor's degree in human services, social services, business or equivalent or Multi-team Leader Certification from YUSA.
  • Six or more years of management experience, preferably in a YMCA or other nonprofit agency.
  • Ability to direct total operations through volunteer development, supervision of staff, development and monitoring of branch budget, marketing and public relations, and program development.
  • Experience in management and development of volunteer involvement; ability to recruit top community leaders.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of
  • the community.
  • Proven track record of developing authentic relationships with others.
  • Ability to establish and maintain collaborations with community organizations.
  • CPR and First Aid certifications required within 30 days of hire.
Essential Functions
  1. Responsible for all onboarding, training and ongoing development of all direct reports.
  2. Oversees the hiring, training, development and supervision of all branch staff.
  3. Builds bridges within the community so that all segments of society have access to the Y. 
  4. Effectively communicates community benefit and the Y’s impact for all stakeholders (e.g., staff, volunteers, members, community leaders) develops positive working and collaborative relationships with other organizations, businesses, and governmental entities. 
  5. Manages the budgeting process so that resources are devoted to top priorities and strategic objectives. Ensures operating budgets meet or exceed targets. The Kirk budget is about $4.5M a year.
  6. Develops and directs high quality member engagement strategies and programs which support branch and association goals and strategies. Establishes plans for the expansion of programs and services, in harmony with overall YMCA objectives and the leadership team.
  7. Recruits, selects, and develops diverse volunteers for the branch board. Clarifies and reinforces the division of roles and responsibilities between corporate boards, branch boards, staff, and general volunteers.
  8. Directs the financial development activities of the branch.
  9. Directs branch strategic planning efforts and develops the annual operating plan of the branch.
  10. Fosters a climate of innovation to develop member-focused programs that support the Y mission, goals, and strategies.
  11. Ensures the safety and maintenance of high quality facilities, grounds, and equipment.


The YMCA of Virginia’s Blue Ridge’s purpose is to advance the YMCA Mission. Our Mission compels us to further our Cause - to strengthen the foundations of our community.  We are committed to service and leadership in the areas of Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Our staff model cause-driven leadership and develop cause-driven leaders to advance our YMCA and the YMCA Movement. Each of us can lead, and be seen leading by those we serve, partner and work with by embracing these norms. YMCA staff members commit to fulfilling these norms in all aspects of our work.

Mission / Values


  • The YMCA exists to strengthen the foundation of the communities we serve.
  • The YMCA of VBR deeply values all employees as members of the Y family. The Y recognizes staff are essential to fulfilling the Y mission and promise to invest in their ongoing development. We are welcoming, we are genuine, we are hopeful, we are nurturing, we are determined.
  • Our volunteer board members, through their strategic leadership and commitment to our mission, guide our growth, development, and expansion.
  • Our members, program participants and volunteers are at the heart of what we do.  We listen to the communities we serve.  Our work is people-centered and community-focused. 
  • We are a YMCA Association, not an Association of YMCAs. We are stronger as an Association.  Collaboration, partnership, support and trust are highly valued. Together we create and embrace common standards, systems and guidelines - aspiring to be a leader in all areas of our work.
  • Mission, relationships and data are highly valued when we make decisions. 
  • The YMCA is FOR ALL. The Y will continually foster a culture of belonging. All people have a seat at our table. We value all dimensions of diversity and celebrate what makes each person unique and value the contributions they make. 


  • As leaders of the YMCA of Virginia’s Blue Ridge we have a tremendous responsibility. We are charged with guiding the delivery of our Mission and Cause, inspiring and developing staff across the Association to embody the organizational culture within our YMCA. The significance of our leadership, individually and collectively, is critical to our success.
  • We will be accountable and hold others accountable to the Association Leadership Norms outlined below.


  • As leaders we will endeavor to show up well.  At the end of the day, I lead myself first. I will take responsibility to be positive, present and accountable for excellence. 
  • Relationships are foundational to all that we do in the YMCA. As a leader, I will be committed to relationship development and will model it for the rest of the organization.
  • In all relationships I will presume the positive intent of others. Truly listening creates understanding and trust.  Trust allows us to do great work together without hindrances.
  • Successful delivery of the YMCA Mission requires acknowledging our interdependence and embracing collaboration.
  • Strong, effective and appropriate communication is the responsibility of all leaders. I will communicate information and expectations transparently and with empathy and vulnerability.
  • Diversity of thought is sought out and productive conflict is encouraged to expand our perspective and generate the best possible solutions.  When friction is present, I will value it.  When it is over, I will forget it.
  • When we perceive an issue of performance or quality in any area, we will seek to understand the performance/quality issue first - prior to judgment.  Then we will hold ourselves and our team accountable to solve the issue.
  • We all have blind spots.  We accept that sometimes we need others to help us see them.  We will be vulnerable and open to tough discussions that make us and others better.  In this process, we will balance grace and empathy with accountability because neither value can stand alone.


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer for extended periods of time and be able to communicate using a computer and phone/smart device.  The employee frequently is required to sit and reach, and must be able to move around the work environment.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 

The YMCA of Virginia’s Blue Ridge is a Drug Free Workplace and is committed to the policy of Equal Opportunity prohibiting discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, gender, , gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, political affiliation, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

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