Branch Executive Director

Come and join one of the fastest growing and progressive YMCA's in the country! We have a phenomenal career opportunity for a Branch Leader!
Job Description

The YMCA of Metro North has a long history of providing many communities throughout the Northern suburbs of Boston with outstanding programs and services for youth, adults and families. Serving the communities of Lynn, Peabody, Saugus, Melrose, Nahant, Revere, Lynnfield and Stoneham, the YMCA of Metro North seeks an experienced YMCA Executive Director that will lead our Lynn Massachusetts YMCA into the next phase of growth and prominence, to meet the cause and mission of the YMCA.  

This person will lead the YMCA efforts to create changemakers who will make Lynn the community of choice for everyone! 

About the City of Lynn:

Lynn is the 9th largest municipality in Massachusetts and the largest city in Essex County. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, 3.7 miles (6.0 km) north of the Boston city line at Suffolk Downs, Lynn is part of Greater Boston's urban inner core. Today, the city is known for its contemporary public art, international population, historic architecture, downtown cultural district, loft-style apartments, and public parks and open spaces, which include the oceanfront Lynn Shore Reservation; the 2,200-acre, Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Lynn Woods Reservation; and the High Rock Tower Reservation. Lynn also is home to Lynn Heritage State Park, the southernmost portion of the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, and the seaside, National Register-listed Diamond Historic District.  

 The City boasts a robust population of over 85,000 people with a rich mix of cultural and ethnic diversity.  The city of Lynn is 39% Caucasian, 38% Hispanic-Latino, 11% African-American and 8% Asian and 4% multi-racial.

About the Lynn YMCA:

Currently, the Lynn Y hosts a membership of 10,000 members with over 1,500 children enrolled in healthy living, aquatics, youth programs and Y Academy annually.   The Demakes YMCA opened in 2021 after a $30m construction project.  The Lynn Y building has been open since 1970.

Position General functions:

Under the direction and in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, the Branch Executive Director is responsible for all branch outcomes including driving the membership, and program/membership services of the Branch, Y Academy STEAM advancement, the financial development strategy, business operations, facility management, human resources, and employee development, all in accordance with the policies, by-laws and constitution of the YMCA of Metro North.  This position reports to and is accountable to the Chief Executive Officer.    

Fundraising and community partnerships are primary goals of this role.  



¨               Ten – fifteen years of management and leadership in a high-volume customer forward organization. 

¨               A proven track record of exemplary operations results.

¨               Bilingual skills and a  great understanding of an urban non-profit setting is preferred. 


¨               Superior Communication skills- both written and verbal.  

¨               Must have a thorough understanding of the nature of the YMCA (or willingness to learn it), volunteers and staff in the accomplishments of the YMCA goals, objectives and mission in the community.

¨               Possess a concern for detail and accuracy and can delegate responsibility.

¨               Must be highly motivated and possess a positive attitude towards the YMCA, character development and our mission.

¨               Proven track record of identifying, cultivating and growing partnerships and collaborations. 

¨               A fast paced problem solver always looking forward…

Essential Functions
  • Community partnerships, relationships and collaborations!
  • Oversee Operations director to provide solutions for Branch specific and/or Association-wide challenges.
    • Financial Budget
    • Program enrollment- Aquatics, Sports, Youth Enrichment, Childcare, Out of School Time, Health & Wellness and Active Older Adults.
    • Membership Sales & Retention
    • Support and drive Annual Campaign efforts.
  • Board & Financial Development- Drive all fund raising and financial development initiatives in the community.
  • Directs the Annual Campaign to fund the mission related work of the branch.
  • Community engagement- Enhance the Y’s participation in the community and recruit committed volunteers. Recruits, maintains and engages a productive Board of Advisors.  
  • Staff Development- Direct responsibility and supervision for Youth Development Center Exec and Director of Operations.
  • Creates an annual budget and executes to the plan
  • Works with branch staff on a timely basis to correct financial deficiencies.
  • Provide leadership and insight with Education District goals and objectives.
  • Ensure safe environment for staff and members. 
  • Project support for the Chief Executive Officer.

Outcomes and position expectations:

  1. Achieve campus budgeted expectations
  2. Timely action planning is in place (with effective end-results) for operating units and/or program areas that have performance concerns.
  3. Complete knowledge of operating details of programs and branch operations.
  4. Annual Campaign targets are accomplished.
  5. A high functioning Board of Advisors that will support local fundraising efforts.
  6. Ensure operating unit and branch staff are reaching their true potential.
  7. Succession Planning- Identification of “Rising Stars”.


¨               While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to sit and reach with hands and arms.

¨               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.

¨               Must have a strong ability to multitask.


¨               Evening and/or early morning, and/or weekend hours required periodically.

¨               The branch is open to 120 hours per week.  A flexible work schedule may be necessary.  Represent the Y at events on night and weekends can be a regular occurrence. 

¨               There is no ability to work remotely on a regular basis.  Only occasional circumstances may warrant it. 

¨               Travel between branches is necessary at times.  

Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Mission Advancement: Reinforces the Y’s 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. Secures resources and support for all philanthropic endeavors.

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 collaboration 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. 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.