Chief Executive Officer

The YMCA of Danville is searching for a passionate and experienced C-Suite leader or CEO to lead our YMCA into the future.
Job Description



Position:  Chief Executive Officer

Address:  1111 N Vermilion St, Danville, IL 61832

The YMCA is an equal opportunity employer

committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.

The YMCA of Danville is searching for a passionate and experienced C-Suite leader or CEO to lead our YMCA into the future. This is a great opportunity for a proven and experienced professional to take their next leadership step to lead a YMCA in a wonderful community. The new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will join our Y with a strong board and staff team. 

Our next CEO will build trust and extend the breadth and depth of the YMCA’s reach across our service area. The CEO will lead collaborative efforts to grow and maintain productive working relationships in the community that enhances our reputation and furthers our mission and impact. One of the important roles of the CEO is to ensure the safety and well-being of young people. It’s foundational to everything we do as a youth-serving organization. The CEO creates a culture of safety for everyone by exceeding standards and maintaining compliance.


Criteria for candidates: 

  • Accredited 4-year college degree and or equivalent work experience.
  • Must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and personal values consistent with the YMCA mission.
  • Minimum three years prior experience in a senior management role with a YMCA or related experience at a comparable organization with direct supervision of multiple levels of staff and employees.
  • Fiscally sound business management approach with a proven track record of direct budgetary and fiscal management more than $1M or more annually.
  • Must have the ability to develop and strengthen community relationships.
Essential Functions

The board believes its new CEO should be an experienced leader who has the background and qualities that will permit him or her to achieve excellence in the following roles: 

Sustainable Operations

  • Improve Operating Performance: Engage the board and appropriate staff to develop an annual tactical plan for identifying and achieving key goals and objectives towards operating with safe, relevant, and sustainable practices. Quickly address issues that may arise, forecast future needs, and manage and direct the Y’s operations and activities. Execute a plan for revenue growth. Key competencies: Developing Self & Others, Critical Thinking & Decision Making, Innovation
  • Fiscal Management: Use high-level financial analysis to forecast financial trends, growth, and stability, while consistently leading an organization to balance or surplus operations by growing earned revenue and contributions and controlling costs. Empower and guide staff leaders to lead their departments to successful financial operation. Develop and implement stewardship strategies. Key competencies: Fiscal Management, Critical Thinking & Decision Making, Developing Self & Others, Philanthropy 
  • Maintenance and Development of Facilities: Lead the organization’s efforts in performing preventive maintenance on facilities and equipment. Be responsible for the upkeep and improvement of the Y’s facilities. Determine future facility and equipment needs and be responsible for ensuring that our facilities are compliant with all safety, applicable codes and regulations. Key competencies: Fiscal Management, Program/Project Management, Change Leadership, Critical Thinking & Decision Making  

Vision and Direction

  • Develop and Implement a Strategic Plan: Work effectively with volunteers, community leaders, and key staff, to create and develop a strategic plan that addresses the needs of the communities served by the Y and includes defined organizational strategies, a clear implementation plan with deliverables, and measurable goals. Key competencies: Change Leadership, Communication & Influence, Critical Thinking & Decision Making, Program/Project Management
  • Build and Lead the Staff Team: Ensure a talent development system is in place and executed effectively in an affirming, culturally competent manner. Hire, motivate, nurture, and retain staff, and hold them accountable for key objectives. Work towards recruiting, retaining, developing, and promoting staff that represent the diversity of the communities you serve. Encourage the team by creating a spirit of camaraderie, inclusion, and sense of mission and purpose. Create a learning organization to help staff achieve their highest potential. Key competencies: Developing Self & Others, Inclusion, Emotional Maturity, Change Leadership

About the Danville Family YMCA 

The YMCA of Danville has been an integral part of the Danville community since 1883 when it was chartered as a YMCA. In 1972, a new YMCA was built after raising $2 million including land, building, and equipment. In 1975, two tennis courts were added to the property. In August 2004, the already-purchased house on North Jackson Street is torn down, additional parking spaces were created to make room for the growing membership. In 2005, the first capital renovation campaign was started with a goal to raise $1.5M through several phases. In 2006 construction began on the $450,000 remodeling of the pool. The following year, the Y broke ground to build a new 5,400 sq. ft. wellness center addition.

Today, more than 2,700 members enjoy the programs and services that the Y has to offer. The Y is proud to ensure that the Y is accessible to everyone, and we never want anyone to be turned away for an inability to pay. The Y has a number of generous supporters from the community. The Y is more than a membership card. We’re bigger than the programs we offer in our facility or around the community. We’re family. 

Our Mission: 

The YMCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs, services, and relationships that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

Our Values: 

Guided by our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, the Y is dedicated to giving people of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity.

Our Vision: 

We envision a future in which all people achieve health, gain confidence, make connections and feel secure at every stage of life. The Y’s Commitment is developing new generations of changemakers who will create the communities we all want to live in.

Our Impact: 

Today and every day, we drive change and strive to make a positive impact on individuals, families and communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Current Key Strategic Initiatives: 

  • Continued membership growth and retention
  • Engaging people in the community with special needs or disabilities


  • Total Number of Members: 2,734
  • Total Number of Membership Units: 1,435
    • 5% Youth
    • 19% Adults
    • 33% Household
    • 43% Senior

Core Programs: 

  • Aquatics
  • Out of School Time: Before and After School, Summer Day Camp
  • Youth Sports
  • Group Exercise
  • Health and Fitness
  • Youth and Adult Sports


  • Café area with vending and viewing area for the pool
  • Community room
  • Swimming pool: Competition area and shallow area
  • Three multi-purpose classrooms 
  • Small gymnasium for multi-purpose use
  • Large gymnasium
  • Indoor track
  • Wellness Center with cardio, strength, and free weights
  • Personal training room
  • Universal changing areas
  • Locker rooms for men and women, including accessible and family locker rooms
  • Racquetball courts

Annual Support Campaign: 

  • Prior Year’s Total: $54,312
  • Current Year’s Goal: $60,000
  • Total number of people receiving financial assistance prior year: 683


  • FT: 4
  • PT: 53
  • Seasonal: 8

CEO Direct Reports: 

  • Building and Grounds Director
  • Associate Executive Director

Board of Directors: 

  • Number of Governing Board Members: 10


YMCA funding is generated from membership and program fees, foundations and grants, and individual and corporate donors.

  • Current Annual Budget Size: $1,012,179
  • Current Debt: $267,442
  • Current Endowment: $515,646
  • 3-year annual surplus/deficit
    • Last year: $199,983
    • Previous year: $294,503
    • Previous year: ($52,515)

County Population & Demographics: Vermilion County, Illinois

Population Estimates, July 1, 2022, (V2022)72,337

Persons under 5 years                                6.00%

Persons under 18 years                             23.20%

Persons 65 years and over                         20.60%


White alone, not Hispanic or Latino             77.10%

Black or African American                          14.20%

Hispanic or Latino                                       5.70%

Asian                                                         0.90%

American Indian and Alaska Native               0.40%

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander    0.10%

Two or More Races                                       2.70%

Why Move to the Area? 

Danville offers small-town charm with big-city amenities. Here you will find world-class museums, live entertainment on a regular basis, shops full of rare and unique finds, watchable wildlife, and sporting events for every enthusiast. Each year, the community joins together for special events such as the Festival of Trees, Vermilion County Civil War Days, the National Sweetcorn Festival, Arts in the Park, county fairs, and the Taste of Downtown Danville. 

Danville is well known for its rich history and numerous museums. Locals and visitors alike are often interested in our Downtown, full of Walldog mural paintings depicting the rich history of Central Illinois or visiting the Vermilion County Museum and Dr. Fithian Home where President Abraham Lincoln spent time working as a lawyer. The Vermilion County War Museum, a former Carnegie Library building, is another attraction that features memorabilia and artifacts from the Revolutionary War through Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The Danville area has a thriving culture of local sports, from the youth level to the big leagues. Historic Danville Stadium is the home of the Prospect League Danville Dans. During its time as a Dodger’s farm site, the stadium played host to baseball hall-of-famers like Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider and Gil Hodges. In 1992 the stadium was featured in the movie “The Babe”, and more recently offers fans a site to cheer on local up-and-coming high school and college sluggers, including MLB players Chuckie Robinson and Dylan Dodd. Besides baseball, Vermillion County’s culture of sports includes a recently renovated ice hockey arena, a 20-acre soccer complex, a 12-court indoor/outdoor tennis facility and 5 golf courses. The area has also produced several standout basketball and football pro players, including the NFL’s Justin March-Lillard and Trent Sherfield, who played their high school gridiron games just a few blocks from the YMCA.

Talent has never been a shortage in the Danville Area, with opportunities for live music, plays and performances happening almost weekly. Featured shows include the Summer Sounds Concert Series, Arts in the Park, Danville Symphony Orchestra performances, weekly music at Kickapoo State Park Landing throughout the summer, and of course, Danville School District’s talented music and performing arts groups! Some of our Danville stars have even made it big in the entertainment industry and are featured in the Fischer Theatre Arts & Entertainment Museum in Downtown Danville including Donald O’Connor, Gene Hackman, Dick Van Dyke, Jerry Van Dyke, and Bobby Short.

Vermilion County is home to over 15,000 acres of parkland, highlighted by the Middle Fork National Scenic River. Fishing, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, mountain biking, camping, and relaxing are just a few of the favorite activities at our state, county, and city parks. City dwellers are amazed by the peace and tranquility of the area.  The Balloons Over Vermilion spectacular sites of colorful hot air balloons is something to be seen in the summer when the annual Balloons over Vermilion event is hosted. Check out this weeklong event based at the Vermilion County Regional Airport during July. There are plenty of outdoor activities that will keep you coming back for more.

Danville is the place to be, and we hope you will find that here, “Welcome” is more than just a word!

Residency Expectation: Living in the YMCA’s service area is strongly preferred. It is expected that the CEO will be fully engaged in the community.

Salary Range: $80,000 to $100,000 annually


  • Health Benefits: 90% paid by the Y, 10% paid by employee (individual), 50% paid by Y, 50% paid by employee (family)
  • YMCA Retirement: 8% paid by the Y, percent by employee (once eligibility is met)
  • 403B Savings Account
  • 30 days PTO (vacation, sick, holiday) per personnel policy

Information Sites: 

YMCA of Danville website

City of Danville

Vermilion Chamber of Commerce

Danville Area Community College

Lakeview College of Nursing

OSF HealthCare

Carle Danville at the Riverfront

Danville School District 118

Schlarman Academy Private School

First Baptist Christian School

Trinity Lutheran School

Danville Area Visitors Bureau

YMCA of the USA 

Search Process Target Dates: 

  • Resumes accepted through: April 22, 2024, noon, CST
  • Preliminary interviews scheduled: May 16 (afternoon) and May 17 (morning)
  • In-person interviews: June 5-6 (in Danville evening prior and depart by the afternoon of June 6)
  • New CEO on board (anticipated): July 15 or earlier

References, Background Check, and Organizational Leader Certification: 

Candidates must submit the following in their online application: a resume, cover letter, and six references (four professional and two personal that are not directly related). References checked on final candidates only with prior notification. Successful candidate accepting the offer must pass a background check and have or earn Y-USA’s Organizational Leader Certification. Certification can be obtained within the first three years from the start date as the CEO.

Candidates must apply via the following website:

Questions about the Search Process?

Contact Richard Clegg, CEO Search Senior Consultant, 312-419-3834, [email protected] 

Questions about the YMCA?

Contact Glenn Haley, CEO, IL State Alliance of YMCAs, 414-732-6061, [email protected]