Chief Executive Officer

The YMCA of Parkersburg is an equal opportunity employer committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.
Job Description

The YMCA of Parkersburg has a commitment to creating a culture of safety.

The Opportunity

We are looking for a highly skilled, passionate leader and visionary who can build upon the foundation of this YMCA. A committed board of volunteers and a dedicated staff of 20 full-time employees (5 direct reports to the CEO) and 96 part-time staff drive this $2.5 million association.  

As our CEO, you'll be the architect of our mission: building a stronger Parkersburg by nurturing young minds, promoting healthy lifestyles, and fostering social responsibility. You will lead the Y towards a more vibrant and sustainable future, leaving a lasting impact on countless lives.  

The successful candidate will also show an ability to create positive and strategic relationships with influential leaders and community members and leverage those relationships to enhance support for the Y mission. The CEO is expected to be the face of the organization, upholding the highest standards and values of the Y; able to maintain a culture of integrity, high ethical standards, accountability, and performance, creating a spirit of inclusiveness, mission and cause that reinforces, encourages, and promotes values of honesty, respect, responsibility and caring.

Our Mission 

To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

Position Description

The YMCA of Parkersburg Board of Directors seeks a skilled and experienced individual to promote a culture of excellence within the YMCA and enhance the image of the YMCA in the communities it serves. The CEO is responsible for the development, implementation and articulation of the mission, vision and goals of the YMCA. This involves building a culture that supports and retains outstanding staff and an active, diverse volunteer Board of Directors and its respective committees. The CEO is expected to be visible in the community and active in the development of meaningful community collaborations with other community organizations, public sector entities and businesses. The CEO should position the YMCA to be viewed in the community as a highly respected, charitable partner with a strong stake in solving community issues. In partnership with the board, the CEO is responsible for all areas of Operational management, fundraising, capital plans, strategic planning, budget development, organizational development, program development, marketing and the overall image of the YMCA.

Branch Information 

 1 Branch - YMCA of Parkersburg building on Broad Street

15 acres, 61,396 sq. ft., 6 lane indoor pool, Aerobics Gym, Basketball Gym, Fitness Center, Playground, 5 outdoor shelters, built in 1966

1 Island - Mustafa Island on the Ohio River


Early Learning Program: Our Early Learning program serves children ages 2 to 4. Care is provided from 6:30 am - 6:00 pm each weekday. 

Summer Camp: Camp begins the day Summer Break begins and runs all summer. Camp is held on weekdays from 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM. This program is for children ages 5 through 12 years old.

After-School Care: The YMCA of Parkersburg’s After-School Program serves Elementary and Middle School aged children. We offer care after-school until 6:00 PM at convenient school sites within Wood County. We also offer Out-of-School Care on most school holidays and snow days at the YMCA of Parkersburg.

Swim Lessons: Classes offered year-round for swimmers ages 6 months to adults of all skill levels. Lessons are taught in group settings and emphasize water safety, skill and stroke development.

Rock Steady Boxing: Rock Steady Boxing, a weekly class, gives people with Parkinson’s disease hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing-based fitness curriculum.

Middle School Archery: This program introduces archers to the joy of the sport recreationally. Participants learn range safety, respect of the sport, handling and care of equipment, proper shooting technique in an environment that fosters focus, improved accuracy with increased self-confidence. The program is funded by Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s Outdoor fund.

Pickleball: Clinics and open play are offered. 

Gym Class Next Door: Gym Class is for K-12 students! All students are welcome including public school, private school, homeschool, virtual and distance learning students. Mondays & Tuesdays 12:00PM-1:30PM has instructor lead activities for all ages in either the Main Gym or Aerobics Gym, depending on the activity. Wednesdays & Thursdays are “free play” with no planned activities.

Toddler Volleyball: This program is for children ages three to five. Through fun & interactive activities the children are introduced to volleyball skills and movement!

Tae Kwon Do: Instructors from S. H. Kang's Tae Kwon Do work within everyone’s limitations and help them to attain their own personal best while promoting integrity, pride, loyalty, and discipline. Both children and adults are welcome, which allows many to make it an activity the whole family can do together.

Lifeguard Certification Courses: The YMCA offers American Red Cross Lifeguard training courses that are taught by a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor. The certification, which includes First Aid, CPR and AED training, is valid for two years upon completion and is accepted nationwide. 

Fit30: Fit30 is a 30-minute Functional Interval Training class instructed by Piendel Training. It’s designed to adapt whatever fitness goal you would like to pursue with a small class size ratio of 1:10.

Annual Campaign 

  • 2024 Annual Campaign - Raised to date $75,000 (goal is $100,000)
  • 2023 Annual Campaign - $0
  • 2022 Capital Campaign - $555,660 
  • 2021 Annual Campaign - $65,270
  • 2020 Annual Campaign - $58,100 

Amount of Financial Assistance Awarded Annually: $35,934 

Current Staff

  • 20 FT
  • 96 PT
  • 100 Seasonal 

CEO Direct Reports

  • COO
  • Facilities Director
  • Business Director
  • Family Services Director
  • Sports Director
  • Aquatics Coordinator

 FT Staff Demographics

  • 75 % Female
  • 25 % Male
  • 10% Black or African American
  • 90% White 

Board of Directors

President: Kevin Trippett, Westbrook Health Systems

Ort Armstrong, River Valley Pediatrics

Ann Bailey (Board Member Emeritus), Homemaker

Bob Bays (Board Member Emeritus), Bowles & Rice

Patrick Bryan, United Bank

Charlie Burd, GOWV

Kurt Busiek, Emmanuel Baptist Church Pastor

Zac Campbell, WVU-CC

Jacob Hilton, United Bank

Morganna Lott, Marketing Entrepreneur & Homeschooler

Chris Nahley, Steptoe Johnson

Brian Raitz, Parkersburg Library

Amy Smith, Smith Orthodontics 

Crystal Tolley, WVU-CC

Michelle Yanok, Bureau of Fiscal Service

Bill Niday, Wood County BOE (Retired)


  • $2.5 Current Annual Budget Size
  • $450,978 Current Debt
  • $157,323 Current Endowment
  • 3-year pattern of annual surplus/deficit
    • 2023  $500,202
    • 2022  $1,101,283
    • 2021  $853,403 

Population & Demographics

The following counties make up the Mid-Ohio Valley: Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood in West Virginia and Washington County in Ohio. MOV Resident Population (2019) - 215,637 Median Household Income (2015-2019) - $45,925 Poverty Rate (2015-2019) - 16.4%

Area Amenities and Community Benefits

Located at the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha Rivers, Parkersburg and the greater Mid-Ohio Valley are located at the crossroads of Interstate 77 and U.S. Route 50. Nestled among scenic hills and valleys, the city is a short driving distance to major metropolitan areas including Pittsburgh, PA, Columbus, OH, and Washington, D.C., and is the major population and employment center for more than 160,000 people in the metropolitan area.


Minimum Criteria for Candidates:

  1. Accredited 4-year college degree.
  2. Must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and personal values consistent with the YMCA mission.
  3. Minimum five 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.
  4. Must have the ability to develop and strengthen community relationships.
  5. Have the ability to develop new programs, review and enhance programs being offered or considered for both economy and the effectiveness in broadening our engagement in the communities in which we serve.
  6. A proven track record of budgetary and fiscal management in excess of $3M or more annually.

Preferred Criteria for Candidates:

  1. YMCA Organizational Leader Certification.
  2. Fiscally sound business management approach.Strategic planning and Fundraising experience including annual campaigns and the securing of grants. 

Other Sites for Information:

YMCA of the USA: 

Essential Functions

Key Skills and Abilities 

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 

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. Key competencies: Developing Self & Others, Critical Thinking & Decision Making, Innovation

Steward Fundraising Efforts: Develop and implement an annual fundraising plan that will establish the YMCA as a leading nonprofit organization within the community through the engagement of members, volunteers, staff, and donors. Identify the need for successful capital fundraising, while taking the organization to a new level of effectiveness and impact in annual giving and endowment. Key competencies: Philanthropy, Engaging Community, Communication & Influence

Build and Lead Staff: Ensure a talent development system is in place and executed in affirming, culturally competent and effectively. Hire, motivate, nurture, retain, and hold staff 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

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

YMCA of Parkersburg Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of individuals’ differences in age, color, abilities, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status.

Current Key Strategic Initiatives

  • Facility Improvement 
  • Capital Expansion 
  • Organizational Restructure 
  • Program Development 


  • 2774 Total Member
  • 1254 Total Number of Membership Units
  • 8% Youth
  • 22% Adults
  • 34% Household
  • 36% Senior 

Salary Range: $75,000-$95,000 


Health Insurance, YMCA Retirement (12%, 3% contributing), PTO, Laptop, Allowance for a Phone, Reimbursement for Mileage, Membership and program discounts. 

Residency Expectation: Living in the YMCA’s service area is required. 

Target Dates for the Search Process: 

Resumes accepted through: May 3rd, 2024

Preliminary interviews scheduled: May 31st

Final interviews: June 20& 21

CEO selection made: by end of June

New CEO on board (anticipated): July/August

To Apply

Candidates will apply via the following website: 

You will be requested to submit the following with your online application: A resume and cover letter, along with four professional and two personal references. Note: References will be checked on final candidates.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:

Sandy Morander                             Chris Francis

Sr. Consultant, CEO Search             CEO KY/WV YMCA State Alliance

[email protected]             [email protected]