President and CEO

As CEO, you will be inspired, and inspire others, to make a difference each day in a position that matters.
Job Description


Greater Burlington YMCA

Position:  President and CEO

Address:  298 College Street, Burlington, VT 05401

The Greater Burlington YMCA is an equal opportunity employer

committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.

The Greater Burlington YMCA has a commitment to creating a culture of safety.

The Opportunity

You could be the next leader of a Burlington, Vermont institution that has served the community since 1866. In January of 2020, our Y opened the doors to a brand new and amazing 52,000 square foot facility. Lead a dedicated staff as we write the next chapter in our organization’s history. Identifying possibilities for the future will ensure we remain a relevant community-focused organization for another 150+ years.

The Greater Burlington YMCA is a diverse organization of people of all ages and backgrounds joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of youth, healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. As CEO, you will be inspired, and inspire others, to make a difference each day in a position that matters. With a strong mission and clearly articulated core values, this is a purpose-driven opportunity for you to serve our members, staff, and community. 

Our Mission

We are an inclusive, nonprofit organization joined together by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility. Strengthening community is our cause.

Our Vision

A unified community where everyone is capable, connected, and contributing.

Our Cause

Regarding the role of our Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility, we offer the following: The Y Core Values represent the shared beliefs and essential principles that guide our behavior, interactions with each other, and decision-making. YMCA Staff, Members, and Visitors are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct that reflects these values.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement 

Our Y is led by a team who intentionally and continuously strive to promote a culture that values diversity and inclusion by strengthening our work through the diversity of our people.

Diversity – The presence of differences that make each person unique and that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another.

Inclusion – The full engagement and development of all Y stakeholders (participants, members, staff, policy volunteers, program volunteers, partners, local communities, vendors, etc.).

The Y is made up of people of all ages, cultures, and ethnicities, working side-by-side to strengthen our communities. Together, we work to ensure that every individual of any gender, income, faith, race, sexual orientation, or cultural background – is given the opportunity to live life to the fullest.

We know the key to effectively nurturing the potential of children, improving the nation’s health and well-being, and supporting our neighbors is a passionate, experienced and diverse array of staff, volunteers and members who value what everyone brings to the table. Working in 10,000 U.S communities and more than 120 countries worldwide makes strong diversity and inclusion practices paramount for the Y.

Diversity and inclusion practices at the Y foster a high-performing learning environment where staff and volunteers are engaged and valued and where they are encouraged to collaborate, generate ideas, and contribute at the highest level. We are passionate about our cause and know that our ability to achieve it begins with reflecting and partnering with all people and communities.

Position Description

This position supports the work of the Y, a leading non-profit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. This position is responsible for the Y’s strategic direction, financial stability, community relations, staffing, development, planning, training, facilities, operations, communications, and technology systems. This role provides leadership to the Board of Directors, staff, and committees in establishing and implementing programs, policies, and goals, and in setting an institutional culture of caring, respect, honesty, and responsibility.


Criteria for candidates:

  • A bachelor’s degree with ongoing formal study. 
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of proven experience as a leader with administrative and operational competencies in strategic planning, marketing, membership development, finance, administration, human relations, development, and operations. 
  • Experience in building successful infrastructure in a large complex organization.
  • Executive with proven leadership skills. 
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints. 
  • Must be able to prepare and deliver speeches in a community setting. 
  • Ability to be persuasive over controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or Board of Directors. 
  • Ability to apply mathematical concepts to such issues as budget preparation.
Essential Functions

Key Skills and Abilities 

Improve Operating Performance: Manage and direct the Y’s operations and activities. Engage the board and appropriate staff to develop an annual tactical plan for identifying and achieving key goals and objectives aligned with the strategic plan. Foster an environment that results in increased customer service, performance excellence, and accountability at all levels of the organization. Develop a culture of continual innovation; regularly piloting new ideas thought likely to address future needs, minimize organizational risk, or advance the mission. Key competencies: Developing Self & Others, Critical Thinking & Decision Making, Innovation, Entrepreneurial Mindset

Fiscal Management: Use high-level financial analysis to forecast financial trends, growth and stability, while consistently leading organization to balance or surplus operations by growing earned revenue and contributions and controlling costs. Empower and guide staff 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

Build and Lead Staff: Develop and lead a high-performing team driven to achieve the organization’s mission and strategic goals. Prioritize mentoring and coaching in balance with performance accountability. Develop a comprehensive approach to talent development system that is implemented in alignment with the organization’s values. Advance the organization’s efforts to recruit, retain, develop, and promote staff that represent the diversity of the communities we serve. Deepen a spirit of camaraderie, inclusion, and sense of mission and purpose throughout all levels of staff. Foster a learning organization to help staff achieve their highest potential. Key competencies: Developing Self & Others, Inclusion, Emotional Maturity, Change Leadership

Position the Y as a Vital Partner for Community Change: Serve as an ambassador for the mission, purpose, and vision for the YMCA within the community. Develop and cultivate relationships with key stakeholders from diverse backgrounds, while consistently upholding the highest standards and values of the Y. Ensure GBYMCA is seen as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community by connecting all people to their potential, purpose, and each other. Key competencies: Communication & Influence, Engaging Community, Collaboration 

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

Cause-Driven Leadership: Inspire and mobilize staff, members, volunteers, community members, and community partners to strengthen communities for all. Convene people from different backgrounds, perspectives, and generations to ensure access to the opportunities, relationships and resources necessary to learn, grow and thrive. Create a welcoming, equitable, affirming, authentic and supportive environment dedicated to strengthening communities. Key competencies: Developing Self & Others, Inclusion, Communication & Influence

Current Key Strategic Initiatives

The Y just started a 3-year strategic plan (‘24-’26) with four principal strategic imperatives:

  • The Member Experience
  • Youth development with a focus on teens
  • Community building
  • Staff engagement


  • 4,670 full-pay member units as of 3/31/24
  • This member unit count is a total of approximately 8,138 members
  • Membership breakdown by categories are as follows:
    • Youth (0-12) is 224 members, or 2.75%
    • Teen (13-17) is 181 members, or 2.22%
    • Young Adults (18-23) is 1,104 members, or 13.57%
    • Adult (24-64) is 1,404 members or 17.25%
    • 2-Adult No Dependents (24-64) includes 989 members or 12.15%
    • Senior (65+) is 335 members or 4.12%
    • 2-Seniors (both 65+) includes 236 members, or 2.90%
    • 1-Adult Family includes 730 members, or 8.97%
    • 2-Adult Family includes 2,677 members, or 32.90%
    • Complimentary (most board or retired Y staff) is 51 members, or .63%
    • Howard Center clients (local mental health org.) is 207 members, or 2.54%
  • The above membership count includes about 400 member units related to a corporate relationship with the UVM
  • Medical Center. 

Branch Information 

  • The Greater Burlington YMCA’s primary base of operations is the Pomerleau Family YMCA at our 298 College St. location in Burlington, VT.
  • YMCA Camp Abnaki, a boy's day/overnight camp in North Hero, VT (Grand Isle County).
  • In addition to early childcare on site in Burlington (100 kids), the Y has a management agreement with the local medical center to run their early child care site (50 kids), located in neighboring Winooski.
  • The Y runs afterschool programming at six school sites. Two in Chittenden County (towns of Jericho and Underhill, populations of 5,100 and 3,100 respectively), two in neighboring Franklin County (Fairfax and Georgia, populations of 5,000 and 4,800 respectively), and two in Washington County (Waterbury and Barre, populations of 5,300 and 8,500).
  • The Ys afterschool sites in Barre, Waterbury, Underhill, and Georgia also serve as locations for summer day camps.
  • The Y offers Adventure Camp on the lakefront Rock Point property in Burlington through a summer lease arrangement.


  • Early childcare (infant, toddler, preschool) (2 locations)
  • Afterschool (6 locations) (some run school vacation camps)
  • School age summer day camp (1 onsite, 5 offsite)
  • Boys' day/overnight camp (Camp Abnaki)
  • Aquatics
    • Youth and adult swim lessons
    • Adaptive swim lessons
    • Free summer water safety program (Camp Splash)
    • Lap swim
    • Family swim
    • Group aquatic fitness classes
    • Dynamo Youth Swim Team
    • Lifeguard training (also Red Cross CPR/First Aid)
  • Health & Wellness
    • Group exercise classes (3 studios)
    • Personal training
    • Well-equipped wellness floor
    • Gymnasium with time set aside for open gym, basketball, pickle ball, volleyball, and partnership with local high school for their physical education classes
  • Youth classes
    • Dance
    • Gymnastics
  • Family Programs
    • Family Gym and Family Swim times
    • Drop-In Member Childcare
    • Kids Night Out
    • Monthly family event

Annual Campaign


  • $525,000 raised in annual fund campaigns ($400K for general Y campaign and $125K for Camp Abnaki
  • $1,050,000 represents total contributions, inclusive of annual funds noted above plus additional private gifts, grants, and public funds


  • $575,000 annual fund goal -- $450K for general Y annual fund and $125K for Camp Abnaki
  • Approximately $72,400 toward combined goal as of 3/11/24
  • Total contributions for 2024 is budgeted at $635,000 (inclusive of above)

Previous Year’s Campaign Impact

  • 1,107 people received financial assistance in 2023
  • $292,000 in financial assistance was awarded in 2023. 

Capital Campaign(s)

  • GBYMCA Branch: No current capital campaign. None anticipated or planned for in connection with operations of the Y membership/childcare/etc. component to our business.
  • Camp Abnaki: Camp recently completed a strategic planning process and anticipates entering a second phase, a master planning phase, in late 2024 (awaiting new CEO). A capital campaign is likely to be an outcome of this process, with a fundraising feasibility study potentially being conducted as a prelude.


Current Staff: 375

  • 78 FT
  • 297 PT
  • 0 Seasonal

CEO Direct Reports

  • Vice President of Development & Social Responsibility
  • Senior Director of Youth Development
  • Senior Director of Branch Operations (facilities and Healthy Living)
  • Senior Director of Finance & Accounting
  • Senior Director of Human Resources

Staff Demographics

  • 78% Female
  • 21% Male
  • 1% Nonbinary
  • 0% American Indian or Alaska Native
  • 3% Asian
  • 2% Black of African American
  • 1% Hispanic or Latino
  • 1% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
  • 1% Two or More Races
  • 92%White

Board of Directors

We currently have 14 board members and officers. The complete list of board members and their backgrounds can be found on the website


  • Current Annual Budget Size: $12.1M
  • Current Endowment: $1,710,955 (sum of two endowments, as of 3/31/2024)
  • Cash on Hand: $2.8M
  • Current Debt: Excluding amounts tied to our New Market Tax Credits, $155,807 (EDIL loan) and Lease liability of $279,935 for fitness equipment. 
  • 3-year pattern of annual surplus/deficit
    • Last year: currently awaiting final audit.
    • Previous year: Change in net assets = -$327,395
    • Previous year: Change in net assets = $1,880,572 (inclusive of $2,793,817 in COVID-19 relief)

Population & Demographics

  • Vermont is a state with a population of 647,000 people.
    • The racial composition of Vermont, it is 92.93% white.
    • Vermont is aging rapidly. Its median age has jumped from 37 to 43 in just two decades. The number of Vermonters 65 and older has nearly doubled over that same period. We are the third oldest state. 
  • Our Y’s home city of Burlington, Vermont’s largest, has 44,500 people.
    • Burlington is 87.32% white, and the neighboring community of Winooski is 81.30% white. Vermont, and the Burlington area most significantly, has for many years worked with national organizations to serve as a place for refugee resettlement; helping to provide some limited diversity in our community.
    • In the Burlington School District, 48 languages other than English are represented. 16% of students receive services as English Language Learners. 40% of the students in the Burlington School District identify as Black, Asian, Latinx, or Multi-Racial.  

Additional Important Information

Area Amenities and Community Benefits

Where do we start! We love Burlington and Vermont. 

Tremendous opportunity for outside activity. Between the many mountains for skiing and hiking, to the beauty of Lake Champlain and the many lakes, rivers, and streams, there is endless opportunity for outdoor activities.

Burlington, Vermont’s largest city (at 44,500 people) is located within Chittenden County (168,000 people). It is home to the state’s largest higher education institution, the University of Vermont (about 13,000 undergraduates, graduate, and medical students), Champlain College (about 2,000 students), and Saint Michael’s College (about 1,600 students). These factors help make Burlington a hub for culture in Vermont.

Burlington is the home for the University of Vermont Medical Center and the hub for the larger University of Vermont Health Network, the largest hospital and health network in the state.

We are approximately 45 miles from the Canadian border and 95 miles to Montreal, a major metropolitan city and center for arts, shopping, and culture.

Burlington is less than 40 miles to Montpelier, the State Capital, 220 miles to Boston, and 300 miles to New York City.

Vermont’s largest airport is in South Burlington, VT, less than 5 miles from our Y.

Salary Range:  $145,000 - $185,000

Benefits: Retirement contribution - employee contributes 2% and our Y contributes 6%., vacation plan, health plan and other benefits per personnel policy included.

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

Other sites for information: 

YMCA of the USA         

Greater Burlington YMCA

City of Burlington         

Hello Burlington           

Vermont Vacation        

University of Vermont  

Target Dates for the search process

Resumes accepted through:            June 7, 2024

Preliminary interviews scheduled:   Week of July 8th 

Final interviews:                            Week of July 29th 

CEO selection made:                      August 1st 

New CEO on board (anticipated):    September, 2024

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:

David Martorano 

VP-Thriving Ys/CEO Search    

YMCA of the USA


[email protected] 

Meagan Hamblett


YMCA Alliance of Northern New England


[email protected]