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Job Description



Position:  CEO

Address:  Decatur County Family YMCA located at 1 YMCA Way, Greensburg IN 47240 and the Shelby County YMCA located at 2120 Intelliplex Dr, Shelbyville IN 46176

The Decatur Shelby County YMCA is an equal opportunity employer,

committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.

The Decatur Shelby County YMCA has a commitment to creating a culture of safety.

The Opportunity

Are you ready to lead with vision and drive impactful change? The Decatur County YMCA and Shelby County YMCA, located in the heart of Indiana, are seeking a dynamic Chief Executive Officer (CEO) passionate about community enhancement and organizational excellence. This esteemed position offers a unique chance to guide two vital community institutions towards new heights of success and influence.

As CEO, you will apply your proven leadership skills and extensive experience in strategic planning and fiscal management to initiatives that empower individuals and families across both Decatur and Shelby Counties. Your leadership will be pivotal in shaping the future of these YMCAs, crafting meaningful partnerships, and driving sustainable growth. We are looking for a leader who excels in creating a culture of inclusivity, wellness, and strong community connections.

This position is more than a leadership role; it's an opportunity to be a catalyst for positive transformation. We are looking for candidates who are not just leaders but changemakers—those who can harness the power of community to build a healthier, more vibrant future for all. With a significant budget at your disposal, you will have the resources to make a substantial impact. Your strategic acumen will expand our reach and deepen our impact through initiatives focused on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Join us and play a pivotal role in building stronger, healthier, and more vibrant communities in both Decatur and Shelby Counties. If you are a visionary leader with a passion for service, a heartfelt commitment to fostering community development and a track record that demonstrates your ability to nurture a high-performing team and drive financial health, we invite you to apply. Help us continue our legacy of service and excellence in these communities.

Embark on this transformative journey with us—apply now and lead the Decatur Shelby County YMCA into a promising future of growth and community engagement. Together, we can achieve remarkable things and ensure a lasting impact on the communities we serve.

Our Mission 

To provide an environment that strengthens moral values and enriches the quality of life.

Our Cause

  • Our Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. 
  • Our Vision: To provide an environment that strengthens moral values and enriches the quality of life.  
  • Our Cause: To strengthen our communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibilities with programs that include our core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.
  • Our Culture: Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day.  We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing and we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger, beginning with you.  

Position Description

The Decatur Shelby County YMCA is on the lookout for a visionary, strategic, and community-oriented individual to take on the role of Chief Executive Officer. The incoming CEO will be instrumental in building trust and expanding the YMCA’s influence throughout our service area. This role involves leading efforts to foster and maintain productive relationships within the community, thereby enhancing our reputation and advancing our mission and cause.

This position is pivotal within the YMCA, a leading nonprofit and charitable organization dedicated to strengthening community ties through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The CEO will set the strategic direction, ensure financial stability, manage staffing, oversee development, and handle operations. Additionally, the CEO will position the YMCA as a key community convener and collaborator, addressing critical social issues and overseeing the operations of two branches.

The Chief Executive Officer will operate under the guidance and policies set by the board of directors, steering the Decatur Shelby County YMCA towards achieving its goals and ensuring its success within the community.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement 

The YMCA, as an Equal Opportunity employer, believes it is vital to basic human dignity, welfare and the successful conduct of its business to promote economic, social and educational opportunities for all. Therefore, it is the YMCA’s policy to recruit, hire, compensate, promote, assign, transfer, lay off, recall and terminate employees based on their abilities, achievements and performance without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, marital status, national origin, tenure, physical or mental handicap, or sexual orientation.


  • Total Number of Members – 10,364  
  • Total Number of Membership Units – 5,192  
  • 7% Youth
  • 26% Adults
  • 33% Family
  • 7% Senior
  • 14% Silver Sneakers 
  • 13% Renew Active

Branch Information 

The Decatur Shelby County YMCA Association is made up of 2 Branches, the Decatur County Family YMCA located at 1 YMCA Way, Greensburg IN 47240 and the Shelby County YMCA located at 2120 Intelliplex Dr, Shelbyville IN 46176.  

The Association offices and the CEO office are at the Decatur County Family YMCA.  

  • The Decatur County Family YMCA is a 74,000 square foot facility that was built in 2000. The first expansion to the facility occurred in 2004 and included an expanded wellness center, racquetball court and an additional gymnasium. In 2022, in partnership with the Decatur County Memorial Hospital the YMCA expanded again to include an indoor playground, an expanded wellness center and family changing locker rooms in two separate locations in the facility. In late fall 2023, we opened our outdoor pickleball courts.    
  • The Shelby County Facility was built in partnership with Major Hospital Partnership (MHP) and opened in the summer of 2021.  The YMCA occupies 39,000 square feet of the 79,000 square foot facility, which also includes 6,000 square feet of shared space for three organizations.  The facility is shared with MHP Physician, and Shelby Senior Services. The facility houses a full line of exercise equipment, a group fitness room, spin cycle room and walking track upstairs, an indoor pool, sauna, gymnasium, and offices on the first floor. Shared space includes cooking kitchen, conference room, meeting room and gathering room. Both facilities have a 24/7 Wellness Center.


  • Preschool (Licensed Paths to Quality Level3) 
  • After School Care (inc. 21st Century Program) 
  • Holiday/Summer Day Camp 
  • Youth & Adult Sports 
  • Fitness Classes 
  • Swim Lessons 
  • Aquatics (Youth & Adult) 
  • Adult Sports and Activities 
  • Teen Programming 
  • Pickleball (Indoor/Outdoor) 
  • Special Events (Bike Ride, Run)

Annual Campaign 

  • Prior Year’s Total – $99,623 
  • Current Year’s Goal – $104,000 
  • Current Year’s Amount raised as of March 31, 2024 - $7,310

Previous Year’s Campaign Impact

    • Total number of people receiving financial assistance – 434
    • Total amount awarded in financial assistance – $119,865

Capital Campaign(s) 

  • 2019 Capital Campaign Completed Raising $3.3M (Pledges complete in 2025) 
  • 2022 Roof Capital Campaign for Roof Replacement of Original Building with an estimated cost of $1M.  
    • OCRA Grant Received Feb 2024 for $500K. 
    • $250K “Roof” Fundraiser started in Summer of 2023, pledges through 2025. 
    • Pledges as of March 31, 2024: $163K; $50K award contingent on $200K raised.


Current Staff

  • FT- 13
  • PT - 132

CEO Direct Reports

  • Branch Directors – 2
  • Business Office Manager (PT)
  • Marketing Director (PT)
  • Maintenance Director

Staff Demographics

  • 77% Female
  • 23% Male

Board of Directors

  • 17 Board members 
  • 29% Female 
  • 71% Male


  • Current Annual Budget Size - $3.175 Million
  • 2019 Campaign Bridge Loan - $500,000 
  • Current Endowment - $557,702
  • 3-year pattern of annual surplus/deficit
    • Last year - 2023 - $290,898 (unaudited) Lilly Grant Funding Awarded
    • Previous year - 2022 - $400,118 Shelby County Branch  
    • Previous year – 2021 - ($67,445) Start -Up branch of Shelby County

Population & Demographics

  • The approximate population of Decatur and Shelby Counties is 71,400 with 82% of that population under the age of 65. 
  • The median house price is $172,000 with a home ownership rate of 73%. 
  • The racial demographics, as of 2022, are White – 92.2%, Black or African American – 1.2%, Hispanic or Latino – 3.7%, Asian – 1.2%, and Other 1.7%  

Salary Range: 

The proposed salary range is $105,000 to $115,000, contingent on experience.


  • Health Insurance – Employee Health Insurance 100% 
  • Retirement – 12% - Y pays (Y Retirement – must meet eligibility completed 2 years of service and 1,000 hours each year. 
  • Additional full-time staff benefits per employee handbook.

Residency Expectation: 

The CEO is expected to be highly engaged in our communities. Living in Shelby or Decatur County is expected within a reasonable and agreed-upon timeframe.


Minimum Criteria for Candidates: 

  • Experience:  At least five years of senior management experience at a YMCA or a comparable organization, including direct supervision of staff at multiple levels.
  • Communication Skills:  Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, with personal values that align with the YMCA mission.
  • Community Engagement:  Ability to develop and strengthen relationships within the community.
  • Financial Management: A sound approach to business management, with a strong understanding of financial principles.
  • Strategic Planning and Fundraising:  Proven experience in strategic planning and fundraising, including managing annual campaigns and securing grants.
  • Program Development:  Experience in developing, reviewing, and enhancing programs to improve cost-efficiency and effectiveness, thereby expanding community engagement.
  • Certification:  YMCA Organizational Leader Certification, or the ability to obtain this certification within three years.

Preferred Criteria for Candidates:

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, human services, or a related area; a related graduate degree is preferred.
  • YMCA Organizational Leader certification required within three years from the date of hire.

Leadership and Management Experience:

  • At least five years of board management experience, preferably in the YMCA and/or not-for-profit sector, covering strategic planning, board and volunteer development, philanthropic development, and multi-site operations.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, collaborate with, and facilitate a voluntary, not-for-profit organization within a complex internal and external environment, including the capacity to nurture, support, attract, retain, and motivate a diverse team.

Financial and Fundraising Expertise:

  • Experience in strategic financial management and fundraising, including annual campaigns and securing grants, with a track record of managing budgets exceeding $1 million annually.

Community Engagement and Relations:

  • Demonstrated experience in community relations and partnering community resources with the YMCA to meet strategic objectives.
  • Articulate spokesperson and effective communicator, able to relate to diverse groups from all social and economic segments of the community. Multilingual abilities are a plus.

Commitment to YMCA's Mission and Values:

  • Deep commitment to the mission and cause of the YMCA, upholding its values and ethics, and recognized as a leader in the community.

Additional Requirements:

  • An understanding of the national and international relationships of the YMCA is preferred.
  • Active participation in community activities, with residency in the Decatur or Shelby County service area strongly encouraged. 
Essential Functions

Key Skills and Abilities 

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 Staff: Ensure a talent development system is in place and executed effectively with cultural competence. 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.

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. Possess the ability to develop and cultivate relationships with key stakeholders from diverse backgrounds, while always upholding the highest standards and values of the Y. Ensure your Y 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 

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 

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

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

Other sites for information:

Decatur County Family YMCA:  

Shelby County YMCA:        

Visit Greensburg:              

Visit Shelbyville:               

YMCA of the USA:              

Target Dates for the search process

Resumes accepted through:                July 2nd 

Preliminary interviews scheduled:        July 9th, and July 10th 

Final interviews:                                 July 29th, and July 30th

CEO selection made:                           August 2nd 

New CEO on board (anticipated):         August 19th 

To Apply

Candidates will apply via the following website:

Please Note: 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:

Grace Matos

CEO Search, YMCA of the USA

[email protected]

Wade Hampton

CEO, Indiana Alliance of YMCAs

[email protected]