President & Chief Executive Officer

The YMCA of the Suncoast is searching for an inspiring leader to serve as our next President and CEO. They will lead a Mission-Driven Y...
Job Description

The Opportunity

The YMCA of the Suncoast is searching for an inspiring leader to serve as our next President and CEO. They will lead a Mission-Driven YMCA in a vibrant community. This is your chance to leverage your proven leadership skills to head a truly impactful organization. This association has participated and continues to engage in Y-USA (the Y’s national resource office) pilot and cohort opportunities. You'll be joining a dynamic team fueled by a shared passion for the Y’s mission and a love for the communities they serve. Our energized board and dedicated staff are eager to collaborate with a visionary leader.   

The YMCA of the Suncoast thrives on a foundation of financial strength. Years of strong board and CEO leadership in partnership with the staff team has resulted in a capital debt-free organization. As President and CEO, you'll be responsible for strategic growth, fostering trust within the community, and extending the Y’s positive influence. Through collaboration, you'll cultivate strong partnerships that amplify our mission and reputation.  

About the YMCA of the Suncoast

With programs that respond to the critical and unique needs of each community, we positively impact the lives of children, adults, families, and seniors throughout Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus and Levy Counties. For the past 66 years, the Y has provided a safe, welcoming place for all - regardless of age, income or background - to live their healthiest, happiest lives. While we are the communities’ home for programs that promote healthy living, we also provide life-saving swim lessons, quality before and after school care, family engagement events, social activities for seniors, and sports programs for members of all ages. The Y’s programs and initiatives elevate our mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. 

Our Mission

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

Our Cause & Values

To strengthen the foundations of community and instill the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

Commitment to Inclusion

The YMCA is made up of all people from every walk of life, working side by side to strengthen our communities. Together we approach our work to ensure that everyone - members, volunteers and staff - have the opportunity to reach their fullest God-Given potential with dignity. Our core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility guide everything we do.

Commitment to Safety

The YMCA of the Suncoast is committed to creating a culture of safety. Child Abuse Prevention is highlighted in our strategic plan and the association has completed and renewed Prasedium Accreditation.

Current Key Strategic Initiatives

Youth Development 

  • Family Engagement: we inspire families to be together
  • Academic Success: we create opportunities that support academic success
  • Teens we empower teens for positive growth and development
  • Underserved: we actively seek to serve youth who are underserved and underrepresented 
  • Youth Sports: we promote good sportsmanship, skill development, and physical activity  

Healthy Living  

  • Healthy Eating: we increase the awareness of healthy eating habits
  • Chronic Disease Prevention: we assist in preventing and managing chronic diseases
  • Reclaiming Health: we help individuals reclaim their health
  • Older Adults: we increase the engagement and activity levels of older adults.  
  • Mental well-being: we improve the mental well-being of our community  

Social Responsibility 

  • Water safety: we help prevent drowning  
  • Child protection: we help prevent child sexual abuse
  • Philanthropy: we advance philanthropy in our community
  • Volunteerism: we advance volunteerism in our community 


Total Individuals Served: 83,969

Total Number of Members in Association: 33,500

Total Number of Membership Units in Association: 12,600

Membership Categories: 

  • 59.3% Adult
  • 21.3% Household
  • 4.3% Senior
  • 15.1% Youth 

Branch Information 

  • Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA, 4127 W. Norvell Bryant Hwy/CR 486, Lecanto, FL 34461
  • Clearwater Y In Motion,1535 S. Highland Ave., Clearwater, FL 33756
  • Greater Palm Harbor YMCA, 1600 16th Street, Palm Harbor, FL 34683
  • Greater Ridgecrest YMCA, 18-1 119th Street, Largo, FL 33778
  • Hernando County YMCA, 1300 Mariner Boulevard, Spring Hill, FL 34609
  • James P. Gills Family YMCA, 8411 Photonics Drive, New Port Richey, FL 34655
  • John Geigle YMCA, 4550 Village Center Drive, Palm Harbor, FL 34685 

Association Branch Facility Information: 

Core Programs

  • Aquatics - Swim Lessons, Swim Teams, Free Swim
  • Youth and Adult Sports - traditional sports including tennis and pickleball
  • Teen Programs - Leaders Club, Youth In Government, Youth Leadership
  • Wellness - Group Exercise, Mental Wellness, Senior Enrichment Programs
  • Chronic Disease Prevention - Blood Pressure Monitoring, Diabetes Prevention, etc
  • Out of School Time: Elementary and Middle Before and After School, Day Camp
  • Infant and Toddler Day Care - Full Care in designated schools 

Annual Support Campaigns

  • Prior Year’s Total: $1,322,558
  • Current Year’s Goal: $1,351,000
  • Total number of people receiving financial assistance prior year: 5,386 

Recent Capital Improvements and Investment

  • James P. Gills Branch Renovation, $500,000
  • Greater Palm Harbor Fieldhouse, $300,000
  • John Geigle Branch, $2,000,0000 


  • FT: 150 
  • PT: 950 

CEO Direct Reports 

  • Senior Vice President/COO
  • Senior Vice President/CAO
  • Vice President/CDO
  • Vice President/CFO
  • Vice President/Youth Development
  • Vice President/Buildings and Grounds

Staff Demographics 

  • Gender: 75% Female, 25% Male
  • Race and Ethnicity: 
    • 0.27% American Indian or Alaska Native
    • 2.54% Asian
    • 7.73% Black or African American
    • 12.00% Hispanic or Latino
    • 0.72% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
    • 2.63% Two or More Races
    • 70.66% White
    • 3.45% Unidentified/opt out   

Board of Directors

  • Number of Governing Board Members: 26
  • Board Demographics: Gender: 35% Female, 65% Male
  • Race and Ethnicity:
    • Black or African American: 4%
    • Hispanic or Latino: 8%
    • South Asian: 8%
    • White: 77%
  • Committees:  
    • Executive Committee
    • Board Development Committee
    • Buildings and Grounds Committee
    • Endowment Committee
    • Finance Committee
    • Philanthropy Committee
    • Human Resources Committee
    • Healthy Living Committee
    • Informational Technology Committee
    • Audit Committee
    • Risk Management Committee
    • Youth Development Committee
    • Inclusion & Global Committee
    • Insurance Task Force
    • Executive Compensation Committee
    • Branch Board/Advisory if applicable 


  • Current Annual Budget Size: $31,422,000
  • Current Debt: $0
  • Current Endowment: $8,500,000
  • 3-year annual surplus/deficit:
    • 2023: $1,375,000 operating; $2,500,000, including investments and depreciation
    • 2022: $2,020,000 operating; $756,000, including investments and depreciation
    • 2021: -$1,189,000 operating; $8,430,000, including Geigle $2M, $3.6M ERTC, $2.7M PPP 

Community Population & Demographics

Total Population: 1,974,095

Total Households: 788,821

Service Area Demographics:

  • Gender: 51% Female, 49% Male
  • Race and Ethnicity:
    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
    • Asian: 3%
    • Black or African American: 7%
    • Hispanic or Latino: 13%
    • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 1%
    • Two or More Races: 2%
    • White: 75% 

About the Area

The Suncoast region of Florida offers a combination of stunning beaches, outdoor activities, cultural experiences, and a relaxed lifestyle that appeals to many. The Suncoast boasts some of Florida's most beautiful beaches. From the world-famous Clearwater Beach to the undeveloped barrier islands, you can find the perfect stretch of sand for soaking up the sunshine, swimming in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico or trying your hand at water sports like kayaking or paddleboarding.  

Beyond the beaches, the Suncoast offers a wealth of natural beauty. Explore the mangrove forests by kayak, hike through nature trails, or visit state parks teeming with wildlife. You might even spot dolphins, manatees, or a variety of bird species. Theme parks like Busch Gardens offer a taste of thrills alongside animal encounters. Cities like Clearwater boast thriving art scenes with renowned museums and vibrant local galleries. Foodies will delight in the fresh seafood and diverse cuisine influenced by international cultures.  

The warm climate year-round makes the Suncoast ideal for an active lifestyle. Biking, golfing, tennis, and fishing are just a few of the many outdoor activities you can enjoy. Many communities have walking and biking trails, perfect for getting some exercise while enjoying the scenery. The Suncoast has a strong sense of community, with many local events and festivals throughout the year. The area is also known for its friendly atmosphere, attracting retirees and families alike. 

From bustling cities to charming beach towns, you can find the perfect place to call home. 

Information Sites 


Criteria for Candidates

  1. Accredited 4-year college degree and or equivalent work experience. 
  2. Fiscally sound business management approach with a proven track record of budgetary and fiscal management more than $10M or more annually. 
  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 develop and strengthen community relationships and partnerships. 
  5. Can lead a staff team to develop new programs, review and enhance programs being offered or considered for economy and effectiveness in broadening our engagement and impact in the communities in which we serve.  
Essential Functions

Key Skills and Abilities of Our Next CEO 

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

Execute the Y’s Strategic Plan: Continue to foster collaboration with policy volunteers, community leaders, and key staff. Implement the strategic plan with a focus on delivering measurable outcomes that address the needs of the communities the Y serves. Ensure clarity by defining organizational strategies and outlining a concrete implementation plan with specific deliverables. Key competencies: Change Leadership, Communication & Influence, Critical Thinking & Decision Making, Program/Project Management 

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 the staff team to lead their departments to successful financial operations. Develop and implement stewardship strategies. Key competencies: Fiscal Management, Critical Thinking & Decision Making, Developing Self & Others, Philanthropy 

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  

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

Residency Expectation

Living in the YMCA’s service area is required. 

Salary Range

$240,000 to $287,000 annually


  • Health plan Florida Blue (percent paid by Y, by employee depending on plan selected, some with HRA) 
  • 12% Retirement (once eligibility is met) paid by the YMCA and 403B Savings Account
  • PTO based on months of service, accrued
  • Extended Illness Benefit
  • Other benefits per Schedule of Benefits  

Search Process Target Dates

  • Resumes accepted through: July 1, 2024         
  • Preliminary interviews scheduled: August 19 (afternoon) and August 20 (morning), 2024       
  • In-person interviews: September 18-19, 2024
  • CEO selection made: week of September 23, 2024
  • New CEO on board (anticipated): December 1, 2024 

The YMCA is an equal opportunity employer and a certified drug free workplace. 

Application, References, Background Check and Organizational Leader Certification 

Candidates must submit the following in their online application, only uploading a PDF of your cover letter and PDF of your resume. No other documents are to be uploaded. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.  

Candidates who advance to final interviews will need to submit six references (four professional and two personal). References checked on final candidates only with prior notification.  

Successful candidate accepting the offer must pass a background check, drug test, and must have a current Y-USA’s Organizational Leader Certification or obtain certification within the first three years from start date as the CEO. 

Candidates must apply via the following website:


Questions About the Search Process?  

Contact Richard Clegg, CEO Search Senior Consultant, YMCA of the USA and the DBD Group, [email protected].  

Questions About the YMCA? 

Contact Lynne Wilcox, Florida Alliance of YMCAs, CEO, [email protected]