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

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

Position Description and Board Expectations:

Are you a dynamic leader with a passion for community service and a vision for transformative growth? The Auburn YMCA is thrilled to announce an exceptional opportunity for a visionary CEO to lead our organization into a new era of excellence and impact.  As the CEO of the Auburn YMCA, you will have the unique chance to shape the future of our vibrant community hub, driving initiatives that promote health, wellness, and social responsibility. Imagine the possibilities of empowering youth, inspiring families, and fostering a culture of inclusivity and innovation. This is more than just a job—it's a call to make a lasting difference in the lives of thousands. 

Join us at the Auburn YMCA, where your leadership will ignite change, your strategic vision will set new standards, and your commitment will inspire a healthier, happier community. If you're ready to take the helm of a beloved institution and lead with purpose, we invite you to embark on this exciting journey with us!

The Board of Directors of the Auburn YMCA (“YMCA”) is seeking a leader to build upon the rich history, community engagement, and financial success of the YMCA. The next CEO must meet the challenge of maintaining and leading the financial momentum while setting a vision for the future with innovative and creative ways to serve the community. The YMCA is known in the community for its hospitality and welcoming attitude with warm and friendly staff and volunteers. It is important to shepherd this level of service and support through leadership and staff development that provides opportunities to create new programs and ways to serve more people in the community.

Key deliverables within the first 18 months: 

  • Improve Operating Performance
  • Fiscal Management
  • Drive Maintenance and Development of our Facilities through Capital Development
  • Lead the Implementation of our Strategic Plan
  • Build and Lead Staff
  • Position the Y as a Vital Partner for Community Change
  • Steward Fundraising Efforts

Auburn YMCA Association Facts:

The YMCA owns and operates two locations in the Auburn area: the main facility in the city and Camp Y-Owasco on Owasco Lake. We also operate four school-age childcare sites in our service area. Established in 1859, the Auburn YMCA is one of the oldest YMCAs in the country. The current facility was built in 1939 and is approximately 150,000 sq ft.  The overall condition of the building is good.  The facility features: 2 gyms, 2 pools, 2 sets of racquetball courts, Men’s Health Club, Women’ Health Club, Preschool, Elevated walking track, Cardio and Weight Rooms, 2 Studios for group ex, and several multi-purpose rooms/areas.

The current Camp Y-Owasco site was built in 1960 and is approximately 58 acres located on Owasco Lake.  The overall condition of Camp Y-Owasco is good.  Buildings are maintained and improved and repaired annually by the facilities director.  There is a total of 28 structures on the site including, cabins, lean-tos, bathhouses, and storage garages.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Statement

The YMCA strives to ensure access, inclusion, and engagement for all to reach their personal potential and live life to the fullest. We strive to ensure that all segments of society feel welcome as participants, members, employees, and volunteers.

YMCA Membership Features Include:

1766 units, serving over 3,000 members

  • Family - 457
  • Senior - 264
  • Adult - 588
  • Youth/Young Adult - 457

Program Highlights: 

The Auburn YMCA owns and operates Camp Y-Owasco, located on the east side of Owasco Lake. The 58-acre camp features fields, streams and forested hillsides with 13 cabins, two lodges, bathhouses, an infirmary, and office space. The camp celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2023.  This past season, 565 children (unduplicated) were served by the day & resident camps.

The Auburn YMCA partners with the Auburn Enlarged School district by providing Universal Pre-K for four-year-old’s, as well as Pre-K program for three-year-olds.  This program currently serves 115 children. The preschool program follows the school district curriculum and provides an opportunity for children to grow socially, emotionally, and cognitively in a safe, supportive environment.

The Auburn YMCA currently provides before and after school care at the YMCA and at four before school locations. Starting in the Fall of 2024 we will have six sites including one LEAPS grant site. Over the past year, the Auburn Y has served over 120 children in before and after school care.  The purpose of this program is to help children develop to their fullest potential, support and strengthen the family unit, and deliver childcare in a safe environment.

The Auburn YMCA Stingrays Swim Team program has a nearly 50-year history of embracing the YMCA values and contributing to the greater Auburn and Cayuga County communities. This past year the Stingrays consisted of nearly 110 youth swimmers with 70+ qualifying for the NYS YMCA State-wide Championship held in Long Island, NY. The Auburn YMCA Stingrays Swim Team were district champions in the “D” & “E” Age Groups as well as top ranking in the “A”, “B” & “C” Age Groups. 

The Auburn YMCA also partners with the City of Auburn to provide seasonal management of the City owned Casey Park Pool. This is an outdoor Olympic size swimming pool of which the Y provides safe outdoor swimming opportunities open to Y members and free to city residents.

Wellness is an important hallmark of the Auburn YMCA.  The Auburn YMCA supports the community with evidence-based health initiatives, such as Livestrong at the YMCA, Diabetes Prevention & Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring.  Along with these programs, the Auburn Y offers many different levels of fitness classes, personal training, and small group opportunities for participants of all ages. 


  • 13 FT Staff; 157 PT Staff and 6 Seasonal
  • CEO has 3 direct reports: Director of Finance & HR, Executive Director & Facilities Director 


  • 2024 Budget $3.2 million. Our YMCA is debt free.
  • As of December 2023, the value of the endowment is $4.3M.
  • The annual campaign goal for 2024 is $100,000.  The 2023 campaign raised over $100,000.
  • Financial assistance awarded in 2023 was $202,542.


The City of Auburn is in Cayuga County, New York and is the County seat and its largest community. Situated at the north end of Owasco Lake, one of the Finger Lakes in Central New York, the city had a population of 26,866 at the 2020 census. Cayuga County is nearly 65 miles in length, stretching from its Northern border of Sterling and Lake Ontario to its most Southern towns, Locke, Summerhill, and Genoa. The County had a population of 76,248 at the 2020 census. 

The City of Auburn is rich in history, arts and culture with museums and historic sites such as the Harriet Tubman National Historic Park and the William H. Seward House Museum. Auburn is home to the Auburn Doubledays a collegiate summer league baseball team. Other attractions to Auburn include local breweries and wineries, close proximity to the award-winning Finger Lakes Wine region, water activities, and many arts and cultural activities such as the Rev Theater at the Merry Go Round Playhouse and the Auburn Public Theater. 

Cayuga Community College, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) is located in the City of Auburn with private colleges such as Syracuse University, Ithaca and Cornell University being less than an hour’s drive away. Auburn and Cayuga County are close to Syracuse and Rochester, offer an affordable cost of living, and are a 2-3-hour drive to the Adirondack Mountain Region and Niagara Falls.

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Minimum Criteria for Candidates:

  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year college or university or comparable experience in the nonprofit sector.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and personal values consistent with the YMCA mission.
  • 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.
  • Proven ability to develop and strengthen community relationships.
  • Proven 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.
  • Previous experience in capital planning and leading capital projects.  

Preferred Criteria for Candidates:

  • YMCA Organizational Leader Certification. (Note: Candidates not already in possession of this certification have up to three years to obtain via YMCA of the USA)
  • Proven ability to strategically manage finances using a fiscally sound business management approach.
  • Experience with strategic planning and providing leadership to fundraising efforts including annual campaigns and grant procurement and management.
  • A proven track record of managing a budget of at least $2M annually.
  • Previous experience relating to, reporting to, or serving on a nonprofit board of managers. 
Essential Functions

Board Expectations

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 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

Drive Maintenance and Development of our Facilities through Capital Development: Lead our Y through the stages of a current capital development project, including initial planning, research and viability; architectural and schematic design phases; construction management; and the operational start-up of our renovated and expanded facility. Key competencies: Fiscal Management, Program/Project Management, Change Leadership, Critical Thinking & Decision Making  

Lead the Implementation of the Strategic Plan: Work effectively with volunteers, community leaders, and key staff, to provide vision and support the implementation of the 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 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

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 

Salary Range: $125,000-$155,000 annualized.

Residency Expectation: Living within the Auburn YMCA service area is preferred

Benefits: The YMCA offers employees a comprehensive benefits package which allows for ample time off to provide a work/life balance. Highlights include: 

  • 10% YMCA contribution to the Y Retirement Plan.
  • Health Dental Insurance - High Deductible Insurance Single Coverage 100% paid, Option for Co-Pay plan at some cost.
  • PTO accrued as noted in the handbook.
  • Eligibility for health savings account, dental insurance and 403(b)plan.
  • Life Insurance
  • YMCA provides and encourages employee attendance in training, seminars and conferences.
  • YMCA membership and a laptop are provided.

Target Dates for the Search Process:

Resumes accepted through: July 26, 2024

Preliminary interviews held on: August 28, 2024     

Final interviews held on: September 10 and September 11, 2024 

CEO selection made: September 17, 2024 

New CEO on board (anticipated): October 21, 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. Note: References will be requested pending advancement in the process and checked on final candidates.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:

Leighann Sibal, YMCA of the USA – Search Consultant


[email protected]

Questions regarding this YMCA should be directed to:

Rob Totaro, Alliance of NYS YMCAs – Associate Director, Member Advancement 


[email protected]