Executive Director/CEO

The Wichita Falls YMCA is looking for a visionary leader who can build strong relationships with high visibility in the communities we serve
Job Description



Position:  Executive Director/CEO

  1010 9TH Street, Wichita Falls, Texas

The Wichita Falls YMCA is an equal opportunity employer

committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.

Salary Range: $132K - $175 (annualized) commensurate with experience

Benefits: Retirement contribution at 10% after eligibility requirements are met, vacation plan, health plan, and other benefits per personnel policy. Health benefits for all full-time employees with a small employee cost share and any additional dependents will be at employees’ cost.  Life insurance is also paid by the employer. Employees transferring to the Wichita Falls YMCA from another YMCA will be entitled to vacation based upon their total years of continuous full-time YMCA service at the time they joined the Wichita Falls YMCA and will be determined upon hire. If new to the YMCA, vacation accrual begins upon hire and is accessible at the first of the month after working 90 days.

Relocation:  Relocation assistance provided.

Position Description and Board Expectations: 

The Wichita Falls YMCA is looking for a visionary leader who can build strong relationships with high visibility in the communities we serve. This energetic and entrepreneurial leader should exhibit an outgoing personality and an engaging manner with the aim of demonstrating the indispensable nature of our YMCA as a community asset. The YMCA seeks to be at the center of community life as a leading provider of youth programs, and health and wellness services.


Minimum Candidate Criteria:

  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 proven ability to develop and strengthen community relationships
  5. Can 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

Preferred Candidate Criteria:

  1. 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)
  2. Fiscally sound business management approach
  3. Strategic planning and fundraising experience including annual campaigns and the securing of grants
Essential Functions


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

Develop and Implement a Strategic Plan: Work effectively with volunteers and key staff to create and develop a strategic roadmap that addresses the needs of this YMCA with defined organizational strategies with experience in implementation.

Fiscal Management: Use a high level of 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 leaders to lead their departments to successful financial operation. Develop and implement stewardship strategies.

Build and Lead the Staff: Ensure that a talent development system is in place and executed effectively. Hire, motivate, nurture, retain, and hold staff accountable for key objectives. Encourage the team by creating a spirit of camaraderie and sense of mission/purpose. Create a learning organization to achieve the highest potential of staff.

Improve Operating Performance: Engage the board and appropriate staff to develop an annual tactical plan for achieving key YMCA goals and objectives. Quickly address issues that may arise, forecast future needs and manage and direct the Association’s operations and activities.

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.

About the Wichita Falls YMCA 

Our Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy Spirit, mind and body for all.

A Brief History of Our YMCA:  The Wichita Falls YMCA first opened its doors in 1944 in the middle of a strip of downtown businesses. The organization grew quickly and the historic four-story building that sits at the corner of 9th and Austin was built after World War II, opening in September of 1949.  For many decades the top two floors offered safe, affordable housing to tenants. Currently the building serves as home to corporate offices along with a complete workout facility (the Downtown Y) indoor swimming pool, basketball gym, suspended track and racquetball courts. 

The Wichita Falls Y has 4 branches, Downtown/Metro Offices (1949), Bill Bartley Family Branch (1982), Dillard Early Learning and Youth Academy (2021), and YMCA Early Learning Academy at Colonial (2023).  

The YMCA of Wichita Falls completed a four-building, $16 million expansion in January of 2021. The expansion renovated the Bill Bartly Family YMCA, constructed an indoor sports complex home to soccer, basketball, and volleyball, and the Dillard Early Learning and Youth Academy facility. The Bill Bartley YMCA will conclude expansion with the addition of 22,000 square foot, multi-pool Indoor Aquatics Center in the next two years.  Construction is projected to begin in 2024 with expected completion in 2026.  

The Y is concluding a Strategic Plan in 2024 with 3 major initiatives:

  1. Strengthen Long-Term Sustainability – Develop strategic debt plan, plan comprehensive campaign, grow and innovate operations
  2. Expand the Impact of The YMCA – Engage our local military, increase brand awareness, strengthen partnerships, introduce programs to Texoma communities.
  3. Grow Leaders – cultivate and advance staff, equip and foster volunteers, elevate organizational culture.

Membership Profile: 

Total Members: 14,885

Total Units: 6,322

  • Youth, Jr., Student: 387
  • Adult: 1374
  • Senior: 275
  • Family 1554
  • Single Parent Family: 913
  • Couple: 328
  • Insurance Paid: 1263
  • Staff Memberships: 227

Financial: The current operating budget is $6.1M. A capital campaign is currently underway with a goal of reaching $13,652,000 by December of 2024 to construct a 22,000 square foot multi-pool aquatics center at the Bill Bartley Family YMCA. As a result, membership and program growth is projected to increase the annual operating budget to over $7.0M within 2 years. The Y provided over $300,000 in financial assistance for program and membership in 2023. The Y has raised $230,586 to date for the 2024 Annual Campaign. Current Debt: $2.7 Million. Endowment: $430,000.  Total Fixed Assets: $23 Million.

Governance: The Wichita Falls YMCA is governed by a 21-member Board of Directors. The board is committed to ensure a well-rounded board, where varying industries, professions, perspectives and communities are represented.

Volunteers: Annually, nearly 800 individuals volunteer at the Y contributing over 12,000 hours of service.  Volunteers serve in youth sports, Miracle League adaptive programs, special events, and Association Governance and Branch Advisory Boards.

Staff: The YMCA of Wichita Falls has 45 full-time staff, including the CEO and 196 part-time staff. CEO Direct Reports: SVP of Mission Advancement, Vice President of Operations, Executive Director of Youth Development, Director of Finance, Director of Human Resource and Risk Management.


The City of Wichita Falls is comfortably nestled in the Northeast corner of the Panhandle/Plains area of North Texas. Wichita Falls is an economically progressive city home to commerce and industry with worldwide interests. 

The City also has several institutions of higher learning, a strong international presence through Sheppard Air Force Base, a well-educated, eager workforce and a community spirit geared toward family, friends and a desire to see that this thriving city continues to grow and prosper.

By most accounts Wichita Falls can be summed up with two words, pleasant and comfortable. This is a family-oriented city conveniently located within two hours of two metropolitan areas with populations exceeding one million citizens; Dallas-Fort Worth and Oklahoma City.

Wichita Falls has a population of approximately 102,664, is the county seat of Wichita County and considered the population center of North Texas.

Wichita Falls proudly calls itself the home of the finest military installation in the country, Sheppard Air Force Base. Through Sheppard’s Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program, Wichita Falls has a significant international flavor. The program is utilized by seventeen different NATO countries for the finest fighter pilot training in the world.

There is considerable international investment in the area’s manufacturing base as well. The greater Wichita Falls area has 185 manufacturing companies producing products for major automotive manufacturers, oil and gas production, construction, aircraft manufacturers, food service providers, water recreation and more. Within a 60-mile radius of Wichita Falls, there are more than 393,000 people of which approximately 152,000 are in the workforce.

Our award-winning public-school system and institutes of higher education are exemplary. WFISD is currently building two new high schools.  Midwestern State University is heralded throughout the state for its medical, teaching, business and liberal arts programs. 

Wichita Falls also offers state-of the art medical facilities and services that have made it the health care choice of residents throughout North Texas and Southern Oklahoma. Along with excellent healthcare the City has a lower than average cost of living with affordable, quality housing ranging from apartments to mansions.

Once here you'll find considerable cultural activities from the symphony to good old Texas rodeos. Wichita Falls prides itself on having something for everyone. 

The City has a wonderful thirteen-mile-long trail system that winds through neighborhoods and along attractive streams for use by walkers, joggers, bicyclers and rollerbladers and an additional parks system featuring 39 parks within the city limits. The parks are great for family outings with spacious picnic shelters, playgrounds, nature trails, duck ponds and more.

You can also enjoy the Wichita Falls ballet troupe, museums, symphony, community theaters featuring everything from Shakespeare to rock concerts, skate park, newly renovated municipal golf course, college football and basketball, festivals and fairs, water park, family entertainment centers, nearby lakes and mountains and a Multi-Purpose Event Center (MPEC) with convention facilities, 10,000 seat arena, agriculture building and more. Wichita Falls offers year-round entertainment and activities that are guaranteed to keep you and your family as busy as your schedule will allow.

Information Sites:

Wichita Falls YMCA: http://www.ymcawf.org/ 

Wichita Falls Visitors Bureau & Convention Center:  http://wichitafalls.org/

Wichita Falls Area Chamber of Commerce:  https://wichitafallschamber.com/

Wichita Falls News: https://www.timesrecordnews.com/ 

Wichita Falls Area Public Schools: Wichita Falls http://www.wfisd.net, Burkburnett ISD https://www.burkburnettisd.org, Iowa Park ISD, www.ipcisd.net, City View ISD, https://cityview-isd.net/ Henrietta ISD, http://www.henrietta-isd.net/, Holiday  ISD https://www.hollidayisd.net/

United Regional Health Care: https://www.unitedregional.org/

City of Wichita Falls : http://www.wichitafallstx.gov/

MPEC (Multi-Purpose Event Center): https://wfmpec.com/

Sheppard AFB: https://www.sheppard.af.mil/

Hotter’N Hell Hundred: https://www.hh100.org/

Search Process Target Dates:

Resumes accepted through: August 16th

Preliminary interviews scheduled: September 18th & 19th

Final interviews scheduled: October 7 & 8

New CEO on board (anticipated): December 2024

To Apply:

Candidates will apply via the following website:  https://tinyurl.com/Wichita-Falls-YMCA-Exec-CEO

Candidates will be requested to submit the following with their online application:  A resume and cover letter, along with six professional references.

Please Note:  References checked on final candidates only

Questions about the CEO search process should be directed to:

Sandy Morander

YMCA of the USA


[email protected]