President and CEO

This position requires an inspiring leader who can collaborate effectively with staff, the board, community and local government leaders...
Job Description

The YMCA of Silicon Valley is an equal opportunity employer committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.

Mission Statement: To strengthen our community by improving the quality of life and inspiring individuals and families to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body.

Equity Statement: YMCA of Silicon Valley is committed to advancing equity for all so that everyone has an opportunity to reach their full potential and live life to its fullest. We expect and intentionally promote a culture free of bias and injustice. We value and celebrate the uniqueness of each individual person. We are committed to dismantling oppressive systems. We hold ourselves accountable to identify and put in place long term policies designed to eliminate racism and inequity. Black lives are valued and respected.

Position Description and Board Expectations: The President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the YMCA of Silicon Valley reports to the Association Board of Directors and has leadership responsibility for the Association’s vision, strategic direction and organizational planning, mission and guiding principles, growth, financial stability, community and philanthropic relations, financial development, staffing and operations.

The CEO should be readily capable of becoming a recognized and visible leader in the community, highly knowledgeable about its opportunities, challenges, needs and resources and have (or be able to develop) a broad knowledge of the YMCA locally, nationally and globally.

This position requires an inspiring leader who can collaborate effectively with staff, the board, community and local government leaders, members, donors and volunteers. The CEO will be a visionary with a demonstrated history of forming partnerships, creating unity and leading successfully in challenging times. He or she will champion and position the YMCA as a partner, implementing strategies to deliver on our mission with greater impact for our community. This position requires experience leading well-established teams and the skill sets and expertise to successfully navigate a multi-site, multi-program, complex organization through these pandemic-impacted times and beyond. 

The Opportunity 

Located in the southern region of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Silicon Valley is known as the global leader in technology. It is the home to Apple, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Oracle, Adobe and thousands of others. Just drive around and see for yourself! 

This is an area bordered on the east by the San Francisco Bay and on the west by the stunning Santa Cruz Mountains with the spectacular Pacific Ocean only a few miles away. The service area extends north through Redwood City (home to Oracle) and south to Gilroy (known as the garlic capital). The people are as diverse as the landscape, and the culture is rooted in a belief that anything is possible. Stanford University, Santa Clara University and San Jose State University bring world-class academics, arts, sports and innovative richness to our communities. 

From Silicon Valley, it’s only 45 minutes to San Francisco (a global destination), an hour to the quaint town of Carmel (home to Pebble Beach), three hours to the stunning Yosemite National Park or pristine Lake Tahoe. Traveling north no more than two hours are Napa and Sonoma valleys, two of the many world-renowned wine regions in Northern California. 

Despite the incredible wealth, 20 percent of the population is living at or near the poverty level. There are challenges to families and kids that the Y is tackling head-on. YMCA of Silicon Valley is leading the way in program innovation, outreach to underserved communities, technology, people policies and financial management. 

With the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility as our north star, we believe that lasting personal and social change can only occur when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. We welcome everyone, regardless of age, income, orientation, race or background and engage all in opportunities to learn, grow, connect and thrive. Our Y members don’t just join; they belong to a community that strives to be healthy, confident, hopeful and secure. 

Donors take great pride investing in an organization that thoughtfully and deliberately works side-by-side with hundreds of community organizations to make Silicon Valley the best place for kids to grow up and one of the healthiest places to live; resulting in a stronger, more vital place to live, work and play.

About YMCA of Silicon Valley 

It is no accident that our Y is a leading-edge nonprofit, committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Our mission is to strengthen our community by improving the quality of life and inspiring individuals and families to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body. Our approach is with an innovative mindset.

Learn more in our 2019-2020 Community Impact Report:

We are one of the largest YMCA associations in the U.S. and among the largest nonprofits in Silicon Valley. In addition to our 11 branches (10 full facilities and a resident camp), our staff works side-by-side with our volunteers in hundreds of program locations across the valley. (

YMCA Camp Campbell is a year-round resident camp nestled in a magnificent 80-acre redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The camp was recently rebuilt with donations exceeding $22 million and no operating debt. This stunning camp is themed around the Gold Rush era and reflects the innovative mindset that is part of this Y’s culture. (

Volunteers and Staff Leadership 

Thousands of passionate volunteers and staff make a meaningful, enduring impact on every child, adult and family who belong to this far-reaching and dynamic organization. The continuous theme in the partnership between volunteers and staff has been to work within a culture of innovation to achieve the greatest possible positive community impact. A few of our proudest accomplishments are worthy of note.

The YMCA of Silicon Valley has accomplished extensive transformational work in character development. The Association was recognized by Y-USA and the Bechtel Foundation for their work, and in 2016 were awarded first place in the “Character Development Bright Spot Award” in recognition for the extensive transformational work with youth in character development. YMCA of Silicon Valley led a multi-county initiative, forming partnerships throughout our community, to launch Project Cornerstone,

Project Cornerstone collaborates with other youth-serving organizations, schools, and cities to provide programs and services which help individuals and communities build a web of support around our youth, so they feel valued and supported, and grow into healthy, caring, responsible adults. Youth are provided with the opportunities, experiences, skills, knowledge and support to thrive.

Prior to 2009, Silicon Valley was served by two YMCA associations – YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula and YMCA of Santa Clara Valley. It was clear that to achieve our dream of what we believed was possible -- we had to think differently. The opportunity to merge these two strong, high-performing YMCAs was before us. 

There were three compelling reasons that our boards decided to merge two financially healthy and vibrant YMCAs into one association – YMCA of Silicon Valley in January 2009: 1) capturing the synergy formed after five years of successfully modeling shared services, 2) scaling highly effective and specialized services from each association, and 3) expanding the scope of offerings to be more innovative and relevant for future generations.

It was clear that to achieve these powerful outcomes would require building an extraordinary Board of Directors. Currently, our vision is being led by 27 tremendous volunteer leaders from various sectors including large, publicly traded corporations, as well as privately held and start-up companies. Our board provides expertise in finance, technology, medical, legal, construction/development, human resources, education, fund development, investments, and risk and safety, with many directors being among the top decision makers in the Valley (

As strong partners to our board members are talented and highly strategic chiefs and vice presidents who are competent and effective in their innovative approaches to finding solutions to challenges and opportunities in the areas of operations, financial development, finance, marketing, collaborations, property, public policy and risk/safety. (

The YMCA of Silicon Valley:


June 2019: 2,200 staff (30% FT/70% PT)

June 2021: 800 staff (30%FT/70%FT)

American Indian/Alaska Native – Less than 1%

Asian – 18%

Black/African American – 3%

Hispanic/Latino – 32%

Two or more Races – 6%

White – 37%

Unknown – 3% 

Led by Y employees, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are spaces for Y employees to network, mentor one another, share knowledge and experiences, participate in professional development, and enhance leadership skills.

  • African-American Resource Network (AARN)
  • Emerging Leaders Resource Network (ELRN)

Financial Position: The overall consequences of COVID-19 on our YMCA are unknown, but it has clearly demonstrated a significant economic impact to our membership, staffing and revenues. The impact of this situation on our Association this past fiscal year due to COVID-19 has been a reduction in membership and revenues of 65%. We are experiencing modest membership improvement. 

We have $6 million in our operating cash accounts, and we have eliminated all our debt for our Association. Our permanent and other endowments are approximately $11M. We have another $6.5M in operating investment reserve.

Revenue (Audited unless otherwise noted):

FY 2017 Actual $77.7 million

FY 2018 Actual $78.6 million

FY 2019 Actual $82.1 million

FY 2020 Actual $66.7 million.

FY 2021 Forecasted $25.8 million

Fiscal year ends June 30. 


Four-year performance:

  • FY 2017 – Surplus of $14,242 transferred to reserves
  • FY 2018 – Deficit of ($2,622)
  • FY 2019 – Surplus of $1,227,797FY related to Restricted contributions
  • FY 2020 – Deficit of ($2,324,418)



June 2019: 27,923 membership units

June 2021: 8,118 membership units


Philanthropy: The YMCA of Silicon Valley with over 1,412 individual donors giving annually and key partnerships established with area foundations and corporations.   


Annual Campaign

  • FY 2019: $3.95M Raised 
  • FY 2020: $3.21M Raised


Government Grants Contracts

  • FY 2020:  $10.7M secured through State and Federal funding sources


Other sites for information:



Minimum Criteria for Candidates:

  1. An undergraduate degree from a four-year college or university; related graduate degree preferred.
  2. Strong preference for ten years prior experience in a senior leadership role with a YMCA or related experience at a comparable, complex organization with direct supervision of multiple levels of staff and employees. 
  3. Strong financial acumen.  Experience successfully managing a multi-site organization. A proven track record of budgetary and fiscal management in excess of $25M or more annually. 
  4. Experience and success in cultivating philanthropic support.  Accomplished in fundraising, particularly through solicitation of corporate gifts, major private and foundation gifts, government grants, and individual gifts.
  5. History of change management leadership.  Success in driving innovative solutions.
  6. Proven leadership abilities, solid interpersonal skills, the ability to build trust.
  7. Thought leader with successful results building and executing strategic planning initiatives.
  8. Demonstrated success attracting, developing, and retaining superior and diverse talent.
  9. Ability to speak any language in addition to English is a plus.

Preferred Criteria for Candidates:

  1. Fiscally sound business management approach with a proven track record of budgetary and fiscal management of $40M or more annually.
  2. Strategic planning and fundraising experience including annual campaigns and the securing of grants.
  3. Proven leadership abilities and demonstrated success developing strong teams and corporate culture with YMCA Organizational Leader Certification (obtain within 5 years).


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:  

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 

Develop and Execute 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 

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 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 

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 

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

Make Progress as an Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Multicultural Organization: Intentionally promote inclusion in all aspects, ensure and sustains diverse representation in our leadership, and lead social change in our communities through anti-racist policies, words and actions.  

Key competencies: Change Leadership, Communication & Influence, Engaging Community, Inclusion 

 Benefits: All benefits provided to all YMCA FT staff per the personnel policy (including health insurance, retirement, vacation, sick, stipend for cell phone, plus others). Car allowance and relocation is provided.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience.


Target Dates for the Search Process:

Resumes accepted through: October 8

Preliminary interviews scheduled: November 16 & 17

Final interviews: December 6 & 7

CEO selection made: December 13

New CEO on board (anticipated): Mid to late January


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: 

Sal Cisneros 

Senior Consultant – YMCA of the USA

[email protected]