President / CEO
- Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
- Category: Nonprofit-Executive
- Posting Date: 01/26/2022
- Application Deadline: Open until filled
President / CEO
YMCA of Northwest North Carolina Association Facts:
The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina is committed to strengthening the foundations of the communities it serves through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Since its beginnings on October 27, 1888, volunteers and staff have worked to meet the needs of a large, diverse service area. A 1941 article in the Winston-Salem Journal stated, “…the YMCA is one of the most active organizations in the city. Y members are found in the executive positions of the big firms here, the banks, and the city and county. They are also found in the industrial ranks, among factory workers and in the stores and shops. Its membership has no boundary lines. Its extension work goes into every section of the city and its junior citizen work has received considerable praise.” That focus remains today.
- Mission: Helping all people reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind and body.
- Our Character Development Values: Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith.
- Our Objectives: The people of the YMCA strive to reach these goals in everything we do:
- Prepare youth and teens to succeed
- Strengthen and support families
- Develop caring communities
- Encourage and inspire healthy living
- Areas of Focus
For Youth Development
We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for life. What children gain from play, whether through swimming or sports, is just as important as what they learn in traditional educational settings.
At the Y, children and teens learn values and positive behaviors, and can explore their unique talents and interests, helping them realize their full potential. Put all of that together, and that makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.
For Healthy Living
We believe that being healthy and seeking improved wellness involves more than just being physically active. It also means ensuring your whole being — spirit, mind and body — is healthy and balanced. We offer programs to help you develop a healthy, wholesome outlook by participating in our athletic programs, fostering connections with friends through our lifelong learning programs, or bringing your loved ones closer together through our many family-centered activities.
For Social Responsibility
We believe that by acting together with our community, we can make it a better place for everyone in it. We are committed to working with and providing support to our neighbors, in the good times and bad. We are also committed to providing opportunities for kids, teens, adults, and families to become healthier and more confident individuals. Above all else, we believe the Y is for everyone, and that is why we never turn anyone away due to an inability to pay.
- Our Community Impact
We’re proud to serve the people of Northwest North Carolina. In 2020 and 2021, a time like no other, the Y continued to meet community needs and provide vital services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- We have 17 branches in Alexander, Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Stokes, Wilkes, and Yadkin counties, which includes YMCA Youth Development, YMCA Sports, and YMCA Camp Hanes, that served our communities when they needed us the most.
- 1,465 young people participated in Summer Exploration Academies (day camps) at our branches and at YMCA Camp Hanes day camp, while 782 campers experienced adventure during overnight camp at YMCA Camp Hanes.
- 638 youth had a safe place to go to virtual school through the Y’s E-Learning Academies. 146 children of essential workers were provided emergency child care when schools closed in the spring.
- 1,368 youth in the Latino Achievers, Black Achievers, Youth & Government, and Youth Achievers programs learned about the tools needed for success in higher education and career opportunities.
- 168,222 meals and 39,341 snacks were provided to address food insecurity among vulnerable populations.
- 1,101 pints of blood were collected at blood drives hosted across the Y association, saving 3303 lives.
- 3,283 seniors received wellness calls to keep them connected to the Y during the pandemic.
- 228 adults worked with trained volunteers in the YMCA Literacy Initiative to receive tutoring in reading or English as a Second Language.
The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina is managed by: Employed Staff (1,300 employees of whom 150 are full-time, 850 part-time and 300 are seasonal). The current President/CEO’s direct reports include:
- Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
- Senior Vice President/Chief People and Culture Officer
- Senior Vice President/Chief Advancement Officer
- Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer
- Executive Assistant to the President/CEO
The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina is a financially strong organization located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with convenient access to the mountains and the shore. Recreation, education, and quality of life opportunities are outstanding.
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Minimum Criteria for Candidates:
- Accredited 4-year college degree.
- Must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and personal values consistent with the YMCA mission.
- Has demonstrated success 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.
- Must have a proven track record of developing and strengthening community relationships.
- Must have experience developing and leading the implementation of a strategic plan.
- Must be a visionary, strategic thinker, experience with organizational transformation and building innovative, collaborative cultures that strengthen membership and programs.
Preferred Criteria for Candidates:
- YMCA Organizational Leader Certification.
- Fiscally sound business management approach.
- Fundraising experience including annual campaigns and the securing of grants.
- A proven track record of budgetary and fiscal management.
- Displays Christian values and models deep faith in daily life
- Strong sense of ethics, fairness, and honesty
- Deep commitment to the social services provided by the YMCA
- Sound business acumen and judgment
- High level of comfort working with private sector executives
- Strong understanding of charitable and non-profit sector
- Entrepreneurial, transparent and collaborative leader
- Accepted and respected in influential circles
- Understanding of the role of technology in advancing the mission
- Strong supporter of diversity, equity and inclusion
- Commitment to continuous learning
- Ability to communicate and relate to a diverse population
Position Description and Board Expectations:
For nearly 135 years the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina has responded to the changing needs of a dynamic metropolitan community. The next President/CEO will have the opportunity to leverage the organization’s exceptional growth and to continue to position the Y in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
The President/CEO of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina will work closely with the senior leadership team and a strong volunteer Board of Directors to deepen recent gains and outcomes aligned with the organization’s current strategic plan. Moving forward, the President/CEO will further strengthen a vision of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility that engages the communities, delivers quality programs, and drives member satisfaction, as well as, philanthropic support and results.
The President/CEO is expected to be highly visible in all the communities served, ensuring that the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina remains a respected and desired partner with a strong stake in identifying and addressing solutions to community opportunities. The next President/CEO must embody and lead in a manner consistent with the Christian values on which the YMCA is based. The next President/CEO will be an inclusive leader of a diverse organization as well an advocate for inclusion, fairness and justice across the diverse communities of Northwest North Carolina.
Professional Qualities and Competencies:
The board believes its new CEO should be an experienced leader who has the background and qualities that will permit her/him to achieve excellence in the following roles:
Cause-Driven Leadership: Inspire and mobilize staff, volunteers, members, community members and community partners to strengthen communities for all. Bring together people from different backgrounds, perspectives, and generations to ensure access to the opportunities, relationships and resources necessary to learn, grow and thrive. Creates a welcoming, equitable, affirming, genuine, hopeful, and nurturing environment dedicated to making the communities served stronger. Ensure a talent development system is in place and executed in an affirming, culturally competent and effective manner. 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.
Key competencies: Developing Self & Others, Inclusion, Communication & Influence
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
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
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
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: Commensurate with accomplishments and experience.
Benefits: Retirement contribution (8% fully paid by the YMCA), vacation plan, health plan and other benefits per personnel policy included
Target Dates for the search process
Resumes accepted through: March 4, 2022
Preliminary interviews scheduled: Wednesday and Thursday, April 13th and 14th,
Final interviews: Week of May 2, 2022
President/CEO selection made: Week of May 2nd
New President/CEO on board (anticipated): June 6, 2022
Candidates will apply via the following website: https://tinyurl.com/ymca-of-nw-north-carolina-ceo
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
YMCA of the USA, Senior Director, CEO Search
YMCA of the USA, Vice President, Thriving Ys/CEO Search
NC Alliance of YMCAs, CEO