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Chief Executive Officer

Posted: 09/12/2021

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The Y board seeks an experienced leader who has the requisite background and skills to achieve excellence in the following areas...

Job Description
The Great Miami Valley YMCA has been in the Butler County community for over 130 years and has made a promise to strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We as an association are committed to serve everyone, regardless of age, gender and ability. The safety and well-being of each person we serve is our number one priority. We work with each individual and family to find the programs that provide the safest environment for them to thrive. The GMV YMCA has 6 YMCA branches, 1 community center, and 1 resident camp. We serve nearly 50,000 people throughout our eight locations.

Service Area & Demographics

Located just 20 miles north of Cincinnati, The Great Miami Valley YMCA serves the majority of Butler County, Ohio, with a population of just over 383,000 residents (91.2% White, 5.27% Black or African American, 1.55% Asian, and 1.98% other races). The service area includes the cities of Fairfield, Hamilton, Middletown, Monroe and Oxford. Located within the service area is Miami University, a state-funded public research university with a Division I NCAA athletic program. 

YMCA Association Facts:

  • Mission Statement: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
  • Current Strategic Priorities:
    • Elevate our Membership and Programs
    • Communicate the Value and Image
    • Collaborate for Outreach and Outcomes
  • Volunteer Leadership: Governing board of 26 volunteers
  • Staff: Full-Time Exempt: 45, Full-Time Non-Exempt: 34, Part-Time Non-Exempt: 191
  • Direct reports to CEO: COO, CFO, Vice President of Development, Marketing & Communications, Executive Assistant, Director of Human Resources & Talent Management
  • Branches:
    • ATRIUM FAMILY YMCA, 5750 Innovation Drive, Franklin, Ohio 45005
    • BOOKER T. WASHINGTON COMMUNITY CENTER, 1140 South Front Street, Hamilton, Ohio 45011
    • EAST BUTLER COUNTY FAMILY YMCA, 6645 Morris Road, Hamilton, Ohio 45011
    • FAIRFIELD FAMILY YMCA, 5220 Bibury Road, Fairfield, Ohio 45014
    • FITTON FAMILY YMCA, 1307 NW Washington Boulevard, Hamilton, Ohio 45013
    • HAMILTON CENTRAL YMCA, 105 North 2nd Street, Hamilton, Ohio 45011,
    • MIDDLETOWN AREA YMCA, 1020 Manchester Avenue, Middletown, Ohio 45042
    • YMCA CAMP CAMPBELL GARD, 4803 Augspurger Road, Hamilton, Ohio 45011
  • Membership: 20,000 (pre-COVID)
  • Pre-COVID Financial Position: $13.8 Million Operating budget (10% Contributed Support, 42% Membership, 36% Program Revenue, 12% Other). Endowment of $11+ million.
  • Community Benefit: financial assistance awarded, partnerships and collaborations.

Attractions and Quality of Life Benefits to Living and Working in the Community: Butler County, Ohio features nine unique communities with distinctive attractions, comfortable hotels and bed & breakfasts and hidden historical gems. Butler County has thrilling outdoor sports activities, modernly chic shopping hot-spots and activities for visitors of all ages! Butler County is ideally located between Cincinnati and Dayton. With quick access to I-75, it's easy to visit all of Southwest Ohio's best attractions. (Source - Butler County Visitor Bureau)

Informational Sites:

About the State Alliance: 

Ohio YMCAs are in 162 diverse communities around the state, and serve 1.5 million Ohioans, both children and adults.  The Ohio Alliance of YMCAs advocates on behalf of these Ys. 

We provide evidence-based chronic disease prevention and education programs, such as the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program for pre-diabetics, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA for cancer survivors, and Enhance®Fitness, which is a wellness program for older adults. 


Minimum Candidate Criteria: 

  1. Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration, human services or related area; related graduate degree preferred. 
  2. YMCA Organizational Leader certification required within three years from date of hire. 
  3. Experience: Ten or more years broad management experience, preferably in the YMCA and/or not-for-profit sector, including strategic planning, board and volunteer development, philanthropic development, and multi-site operations. The Y: We’re for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. 
  4. Ability to read, analyze and interpret complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the sensitive inquiries or complaints. Must be able to write speeches and articles using original and/or innovative techniques or style. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or Board of Trustees. 
  5. Must have a commitment to the mission and cause of the YMCA and uphold its values and ethics. 
  6. Ability to reason and define difficult problems with limited direction as to means and results. Adaptive, interpretive, evaluative, and constructive thinking in variable and abstract situations.  Must possess a sound grasp of the philosophy and principles of administration in a voluntary, service, education, non-profit, membership agency committed to the greater good. 
  7. Must possess a solid foundation in financial development, annual support, and capital campaigns. 
  8. Proven success with a track record of creating, skillfully leading, organizing, and overseeing staff and volunteers of high intelligence with diverse personalities. 


Essential Functions

Position Description and Board Expectations: The Y board seeks an experienced leader who has the requisite background and skills to achieve excellence in the following areas:

  • 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
  • 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. Familiarity with debt and bond financing, along with overseeing endowment funds. 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 
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • 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  
  • 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 

Salary Range: $165,000 - $195,000 


  • Medical, dental, vision insurance (55% paid by YMCA and 45% paid by employee, single and family)
  • Vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays
  • 403B savings account
  • Y Retirement Fund (12% contribution after employee meets eligibility requirements)
  • Auto Lease benefit
  • Long-term/short-term disability leave
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • YMCA membership and program benefits 

Residency Expectation: CEO is expected to live in the service area.

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