• District Executive Director - New Haven Youth Center & Hamden North Haven YMCA's

    Central Connecticut Coast YMCA
    Job Description
    A Career with a Cause:
    At the YMCA, strengthening community is our cause.  Our mission is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. The Y strengthens the foundations of communities and families through our key areas of focus; youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility and our core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
    Position Summary: 
    This position supports the mission and work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization. The District Executive Director at the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA stewards the Y’s cause, promoting and protecting the brand and reputation as a global, inclusive organization within the community. The District Executive Director oversees the operations of the Hamden/North Haven YMCA & New Haven Youth Center branches and gives leadership to the development and direction of the branches’ Board of Managers, annual campaigns, facilities, program operations, fiscal management, volunteer and staff, financial development, and collaboration with community stakeholders; all of which support the Real-Time Strategic Plan. Program areas of focus are membership, youth development, wellness, and aquatics. The District Executive Director provides vision and direct leadership and assures an environment of trust and respect for all in line with YMCA of the USA guidelines and association policies in accordance with their training. This results in cause-centered culture that is welcoming, genuine, hopeful, nurturing, and determined.
    Salary and Benefits:
    • Salary Range: $70,000 – $78,000 per year, Exempt
    • YMCA Retirement Fund Contribution: 12%
    • Health Insurance (3 plans with significant employer contribution for employee’s premium)
    • Training and development including conferences, workshops, and membership in professional organizations
    Essential Functions:
    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
    • Models and teaches the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility with members, colleagues, staff, guests, volunteers, and vendors.
    • Develops, maintains, and facilitates positive relationships with and between volunteers, members, program participants, staff, and colleagues at all levels of the organization.
    • Strategic development of the branches’ Board of Managers to ensure responsiveness to community needs and financial support (annual and capital).
    • Achieves fundraising goals for the Annual Campaign of each branch.
    • Represents and promotes the YMCA in the local community and develops positive working relationships with other organizations, businesses, and governmental entities. Develops, maintains, and models collaborative relationships with community agencies in service delivery area.
    • Provides leadership, supervision, and direction to the branches’ Operations Directors.
    • Coordinates branches’ strategic planning efforts by developing the annual operation plan that ensures continued growth in Real Time Strategic Plan goal benchmarks.
    • Develops, manages, and monitors the branches’ operating budget and meets or exceeds budget targets.
    • Actively participates as a leader or member of Association Quality “Q” teams and Y management and supports the overall objectives of the YMCA.
    • Knows, follows, and enforces all YMCA policies, guidelines, regulations, and procedures, including emergency and safety procedures, those for the prevention of child abuse, and staff expectations as required by the YMCA, licensing, and the state health department, and supports other staff to do the same.
    YMCA Leadership Competencies:
    • Engaging Community: Builds bridges with others in the community to ensure the Y’s work is community-focused and welcoming of all, providing community benefit
    • Philanthropy: Secures resources and support to advance the Y’s work
    • Volunteerism: Engages volunteers and promotes social responsibility at all levels of the organization
    • Communication & Influence Listens and expresses self effectively and in such a way that engages, inspires, and builds commitment to the Y’s cause
    • Fiscal Management: Manages the Y’s resources responsibly and sustains the Y’s nonprofit business model
    • Program/Project Management: Ensures program or project goals are met and intended impact occurs
    Experience, Education and Qualifications:      
    • Bachelor’s degree.
    • A minimum of 5 years of progressive leadership experience. 
    • Successful community leadership experience, especially in convening local stakeholders and responding to specified community needs.  Must have demonstrated success in building and maintaining strong community relationships.
    • Must have proven skills in written and oral communication, grant writing experience preferred.
    • Significant experience in fundraising (lead Annual campaign of at least $35,000 and/or capital campaign of at least $500,000).
    • Board/staff development experience (fundraising, advocacy).
    • Proven budget responsibility of at least $1 million.
    • YMCA Multi-Team Leader Certification, YMCA Organizational Leader preferred.
    • Successful staff supervision experience, including of exempt staff.
    • Must have high level of computer competency, including Microsoft Office.
    • Demonstrates excellent planning, organizational, time management, and attention to detail, with the ability to handle multiple projects with minimal direction.
    • Proven effective communication skills to inform, counsel, motivate, and support members and staff.
    • Ability to read, interpret, and effectively communicate, document, train, and instruct employees on the benefits of the YMCA.
    • Knowledge of nonprofit and/or YMCA operations
    • Able to work a flexible work schedule.
    Trainings & Certifications:
    • Must complete New Employee Orientation, Child Abuse Prevention, Mandated Reporter, Blood borne Pathogens, Employee Safety, and Hazard Communication trainings prior to start of position.
    • Must hold and maintain CPR, AED, and First Aid certifications within the first 90-days of.
    • Must complete Listen First and Living Our Cause trainings within the first year of employment.
    • Must complete YMCA Multi-Team or Branch Leader Certification within the first 2 years of employment.
    Effect on End Results
    This position strongly impacts the effectiveness with which the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA accomplishes its mission.  The role requires that the District Executive Director be committed to delivering high quality results, building positive relationships, maintaining a safe environment, and fostering a healthy community for all. The District Executive Director ensures that:
    • Both branches have strong and active boards of 15 members

    ·          Annual campaign and Branch operating budget goals are met or exceeded

    ·          Strong relationships are built within the association and community

    ·          The branches meet or exceed goals and objectives

    • All staff embody the mission and values of the YMCA
    • Growth is seen in the program and membership enrollment and quality in accordance with annual targets.
    • All programs and membership are conducted according to the YMCA of the USA standards.
    Physical Demands:
    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to type, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Position requires sitting for extended periods of time and repetitive data entry.
    Work Environment:
    This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines. At times, employees may be exposed to undesirable working conditions, communicable infectious diseases, and risk of injury from others.  All employees are required to follow the preventative health policies of the YMCA at all times.  The noise level in the work environment is moderate.
    Other Duties
    Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 
    Association Profile:
    • The CCCY is a YMCA North American Network Y (one of the 70 largest Ys in North America) with an operating budget of $28M.
    • The Y delivers a full range of youth development, healthy lifestyle, and aquatic programs and services at our nine full-facility branches, two youth and community centers, and our resident camp in The Berkshires of Massachusetts. Through our Alpha Community Services Y Branch, we lead the way in affordable supportive housing initiatives in Bridgeport and New Haven.
    • The CCCY serves portions of Fairfield and New Haven Counties with a population of 850,000 including twenty-five towns and cities (Bridgeport and New Haven). Some suburban towns are 95% Caucasian and have median incomes of $180,000. Bridgeport and New Haven include strong minority communities where 50-75 different languages are spoken. Median income in Bridgeport and New Haven is $30,000. Our service area is a true example of the “two Connecticuts” with people of great wealth neighboring cities with many living in poverty.
    • Steadily improving financial performance with recent balanced budgets including full funding of depreciation on contribution to reserves.
    • 1,700 committed volunteers who donated 35,000 hours of service in 2016.
    • 150 full-time and 1,000 part-time employees.
    Advantages to the Area:
    City hot and country cool is a description sometimes used for Coastal Fairfield and New Haven Counties. Our service area includes many affordable towns with great school systems and choices. This is a great place to raise a family. The greater Bridgeport area includes wonderful arts and cultural opportunities in addition to the many activities offered through area Universities. We are located 1.25 hours from New York and 3 hours from Boston. There are beaches, access to college and professional sports, and diverse towns and neighborhoods. The recreational opportunities in Connecticut and New England are fantastic!
    Websites for More Information:
    Application Information:
    Submit a cover letter, resume, and four references by February 22, 2019  to Erin Grayson, Leadership Development & Human Resources Director at egrayson@cccymca.org
    Contact Information