Posted on Nov 17, 2018 by YMCA

Lexington, NC 27292
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The Board of Directors of the J. Smith Young Family YMCA is seeking a leader to build upon the rich history and financial success of the Y.


J. Smith Young Family YMCA


Lexington, NC

Job Description

Position: CEO

Address: 119 W Third Ave, Lexington, NC 27292

The J. Smith Young Family YMCA is an equal opportunity employer
committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.

Position Description and Board Expectations:

The Board of Directors of the J. Smith Young Family YMCA is seeking a leader to build upon the rich history and financial success of the YMCA. The next CEO must meet the challenge of maintaining the strong financial momentum while setting a vision for the future with innovative and creative ways to serve the entire community. It is important to continue this level of service and support through the development of leadership staff to create new programs and ways to serve more people throughout the entire service area.

A growing need in the community is to provide services and programs to outlying areas beyond the YMCA walls, such as an intentional partnership and engagement so the Y service mirrors the community demographics. A method to deliver on these initiatives are to increase marketing efforts so the community is aware of the support and services provided by the YMCA. Focus on making sure the Y focused on philanthropic efforts and remove the common misconception of a "swim and gym". Create a communication plan for the community to understand the mission and cause of the YMCA. Ensure that the strategic plan is updated, and benchmarks are being met as well as communicated to the board and staff on a regular basis.

Key deliverables within the first 18 months:
  • Create successful and strategic marketing plan to communicate the impact and services of the YMCA for ALL.
  • Complete implementation of the strategic plan by aligning staff and committees to
  • achieve measurable goals therein with launch renewal planning and communicating these benchmarks with the Board of Directors.
  • Initiate new programs and services that seek opportunities to serve all in outlying neighborhoods within the Y's service area.
  • Create value added programs and membership initiatives to increase membership and retention.
  • Explore opportunities for keep the facilities updated and maximize use for community outreach and programs.
  • Opportunities to grow the endowment efforts through heritage club initiatives this will allow the Y to increase building reserves to manage maintenance and repairs, facilities upkeep and renovations, and allow for opportunities for growth.
Salary Range: $70,000 - $105,000 commensurate with experience.

Benefits: Retirement Plan-10% paid by the YMCA. The Y pays 80% of employee health insurance and up to $800/year for dental expenses. Vacation, sick, and holiday pay per personnel policy. Cell phone provided.

J. Smith Young Family YMCA Association Facts:

Mission Statement: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that builds a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Service Area: Davidson County

Staff: 12 full-time staff, 150 part-time

Membership: 3,668 members, 1541 units. Adult-11.58%, Family/Household-63.05%, Sr. Couple-1.52%, Senior-3.68%, Single Parent-10.74%, Young Adult-1.14%, Youth-5.91%

Facility: 1 large fitness/wellness center,2 smaller f/w centers, TRX room, indoor pool, 3 racquetball courts, large gymnasium, group exercise studio, group cycling studio, child watch, men's, women's and family locker rooms. Adjacent youth building, 10 lane bowling center, event center (seats 300+).

Programs: The Y is the primary place for fitness and is an integral part of the community. We have a fair penetration rate for membership but struggle with competition from a new low-cost provider. Our child care program is highly respected serving infants through elementary age. We manage the city outdoor pool which serves as the community/public pool. We partner with NWNC YMCA to provide a swim team, Silver Sneakers program, adult fitness, youth soccer and basketball programs.

Financial Position: Debt $239,000 (currently paying P&I from operating account) Endowment $1 million Surplus last 2 years Maintenance Reserve $14,000 (replenished annually from endowment at 4% of endowment value) Operating Reserve $60,000.

Attractions and quality of life benefits to living and working in the community:

World Famous Barbecue, Fast Cars, Fine Art, Award Winning Wines, & Historic Uptown Lexington!

Whether you want a taste of world famous "Lexington style" barbecue or to enter the southern gateway to the Yadkin Valley Wine Country, your placemat is set in Lexington!

Cute and quaint bustling uptown, shop away at many one-of-a-kind novelty shops for gifts to suit all your loved ones! Not only can you enjoy the nostalgia of the Army Navy Store and Lanier's Hardware; do not forget to visit the Candy Factory for the kids. Pack a cooler to take home world famous barbecue, local produce and the "must have" homemade pimento cheese delicacy at Conrad & Hinkle, a unique food market that has served Lexington for over 90 years!

Stop off for lunch at any one of our many excellent cafes or grills uptown; or see why we are known as the "Barbecue Capital of the World" by enjoying barbecue "Lexington-style" at over 15 local barbecue restaurants. Your shopping day experience is not complete until you have traveled less than 3 miles to relax and visit the fine art and home furnishings collection at the Bob Timberlake Gallery!

Browse the fresh produce at the Lexington Farmer's Market, learn about local history at the Davidson County Historical Museum, or catch a performance at the Edward C. Smith Civic Center? Lexington has enjoyment for all ages!

Centrally located in the heart of the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina and with January's average high temperature of 51 degrees, even the coldest month provides ample opportunity to play golf or get outdoors and discover Lexington.

Information Sites:
  • J. Smith Young Family YMCA:
  • City of Lexington, NC:
  • Visitors Guide to Lexington:
  • Lexington Chamber of Commerce:
  • Davison County:
  • Lexington Community Resource:
  • YMCA of the USA:
Search Process Target Dates:
  • Resumes accepted through: November 23, 2018
  • Preliminary interviews scheduled: January 7th & 8th
  • On-site interviews: February 7th & 8th
  • CEO selection made: February 11, 2019
  • New CEO on board (anticipated): March/April
To Apply:

Candidates will apply via the following website:

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 with prior notification.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:

Anne Koo Thornquist, CEO Search Director, YMCA of the USA, /

Kimberly Cousineau, Resource Director, YMCA of the USA, /


Minimum Candidate Criteria:
  • Accredited 4-year college degree (required; non-negotiable).
  • Must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and personal values consistent with the YMCA mission.
  • Minimum ten years prior experience in a senior leadership role with a Y or related experience at a comparable organization with direct supervision of multiple levels of staff and employees.
  • Must have the ability to develop and strengthen community relationships.
  • Have the ability to 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.
  • Strategic planning and fundraising experience including annual campaigns, securing of grant and execution of a capital campaign.
  • Fiscally sound business management approach.
  • Preferred Candidate Criteria:
  • 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).
  • A proven track record of budgetary and fiscal management in excess of $1.0M or more annually.
  • 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:

    Build and Manage the Staff Team: Serve as a leader who is able to motivate, engage, and retain staff in a positive and productive manner by creating and setting an expectation for excellence. Has a comfort and ease with development of leaders. Demonstrate an engaging, open, positive and inclusive leadership style and display integrity, a high regard for honesty and courage and an open mind to innovative ways of improving services and expanding impact.

    Key competencies: quality results, relationship, influence, community, communication, developing others, change management, values

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    Reference: 561327857

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