District Executive Director

Posted on Nov 17, 2018 by YMCA

New Haven, CT 06504
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District Executive Director

A Career with a Cause: Go to work knowing that what you do each day positively affects the lives of the people in your community.


Central Connecticut Coast YMCA


New Haven, CT

Job Description

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 Stratford and Valley YMCA 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.


  • 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 fund raising (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.
  • Possesses and demonstrates excellent customer service, decision-making, problem solving, team building, and critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrates leadership skills in an outgoing, friendly, assertive, professional, and mature manner.
  • 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.
  • Ability to solve problems by taking a leadership role in handling a variety of situations, problems, issues and/or complaints from employees.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit and/or YMCA operations
  • Possesses a general knowledge and understanding of the YMCA, its goals, and its mission.
  • Able to work a flexible work schedule.

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; helps participants and families connect with each other and the YMCA; and encourages parent or caregiver involvement.
  • Strategic development of the branches' board of managers and other YMCA champions to ensure responsiveness to community needs and financial support (annual and capital). Directs the volunteer activities of the branches and develops strategies to increase volunteer involvement at all levels of the branches.
  • 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 in program and facilities management 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.
  • Leads, supports, supervises, and develops staff in support of the strategic plan.
  • Develops, manages, and monitors the branches' operating budget and meets or exceeds budget targets.
  • Ensures the safety, risk management, and maintenance of high quality facilities, grounds, and equipment.
  • Directs branches' marketing and communication efforts to effectively communicate benefit to the community.
  • 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.
  • Pursues training opportunities that support the work of the YMCA and enhances personal and professional growth.
  • Attends all mandatory meetings and trainings.
  • Serves as Manager on Duty per branches' schedule.

Cause-Driven 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

Required Certifications

  • Must complete online Blood borne Pathogens and Employee Safety trainings prior to initial assignment to position.
  • Must complete online Hazard Communication training within the first 90-days of employment.
  • Must complete other New Employee Orientation and department onboarding prior to initial assignment to position.
  • Must complete Child Abuse Prevention and Mandated Reporter trainings prior to initial assignment to position.
  • Must hold and maintain CPR, AED, and First Aidcertifications prior to initial assignment to position, required for Manager on Duty responsibilities.
  • Must complete Emergency Oxygen Administration Certification within the first 90 days of employment.
  • Must complete YMCA Multi-Team or Branch Leader Certification within the first 2 years of employment.


$84,000.00 - $88,000.00

How to Apply

Apply by Email

Apply by Mail to:

Erin Grayson, 1240 Chapel St, New Haven CT, 06

Resumes Accepted Until


Reference: 561328796

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