A unique partnership with the City of Oskaloosa to open a new YMCA facility!

Mahaska County YMCA

Oskaloosa, IA

The successful candidate will provide leadership for a unique partnership with the City of Oskaloosa. Working in partnership with the Oskaloosa Community School District and Mahaska County YMCA, the City voters have approved funding for a new Recreation and Early Childhood Education Center in Oskaloosa to replace the current Y structure and serve the market area. The newly constructed facility will allow us to:

  • serve the indoor recreation and early childhood education needs for children ages birth-5 in the community; 
  • sustain and create new recreation programs to address gaps in current service; and, 
  • create a sustainable organizational and financial operating model.

The Board of Directors of the Mahaska County YMCA is seeking a Cause-Driven leader who can build strong community relationships. This leader must have demonstrated experience with developing strategic approaches to address community needs; positioning this YMCA as an indispensable community asset. The CEO must be seen and respected as a leader within the community, proactively creating collaborations while always upholding the highest standards of the values of the YMCA.

This position requires strong skills and competencies including, but not limited to: strategic planning and implementation, financial expertise, program operations and fundraising adeptness including capital funding experience; staff development, membership & program analysis. The CEO will be visible in the community and active in the development of meaningful community partnerships, positioning the Y as a strong charitable partner.

Salary Range: $60,000 - $80,000 annually. Salary is commensurate with experience; incentive potential with specific parameters.

Benefits:  Retirement fund participation at 8 % - (5% funded by the YMCA and 3% paid by the employee).  All other benefits including health insurance and paid-time-off are outlined in the employee handbook.

Relocation:  Relocation assistance provided.

History of the Mahaska County YMCA
The Mahaska County YMCA (formerly known as the Oskaloosa YMCA) was incorporated in 1896 as an association of "Christian young men seeking fellowship and spiritual inspiration." The Y has had several homes in Oskaloosa including a three-story building in downtown (which housed a bowling alley but no swimming pool) that was dedicated by President Roosevelt in 1903.

In December 2000, a name change took place. The YMCA of Oskaloosa changed to the Mahaska County YMCA, the name it operates under today. The change was to more adequately reflect the service provided to, not only Oskaloosa residents, but to those living within the entire Mahaska Community, throughout the County. The YMCA is the lead administrator of the local early childhood education partnership and provides high quality four-year-old preschool on behalf of the Oskaloosa Community School District.

In 1969, the YMCA moved to its present location following an extensive building campaign led by committed community leaders. The Y, to this day, faithfully serves the community by focusing on the four core values: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

The Mahaska Y is proud to offer quality programming in the following areas:

  • Early Childhood Development Program
  • Full and part-time day-care for children ages 0-5
  • 3-year old preschool
  • Free 4-year-old preschool (partnership with school district) 
  • Youth Sports are offered for ages 5 and up including:
  • Basketball, football, gymnastics, and soccer;
  • A preschool sports sampler is also offered for children ages 4 & 5;
  • Fitness Programs offered include Les Mills Body Pump, adult sand volleyball, pickle ball and personal training; and,
  • Aquatics-we have a 4-lane 25-yard indoor pool that serves our community.  We offer aquatics classes for residents of all ages from Water Babies swim lessons, the Dolphins Swim Team, Water aerobics and lap swim.

Staff: The Mahaska County Y has 20-fulltime and 36 part-time staff with 5 direct reports to the CEO.  The staff is a group of dedicated people and committed to the serving youth and families in their surrounding communities.

Operating Budget Size:  $1.6 million (No current debt)

Annual Campaign Projected 2016:  $130,000

Board Members:  11

About the Mahaska YMCA Service Area:
Oskaloosa is a city in the county seat of Mahaska County, Iowa.  Oskaloosa has a population was 11,463 and the county population of 22,381 as of 2015.

Oskaloosa is the home of William Penn University, a private, liberal arts college.  Penn is a member of the Heart of America Conference in the NAIA association and had multiple sports teams nationally ranked over the past few years.  Penn also continues to see increasing enrollment and revenues during a time other private colleges in the Midwest have been struggling.  The city's public school system, Oskaloosa Community School District, operates a high school, middle school, elementary school, and an alternative school. Oskaloosa Elementary opened in January 2005, merging five smaller buildings scattered across the city. The building is the largest elementary school in Iowa.  There is a good partnership between these educational entities and the Y which can continue to be built upon. 

Oskaloosa’s small town charm offers amenities not usually found in communities our size from community gathering coffee shops to a community that has gigabit fiber-to-the home broadband services.  We’re home to a state-of-the-art 696 seat auditorium that brings in half dozen professional shows each year, as well was hosting children’s theatre camps throughout the year.  A 15 miles – 10-foot wide community recreation trail that loops the communities of Oskaloosa and University Park, 27 holes of golf, an Urban(skate)Park in downtown, an outdoor public swimming pool, and 200-plus acre recreation complex, plus many local parks and conservation areas.  Mahaska community businesses are family-owned, industry leaders who do business globally but are headquartered locally, and whose entrepreneurial know-how causes us to lead the Midwest micropolitan communities in patent development.  We’re also home to the county hospital that has invested $23 million to add 52,000 square feet  to expand and equip surgical suites, acute care, private rooms, and birthing center facilities. Oskaloosa combines hospitality and serenity of small town living with economic viability.

Oskaloosa also offers many outdoor events and attractions such as:

The Southern Iowa Fair is one of the largest traditional county fairs in Iowa and is held each July.  Plus, the facility offers weekly stockcar races and hosts a pre-Knoxville Nationals Sprintcar event.

Art on the Square is held each June on the city square. This event features local and regional artists.

Sweet Corn Serenade is held each August on the city square. A concert by the municipal band is the highlight of the corn-on-the-cob and pork burger feast.

The Iconic Bandstand is the heart and soul of the community – Our historic bandstand is a central gathering spot for the community in the middle of our historic square.  It provides an opportunity for the Municipal Band to showcase their skills for patrons of all ages in the nations longest running Thursday night band concert series.  It hosts many events throughout the summer with annual Art on the Square, Sweet Corn Serenade, Friday night beer and band concerts, Farmers Market, Lighted Christmas Parade and much more.

Lacey Recreation Complex which hosts 70,000 plus visitors a year features 20 youth soccer fields, 2 collegiate soccer fields, 5-plex softball/baseball complex, Kentfield Fields: a 2-field Babe Ruth complex, 8 youth football fields and a new collegiate-sized stadium housing football, soccer and track.  It will also be the home of the new Recreation and Early Childhood Education facility.

Oskaloosa is a great place to live, work and raise a family!


Target Dates for the Search Process:
Resumes accepted through:  February 3, 2017
Committee review of resumes: February 6-10, 2017
Phone interviews held:  February 21, 2017
In-person final interviews scheduled:March 5-6, 2017
CEO selection made no later than week of:March 3-8, 2017
New CEO on-board (anticipated): April 15, 2017

Questions about this CEO search process may be directed to Franciene Gill, Region Director, CEO Search, YMCA of the USA.

Questions about this particular YMCA may be directed to Leighann Sibal, Resource Director, YMCA of the USA.

Base Criteria: 

  1. Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  2. Experience in preparing and managing a budget in excess of $1M
  3. Strong financial acumen with solid budgeting experience
  4. Fundraising experience with documented results
  5. Minimum 5 years’ prior experience in a senior level role with the YMCA or related experience at a comparable organization with direct supervision of multiple levels of staff
  6. Excellent written and verbal communications

Preferred Attributes:

  1. A real go-getter with a track record for building and leveraging community partnerships and alliances.  
  2. Experience in successful implementation of strategic plan.
  3. Experience with construction of a new facility which includes planning and developing programming, planning staffing needs, and creating a sustainable proforma.
  4. Capital planning experience
  5. YMCA Organizational Leader Certification. Note: Candidates not already in possession of this certification have up to three years to obtain this certification via the Y-USA Training and Leadership Development criterion.

Key deliverables and requirements for the CEO include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and Implement a Strategic Plan:  Develop a plan of action to address any specific areas that are in need of enrichment or development including, but not limited to, enhancement of programs and services to impact community needs; and enhancement of the operational performance.  Create and execute a strategy for achieving fundraising and revenue goals.  Work with the board and the appropriate YMCA staff to develop an annual tactical plan for achieving identified goals and objectives. 
  • Improve Operating Performance:  Identify and develop new and long-term revenue streams.  Establish programs as identified in strategic plan that impact community needs and solidify organizational sustainability, leading to superior results in programs, membership, and community engagement. Balance the budget through revenue growth and expense management to support day-to-day operations.  Demonstrate previous successful experience in making sound financial decisions. 
  • Build and Lead the Staff Team:  Create a plan to build unity, encourage teamwork, set operational goals; hold staff accountable, and foster individual staff development.  Ensure that staff performance and development leads to superior outcomes in programs, member satisfaction and community engagement.  Evaluate the current strengths and weaknesses of all key staff and create a plan for individual staff development, including key changes in organizational structure and key roles as needed.  Lead by example and remain actively engaged in staff development and performance, which will lead to superior results in programming, member and community engagement
  • Advocate the YMCA Vision Within the Community:  Act as an ambassador for the YMCA within the community by instilling confidence, credibility, and trust in the Y with corporations, foundations, and major donors. Identify and gain access to new pipelines of support.  Demonstrate a high level of comfort communicating the meaningful cause of the YMCA.  Be seen and respected as a leader within the community, proactively creating collaborations while always upholding the highest standards of the values of the YMCA.
$60,000.00 - $80,000.00

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