District Executive Director of McArthur and Wildlight Family YMCAs

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Florida's First Coast YMCA - Metropolitan


Jacksonville, FL 32202

Job Description

The District Executive Director is a key role within Florida’s First Coast YMCA with an opportunity to be innovative and make a difference by expanding the Y’s footprint within the communities in which they serve.

This role provides an exciting opportunity to direct strategic planning efforts and develop the annual operating plans for our McArthur Branch located in Fernandina Beach, Florida which is a short commute to Jacksonville, Florida. It also affords a unique opportunity to open the Wildlight Branch soon to be located in Wildlight, Florida in mid-2020.

McArthur Branch

  • 29,000 sq. ft.
  • Wellness Experience Center with State-of-the-Art Cardio and Strength Equipment
  • FastForward Fitness powered by ActivTrax
  • Certified Instructors and Wellness staff ready to help you achieve your goals
  • Group Exercise and Cycle classes for all levels in studio settings
  • KidZone Activity Center
  • Locker Rooms with Showers
  • Nutrition Consultations with Registered Dietitians
  • Adaptive wellness programs for individuals living with a disability
  • Gymnasium offering a variety of activities and leagues from Basketball and Volleyball
  • Year-round outdoor heated pool providing lap swimming, aqua aerobics, drowning prevention, lessons, swim teams and fun for all ages
  • $1.83M in revenue
  • Eight full-time employees
  • 75 part-time employees

Wildlight Branch

First Coast YMCA, University of Florida, UF Health and Raydient Places + Properties collaborate to bring enhanced health and wellness resources to Northeast Florida with Wildlight YMCA

Planning and design is not yet finalized, but this Y will have something for everyone.

  • State-of-the-art fitness equipment & group exercise studios for achieving goals.
  • Indoor running track to increase movement for all ages.
  • Kidzone for children to explore, play and learn while parents workout
  • Youth sports leagues to build character and encourage teamwork.
  • Educational programs to help make healthier choices, reclaim good health and reduce chronic disease.
  • Group activities and interests to build stronger family bonds and become more connected to community.


Accountable for staff development, board development, fiscal management, and revenue generation including fund development. Growth and expansion of the major revenue drivers which include membership and programs. The District Executive Director will invest significant time in building and strengthening relationships in the community resulting in collaborations and ultimately greater impact in the community.


  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of five to eight years’ experience managing staff and operations, preferably a YMCA or other not-for-profit agency. Experience managing operations outside of the non-profit sector will be considered.
  • Prefer knowledge of, and previous experience working with diverse populations
  • A proven record of successful leadership in the areas of staff development, fiscal management, membership development, program planning and innovation, facility/property management, fund development, strategic planning and community collaboration.
  • YMCA Multi-Team or Branch Leader Certification desired.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills required.
  • A high level of professionalism is a must.
  • Commitment to character development values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
  • Ability to direct total operations through volunteer development, supervision of staff, development and monitoring of branch.
  • CPR and First Aid certifications required.

Essential Functions

  • Leads and supervises the McArthur Family YMCA in Fernandina Beach, FL and has oversight for the Wildlight Family YMCA in Yulee, FL which will open in mid-2020.
  • Implements Association membership strategies that support recruitment of new members and retention of existing members.
  • Creates a member-focused culture and models relationship-building skills in all interactions.
  • Fosters a climate of innovation and resolves problems to ensure member satisfaction.
  • Develops long-range plans for the expansion of programs and services, in harmony with overall Y objectives. Monitors the achievements of these objectives and exercises appropriate action to assure the achievements of the objectives are of the highest quality programs and services.
  • Provides leadership to the Advisory Board and related committees.
  • Delivers leadership to and is accountable for achieving annual support campaign (Annual Giving), special events goals, and capital campaign.
  • Represents and promotes the Y in the local community by developing positive working and collaborative relationships with other organizations, businesses, and governmental entities.
  • Recruits, hires, trains, develops, and leads employees and volunteers. Reviews and evaluates employees’ performance. Develops strategies to motivate employees and achieve goals. Ensures safety, cleanliness and function of all related facilities and equipment.
  • Ensures all program operations are consistent with association procedures, including emergency, insurance, accident, purchasing, personnel, accounting and other administrative systems.
  • Develops, manages, and monitors center operating budgets to meet or exceed targets. Initiates and manages adjustments to the budget to assure a balanced operation and submits reports on current operations.
  • Incorporates character development within the activities of the Y
  • Assists in all areas, project teams, and duties as assigned by supervisor.

Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies

Community:Effectively communicates the benefits and impact of the Y’s efforts for all stakeholders.

Relationships:Builds and nurtures strategic relationships to enhance support for the Y.

Developing Others:Provides tools and resources for the development of others.

Decision Making:Integrates multiple thinking processes to make decisions.

Change Capacity:Creates a sense of urgency and positive tension to support change.

Emotional Maturity:Anticipates challenges that can sidetrack or derail growth and personal learning.



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