President & CEO

The board believes its new CEO should be an experienced leader who has...


YMCA of Greensboro


Greensboro, NC 27408-1331

Job Description

Position: President and CEO

Address: 620 Green Valley Rd Ste 210, Greensboro, NC 27408-1331

The YMCA of Greensboro is an equal opportunity employer

committed to diversity and inclusion.

The mission of the YMCA of Greensboro is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

The YMCA of Greensboro has been in continuous operation since 1889. Since 2002, we have opened 2 completely new facilities (Stoney Creek and Ragsdale), built 3 more new buildings to replace aging or insufficient facilities (Bryan, Spears and Hayes-Taylor), renovated and expanded our resident camp facility (Camp Weaver) and merged with a neighboring Y to grow into the $17 million association that we are today.

Salary Range: Commensurate with accomplishments and experience.

Benefits: Benefits include medical and dental insurance partially paid by the Y. Life insurance of $50,000 is paid for by the Y and additional life insurance is available for purchase. The Y also provides short-and long-term disability coverage on a gross-up and deduct basis. Other optional benefits available for employee purchase include vision insurance and supplemental coverage for accident or critical illness through Allstate. Retirement contribution of 12%, Paid Annual Leave and other benefits per personnel policy included.

YMCA of Greensboro Association Facts:

We firmly believe that everyone belongs at the Y, regardless of ability to pay, and we are committed to ensuring that every community member has access to our Ys. In 2018, we provided nearly $612,000 in financial assistance, including:

  • $324,626 for childcare programs, serving 3,709
  • $129,629 for additional youth and teen programming, serving 21,429
  • $157,267 for 48,991 adults seeking a healthier lifestyle

We are an association of 6 full facility branches, 1 resident camp, 1 store-front facility, and 1 limited facility branch with operational support for all provided by our Metro office. Our most recent Strategic Plan ran from 2016 to 2018, and we continue to build on the progress made under that plan. Major initiatives now under way include work in Culture & Engagement, DIG (Diversity, Inclusion and Global) and continued growth in Philanthropy.

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then a video is worth millions. Please click on the links below to learn more about the YMCA of Greensboro and a few of its programs:

YMCA Membership Features Include: We participate in Nationwide Membership. Membership equates to approximately 55% of 2019 budgeted revenue from a total of 25,149 current active membership units comprised of 48,634 individual members. Our local memberships are statistically spread as follows:

  • 53% Household
  • 22% Senior
  • 16% Adult
  • 2% Young Adult
  • 2% Teen
  • 2% Youth
  • 3% Other

Programs: Programs equate to approximately 34% of our 2019 budgeted revenue.

Our facilities includes a summer camp (day and overnight), retreat and outdoor education facility located in beautiful Southeast Greensboro, NC. Our camp includes 100 acres of gorgeous rolling hills, wooded areas, fields, hiking trails, lakes, creeks, shaded spaces and modern cabins and facilities that provide an ideal setting for our high-quality camp, retreat and outdoor education programs.

In addition to the typical Y programs like sports and aquatics, some special programs offered at one or more of our branches include pre-school and school-aged childcare (with one location licensed by DSS), LIVESTRONG, Parkinson’s Cycle classes, water exercise focused on participants diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, programs for children and adults on the autism spectrum, Teens in Action (focused on developing teens into leaders), diabetes prevention and diverse abilities programs, such as adaptive swim lessons. In addition, we have a Greensboro Community Y Swim Team that routinely has swimmers eligible and competing in national championship swim meets.

Some of our 2018 program successes highlighted in our most recent Impact Report include:

  • 2,450 children learned their full potential in after school care and summer day camp.
  • 1,100 children developed a sense of belonging at overnight camp at Camp Weaver.
  • 6,000 children grew a passion for nature through environmental education school programs.
  • 3,565 children learned lifesaving skills through swim lessons.
  • 95 cancer survivors made lifelong connections through the LIVESTRONG program.
  • 8,368 senior members found an outlet for community and relationship building through programs like Tai Chi, water fitness and pickleball.

Other revenue sources for 2019 include:

  • 6% Contributions
  • 1% United Way/Government Grants
  • 4% Other

Staff: The YMCA of Greensboro currently has 87 FT employees, 751 variable hour (PT) staff and 88 seasonal staff. The CEO has 10 direct reports, including the VP of Finance & Administration, Group VP, Director of Outreach, Executive Assistant, Development Officer (PT), and 5 Executive Directors of branches.

The senior leadership team of 11 is very stable with average time in their current position of over 10.5 years, and average time in the Y of over 20.5 years. We are in a period of higher than normal turnover in our Program Director level staff. Recent departures have been due to relocation, completion of education leading to new career (2), career advancement to other YMCAs (2), and family illness or death (2).

Financial: The YMCA of Greensboro fiscal year ends 12/31, and our 2019 operational budget is $17 million.

2015 – 2018 audit results:

  • Net assets increased from $35 million to $41 million.
  • Total Revenue increased from $14.5 million to $17 million.
  • Total debt decreased from $21 million to $14 million.
  • Endowment net assets increased from $1.2 million to $2.1 million.
  • Annual campaign funds raised in 2018 totaled $763,261.

From 2018 Y-USA Benchmark Data:

  • Membership growth was 4.8%
  • Liquidity (current ratio) was 3.7
  • Liquidity (months of cash & equivalents) was 5.5

Community: Our service area covers a broad range of living conditions from inner city to suburbs to rural countryside. Each branch serves a unique community and branches have been allowed the autonomy to run the branch and its programs in the way that best serves their particular community.

For detailed demographic information about our service area, visit the web site for the US Census,, and enter the location of interest in the search box.

Advantages to Area: With a cost-of-living index of 88.4, Greensboro is a more affordable place to live than the U.S. average. For more details about the cost of living in Greensboro, visit the Cost of Living site at

Greensboro is ideally located to be relatively equidistant from the NC mountains and the Atlantic coast, making both mountain and beach getaways easily accessible from the Triad area. There are more than 90 miles of trails and greenways available in Greensboro, including garden trails, paved greenways, parks, and hiking or mountain biking trails around the city’s lakes. Whether you enjoy sports or the arts, there are venues close by to enjoy a variety of leisure pursuits.

Among Greensboro's many notable attractions, some of the most popular include the Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe water park, the Greensboro Science Center, the International Civil Rights Museum, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, the Greensboro Symphony, the Greensboro Ballet, Triad Stage, the Wyndham Golf Championship, the headquarters of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Greensboro Coliseum Complex (which hosts various sporting events, concerts, and other events), the Greensboro Roller Derby, and the National Folk Festival. We’re also just a short drive away from the home of the NC Zoo in Asheboro, NC.

In addition to the attractions noted above, we have a very active sports community. Within the Triad area, we have 3 minor league baseball teams – the Greensboro Grasshoppers, the Winston-Salem Dash, and the newly formed High Point Rockers. Greensboro is also the home of the Greensboro Swarm (an NBA G League team affiliated with the Charlotte Hornets), the Carolina Cobras (a National Arena Football team), and the Carolina Dynamo (of the Premier Development Soccer League). We are a short hour and a half drive to Charlotte, home of the Carolina Panthers NFL franchise and the Charlotte Hornets NBA team, and the same distance from Raleigh and the Carolina Hurricanes NHL team.

The Tanger Center for the Performing Arts is set to open in 2020 and will host Broadway shows, The Greensboro Symphony and a variety of other performances in the new state-of-the-art facility. Triad Stage also offers quality theater productions in a more intimate theater downtown. The Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) is a short drive away, hosting performances similar to the Tanger Center. Guilford College is the host facility for the Eastern Music Festival every summer, bringing talented musicians to town to teach and perform in this well-known venue.

With 6 colleges and universities in Greensboro and 22 more within 50 miles, there are tremendous opportunities in close proximity for continuing education as well as college sporting/performance events.

Other sites for information:

YMCA of Greensboro:

YMCA of the USA:

North Carolina Alliance of YMCAs

Greensboro Chamber of Commerce:

Greensboro Trails:

Guilford County Schools:

Cone Health:

Greensboro Aquatic Center (Current host site for the Y National Short Course Championship):

Target Dates for the search process

  • Resumes accepted through: September 20, 2019
  • Preliminary interviews scheduled: November 19-20, 2019
  • Final interviews: December 9-10, 2019
  • CEO selection made: Between December 10 – 17, 2019
  • New CEO on board (anticipated): Mid January 2019

To Apply

Candidates will apply via the following website:

You will be requested to submit the following with your online application: A resume and cover letter, along with six professional references. Note: References will be checked on final candidates.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to

Sal Cisneros

YMCA of the USA, Senior Consultant, CEO Search

Eric Williams

YMCA of the USA, Region Director, CEO Search


Minimum Criteria for candidates:

  1. Accredited 4-year college degree.
  2. Must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and personal values consistent with the YMCA mission.
  3. Minimum five years prior experience in a senior management role with a YMCA or related experience at a comparable organization with direct supervision of multiple levels of staff and employees.
  4. Must have the ability to develop and strengthen community relationships.
  5. Have the ability to develop new programs, review and enhance programs being offered or considered for both economy and effectiveness in broadening our engagement in the communities in which we serve.

Preferred Criteria for Candidates:

  1. Fiscally sound business management approach.
  2. Strategic planning and Fundraising experience including annual and capital campaigns and the securing of grants.
  3. A proven track record of budgetary and fiscal management in excess of $3M or more annually.
  4. 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).

Essential Functions

Position Description and Board Expectations:

The board believes its new CEO should be an experienced leader who has the background and qualities to achieve excellence in the following roles:

Advocate the Vision of the YMCA and be the Heart and Soul of the Operation: Actively interact and communicate with YMCA members, donors, staff and volunteers, and be seen as an active and integral member of the community. Act as an ambassador for the mission, cause and vision of the YMCA within the community, and be seen and respected as a leader. Possess the ability to develop and cultivate relationships with key stakeholders, while always upholding the highest standards and values of the YMCA’s heritage.

Key competencies: collaboration, communication, relationships, influence, developing others, emotional maturity, community

Build and Manage the Staff Team: Ensure that a talent management system is in place and executes effectively. The system will ensure that the YMCA has an outstanding, dedicated and culturally competent staff. Establish an individual development plan for each direct report. Hire, motivate, nurture, retain and hold staff accountable for key objectives. Encourage the team by creating a spirit of camaraderie and sense of purpose. Create a learning organization.

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

Develop and Implement a Strategic Plan: Work effectively with volunteers, stakeholders and key staff to develop a strategic road-map that addresses the needs of the Association, including defined organizational objectives and tactics. Lead staff in the development and implementation of goals through an annual operating plan. Lead volunteers in aligning committees and their charts of work to support the strategies and goals of the association.

Key competencies: influence, values, relationships, inclusion, communication, project management, innovation, quality results

Manage Financial Resources: Ensure the Association’s financial resources are properly managed and report the organization’s financial position. Use high level of financial analysis to forecast financial trends, growth and stability. Lead organization to balance or surplus operations by growing earned revenue and contributions and controlling costs. Empower and guide staff to lead their departments to successful financial operation. Develop and implement stewardship strategies.

Key competencies: decision making, project management, finance, quality results, functional expertise, developing others

Improve Operating Performance: Engage the board to develop an annual tactical plan for achieving key YMCA goals and objectives. Remain fully informed of all operational issues and quickly address any issues that might arise. Use operational and financial expertise to forecast future needs. Manage and direct the Association’s operations and activities.

Key competencies: communication, influence, quality results, finance, decision making

How to Apply

Apply Online

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Resumes Accepted Until

Sept. 20, 2019

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