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Waldo County YMCA


Belfast, ME 04915-7401

Job Description

The Waldo County YMCA first formed in 1977 and operated as a “Y without walls” for 22 years. In 1998, after years of careful planning, the Board of Directors initiated a capital campaign to raise funds to build a Y facility, which opened in February 2001. The facility originally included a full gymnasium, walking track, community rooms, wellness and fitness rooms. The Y celebrated the official opening of the Tom & Sally Savage Pool Complex in 2009, after community donors and contributors donated nearly $4.2 million to the pool complex campaign. The Y today has 3,700 members and offers programs for all ages and abilities and is a cornerstone of the Belfast community. Its collaborative community efforts are evident in the many Y programs sponsored by or partnered with over 40 local, state, and national organizations. The Y’s staff and volunteers are passionate about strengthening Waldo County through its many services in youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Y is currently searching for the next cause-driven leader who will continue the incredible legacy of this Y and lead the organization into the next generation.

Benefits: For single individual: Health benefits paid in full; 50% of dental benefits covered by the Y. YMCA pays 7% retirement contribution and employee contributes 5% per eligibility requirements ( Additional benefits per the personnel policy to be shared with final candidates.

Residency Expectation: The CEO is expected to live within the YMCA’s service area.

Waldo County YMCA Association Facts:

  • Mission Statement: It is the mission of the Waldo County YMCA to promote the physical, mental, social, and spiritual development of Waldo County children and their families.
  • Service Area & Demographics: The Waldo County area, service population is approximately 20,000 people and is mostly a rural area, with the city of Belfast as the hub. Other towns served include Belmont, Brooks, Burnham, Frankfort, Freedom, Islesboro, Jackson, Knox, Liberty, Lincolnville, Monroe, Montville, Morrill, Northport, Palermo, Prospect, Searsmont, Searsport, Stockton Springs, Swanville, Thorndike, Troy, Unity, Waldo and Winterport.
  • Membership Facility: The 45,000 square foot facility was built in 2001 with a pool complexed added in 2009. Full facility includes a pool, gym, walk/jog track, wellness and fitness center, teen room, childcare, and preschool area. Website provides additional information including a virtual tour:
  • Volunteer Leadership: 20 Board Members. Additionally, nearly 300 volunteers are engaged annually to help the Y deliver on its mission.
  • Staff: A total of 54 staff, 12 FT and 42PT.
  • Membership: There are approximately 3700 members with senior memberships comprising approximately 25% of the total memberships.
  • Financial Position: 2020 budget of $1,800,000 with no debt other than our Paycheck Protection Loan that is expected to be forgiven within the next 60 days. Financially, the Y continues to maintain a strong Balance sheet that includes investments and a relatively small endowment fund.
  • Annual Fundraising & Financial Assistance Awarded: YMCA strives to raise $70,000 annually and awards approximately $138,000 in financial awards and subsidies.

Attractions & Quality of Life Benefits to Living and Working in the Community:

Along this beautiful stretch of mid-coast Maine, great pride is taken in all the communities have to offer. The diversity of rich cultural experiences is a major attraction including outdoor recreation, a varied selection of the arts, an exciting food environment, unique shopping, or historic treasures. Nestled along the beautiful Belfast Bay and Passagassawakeag River, the area is central to the communities that populate the region, and the people who live, work, and recreate here. From lobstermen to farmers, business owners to professionals – of all ages – community members consistently seek to enrich their towns. The abundance of community organizations and seasonal events is telling, and cultural opportunities bloom in a variety of venues and experiences. Parks and trails for walking, hiking, and biking are abundant and well maintained. The Belfast Creative Coalition sponsors Friday night gallery walks and live entertainment. Annual traditions such as The Celtic Festival, New Years by the Bay, Arts in the Park, or All Roads Music Festival are just a few notable examples of the eclectic highlights that create a rich and diverse atmosphere. For all the communities in this region, each season grows a bounty of rich experiences, and each year promises new adventures.

Informational Sites:

Supporting the Ys in Maine: The YMCA Alliance of Maine and its member YMCAs speak in one voice and respond promptly and effectively to statewide challenges and opportunities, while building capacity and serving community needs in the areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. As part of the governance structure, all CEOs and executive directors of Maine YMCAs serve as part of the Alliance and have a vote on all decisions. The Alliance also has 3-4 volunteers serving as part of the Alliance and on its active public policy committee. The Alliance is very active in joint initiatives such as purchasing electricity and operating systems as one collective, taking on the YMCA’s Healthy Eating and Physical Activity standards, and supporting other regional joint initiatives. More information is available about YMCAs in Maine here.


  1. Accredited 4-year college degree (required/non-negotiable).
  2. Minimum five years prior experience in a senior management role with a YMCA or related experience at a comparable organization/company.
  3. Proven successful track record of fiscal management for a complex organization with a budget of more than $1M annually.
  4. Demonstrated ability to develop and strengthen community relationships.
  5. Proven ability to develop new programs, review and enhance programs being offered and effective in broadening engagement in the community.
  6. Demonstrated excellent leadership and communication skills (both written and verbal) as well as personal values consistent with the YMCA mission.
  7. Successful annual fundraising experience.
  8. YMCA Organizational Leader Certification (Note: Candidates not in possession of this certification have up to three years to obtain via Y-USA).

Essential Functions

Board Expectations: The Y board seeks an experienced leader who has the requisite background and skills to achieve excellence in the following areas (of all equal importance):

  • Lead, Develop and Motivate the Staff Team:

Establish yourself as a leader who will attract, motivate, engage, and retain staff in a positive and productive manner by implementing expectations for excellence while holding staff accountable. Demonstrate an engaging, open, positive, and inclusive leadership style, displaying integrity, a strong work ethic, and courage. Be innovative and maintain an open mind for developing new ways of expanding services and impact to the community.

  • Continue Strengthening & Expanding Operations with a Focus on Fiscal Sustainability:

Demonstrate success in understanding and managing fiscal opportunities, challenges and complexities and ensuring the Y grows in its financial capacity. Assess the current operation, including technology, and create a plan that will continue to grow and retain membership. Provide tailored programs in response to community needs serving as a community hub for youth, adults, seniors and families. Successfully create and achieve plans, with measurable short and long-term goals.

  • Refresh, Implement and Achieve the Strategic Plan:

Work in partnership with the board and senior staff to review and update the current strategic plan to ensure it aligns with the vision of the Y and addresses critical community needs. Oversee the implementation and achievement of all goals, driving collective and bold actions to address critical social issues in the community while positioning the organization for sustained success.

  • Advocate the Waldo County YMCA Vision Within Our Communities as a Mission-Driven Leader:

Be an advocate for the mission, goals, and values of the YMCA in a way that inspires and empowers others. Create strategic and successful relationships with influential local and state leaders, potential donors, members, and organizations in our communities, with an eye toward leveraging those relationships that will be mutually beneficial to those involved.

  • Lead Fundraising Team Efforts:

Serve as a partner, leading fundraising efforts by working with the board to establish a plan for how the Y will increase annual contributed dollars for operations and providing financial assistance as well as capital dollars for facility renovations and endowment. Be able to position the Y as a charity of choice by installing confidence, credibility, and trust in the Y with community leaders and donors.

CEO Search Process Target Dates:

  • Resumes accepted through-July 19, 2020
  • Candidate review: by Tuesday, July 22, 2020
  • First round interviews: Week of July 29, 2020
  • Final Interviews: Week of August 10, 2020
  • CEO selection: Week of August 17, 2020
  • New CEO on board (anticipated): Mid-September2020

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, and with prior notification.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:

Eric Williams

Senior Director, CEO Search

YMCA of the USA


Meagan Hamblett

Executive Director

YMCA Alliances of ME and NH/VT



$80,000.00 - $95,000.00

How to Apply

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