Executive Director/CEO

The Hanover Area YMCA is an equal opportunity employer committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.


Hanover Area YMCA


Hanover, PA 17331-1452

Job Description

The Hanover Area YMCA is looking for a leader that can re-imagine the Y’s future, innovate and elevate the Ys mission and the Y’s unique ability to serve the community. This leader should demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills to build strong relationships, partnerships and collaborations. This high energy leader should be experienced in engaging key stakeholders in meaningful giving of their time, talents and treasures to support quality programs and services that will meet community needs.

Hanover Area YMCA Association Facts:

As a mission-driven organization, the Hanover Area YMCA strives to strengthen the spirit, mind and body of people of all ages and abilities. The Y serves an area of about 55,000 people and continuously works to respond to community needs. In the midst of the pandemic, the Y is relieving family stress, as it has transformed spaces in its facilities into classroom pods and learning centers, providing a safe place for students to do their virtual learning while in the care of trusted Y staff, who serve as teachers, mentors and role-models.

The Y has three facilities located throughout its service area. The flagship facility, known as North Hanover, has a world class gymnastics center, 2 indoor pools, an early learning center, wellness center and studios, and other traditional facilities. Littlestown Y, located approximately 7 miles southwest of Hanover, has been serving Littlestown and the surrounding area for 27 years. In 2017, the association built the South Hanover Sports and Wellness Complex. This 37,000 sq. ft. complex houses indoor turfed fields, outdoor fields and gymnasiums for youth and adult competitive leagues of various field and court sports. It also has a cardio center, weight room, fitness center and studios and an outdoor walking path. Located in the “snack food capital of the world”, the Hanover Area YMCA is proud to deliver quality service, clean facilities and programs that meet the changing needs of the youth, adults and families of their communities.

Mission Statement: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Service Area: The Hanover Area YMCA serves the Greater Hanover area which has a population of approximately 55,000. It is made up of several areas such as: Hanover Borough, Penn Township, Heidelberg Township, Manheim Township, West Manheim Township, Conewago Township, Berwick Township, and Union Township. It is served by five public school districts and two elementary and one Catholic high school.

Branch/Program Center Locations:

Hanover Area YMCA (North)

500 George Street

Hanover, PA 17331



South Hanover YMCA

650 Fairview Drive

Hanover, PA 17331



Littlestown YMCA

95 Keystone Street

Littlestown, PA 17340



History: Originally located in a four-story building on Carlisle Street, the Hanover YMCA opened October 1968. In 1981, the Y moved into a new facility at its current location on George Street. To meet the growing needs of Littlestown, the Y opened a storefront operation there in 1989. In 1993, Littlestown branch opened a new facility that serves over 2,000 members and 10,000 program participants. In 2017, a 37,000 sq. ft. indoor turfed facility opened in South Hanover as the Y’s Sports and Wellness Complex.

Governance: The Y is governed by a 14-person Board of Directors. Each branch has an Advisory Board. A 11-person Board of Trustees also insures the assets of the organization.

Staff: There are 44 full time and 241 part-time staff.

Membership:14,795 members; 6,686 units

Core Programs: The Y offers myriad of programs to enhance the overall well-being of families and people of all ages. At the core is: aquatics, childcare, gymnastics, sports and wellness. While programs have been curtailed or altered during the pandemic, new programs have emerged – virtual fitness classes and programs to support students’ academic growth while meeting parents’ childcare needs.

Financial Position: $7,056,000 budget for calendar year 2020; the post-pandemic forecast is approximately $5M.

Financial Assistance: $300,000 awarded last year

Attractions and quality of life benefits to living and working in the community: Hanover is located 19 mi southwest of York, 35 mi from the state capital of Harrisburg and 54mi north/northwest of Baltimore, Maryland. Sight of the last battle before the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War, Hanover is 5 mi north of the Mason-Dixon line, in a beautiful agricultural/retail region of south-central PA.

Information Sites:

PA State Alliance of YMCAs Information: http://psays.com/


  1. Accredited 4-year college degree.
  2. 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).
  3. Minimum of 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. Operational experience and a fiscally sound business management approach for an organization with annual operating revenue of at least $3M.
  5. Experience in a nonprofit – paid or volunteer.

Essential Functions

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

  • Mission and Purpose Driven Leadership

Champion a culture of inclusion, integrity, character and life-long learning within the Y organization that reinforces, encourages, and promotes values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. In alignment with the Y’s mission, seek to foster an environment where diversity is celebrated and where all members, program participants, volunteers, and staff can reach their fullest potential. Listen to the community and respond by leading the Y into the future through our mission.

  • Build and Lead the Staff Team

Build a thriving staff culture of cause-driven, dedicated and competent staff. Establish an environment where staff see their opportunities and accountabilities, where personal and professional growth, respect and honesty is encouraged. Create a spirit of camaraderie, support and a sense of purpose. Allow space for innovation, failing forward and diversity of voices heard.

  • Advocate the Vision of the YMCA in the Community

Build relationships and inspire and mobilize community leaders, partners, members, donors and volunteers to elevate the mission and “tell our story” of impact. Serve as an ambassador for the mission, cause and vision for the Y and be seen as a leader in the center of community life. Develop and cultivate relationships with key stakeholders, while always upholding the highest standards of the values of the Y, establishing the Y as the “charity of choice”.

  • Improve Operating Performance

Partner with the board and staff to identify issues and develop an annual tactical plan for achieving key YMCA goals and objectives to solve them. Assess operational issues and challenges post-pandemic and re-imagine the business model of the YMCA into the future by exploring new and emerging ways to serve and engage the community.

  • Fiscal Management

Accountable to the Board and the Trustees, ensure the Y’s financial resources are properly managed and report on its financial position. Use high level financial analysis to forecast trends, growth and stability while consistently leading the Y to balance or surplus operations by growing earned revenue and contributions and controlling costs. Empower and guide staff to lead their departments and monitor and meet budgets. Develop and implement stewardship strategies.

Residency Expectation: Living within 10 miles of the YMCA’s service area is required.

Compensation:Commensurate with Experience

Benefits:The YMCA provides a comprehensive hospitalization and major medical insurance plan for full time employees and their dependents. Employees are eligible the first of the month after 60 days of employment. The plan premium is split between employee and employer. Vision and dental insurance are available, and the employee pays 100% of the premium. The Y participates with the YMCA Retirement Fund at 10%. Employees receive 10 paid holidays and the YMCA paid time off (PTO) policy combines vacation and sick time into a single bank of hours for full time employees to use for paid time off while not working. For the purpose of determining benefits, when years of service are the basis for awarding the benefits, continuous full-time employment in any YMCA (local or national) will be counted.

Search Process Target Dates:

  • Resumes accepted through: September 27, 2020
  • Candidate review: October 19, 2020
  • First round interviews: October 26, 2020
  • Final round interviews: November 4th and 5th, 2020
  • CEO selection made: by November 16, 2020
  • New CEO on board: by December 11, 2020

Candidates will be requested to submit the following with their online application: A resume and cover letter, along withsix professionalreferences.

Please Note: References checked on final candidates only with prior notification.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:

Melanie Roth


Pennsylvania State Alliance of YMCAs


610 635 6856 (m)

Leighann Sibal

CEO Search Consultant, YMCA of the USA



How to Apply

Apply Online

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