Executive Director/CEO

The Buckeye Valley Family YMCA is looking for a visionary leader who can build strong relationships with high visibility...


The Buckeye Valley Family YMCA


Newark, OH 43055-4293

Job Description

The Buckeye Valley Family YMCA is an equal opportunity employer committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.

Position Description and Board Expectations

The Buckeye Valley Family YMCA is looking for a visionary leader who can build strong relationships with high visibility in the communities we serve. This energetic and entrepreneurial leader should be a cause driven leader with an engaging manner and the aim of demonstrating the indispensable nature of our YMCA as a community asset. The YMCA seeks to be at the center of community life as a leading provider of youth programs, and health and wellness services.

About the Buckeye Valley Family YMCA

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

Impact Statement: Strengthen the foundations of community by improving the lives of all ages through programs and services that promote youth development, healthy living and social responsibility throughout the communities we serve.

A Brief History of Our YMCA: For more than 144 years, the Buckeye Valley Family YMCA has been strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y engages men, women and children in nurturing the potential of people of all ages, improving the area’s health and well-being, and providing opportunities to give back and support our neighbors. All Y programs and services are developed and implemented to build the core character values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. The Y is a place for people of all faiths, races, abilities, ages and incomes. www.bvfymca.org.


  • 1876: J. R. Davies organizes group to develop the Licking County Family YMCA: originally located in the Hibbert & Schaus building in downtown Newark.
  • 1952: YMCA moved to its present location, 470 West Church Street.
  • 1962: Y Builds Outdoor Pool & Park.
  • 1979: YMCA Capital Campaign to add 6 lane 25 meter and 2 racquetball courts.
  • 1994: Outdoor pool renovated.
  • 1997: YMCA renovates facility: adds Knoll Gymnasium and wellness center.
  • 2001: Licking County hosts first Friends of the Y Golf Outing.
  • 2004: YMCA embarks on a capital campaign for the addition of the Outdoor Alford Aquatic Center bathhouse, The Mitchell Family Recreation Center & the John & Christine Warner Family Child Care Center.
  • 2007: Holophane site in Pataskala is purchased for a new Western Branch Facility.
  • 2008-9: Licking County YMCA renovates Woody English Gym, Child Watch room and Front Lobby area; adds Reese Wellness Center, Women’s & Youth Wellness center; Cycling & Pilates Studios.
  • 2010: The City of Newark awards management of the Hollander Pool & Don Edwards Park.
  • 2013: Alford Aquatic Center adds New spray ground & outdoor playground
  • 2014: Alford Aquatic Center adds New slides.
  • 2017: Licking County conducts feasibility study for the renovation of the Western Branch.Licking County expands preschool Child Care to Licking Heights Schools.
  • 2018: YMCA conducts capital campaign to renovate Western Branch YMCA. YMCA in partnership with the Licking County Foundation & the City of Newark opens Flory BMX Bike Park and Disc Golf Course.
  • 2019: Licking County Family YMCA changes name to Buckeye Valley Family YMCA, to oversee the Licking County Family, West Licking County Family & Muskingum County.
  • 2020: West Licking County Y opens its doors to the community.

The Y is currently operating under a Strategic Plan. The Board completed a Strategic Plan in 2019 with 4 major initiatives: Messaging, Community, Programs, and Partnerships.

Facility Amenities: Licking County Family YMCA Campus

  • Alford Outdoor Aquatic Center featuring a 25-meter 6 lane competition pool and recreation pool with slides, buckets, sprays and other play features
  • Reese Wellness Center with a wide selection of cardio equipment, circuit training, free weights and personalized instruction
  • Mitchell Family Recreation Center featuring multi-court gymnasium and gymnastic center
  • John & Christine Warner Family Care Center for infant, early childhood and school age care
  • Outdoor Summer Camp
  • 3 outdoor multi-purpose fields
  • Main Facility
  • 2 gymnasiums
  • Indoor Running Track
  • 20 yd warm pool
  • 25-meter 6 lane competitive pool
  • Aerobic, Pilates, & Cycling studios
  • Child Watch services are available while you work out
  • Separate family, you and adult locker rooms

Facility Amenities: Muskingum County Family YMCA

  • Multi-court Gymnasium
  • 8 lane competitive Pool
  • Warm water exercise pool
  • Separate family, youth and adult locker rooms
  • Yoga, Pilates, Cycling & Aerobics Studios
  • Child Watch services are available while you work out
  • Wellness Center with a wide selection of cardio equipment, circuit training, free weights and personalized instruction.
  • Indoor running track
  • Outdoor Camp

Facility Amenities: West Licking County Family YMCA

  • Aerobic, Pilates, Cycling, & Gymnastic studios
  • Separate Family, Youth and adult locker rooms
  • Wellness Center with a wide selection of cardio equipment, circuit training, free weights and personalized instruction.
  • Child Watch services are available while you work out

Association Core Programs:

  • Membership – 45%
  • Programs: Youth & Family Programs – 15%, Early Childhood Care, Summer Camp– 35%
  • Early Childhood Care, including care to support essential workers during shutdown – historically the program has run at or near capacity
  • School Age Care, including care to support essential workers during shutdown, care to support families during virtual learning. Traditionally has been afterschool care with some schools providing licensed Afterschool.
  • Group Exercise – extensive offering pre-COVID, moved to virtual and then live with between 600-800 people per session participating in virtual programming, partnership with Y-Healthy Kids Network Food Distributions
  • S.A.W. Safety Around Water
  • Swim Lessons, Swim Team
  • Gymnastic Lessons and Gymnastic Team
  • Youth Baseball, Volleyball, Basketball & Flag Football
  • Summer Camp
  • College Summer Baseball
  • Blood Drives

Association Membership Profile:

As of January 1, 2020: 9,962 Units, 20,007 Members

Youth: 1,451

Young Adult: 885

Adult: 3,235

Couple: 1,635

Family: 2,172

Single Parent Family: 584

Association Financial: The 2019 operating budget was $6.8M, actual $7.2M. In 2019 the Y raised $16,200 for the Annual Campaign.

Association Financial Assistance:In 2019, $330,433 in financial assistance served 3,526 people.

Association Governance: The Buckeye Valley Family YMCA is governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of 16 members. The board is committed to ensure a well-rounded board, where varying industries and professions are represented. Many board members serve on either standing or board-designated committees: executive, finance, building, board governance.

Association Volunteers: Annually, over 315 people volunteer in the Y. Volunteers participate heavily in special events, coaching, teaching or instruction, and mentoring teens.

Staff: The current staff team works with a high level of team unity to address problems, needs and dynamic solutions throughout the Y. There are approximately 400 staff at the Buckeye Valley Family YMCA. There are 47 FT staff, including the CEO. Reporting directly to the CEO are the Chief Operating Officer, Executive Assistant, Facilities Director, two Executive Branch Directors, and Marketing & Development Director. There are approximately 350-360 PT and seasonal staff.

Community: The Buckeye Valley Family YMCA is located in Licking and Muskingum Counties, Ohio. It is a community of collaboration and engagement, focused on people, place and prosperity. The area has seen millions of new investments and growth in the past five years including the addition of Amazon, Facebook and Google.

Licking & Muskingum Counties have an extensive system of parks and bike paths throughout the service area as well as many municipal and township parks. There are numerous other recreational and cultural opportunities available. Licking & Muskingum Counties are the home to Ohio State Newark Branch/Central Ohio Technical College located in Licking County, and Ohio University & Zane State Branch located in Muskingum County which has recently added new health science training facilities.

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Minimum Candidate Criteria:

  • Accredited 4-year college degree
  • Must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and personal values consistent with the YMCA mission
  • 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
  • Must have proven ability to develop and strengthen community relationships
  • Have the ability to develop new programs, review and enhance programs being offered or considered for both economy and the effectiveness in broadening our engagement in the communities in which we serve.

Preferred Candidate Criteria:

  • 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)
  • Fiscally sound business management approach
  • Strategic planning and fundraising experience including annual campaigns and the securing of grants
  • Multi-Branch operations
  • Childcare background a plus

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:

Advocate the vision of the YMCA and be the heart and soul of the operation

Build relationships and network with community leaders, partners, members, and donors to elevate the Y’s story of impact. Be a visible and positive leader in the community that actively cultivates collaborative opportunities and partnerships to advance services and programs. Invite others to intentionally engage in the Y in meaningful ways -as a donor, member, or advocate.

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

Fiscal Management: Ensuring 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 while consistently leading organization to balance or surplus operations by growing earned revenue and contributions and controlling costs. Help the Y overcome the effects of COVID- 19 by using sound practices as well as be innovative in applying new solutions. Empower and guide staff to lead their branches to successful financial operation. Develop and implement stewardship strategies.

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

Lead a Culture of Philanthropy: Develop and implement an annual support fundraising plan that will establish the YMCA as a charity of choice within the community through the engagement of members, volunteers, staff, and donors and take the organization to a new level of effectiveness and impact in annual giving. Further develop the Endowment Program by effective communication and cultivation of our donors, leaders, and potential future donors.

Key competencies: quality results, philanthropy, relationship, influence, emotional maturity, community, communication

Build a Thriving Culture: Build a culture of passionate and engaged staff and board members. Establish an environment where staff see their opportunities, skills, and accountabilities leveraged in partnership with a board that is actively engaged and uses their time and talent on behalf of the Y. Allow space for innovation and a diversity of voices to be heard. A compassionate, mission driven leader who can explore several perspectives and viewpoints and then make decisions and be accountable.

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

Salary Range: $123,000 to $150,000 (annualized) commensurate with experience


The Buckeye Valley Family YMCA has a rich benefit package including the following:

Retirement contribution at 12% (Y pay all 12%) after eligibility requirements are met, health plan- employer pays 66% and employee pays 34%, and other benefits per personnel policy. 403(b) Smart Account is available paid by employee, pre-tax contribution. Dental plan is available paid by employee. Life insurance per company policy. Employees transferring to the Buckeye Valley Family YMCA from another YMCA will be entitled to vacation based upon their total years of continuous FT time YMCA service at the time they joined the Buckeye Valley Family YMCA.

Incentive Compensation is based on an existing two-part plan, consisting of- Financial results and documented personal performance.

Relocation: Relocation assistance reimbursement up to $5,000. Living in the YMCA’s service area is required.

Service Area: Licking & Muskingum Counties; Ohio

Search Process Target Dates:

  • Resumes accepted through: November 8, 2020
  • Preliminary interviews scheduled: December 11, 2020
  • Final interviews scheduled: January 4-5, 2021
  • New CEO on board (anticipated): February 2021

To Apply:

Candidates will apply via the following website:https://tinyurl.com/ymca-buckeye-valley-family-ceo

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

Questions about the CEO search process should be directed to:

Richard Clegg

Senior Director, Movement Services and Alliance Partners

CEO Search Specialist

YMCA of the USA


Questions about this particular YMCA should be directed to:

Kathy Finney

Strategic Consultant

Ohio Alliance of YMCAs



Ruth Knous

Strategic Consultant

Ohio Alliance Of YMCAS



How to Apply

Apply Online

Opens in a new window https://tinyurl.com/ymca-buckeye-valley-family-ceo

Resumes Accepted Until

Nov. 8, 2020

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