Sports Director

The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina is looking for an energetic leader to serve as Sports Director and lead our sports programs.


YMCA of Northwest North Carolina


Winston Salem, NC 27101-2402

Job Description

Do you love sports, and coaching others to be their best both on and off the court/field? Be a part of something great! The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina is looking for an energetic leader who loves to build relationships to serve as the Sports Director to lead our sports programs

The Y is the starting point for many youth to develop healthy habits that they will carry with them throughout their lives. The benefits are far greater than just physical health. Sports at the Y is about building the whole child, from the inside out, developing confidence, positive relationships, good sportsmanship, and teamwork. The focus on healthy habits and positive experiences carries over into adult sports programs as well.

The Sports Director engages staff, volunteers, and participants to develop, maintain, and grow a variety of mission-based sports programs that are diverse in terms of ages (pre-school to adult) and level of competition (developmental to competitive). The Director also works with Engagement Directors at the home branch and affiliated branches to maximize involvement and engagement of sports participants and their families in other areas of the Y. The ideal candidate is flexible, innovative, organized, and personable, adept at both administration and programming.

Schedule: Varies according to season and program needs. Evenings and Weekends required.


  • Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university; or four years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 3-5+ years of experience leading staff and/or volunteers strongly preferred.
  • Prior experience playing/coaching/refereeing organized sports, particularly basketball, soccer, volleyball, football and/or baseball strongly preferred.
  • YMCA Team Leader certification preferred.
  • CPR/First Aid/AED – must obtain certification within first 90 days of employment and maintain a current certification thereafter.
  • Strong ability to develop innovative programming for participant retention and revenue growth.
  • Strong ability to recruit, retain, and coach staff; while fostering a positive team atmosphere.
  • Exemplifies a proactive, hands-on approach, as well as a professional work ethic.
  • Ability to work a non-traditional schedule including majority nights and weekends.
  • Strong interpersonal, organization and communication skills.
  • Energetic, devoted, mission driven, team oriented individual.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) is a plus.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.

Essential Functions

  • Serve as Lead Site Supervisor for all youth and adult sports programs ensuring practices and games begin and end on time, monitoring weather and field conditions to make appropriate cancellation decision to ensure participant and staff safety, and officiating games as needed.
  • Serve as Lead Coach and main contact for all pre-school sports programs such as but not limited to Little Dribblers, Kiddie Kickers, Rookie Football and Tiny Tots T-Ball.
  • Recruits, screens, and trains youth sports volunteer coaches to lead teams of participants each season and ensure these volunteer coaches adhere to the YMCA Code of Conduct.
  • Leads all aspects of highly efficient and effective sports officials’ team including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, training, developing, scheduling and holding staff accountable on a daily basis.
  • Conducts coach’s meetings for youth sports as well as orientations and captain’s meetings for adult sports programs.
  • Follows registration calendar timeline that includes coach’s meetings, orientations, captain’s meetings, roster and jersey distribution, practice and game dates and make up dates while communicating these timelines with coaches, captains, participants and staff.
  • Provides strong fiscal management in all areas of responsibility including managing the Jerry Long sports budget, staffing appropriately, payroll, ordering equipment, spending wisely, and taking corrective action as appropriate. Communicates with Senior Program Director-Sports as needed for financial support and transactions related to activities such as coordinating refunds and other financial questions.
  • Ensures equipment is well-maintained, safe to use and properly inventoried after each season and completes all necessary field and court markings which include but are not limited to soccer, flag football, baseball, volleyball and basketball.
  • Works closely with Engagement Directors and others to provide support for major branch event, programs and initiatives and serve as Manager on Duty when needed.
  • Supports philanthropy and Annual Giving in the process of everyday sports participant engagement. Leads sports staff to tell the Y story, and identifies Annual Giving Campaign volunteers and prospects.
  • Completes reports, assignments and projects in a timely manner as well as attends bi-weekly branch staff meetings, monthly sports branch leadership meetings and other branch/association meetings as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies


Mission Advancement: Models and teaches the Y’s values. Ensures a high level of service with a commitment to changing lives. Provides volunteers with orientation, training, development, and recognition. Cultivates relationships to support fund-raising.

Collaboration: Champions inclusion activities, strategies, and initiatives. Builds relationships to create small communities. Empathetically listens and communicates for understanding when negotiating and dealing with conflict. Effectively tailors communications to the appropriate audience. Provides staff with feedback, coaching, guidance and support.

Operational Effectiveness: Provides others with frameworks for making decisions. Conducts prototypes to support the launching of programs and activities. Develops plans and manages best practices through engagement of team. Effectively creates and manages budgets. Holds staff accountable for high-quality results using a formal process to measure progress.

Personal Growth: Shares new insights. Facilitates change; models adaptability and an awareness of the impact of change. Utilizes non-threatening methods to address sensitive issues and inappropriate behavior or performance. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.

Required Certifications

CPR/First Aid/AED – must obtain certification within first 90 days of employment and maintain a current certification thereafter.


$34,000.00 - $36,500.00

How to Apply

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Resumes Accepted Until

April 19, 2021

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