YMCA of Greater Des Moines

Program Director - Group Programming

Job ID
Resident Camp/Y Camp
Full-Time, Professional-Salaried
Y Camp
US-IA-Boone (Y Camp)
Starting Wage/Salary
USD $35,000.00/Yr.
Maximum Wage/Salary
USD $38,000.00/Yr.
Work Hours


This position is responsible for creating and planning program activities, program marketing, recruiting, and evaluating programs. This position supervises staff, volunteers and may manage community and vendor agreements and relationships.


This full-time, exempt position offers a very competitive benefits package, including health/dental plans, life insurance, free YMCA membership, first-rate YMCA retirement plan, & more!


This position is located at our Des Moines YMCA Camp in Boone, Iowa.


This posting closes on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017.

If you are interested in the position, please apply online by this date.





  1. Create, develop and implement new programs.
  2. Manage assigned program areas and activities, ensuring programs comply with all applicable YMCA standards and methods of operation an continually strive to attain the highest possible level of quality.
  3. Expand participation in assigned programs.
  4. Evaluate and review all aspects of assigned programs to ensure consistent quality and safety.
  5. Assist in development and distribution of materials to market and promote programs.



  1. Assist in the development and distribution of materials to market and promote programs.
  2. Conduct marketing and promotion for assigned programs.
  3. Coordinate with corporate staff to ensure all marketing meets the standards and requirements of the association.



  1. Prepare and submit required budget planning and management information for program area(s).
  2. Monitor assigned budget to ensure revenue and expenses are consistent with approved
  3. budget plan.
  4. Prepare and submit all required financial information and reports.



  1. Determine staffing needs of assigned program area(s) within YMCA guidelines and procedures.
  2. Assist in recruiting process and manage selection process as determined by guidelines and procedures.
  3. Conduct required orientation and training for assigned staff.
  4. Manage, supervise, and evaluate assigned staff to ensure satisfactory job performance.
  5. Manage and maintain staffing to cover all areas of assigned program(s).
  6. Ensure applicable staff development opportunities are taken by assigned staff.
  7. Prepare and submit payroll paperwork and time/attendance information as required by YMCA policies and procedures and in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.



  1. Manage member and community resources to effectively and efficiently coordinate services.
  2. Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with community organizations.
  3. Serve as a YMCA representative, both within the organization and outside the organization.
  4. Demonstrate and support the objectives of the organization as embodied in the mission statement any values.



  1. Assist in organization’s financial development efforts, including the annual fund raising campaign.
  2. Plan, prepare and organize special events as required. 
  3. Serve on organization and community committees and teams as required.




  • Mission and Community Oriented – ability to model and teach YMCA values; champion inclusion activities, strategies and initiatives; ensure high-level services that differentiate YMCA from other providers; provide volunteers with orientation, training, development and recognition


  • People Oriented – ability to empathetically listen and communicate for understanding when negotiating and dealing with conflict; build relationships to create small communities; effectively tailor communications to appropriate audience; provide staff with feedback, coaching, guidance and support


  • Results Oriented – ability to hold staff accountable for high-quality results using a formal process to measure progress; conduct prototypes to support the launching of program and activities; provide others with framework for making decisions; develop, plan and manage best practices through engagement of team; cultivate relationships to support fundraising; effectively create and manage budgets


  • Personal Development Oriented – ability to utilize non-threatening methods to address sensitive issues and inappropriate behavior or performance; share new insights; facilitate change; model adaptability and an awareness of the impact of change


  • Ethical Behavior – ability to understand ethical behavior and business practices, and ensure that own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization; maintain a work ethic that holds a high standard to organizational accountability


  • General Experience and Abilities  - ability to demonstrate understanding of program development and management; effective and efficient time management; demonstrate capacity for managing and leading people; excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal and coaching skills, and organizational skills; ability to overcome resistance to leadership and take unpopular stands when necessary; ability to exemplify a “Y-Voice” that demonstrates determination, genuine concern, welcoming attitude, hopefulness and a nurturing spirit 



  1. Bachelor’s Degree in related field or equivalent

  2. One to two years related program development and management experience

  3. American Red Cross CPR-PR/AED/First Aid Certifications or equivalent certifications

    approved by the YMCA

  4. American Red Cross Blood Borne Pathogens Training or equivalent training approved by the YMCA

  5. Y Orientation Session

  6. Y Emergency Procedures Training

  7. Demonstrated computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment



While performing the responsibilities of this position, the employee is required to talk and hear.  The employee is often required to sit, stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, lift up to ten pounds of weight, climb or balance, to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and use their hands and fingers, to handle or feel.  Vision abilities required by this job includes close and distance vision, and may at times require peripheral vision.



While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and vehicles.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.  This position usually works in an office and/or fitness oriented environment, but the mission of the organization may sometimes take them to non-standard workplaces.  This position works a non-traditional work week which frequently requires evening, weekend, and additional hours to accommodate management of program activities and representation of the organization at events.


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