YMCA of Greater Des Moines

  • Youth Development Director

    Job ID
    Full-Time, Hourly
    Branch Name
    Wellmark YMCA
    US-IA-Des Moines (Wellmark YMCA)
    Starting Wage/Salary
    USD $15.00/Hr.
    Maximum Wage/Salary
    USD $17.00/Hr.
    Work Hours
  • Overview

    At the Y, strengthening community is our cause.  Our staff members are people who drive this cause – it is because of our drive, our passion, our belief in others, and our belief in the strength of our mission that we are able to make a difference – every day. 



    EVERY position positively impacts others at the Y - JOIN US, WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE!



    This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Develops, organizes and implements high quality YMCA programs at the Wellmark YMCA.


    This position will be responsible for building relationships with youth in the facility and connecting with like-minded community organizations. They will manage a Leaders Club program for teens and work to establish the Togetherhood volunteer program uniting teens and adults. Other responsibilities will include overseeing the health & sports clinics and leagues for youth, winter break and spring break camps and the Saturday Night Live program. This position will also manage any other programs that fall under the Youth Development umbrella of programming for the Wellmark YMCA.




    To positively impact others, Y Staff Team Members exemplify CAUSE-DRIVEN LEADERSHIP competencies.


    YMCA COMPETENCIES (Team Leader):

    • Mission Advancement: Models and teaches the Ys 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.




    This posting closes on Sunday, August 26th, 2018.

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



    1. Directs and supervises program activities to meet the needs of the community and fulfill YMCA objectives.
    2. Recruits, hires, trains, develops, schedules and directs staff and volunteers as needed. Reviews and evaluates staff performance. Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals.
    3. Establishes new program activities and expands program within the community in accordance with strategic and operating plans.
    4. Assists in the marketing and distribution of program information, may organize and schedule program registrations. May review and process program scholarship applications.
    5. Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with community organizations.
    6. Develops and monitors program budget to meet fiscal objectives.
    7. Coordinates use of facilities for program activities and events.
    8. Assists in YMCA fund raising activities and special events.
    9. Models relationship-building skills in all interactions. Responds to all member and community inquiries and complaints in timely manner.
    10. May assist with Program Committee meetings.
    11. Compiles program statistics. Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of and participation in programs.
    12. Performs any other duties as assigned by supervisor or other designated staff team member.



    1. Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent.
    2. One to two years related experience preferred.
    3. Minimum age requirement of 21 years of age.
    4. Typical requirements within 30 days of hire include: completion of: Child Abuse Prevention for Supervisory Staff; Working with Program Volunteers; CPR; First Aid; AED; Bloodborne Pathogens.
    5. Completion of YMCA program-specific certifications.
    6. Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of
      the community.



    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Sufficient strength, agility and mobility to perform essential functions and to supervise program activities in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor locations (depending upon the programs).





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