YMCA of Greater Des Moines

  • Executive Director

    Job ID
    Full-Time, Professional-Salaried
    Branch Name
    Indianola YMCA
    US-IA-Indianola (Indianola YMCA)
    Starting Wage/Salary
    USD $65,000.00/Yr.
    Maximum Wage/Salary
    USD $75,000.00/Yr.
    Work Hours
  • Overview


    The YMCA of Greater Des Moines has an immediate opening for a Cause-Driven leader to provide leadership to the Indianola YMCA. This is a wonderful opportunity for a motivated, cause-driven leader to join an innovative, mission-based association with an exciting vision for the future.


    Position Overview


    Reporting to the Vice President of Internal Affairs, the Executive Director will be responsible for branch leadership and connection to the Y mission and association strategic plan, vision development and goal setting for the branch, board development, and general branch management, including staff management, fiscal management, facilities management, and program management.



    About the YMCA

    The YMCA of Greater Des Moines has been serving central Iowa for 150 years as one of the leading health and human service organizations in the Des Moines metropolitan area.  The Y has 8 traditional branch locations, the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus, and the Des Moines Y Camp. The YMCA of Greater Des Moines has a $20 million budget and serves more than 54,0000 members.. The association provided more than $2.6 million in financial assistance last year to strengthen our communities.



    Along with a competitive pay structure, the YMCA of Greater Des Moines offers exceptional benefits which include the following:

    • Affordable quality healthcare (medical and dental)
    • Short Term, Long Term Disability and Life Insurance provided at no additional cost
    • 12% Employer funded retirement plan after two years of service with immediate vesting and the ability to add additional earnings from first day of employment
    • YMCA membership equivalent to family status
    • Generous paid time off package




    This posting closes on Sunday, December 30th, 2018. If you are interested in the position, please apply online by this date.





    1. Manage the branch in accordance with the policies, procedures and standards established by the Association Board of Directors and the Corporate Offices.
    2. Accountable for annual budget development, monthly budget monitoring and management, forecasting, and achievement of budget established at the beginning of each fiscal year.
    3. Oversee management of branch day-to-day operations including all administrative, risk management, compliance, and facility functions.
    4. Provide leadership to full-time and part-time staff and volunteers, connecting them to the mission, strategic plan and promise of the organization with a specific focus on training and preparing all team members to adhere to Y policies, procedures and practices – ensuring all are aligned in doing things the “Y” way. 
    5. Provide leadership and direction to new program development. Continuously update and improve current programs to meet community needs, ensure compliance with association
      program standards, and attain the highest possible level of program quality.
    6. Provide leadership to and accountability for the branch annual support campaign and other Assigned financial development activities of the association. 
    7. Manage the recruitment, training, and development of volunteers at program, fundraising and
      policy leadership levels.
    8. Develop an engaged Board of Managers to ensure a successful operation geared to meeting
      Community needs and commensurate financial support.
      Engage in association membership and marketing initiatives as well as create new and innovative approaches to attract and retain membership.
    9. Develop and implement membership strategies resulting in a high level of membership retention.
    10. Develop the strongest possible staff team; set goals and maintain a culture of accountability; evaluate the performance of staff; coach them in areas where improvements are needed and continually strive to improve performance level of staff
    11. Manage the development, use and maintenance of the facility to ensure a bright, clean, and functional environment, meet the expanding needs of the community, improve efficiencies and promote safety.
    12. Build the brand of the YMCA through community awareness campaigns, engagement of community leaders, and active participation in community organizations and events.


    1) Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
    2) Five or more years experience in the operation of a YMCA or in a key position of an organization
    3) Demonstrated skills in all areas of non-profit management
    4) Demonstrated skills in relationship building and fundraising
    5) YMCA of the USA Multi Team Leader designation or ability to attain within first 2 years of employment.
    6) CPR for the Professional Rescuer/AED/First Aid Certification from approved agency
    7) Demonstrated computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment



    The successful candidate must believe in the core values of the organization, be driven by the mission and have the ability to demonstrate in word and action these beliefs in all matters at all times.  The candidate should be a mission focused, self-driven business leader with experience successfully managing comparable operations, developing and leading staff and volunteers, building relationships, creating community, and making consistently superior high level decisions.



    Additional requirements are:
    • General Management Experience and Abilities - including thorough knowledge of leadership and management principles, human resource management, financial management, and project management as they relate to non-profit organizations


    • Leadership – ability to positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization and to enforce accountability; to serve as a community leader building collaborations based on trust and credibility to advance the Y’s mission and goals; to overcome resistance to leadership and take unpopular stands when necessary; excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal and coaching skills, and organizational skills; to foster a learning environment embracing diverse abilities and approaches; to exemplify a “Y-Voice” that demonstrates determination, genuine concern, welcoming attitude, hopefulness and a nurturing spirit


    • Relationship Building – ability to build and nurture strategic relationships to enhance support for the Y; to establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization
    • Results – proven track record of exceeding goals; evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through analysis, wisdom, experience and judgment; ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget; ability to problem solve, conduct project management, and use creative resourcefulness


    • Organization – ability to set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information, and activities


    • Adaptability – ability to be flexible, versatile and/or tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency


    • 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





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