The Kankakee Area YMCA is an equal opportunity employer
committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.
Position Description and Board Expectations:
The Board of Directors of the Kankakee Area YMCA is seeking a mission-focused, financially astute, collaborative leader who embodies the core values of the YMCA. The new CEO will be committed to working at a high strategic level with the Board of Directors. The CEO is expected to increase membership and programs while targeting families and the senior community in the metro and surrounding areas. The new CEO will successfully position the Y as a key resource for developing healthy lifestyles.
The incoming CEO will possess a strong business sense coupled with outstanding interpersonal and organizational skills and a desire to become actively involved in the community. He/She will continue donor cultivation to build the endowment and integrate technology into the Y’s delivery product.
The successful CEO will retain a strong staff that works well together. The CEO will emphasize high employee performance standards, acknowledging staff contributions to the mission and success of the Y. The CEO is a leader who generates excitement and enthusiasm of staff and volunteers. As a result, he/she creates loyalty and commitment among these groups.
• Lead and Model the Vision and Mission of the Kankakee Area YMCA:
Proactively interact and communicate with YMCA members, donors, staff, volunteers, and the community. Serve as ambassador for the mission, goals and values of the YMCA. Lead efforts with increasing membership and delivering high quality programs to the community. Actively interact and communicate with community organizations as a representative of the YMCA. Represent the YMCA’s mission to community leaders, donors, staff and volunteers. Assure existing partnerships are strengthened, and new partnerships are created. Be seen and respected as a leader within the community, while proactively creating collaborations to enhance outreach and program initiatives.
• Fiscal Management:
Use a high level of financial analysis to forecast financial trends, growth, and stability while consistently leading the organization to balance or surplus operations by growing earned revenue and contributions, and controlling costs. Empower and guide staff leaders on the successful financial operation of their areas of responsibility. Monitor the budget closely to address competition that may impact membership and facility needs. Develop and implement stewardship strategies.
• Build and Manage Staff Team:
Serve as a leader who can motivate, engage, and retain staff in a positive and productive manner. Lead by example. Remain actively engaged in staff performance and development leading to superior results in programs, member satisfaction, and community engagement. Maintain a culture of integrity, high ethical standards, and values.
• Lead Operating Performance Excellence:
Partner with the board to develop an annual tactical plan for achieving key YMCA goals and objectives to solve them. Remain fully informed of all operational issues and be able to quickly address issues that arise as well as forecast future needs.
• Develop and Implement a Strategic Plan:
Have the ability to work effectively with volunteers, key staff, and the YMCA of the USA Resource Director, to create and develop a strategic road map that addresses opportunities and challenges related to the community’s support of facilities and programs, with defined organizational strategies. Lead staff in the development and implementation of goals through an annual operating plan. Lead volunteers in creating and aligning committees and their charts of work to support the strategies and goals of the association.
$75,000 - $100,000 annualized, salary commensurate with experience.
Retirement contribution (12% paid by the YMCA), vacation plan, health plan, relocation reimbursement, and other benefits per personnel policy included.
Minimum Criteria for Candidates:
Preferred Criteria for Candidates:
- Accredited 4-year college degree.
- Minimum three 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 demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and personal values consistent with the YMCA mission.
- Must have the 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.
YMCA Association Facts
- YMCA Organizational Leader Certification. If the candidate does not possess this, they must obtain it within three years from the date of hire.
- Fiscally sound business management approach.
- Strategic planning and fundraising experience including annual and capital campaigns.
- Project management experience with capital projects, including new facility construction and implementation of promotional plans.
- A proven track record of budgetary and fiscal management.
Beginning in 1894, the Kankakee Area YMCA has provided quality programs and services to the people in the Kankakee County community. Its present facility replaced the original downtown YMCA in 1968.
Mission and Focus:
Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Through the years, lifestyles and family structures have changed and will continue to do so. Our programs will always reflect the needs of the communities which we serve. YMCAs are mission-driven. We live our mission every day.
Our Y is a total community service organization. We are volunteer founded, volunteer based and volunteer led. Our Y is for people of all faiths, races, abilities, ages and incomes.
At the heart of our programs is purpose. This involves instructors, coaches and group leaders capturing the magic of a teachable moment to instill enduring, core values that shape character and self-esteem.
The 65,000 square foot facility includes a wellness center with new cardio and free weight equipment, Queenax, group cycling, aerobics studio, gym, two indoor pools, locker rooms, preschool and Child Watch/Kids Fit Zone. We offer a unique blend of facility and equipment in the community.
Our 5,000 plus members come from a diverse mix of communities in Kankakee County area and beyond. The majority of the Y’s membership is made up of family memberships, 53%, the remainder are adult members and young adult/youth members, 28% and 17% respectively.
Programs and Services:
The YMCA provides programs that build a healthy mind, body and spirit for all with programs including free personal training, land and aquatic group exercise classes, Queenax, youth and adult sports, swim lessons/swim team, preschool, summer day camp and school age childcare. In 2016, over 19,000 people received programs and services through the work of staff, volunteers, and partnerships with over thirty community agencies, school districts, and businesses.
The Kankakee Area YMCA is made up of 100-140 Part Time/Seasonal Staff and 5 Full Time Staff, 31 Policy Volunteers, and 250 Program Volunteers.
The Kankakee Area Y has an Operating Budget in excess of $1.4 million and is debt-free. Sixty-four percent of the Y’s revenue is generated from membership dues. The remainder of the revenue is generated from program fees (29%) and United Way/grants (5%).
Annual Campaign Support:
The Kankakee Area YMCA’s philosophy of not turning a child or family away due to inability to pay requires contributions from our community. The Strong Kids Campaign is the Kankakee Area YMCA’s annual campaign to support financial assistance for over 2,100 children and families in Kankakee County. In 2017, volunteers raised over $65,000. The YMCA is projected to provide more than $181,000 in financial assistance and program subsidies to our community. Financial assistance is given for facility memberships, childcare, summer camp, swim lessons, teen leadership and outreach, youth sports, and other programs. Financial assistance allows less fortunate children to participate in the YMCA programs that stress the core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
In 2017, the Kankakee Area YMCA received bequests in excess of $600,000, strengthening its operation and foundation.