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Executive Director

San Diego, CA, USA | YMCA

  • Industry:
    Non-Profit / Social Enterprise
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    Business Development
    General Management
    Operations / Production
  • Experience:
    7-10 years
Job Description:
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The Executive Director supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Executive Directorat theJackie Robinson Family YMCA within theYMCA of San Diego County stewards the Y’s cause of promoting and protecting the brand and reputation as a global, inclusive organization within the community. The Branch Executive Director oversees the operation of the Y and participates in volunteer and staff development, financial development, and collaboration with community stakeholders.

The Jackie Robinson Executive Director is responsible for the successful management of the branch day-to-day operations in one of the largest YMCAs in the United States. The position is also responsible for membership engagement, program delivery, fiscal management, financial development, branch advisory council development, community outreach, and diversity, inclusion, equity and culture building for the service area in conjunction with the Area Vice President.

Values-Strengthens the Y’s culture by demonstrating the values of the Y - honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility - in every aspect of work.

Inclusion-Models cultural competence and supports diversity, effectively working with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions.

Equity-Recognizes unique disparities and provides relevant support systems for overcoming barriers.

Develop Self and Others-Demonstrates teamwork and personal accountability, seeking and providing feedback, coaching, and resources for development.

Quality Results-Takes the initiative and holds self and others accountable to meet or exceed quantitative and qualitative goals relating to people (employees and members), philanthropy, finance and volunteerism.

Change Capacity-Facilitates change, seeks opportunities in the change process, models adaptability, and leads transition in support of the Y’s mission.

Inspire Others-Promotes creativity, generates excitement, and rewards risk taking, while consistently demonstrating a high level of emotional maturity, maintaining a positive attitude and building strong relationships.



Bachelor's degree (or equivalent professional experience) in business administration, human services or related field

Seven or more years of experience in a variety of YMCA or related operations including program development, operations and growth, financial development, budgeting and financial management, membership, volunteer development and staff management

Proven successful experience with board development, financial development and broadening an organization’s reach into underserved communities

Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain collaborations with diverse organizations

Ability to develop a strategy and implement through change management


Prefered knowledge of, and previous experience in, diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.)

Ability to speak any language in addition to English may be helpful

Essential Functions

Maintains diverse advisory councils that actively support the Y’s goals and strategic plans. Recruits, selects, and develops diverse volunteers for the branch board. Clarifies and reinforces the division of roles and responsibilities between corporate boards, management and/or advisory boards, staff, and volunteers

Builds bridges within the community so that all segments of society have access to the Y

Represents and promotes the Y in the local communities and develops positive, effective working relationships with branch advisory council, community organizations, school district, businesses and governmental agencies in service delivery areas

Effectively communicates community benefit and the Y’s impact for all stakeholders (e.g., staff, volunteers, members, and community leaders) and cultivates positive working and collaborative relationships with other organizations, businesses, and governmental entities

Manages the budgeting process so that resources are devoted to top priorities and strategic objectives. Ensures operating budgets meet or exceed targets

Directs the financial development activities of the branch

Directs branch strategic planning efforts and develops the annual operating plan of the branch

Fosters a climate of innovation to develop member-focused programs which support the Y mission, goals, and strategies

Ensures the safety and maintenance of high-quality facilities, grounds, and equipment

Provides leadership and direction to assigned branch by coaching and providing overall direction, performance management, and development to the branch staff and volunteers

In partnership with THQ and Area Vice President, develop and direct the operational growth of assigned branch through membership growth, member experience including member/participant recruitment, retention and program expansion

Oversees program delivery at branch to assure high-quality results, which support branch, district and association mission, goals and strategies

Partners with all THQ Employees and Area Vice President to ensure consistent safety and high quality of programs

Serves as a member of assigned Association, branch groups and committees to supports the overall objectives of the Association

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