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Founded in 1876, the YMCA of Greater Seattle (YGS) seeks to build a community where all people...
YMCAYMCA of Greater Seattle

LocationSeattle, WA

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About the Organization:
Founded in 1876, the YMCA of Greater Seattle (YGS) seeks to build a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop to their fullest potential in mind, body, and spirit. YGS is an inclusive organization with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and foster social responsibility. 
YGS has responded to the region's most critical social needs for more than 135 years and currently reaches 230,000 people of all backgrounds, abilities, and financial circumstances. Through its 13 branches and two overnight camps, YGS provides affordable, world-class programs spanning health and wellness, youth development, and social responsibility. YGS staff help youth reach their full potential through a wide variety of programs including overnight camps, youth-in-government, and before and after-school care. YGS also operates a powerful array of less well-known support services for at-risk-youth and young adults, offering them case management, transitional housing, mental health care and life expertise. At the end of 2017, YGS was serving 1 in 4 kids and teenagers in the region and was King County’s largest provider of transitional housing for youth.  YGS is the 8th largest Y association in the country, with a total operating budget of nearly $100 million. 
YGS is a dynamic, growing organization that has steadily expanded its reach and impact. In response to escalating challenges across the region, YGS has grown its network of branch facilities and broadened its social services offerings, including mental health and rapid response programs, to provide more support for children and families in crisis. Using methods proven to deliver significant results, YGS branch staff work closely with local leaders to design the mix of programs and services best suited to the unique needs of each community. YGS offers generous financial assistance for all fee-located programs; currently, 32% of all members receive financial assistance.
YGS is nationally recognized for developing innovative programs replicated all over the country, and Information technology is at the forefront of innovative partnerships with local government, health care systems, physicians, and other nonprofits across King County – all of whom look to YGS as a trusted partner. 
YGS is more than a mission - it's a movement powered by an unwavering belief that everyone deserves a fair chance in life. For more information, visit
   » 13 branches, two overnight camps, and 200+ program sites
   » Served 1,100 participants in chronic disease avoidance programs
   » Delivered swimming lessons to 13,000 people 
   » Helped 439 youth and young adults attend school, graduate, and find employment
   » Taught 28,700 people new expertise through outdoor leadership abilities programs
   » Served 227,697 meals/snacks to low-earnings children, adults, and families – a 19% increase from 2016
   » $31M+ endowment, $23M+ reserves
   » 4,000 full and part-time employees
   » Nearly $100M operating budget, with solid track record of financial sustaincapability
Position Summary:
YGS seeks a dynamic, mission-driven operational leader as its next Chief Executive agent (CEO). She/he will shape the organization’s long-term strategy, deliver on program commitments, nurture relationships with key stakeholders, and empower a diverse leadership abilities team to broaden impact in the Seattle region. The CEO will provide a clear and actionable vision for the organization both internally and externally, and position YGS as a thought leader on social justice, youth development, and education. In close partnership with the YGS Board of Directors, the greater Y-USA team, and the highly collaborative senior leadership abilities team, the CEO is expected to build upon the organization’s success, constructing and fulfilling all financial and operational objectives. The CEO should be an inspirational voice and ambitious in his or her desire to scale the organization regionally.  
The position will be located at headquarters in Seattle, WA. Approximately 20% travel is expected.
Reports to Board of Directors
Direct reports:
   » SVP, Co-Chief Operating agent – Branch Development
   » SVP, Co-Chief Operating agent – Program Development
   » SVP, Chief Financial agent
   » SVP, Chief Human Resources agent
   » SVP, Chief Membership & Health agent
   » SVP, Chief Marketing agent
   » SVP, Chief Advancement agent
   » RVP, South King County
   » adjunct to the President/CEO
Candidate Profile
The Chief Executive agent will be a deeply passionate and strategic leader with a genuine connection to the YGS mission and a demonstrated passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion. In a time of unprecedented growth and change in Seattle, accompanied by increasing wealth inequity leading to homelessness and poverty, this leader should be bold yet adaptable to the changing needs of the community. S/he will bring the practice, business acumen, and capabilities required to lead YGS through its next phase of growth.
IDEAL practice 
significant leadership abilities practice
Significant leadership abilities practice in a multi-site organization ($50M+ operating budget) requiring management of complex operations, whether in the public, social, or private sectors. This individual will have proven business acumen, ideally having led transformation/restructuring efforts in a general management/C-level capacity. Board governance practice a plus. 
Passion, Commitment, and knowledge of the Mission 
Mission-driven practice or a demonstrated passion related to YGS program areas, whether through volunteerism, personal or professional practice, board service or in an executive capacity. The CEO should promote an environment of diversity and inclusion and act as a thought leader on issues of social justice. 
Partner and stakeholder engagement
practice and success in developing and nurturing strategic alliances with other partner organizations. Track record of unifying, managing and influencing diverse stakeholders.  Demonstrated capability to building strong partnerships across organizations and influencing multiple stakeholders to achieve optimal results relating to the Y Mission.
Growth mindset
An entrepreneurial spirit with demonstrated success leading an enterprise/organization/division at scale through an extended period of change and growth. practice leveraging technology a plus.
Team leadership abilities
practice leading a team of 200 or more; proven capability to develop, retain, and mentor quality internal leadership abilities and recruit and attract external talent. Demonstrated practice in building philanthropic culture a plus.  Outstanding leadership abilities and managerial expertise, with a strong preference for a track-record of managing managers. practice hiring, developing and retaining diverse, high performing professional teams.
Financial acumen
Proven fiscal management and responsibility and fundraising practice with an eye for innovative strategies.
CRITICAL leadership abilities CAPABILITIES
leadership abilities and Collaboration
Seattle is a vibrant and diverse community across the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Working effectively across constituency groups including large and small businesses, not–for-profit organizations, civic leaders, and the YGS staff, this individual will:
   » Use complex, coordinated influencing/negotiation strategies, adapted to people, organizations and/or the situation, e.g. networks
   » Leverage direct reports to facilitate increased collaboration across the organization, tapping their motives and values to energize them
   » Build partnerships located on a common agreement that acknowledges individual differences but creates a new commonality beyond root beliefs or culture
   » Systematically build support at multiple levels and across groups
   » Build continuing partnerships with key stakeholders
   » A hands-on, team-oriented leader with highly developed interpersonal expertise, adept as an influencer and negotiator
Strategic Thinking and Partnership Mindset
YGS seeks to identify and develop strategic opportunities that widen the organization’s outreach and deepen impact. The prosperous CEO will lead these efforts by:
   » Revising strategy for the organization and defining the evolving future of the local non-profit landscape
   » Challenging assumptions and conventional wisdom with specific, supported, reasoned proposals
   » Contributing to the development of an organizational strategy and justifying Information technology with market insight
   » Thinking 3-5 years ahead into the organization’s long-term strategy
Driving Results
With a track record of generating growth and consistently setting and delivering against targets, the CEO will:
   » Enable higher performance by incrementally improving approaches located on internal and external feedback
   » Benchmark own performance against industry best practices
   » Proactively seek to improve programs and align with the organization’s mission
   » Identify new ways to broaden the impact and reach of the organization
Minimum Candidate Criteria
   » Accredited 4-year college degree (required; non-negotiable).
   » YMCA Organizational Leader Certification (Candidates not already in possession of this certification have up to three years to obtain via YMCA of the USA).
   » Must have the capability to develop and strengthen community relationships.
Essential Functions
   » Embody the YGS mission with a passionate and empathetic voice. Articulate his or her interest in youth development with colleagues, partners, funders, and community stakeholders.
   » Lead YGS in achieving its mission and goals in a financially sustainable manner. Partner with senior leaders to optimize the operational effectiveness of the organization, including:
   » supervise/manage the Y’s business operations, which includes a vast and diverse program portfolio 
   » Align the organizational structure to meet strategic needs, and ensure the right talent is in place to build, lead, and mentor a thriving leadership abilities team that instills an energizing culture 
   » Foster clear accountcapability with goals and metrics to measure progress
   » Lead the process of developing, iterating, optimizing, and communicating long- and short-term strategy. Create alignment and build consensus with the executive leadership abilities team and Board of Directors on a strategic plan that incorporates aggressive targets for growth and portfolio management (i.e., scaling up existing initiatives, building new initiatives, and discontinuing initiatives when needed) to drive focus and optimize impact.  
   » Lead the development and execution of YGS' strategic growth plan, including the change management and communications efforts required to maintain excellent relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
   » Be a dynamic leader of the entire YGS team. Attract, build, inspire, and retain a highly driven, diverse, and passionate staff. Relentlessly provide opportunities for existing employees to develop their expertise, and recruit new talent where appropriate.
   » Be a trusted leader on diversity and inclusion-related issues, programs, and trends. Set clear expectations and work across the organization to attract and engage the increasingly diverse team YGS needs to achieve its mission.
   » Work effectively, transparently, and collaboratively with the Board of Directors to ensure wise governance, alignment on key decisions and strategic direction, and properly calibrated expectations about financial and operating results.
   » Cultivate a trusted relationship with funders and partners by properly communicating and managing expectations related to YGS strategy, investment plans, financial results, and mission impact.
   » Thoughtfully pursue strategic partnerships and ensure their prosperous execution to realize mutual benefit.
DESIRED results
Under the Vision 2025 plan adopted by the board, YGS seeks to achieve the following goals by the year 2025:
   » Serve over 180,000 youth (age 3 to 19), enabling them to be healthy, strong, and resilient. Scale programs for early learning, outside the bell, civic engagement, overnight camping, and environmental education to reach 40,000 participants. 
   » Serve 360,000 children and families by delivering membership, programs, and services to improve their health and well-being. Scale integrated health care services offerings, including weight loss, diabetes avoidance, and mental health, to reach 25,000 people, and expand social services to reach 15,000 participants.
   » Organize 30,000 volunteers, advocates, and philanthropists to promote social justice and support civic engagement.
   » Grow fundraising capacity and secure the additional public/private partnerships required to complete the remaining portion of the Opportunities for All campaign. Complete the connected capital projects, including new facilities in Kent and the University District, and a new overnight camp.
   » Build the organizational and operational capabilities required to sustain financial and mission performance in reaching the above-mentioned goals.

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