Chief Executive Officer

Posted on: May 13, 2024 • Category: Employment Opportunity, Full Time Jobs w/Benefits, ceo

Apply By: June 05, 2024
No. of Jobs: 1
Job Type: Full-Time
Pay Type: Salary
Compensation: $75,000-$90,000
Education: Bachelor's Degree

Richard Clegg
Phone 1: 217
Phone 2: 245-2141
YMCA Executive Vacancy Announcement
Bob Freesen YMCA
1000 Sherwood Eddy Drive
Jacksonville, Morgan, IL 62650
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Criteria for Candidates

Accredited 4-year college degree and or equivalent work experience.

Must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and personal values consistent with the YMCA mission.

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.

Fiscally sound business management approach with a proven track record of budgetary and fiscal management more than $750,000 or more annually.

Residency Expectation: 

Living in the YMCA’s service area is required. It’s expected and essential for the CEO to live within the YMCA's service area, allowing them to directly experience the needs and opportunities of the community they serve. 

Salary Range: 

$75,000 to $90,000  


YMCA Retirement: 

10% (6 percent paid by Y, 4% by employee) contribution once eligibility is met

Health plan: 

100% paid by Y for employee.

Paid Time Off (vacation, personal or family illness, holidays, personal business, funeral/bereavement leave, birthdays, or school activities) based on years of service

Other benefits per personnel policy. 

Search Process Target Dates:

Resumes accepted through June 5, 2024

Preliminary interviews scheduled: Afternoon of June 20 and Morning of June 21

In-person interviews: July 18 and 19, 2024

CEO selection made: Week of July 22, 2024

New CEO on board (anticipated): September 1 or earlier 

References, Background Check, and Organizational Leader Certification

Candidates must submit (pdf format only) the following in their online application: a resume, cover letter.  

Successful candidate accepting the offer must pass a background check and must have a current Y-USA’s Organizational Leader Certification or obtain certification within the first three years from start date as the CEO.

Candidates must apply via the following website:

Questions about the Search Process?

Contact Richard Clegg, CEO Search Senior Consultant, YMCA of the USA, 

Questions about the YMCA?

Contact Christy Filby, Executive Director, Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs, 


Key Skills and Abilities of Our Next CEO  

The board believes its new CEO should be an experienced leader who has the background and qualities that will permit him or her to achieve excellence in the following roles: 

Develop and Implement a Strategic Plan: 

Work effectively with volunteers, community leaders, and key staff, to create and develop a strategic plan that addresses the needs of the communities served by the Y and includes defined organizational strategies, a clear implementation plan with deliverables, and measurable goals. Ensure the Y is seen as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community by connecting all people to their potential, purpose, and each other. Key competencies: Change Leadership, Communication & Influence, Critical Thinking & Decision Making, Program/Project Management

Fiscal Management and Improve Operating Performance: 

Use high-level financial analysis to forecast financial trends, growth, and stability, while consistently leading organization to balance or surplus operations by growing earned revenue and contributions and controlling costs. Engage the board and appropriate staff to develop an annual tactical plan for identifying and achieving key goals and objectives towards operating with safe, relevant, and sustainable practices. Quickly address issues that may arise, forecast future needs, and manage and direct the Y’s operations and activities. Key competencies: Developing Self & Others, Philanthropy, Critical Thinking & Decision Making, Innovation

Steward Fundraising Efforts: 

Develop and implement an annual fundraising plan that will establish the YMCA as a leading nonprofit organization within the community through the engagement of members, volunteers, staff, and donors. Identify the need for successful capital fundraising, while taking the organization to a new level of effectiveness and impact in annual giving and endowment. Key competencies: Philanthropy, Engaging Community, Communication & Influence

Build and Lead Staff: 

Ensure a talent development system is in place for staff. Hire, motivate, nurture, retain, and hold staff accountable for key objectives. Work towards recruiting, retaining, developing, and promoting staff that represent the diversity of the communities you serve. Encourage the team by creating a spirit of camaraderie, inclusion, and sense of mission and purpose. Create a learning organization to help staff achieve their highest potential. Key competencies: Developing Self & Others, Inclusion, Emotional Maturity, Change Leadership

Maintenance and Development of Facilities: 

Lead the organization’s efforts in performing preventive maintenance on facilities and equipment. Be responsible for the upkeep and improvement of the Y’s facilities. Determine future facility and equipment needs and be responsible for ensuring that our facilities are compliant with all safety, applicable codes and regulations. Key competencies: fiscal Management, Program/Project Management, Change Leadership, Critical Thinking & Decision Making  

Other Information:

The Bob Freesen YMCA is an equal opportunity employer committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.

The Opportunity

This is an amazing opportunity for a proven and experienced professional to take their next leadership step to lead a truly mission-focused YMCA in a wonderful community. The new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will join our Y with an energized board and a strong staff team that have a true passion for the work and love for the community they serve.

About the Bob Freesen YMCA 

The Bob Freesen YMCA has a rich history in the greater Jacksonville area. The Y facility opened in 1968 thanks to the vision and dedication of committed community members. Since that day, the Y has been a key player in the social and economic well-being of the Jacksonville area.  The Bob Freesen YMCA has worked faithfully to build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities. The Y offers a wide range of comprehensive services and programs. 

The Y offers a safe and enriching environment where people of all ages can try new things, develop skills, meet new people, and show what they are capable of. We nurture the potential of every child and adult through sports: youth, pee-wee, and open basketball, tee ball, soccer, pickleball, softball, taekwondo and more. Through aquatics the Y offers competitive swim team, swim lessons, open swim and water fitness. In partnership with the City of Jacksonville, the Y operations swim lessons, swim team practice, and summer camp open swim at the outdoor community pool.

The Y also offers a number of out-of-school time programs, including Child Watch, After School Care, and an exciting Summer Day Camp. The Y partners with the local hospital to provide healthy lunches for our summer campers. The laughter and excitement of both participants and their parents can be heard all summer long!

The Y’s adult fitness classes promote not only healthy living but fellowship as well. The Y is a second home to many program participants and members. Classes offered include Zumba, Indoor Cycling, Step, Toning, Piyo, Women on Weights, Chair Yoga, Block Therapy and more. The Y’s Parkinson’s program makes a positive impact for the participants and has grown exponentially in the last 5 years thanks to our dedicated instructor.

The Y has a talented, awesome, high-level instructors. Most instructors are proficient in American Sign Language as Jacksonville is home to a large deaf and hard of hearing community. 

The Y is a leading voice on health and well-being. Our mission is centered on balance, we bring families closer together, we encourage good health and foster connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. As a result, area youth and families receive the support, guidance, and resources they need to achieve greater health and well-being!

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