Position Description

YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth President and CEO
Association # and Name 6437 - YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth
Company Order Number 800
# of openings 1
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YMCA OF metropolitan fort worth

Position:  President and CEO
Address:  512 Lamar St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is an equal opportunity employer
committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.
Position Description and Board Expectations: 
The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth owns or operates 10 YMCA facilities plus a 300-acre resident and day camp as well as a 26-acre sport complex, in an area that spans three counties. The current CEO is retiring after 18 years in this position.  The board seeks a new CEO to deliver on the Vision of this Association, which is “To be a market leader in creating experiences that strengthen families.” The board’s expectations are for the CEO to focus on the following:
  • Maintaining our commitment to healthy living, social responsibility, and youth development
  • Assuring our community that “family” is user-defined and all are welcome, embracing diversity at every level: age, gender, race, sexual orientation, sexual identity, socio-economic levels
  • Evaluating and enhancing existing programs and experiences unique to each community we serve, adding or subtracting as needed, especially in areas where demographics have shifted, and neighborhood needs have changed
  • Focusing on experiences both within our facilities and delivered out in our communities
  • Creating programs and experiences specifically to reduce social isolation at all levels
  • Investing appropriately in technologies that appeal to and attract next-generation families and teens
  • Developing unique or cutting-edge opportunities to remain competitive with the private sector
  • Collaborating with non-profit peers to reduce redundancies in our community and establish our unique niche
  • Evaluating our marketing and communications look and messages to remain sustainable and relevant to our younger audiences
  • Delivering exceptional service to our three key audiences:  members, participants, and donors
  • Fully engaging and activating our Metro and branch boards to tap into community talent and passion
  • Restoring membership and participant levels to pre-COVID numbers and planning for increases in the future
  • Establishing an on-going and comprehensive training and professional development program for all staff
  • Assuring the organization’s relevancy and sustainability 
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:
  • Community Engagement
To become fully engaged in the Greater Fort Worth community in the non-profit, for-profit, and civic areas, serving as our face, voice, and advocate; understanding the philanthropic, political, and business environments and seeking collaborative opportunities to further our mission and funding; becoming a peer to other senior civic leaders in our operating areas
  • Innovation
To bring fresh new thinking to a well-established and well-respected organization, building on a solid foundation while implementing change for long-term sustainability and relevancy; a “big thinker” and a problem solver
  • Mission Delivery
Embraces the Y mission and can evaluate efficacy and relevancy of programs, finding funds as necessary, and collaborating with other non-profits when shifts in programming are needed
  • Communications
Skilled at two-way communications in all levels: internally throughout the organization and externally in all communities and media platforms. Can articulate the Y mission and vision so all audiences understand and support; is open and transparent with all staff members; is a good listener in the community and in the organization
  • Diversity
Assures diversity at all levels: managers, staff, board, volunteers, programs. Believes diversity includes age, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status as well as race. Makes sure branch staff mirrors the communities they serve. Actively engages with minority organizations
  • Leadership

Gain trust and respect internally and externally; motivate all staff members; develop career paths and provide appropriate training and feedback for growth and enjoyment. Relies on branch managers and is frequent visitor in their communities to understand challenges, listen to community needs, and to support local staff efforts 

  • Management
Demonstrated experience in operations, fundraising, accounting, human resources, and facilities management in order to supervise and appropriately staff those functions
  • Philanthropy
Establish and lead a culture of philanthropy; maintaining year-round relationships with donors; seeking new and innovative funding sources and opportunities; positioning the Y as a charity of choice by instilling confidence, credibility, and trust in the Y with community leaders and donors and clearly communicating the Y’s status as a non-profit organization and charitable mission
  • Financial Stewardship
Ensure the Association’s financial resources are properly managed and effectively report the organization’s financial position to all relevant stakeholders. Use high level of financial analysis to forecast financial trends, growth and stability while consistently leading organization to surplus operations by growing earned revenue and contributions while controlling costs. Develop and implement stewardship strategies.
Minimum Candidate Criteria:
  1. Accredited 4-year college degree 
  2. Supervisory experience of at least 50 full-time employees and five service locations
  3. Senior-level experience in running another Y Association with multiple branches OR
    1. Senior-level position in large membership-based organization OR
    2. Senior-level position in similar-size local non-profit, for-profit, or governmental  organization 
Preferred Candidate Criteria:
  1. Master’s degree from an accredited university
  2. Previous CEO experience at a like-sized organization; other C-staff experience will be considered as will CEO experience at a smaller organization
  3. YMCA Organizational Leader Certification (Note: Candidates not already in possession of this certification will have up to three years to obtain via YMCA of the USA).
Residency Expectation:  
Living in the Fort Worth YMCA’s service area is required; residing in Tarrant County is preferred.
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience 
Benefits: Health insurance, medical, dental, vision, long and short-term disability, YMCA 12% retirement plan, paid time off, life insurance, and YMCA membership  
Serving the Greater Fort Worth community since 1903, our YMCA has grown to serve 15,000 members and 160,000 annual participants.  Please see our website at www.ymcafw.org where you can find more information about our programs, location, history, impact, and membership.
Our headquarters is in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, the 13th largest city in the nation and one of the fastest growing large cities. Both our sports complex and resident camp are inside Fort Worth city limits; our branch locations are in Fort Worth and surrounding cities that span three counties. 
Information Sites:
Search Process Target Dates:
Please note dates are subject to change but every effort will be made to adhere to the following:
  • Resumes accepted through August 7, 2020
  • Candidate review completed by August 14, 2020
  • First round interviews by Zoom week of August 24, 2020
  • Second round interviews by Zoom week of September 1, 2020
  • On-site interviews week of September 21, 2020
  • CEO selection made week of October 12, 2020
  • New CEO on board November 16, 2020
To Apply:
Candidates will apply via the following website: https://tinyurl.com/ymca-Metro-Fort-Worth-ceo
Candidates will be requested to submit the following with their online application:  A resume and cover letter, along with six professional references.
Please Note:  References checked on final candidates only with prior notification.
Questions regarding this position should be directed to:
Eric Williams
   CEO Search Director
   YMCA of the USA
Julie H. Wilson
   Chairman of the Board
   YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth
No phone calls, please
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