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President/Chief Executive Officer

YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 1, 2022

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Position: President/Chief Executive Officer

Address: 10 Foster Plaza, 680 Anderson Drive, Suite 400 Pittsburgh, PA 15220


The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh is an equal opportunity employer committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.

The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh has a commitment to creating a culture of safety.


Position Description and Board Expectations:

For over 160 years, the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh has responded to the changing needs of a dynamic metropolitan and suburban area. The Pittsburgh Y accepts the challenge to build its capacity to ensure the future of its mission and to respond to continuing and emerging needs.


The President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) must be able to work with the Board of Directors and lead a highly performing senior staff team by ensuring that staff development and performance produce superior outcomes in community engagement, philanthropy, quality programs, and member satisfaction. The CEO must be highly visible in the community, ensuring that the YMCA remains a greatly respected and desired partner with a strong stake in identifying and addressing solutions for community issues.


The CEO will provide leadership to develop a bold vision and strategic direction that guides the day-to-day work of the Association. The CEO must lead the organization in promoting the YMCA and maintain a financially sound vison that will ensure the strength of the YMCA and the perpetuation of its mission.


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 areas of focus:


Key Deliverables of the Next President/CEO:

  • 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. Key competencies: Change Leadership, Communication & Influence, Critical Thinking & Decision Making, Program/Project Management
  • Fiscal Management: 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. Empower and guide staff leaders to lead their departments to successful financial operation. Develop and implement stewardship strategies. Key competencies: Fiscal Management, Critical Thinking & Decision Making, Developing Self & Others, Philanthropy
  • Build and Lead Staff: Ensure a talent development system is in place and executed in affirming, culturally competent and effectively. 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
  • Improve Operating Performance: 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, Critical Thinking & Decision Making, Innovation
  • Position the Y as a Vital Partner for Community Change: Serve as an ambassador for the mission, purpose, and vision for the YMCA within the community. Possess the ability to develop and cultivate relationships with key stakeholders from diverse backgrounds, while always upholding the highest standards and values of the Y. Ensure your Y is seen as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community by connecting all people to their potential, purpose, and each other. Key competencies: Communication & Influence, Engaging Community, Collaboration
  • 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
  • Residency Expectation: Living in the YMCA’s service area is required.
  • Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
  • Benefits: Retirement contribution, vacation plan, health plan and other benefits per personnel policy included


Minimum Criteria for Candidates:

  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, human services or related area.
  • Multiple years prior experience in a senior management role with a YMCA or related experience at comparable organization with direct supervision of multiple levels of staff and employees and significant budget experience.
  • Reflect a discernible appreciation for the diverse communities served by the YMCA and an ability to personally advance the mission and interests of the YMCA in public forums.
  • Advanced understanding of financial terms and devices such as income statements, balance sheets, etc.
  • Fiscally sound business management approach.
  • Excel at developing and strengthening community relationships.
  • Must be an articulate and persuasive spokesperson on behalf of the YMCA.
  • Possess a strong commitment to the YMCA mission.


Preferred Criteria for Candidates:

  • Advanced degree: business, law, or human development.
  • YMCA Organizational Leader Certification.
  • Strategic planning and fundraising experience including annual and capital campaigns and securing grants.
  • An understanding of the national and international relationships of the YMCA is preferred.


Target Dates for the search process:

  • Resumes accepted through:           January 31, 2022         
  • Preliminary interviews scheduled: March 17 & 18, 2022   
  • Final interviews:                              Early/Mid-April 2022  
  • CEO selection made:                        Mid/Late-April 2022   
  • New CEO on board (anticipated):   June 2022 


To Apply

  • Candidates will apply via the following website: will apply via the following website:sburgh-ceo
  • You will be requested to submit the following with your online application: A resume and cover letter, along with four professional and two personal references. Note: References will be checked on final candidates.
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