Executive Director
YMCA of Silicon Valley - Palo Alto, CA

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The YMCA of Silicon Valley is seeking a cause-driven Executive Director to provide leadership, strategy and direction to the Palo Alto Family YMCA. Specifically, the Executive Director leads and coaches branch staff and volunteers to ensure collaboration, quality, effectiveness and impact in all branch programs and services. This includes driving community collaborations and partnerships; program strategy, design, implementation and outcomes; membership growth; sound fiscal management and effective philanthropic development.


The Palo Alto Family YMCA has over 4,200 members in a beautiful 44,000 ft 2 facility with a $5.8M annual budget and $200,000 annual campaign. The community of Palo Alto is home to Stanford University and is at the heart of Silicon Valley innovation. The community is diverse culturally, socio-economically and ethnically. Palo Alto provides vast opportunities for a cause-driven organization to exert positive impact, especially through partnerships and collaborations with other community-based parties.

The YMCA of Silicon Valley is a leading nonprofit in the northern California Bay Area region, committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Our mission is to strengthen our community by improving the quality of life and inspiring individuals and families to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body. As one of the 10 largest YMCA associations in the U.S. and the 11 th largest not-for-profit organization in Silicon Valley, we serve nearly 190,000 members from Redwood City south to Gilroy and from the Pacific Coast to Milpitas.

Read our digital annual report: http://ymcasv.uberflip.com/i/107901 to learn more about our mission, our innovative programs and our measurable impact on the community.

Qualifications :

· Experience and extraordinary track record in community collaborations, relationship and partnership development, business strategy, operational management, staff supervision and development, quality program development and implementation, fund development and grant acquisition, volunteerism, and fiscal, facility and property management.

· Understanding of the YMCA and the respective roles of volunteers and staff.

· Insight and skill to effectively lead a not-for-profit organization within a complex and diverse internal and external environment.

· Ability to attract, retain, lead and motivate quality staff and volunteer leadership.

· Knowledge and understanding of local community resources and the ability to engage and partner these resources with the YMCA to meet strategic objectives.

· Commitment to the mission of the YMCA and to uphold its values and ethics.

· Effective communication and human relation skills are a must.

· Successful experience working in diverse communities.

· Bachelor's degree in human services, business management or equivalent.

Core Competencies

Branch Leader proficiency in the following competencies include minimum:
  • Community
  • Developing others
  • Influence
  • Innovation
  • Change capacity

Essential Duties & Responsibilities :

· Provides leadership, strategy and clear direction to the branch by selecting and coaching staff and volunteers to achieve strategic goals.

· Create a vision to address the changing needs of individuals and families who live, work and are a part of the Palo Alto community.

· Ensures the coaching and development of staff to achieve a highly engaged workforce and solid bench strength.

· Ensures the community impact and operational growth of the YMCA through collaborative partnerships, program expansion, member recruitment and retention, pricing and financial strategies, and facility upkeep and development.

· Cultivates a member-focused culture so members will have an extraordinary experience in YMCA programs, ensuring strong membership growth and retention.

· Creates, monitors and impacts annual branch operating budget. Coaches/supervises staff to ensure that revenue targets are met and exceeded and that expenses are controlled.

· Leads the financial development activities of the branch.

· Collaborates with Association leadership to identify potential areas for new branch programming to accomplish YMCA goals. Works with staff groups to develop and implement programs.

· Encourages new ideas and innovative thinking with openness and enthusiasm.

· Participates in strategic planning and develops/implements operational planning for the association.

· Other duties as assigned.

Effect on End Results

· A collaborative community is created that enriches and develops youth, adults and families.

· A healthier and more connected community is developed by solutions and support for balanced, healthy lifestyles in spirit, mind and body.

· Staff and volunteers possess the necessary knowledge, skill and motivation to progress the strategic work of the YMCA.

· A positive work environment is created that allows for creative thinking, positive attitudes, teamwork and self-development

· Sufficient contributed funds are raised that allow anyone, regardless of their ability to pay, to participate in YMCA programs.

· Purposeful and coordinated programs are implemented that advance the YMCA’s strategic goals, leverage resources and provide consistent quality throughout the Association, sustain and enhance a positive community reputation, and ensure a sound financial position.

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