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President & CEO

The Granite YMCA

As an equal opportunity employer, The Granite YMCA is committed to diversity and inclusion.  The Granite YMCA is a thriving $17M association with six branches—its service area includes 492,000 people, about 37 percent of the population in New Hampshire. The association started in 1854 with its first branch, the YMCA of Downtown Manchester, which offered programs for millworkers in the city. The Y has grown dramatically in both presence and impact in the last three decades. The association is particularly strong in child care with 22 sites, in camping with six major facilities, and in outreach programs with a history of serving at-risk youth within its regional footprint.

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The Granite YMCA Association Facts:

  • Mission Statement: The Granite YMCA creates a community where all are welcome and builds a healthy spirit, mind and body based on the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
  • Geographic Service Area: 492,000 people (about 37% of the state of NH) serving Greater Manchester, Strafford County and the Seacoast Area.
  • Staff: 127 full-time, including CEO; 543 part-time growing to 600+ in summer.
  • Direct reports to CEO: COO, VP Finance, VP Camping, VP of Community Development, Director of Data Management, Association Marketing Director, Association Membership Director and Executive Assistant.
  • Volunteer Leadership: 17 Board of Trustees and 70 Branch Advisory Board Members.
  • 1300 additional volunteers engage annually to help the Y achieve its mission.
  • Membership:  The YMCA at all of its branches has over 20,000 facility members and over 6,000 program members. Facility members consist of 52% youth, 42% adult and 6% senior; 30% receive financial assistance.
  • Finances/Reserves:  Annual operating budget: $17M.  Strong fiscal health with $2.2M in cash reserves with an endowment fund of $8.3M. Nine years of operating surpluses and contributions to reserves. Funding mix: membership – 25%, camp – 26%, childcare – 28%, recreation, sports and fitness – 12%, fundraising, grants and miscellaneous – 9%.
  • Annual Fundraising Campaign: Raised $427,000 in 2017 and $415,000 in 2018.
  • Capital Campaign:  Completed campaign May 2016 by raising $3.3M on goal of $2.9M. One additional campaign is under study for Camping Services.
  • Total Community Benefit: Provided $1.78M in financial assistance serving 23,000 individuals and families who received financial aid and/or free services in 2018.

YMCA Alliance of New Hampshire:

The YMCA Alliance of New Hampshire exists to ensure that the YMCAs in the state are viewed as leading organizations that strengthen communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. As part of the governance structure, all CEOs and executive directors of New Hampshire YMCAs serve as part of the Alliance and have a vote on all decisions. The Alliance is structured for maximum effectiveness and optimal support of NH YMCAs, and aims to have a central role in influencing public policy around issues central to Ys and raising the profile of the YMCA and its impact among the general public. More information is available about the YMCAs in New Hampshire at

The YMCA is looking for a dynamic leader to continue the work of the Y and ensure that the Y remains strong and continues increasing its impact over time. The CEO must ensure that the Y remains a highly respected and desired partner with a strong stake in identifying and addressing the solutions for community issues. The new CEO will provide leadership to develop the association’s next strategic plan, assure effective capital development of its many properties, and lead the organization, its staff, volunteer board and members in expanding membership, programs and services to address community needs.

The CEO must be able to develop and cultivate relationships with key stakeholders, upholding the highest standards and values of the Y; be able to maintain a culture of integrity, high ethical standards, accountability and performance, creating a spirit of inclusiveness; and be able to foster a mission and cause that reinforces, encourages, and promotes values of honesty, respect, responsibility and caring.


Residency Expectation:  The CEO is expected live within a reasonable commuting distance from the YMCA’s service area (detailed page 3).

Minimum Candidate Criteria:

  1. Accredited 4-year college degree (required/non-negotiable).
  2. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and personal values consistent with the YMCA mission. Ability to communicate with passion.
  3. Proven prior experience in a senior management role with a comparable complexity managing multiple sites.
  4. Demonstrated track record of effective fiscal management.
  5. Experience leading and implementing a strategic plan.
  6. Ability to develop and strengthen community relationships and effective collaborations.
  7. Effective skills in board governance and serving as an integral partner with volunteers.

Preferred Candidate Criteria:

  1. Experience leading successful fundraising efforts (including annual and capital campaigns).
  2. Experience in leading an organization with multiple branch locations.
  3. YMCA Organizational Leader Certification (Note: Candidates not already in possession of this certification have up to three years to obtain via Y-USA).
  4. Graduate degree in a field that supports and advances this work.

Board Expectations: The Y board seeks an experienced leader who has the requisite background and skills to achieve excellence in the following areas:

  • Lead, Develop, Implement and Achieve  a Strategic Plan:  Partner with the board to lead a collaborative process that rallies all stakeholders to develop and implement a strategic plan that aligns with the mission and vision of the organization. Serve as an innovator who drives bold impact to address the communities’ critical social issues while positioning the organization for sustained success. Develop benchmarks and accountability plans to ensure goals are achieved and impact is realized.
  • Advocate the YMCA Vision Within Our Communities as a Cause-Driven Leader:

Be an advocate for the mission, goals, and values of the YMCA with a contagious effect that inspires and mobilizes others. Create strategic and successful relationships with influential local and state leaders, potential donors, members and organizations in our communities, with an eye toward leveraging those relationships that will be mutually beneficial to those involved.

  • Develop and Lead an Effective Staff Team: Establish yourself as a leader to attract, motivate, mentor, engage, empower and retain staff in a positive and productive manner by implementing an expectation for excellence. Demonstrate an engaging, open, positive and inclusive leadership style with a proven history of displaying integrity, a strong work ethic and courage. Be innovative and maintain an open mind for developing new ways of expanding services and their impact.
  • Lead a Culture of Philanthropy: Serve as the leader in fundraising efforts by working with the board and senior staff to establish a plan for how the organization will continue to expand raising contributed dollars for service growth, keeping programs affordable for all and continued facility improvements and expansion. Be able to position the Y as a charity of choice by instilling confidence, credibility, and trust in the Y with community leaders and donors.
  • Continue  to  Develop  a  Strong  Fiscal  Plan  and  Expand  Operational  Performance: Assess all aspects of the current operations and create plans that will continue to grow and retain membership as well as expand program delivery to meet critical community needs. Proactively identify trends as well as create a data driven culture that drives effective decisions. Provide a balanced focus on strong fiscal performance while expanding services to the community. Work with the board and staff to develop long-term and annual tactical plans and metrics for achieving key goals and objectives.
How to Apply:

Search Process Target Dates:

  • Resumes accepted through: Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Candidate review: Early April, 2019
  • Initial interviews scheduled: Monday, April 29 & Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • On-site interviews: Tuesday, May 14-Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • CEO selection made: by Friday, May 24, 2019
  • New CEO on board (anticipated): End of June 2019

To Apply:

Candidates will apply via the following Website:

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:

Lisa Drouin                                                                                      

CEO Search Director, YMCA of the USA         


Kellie Wardman

Resource Director, YMCA of the USA


Salary Range:

$175,000 - $225,000 (commensurate with experiance)

Job Location:


Date Added: March 4, 2019

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