Executive Director

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Lead the REACH Center (Resources for Economic Development, Academics & Community Health) for the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina.
Job Description
The Executive Director of the REACH Center (Resources for Economic Development, Academics & Community Health) serves as a member of YMCA management and supports the overall objectives of the center and association. They are the leader that the partner agencies, members and the community relies on as the point of contact for the YMCA. They are the leader that the YMCA relies on to ensure a high quality experience for partners, members and program participants, exercise sound fiscal management, and ensure effective center operations by performing the essential and marginal responsibilities below and the specific responsibilities detailed on any applicable supplemental fact sheet(s). Responsible for other duties as assigned.

The Executive Director of the REACH Center will be highly collaborative, highly relational and have advanced Critical Thinking Skills. They will have Vision, be able to communicate that vision; seek, receive and incorporate feedback and develop solution based strategies to further that Vision. A background in working with residents in a neighborhood setting and in serving underserved communities is essential to the success of this leader.
Bachelor’s degree from four-year College or University in Community Development, Sociology, Education, Philosophy or related field; or eight years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Asset Based Community Development certification or ability to complete within 90 days of employment
Experience leading staff and volunteers
Critical Thinking Skills
Conflict Resolution
Basic understanding of business financials
Knowledge of, and previous experience, working with diverse populations.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) is a plus.
Strong interpersonal, organization and communication skills.
Energetic, devoted, mission driven, team oriented individual.
Strong ability to promote a positive team atmosphere.
Exemplifies a proactive, hands-on approach, as well as a professional work ethic.
Ability to work a non-traditional schedule including some nights and weekends.
CPR/First Aid/AED – must obtain certification within first 90 days of employment and maintain a current certification thereafter.
Ability to direct assigned operations including staff and volunteer development, supervision of staff, development and monitoring of budgets, marketing and public relations, and program development.


Sufficient strength, agility and mobility to perform essential functions of position and to supervise program activities.
Essential Functions
Board Development – Ensure that the branch board of advisors is full, engaged, and representative of the community. Align the work of the branch board of advisors and committees with the REACH Center and Association Strategic Initiatives.
Community Engagement – Have a strong presence in the community to include serving on local boards and committees that align with the work of the YMCA. Applying principles of Asset Based Community Development, build relationships and partnerships with local employers, service providers, elected officials, etc to insure that the YMCA is recognized as a valuable asset in the community and is included in appropriate community initiatives.
Financial Development – Work in partnership with the Advancement Department, volunteers and others to drive successful Annual Impact Fund campaigns, Capital Campaigns and other fundraising initiatives. Meet or exceed goals and metrics.
Partner/Member Experience – Ensure that partner agencies, members, and program participants have an experience that exceeds their expectations through high-quality customer service. Provides input to experience circle leadership on staff performance and engagement. Ensures the maintenance of facilities and properties of the branch to assure high standards of safety, maintenance, and cleanliness and to assure that the requirements of regulatory codes are met.
Positive Branch/Center Culture – Creates a positive center culture through leadership, excellent communication and conflict resolution skills, and leading an engaged, cohesive Connections Team. Develops strategies to ensure a cause-driven culture by creating and fostering open lines of communication across partners, agencies, experience circles and program areas. Participates in recruiting, hiring, training, developing, and directing of all branch staff across all experience circles or programs.


The Executive Director has very few, if any, direct reports so the ability to develop relationships and inspire others through influence and collaboration is crucial.
Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Mission Advancement: Reinforces the Y’s values within the organization and the community. Effectively communicates the benefits and impact of the YMCA’s efforts for all stakeholders. Implements effective systems to develop volunteers at program, fundraising, and policy leadership levels. Secures resources and support for all philanthropic endeavors.
Collaboration: Engages in collaboration with openness and a desire to share leadership. Builds and nurtures strategic relationships both within the branch and with community partners to enhance support for the work of the YMCA. Serves as a community leader building collaborations based on trust and credibility to advance YMCA mission and goals. Communicates for influence to attain buy-in and support of goals. Provides tools and resources for the development of others.

Change Leadership: Seeks to understand in order to effectively support and inspire others to adapt to change. Creates a sense of urgency to support association change initiatives. Manages the implementation of change by understanding and addressing the impact of change on cultures, systems, and people.

Developing Self and Others: Holds others accountable for equitable staff hiring, promotion, and development. Creates a learning environment that supports and promotes the acquisition, application, and sharing of new knowledge. Guides others on how to strengthen knowledge, skills, and competencies that improve organizational performance. Develops the feedback and coaching skills of others. Engages in and champions ongoing feedback, coaching, and opportunities for informal and formal learning at all levels
Required Certifications
CPR/First Aid/AED – must obtain certification within first 90 days of employment and maintain a current certification thereafter.Show more

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