YMCA Chillicothe, MO

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The Association Board of Directors of the Grand River Area Family YMCA is seeking a leader to continue the growth and experiences of...


Grand River Area Family YMCA Inc.


Chillicothe, MO

Job Description

Position: CEO

Address: 1725 Locust Street, Chillicothe, MO 64601

The Grand River Area Family YMCA is an equal opportunity employer
committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.

Position Description and Board Expectations:

The Association Board of Directors of the Grand River Area Family YMCA is seeking a leader to continue the growth and experiences of the primary Y and assist the management and direction of two local branch YMCA's. The next CEO must meet the challenge of maintaining the financial needs while setting a vision for the future with innovative and creative ways to serve the communities. It is important to continue this level of service and support through the development of leadership staff to create new programs and ways to serve more people throughout the entire service area.

A growing need exists to collaborate with branch directors, concentrate on the YMCA's community demographics, grow membership, create ways to grow value for members, and create a vision for future facility planning, growth and expansion. Create a strategic marketing plan and ensure that a program and facility plans are updated, benchmarks are being met and communicate to the boards and staff on a regular basis.

Key Deliverables:

  • Consistently communicate to the State Alliance Branch Directors and Y-USA for opportunities and available resources.
  • Create a strategic marketing plan to communicate the impact and services of the YMCA for ALL.
  • Annually review the strategic plan and implement changes as necessary.
  • Initiate new programs and services that seek opportunities to serve all in outlying communities within the Y's service area.
  • Create value added programs and membership initiatives to increase membership and retention.
  • Explore opportunities for keeping the facilities updated and maximize use for community outreach and programs.
  • Opportunities to grow the endowment efforts through initiatives allowing the Y to increase building reserves to manage maintenance and repairs, facilities upkeep and renovations, and allow for opportunities for growth.

Hiring Range: $55,000 - $75,000/ annualized commensurate with experience

Residency Expectation: Living in the YMCA's service area is required (Chillicothe).

Benefits: Retirement at 12%; 7% paid by employer & 5% paid by employee (upon meeting eligibility requirements), stipend of $150 per pay period towards medical/dental premiums, vacation, sick, holiday and grievance pay per personnel policy, supplemental insurance available via payroll deduction.

YMCA of Grand River Area Family YMCA

Mission Statement: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that builds a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Service Area: Livingston, Linn, Carroll, Grundy, Davies, Caldwell and Chariton Counties.

Staff: Total: Full-time 13. Part-time 120. Full-time equivalents: 45.

Membership: 5,960 members, 2,586 units. Adult-20%, College-1%, Couple-6%, Family-25%, Single Parent-10%, Senior Adult-14%, Silver Sneaker-6%, Senior Couple-9%, Youth-6%, Group & Other- 3%


Grand River Area Family YMCA (Chillicothe, MO): 60,000 square foot, swimming pool, Walking track, Free-weight and cardio rooms, 5,000 square foot gymnastics floor, men's and women's locker rooms, two gymnasiums, child watch room, multi-purpose room, cycle studio, two kitchens, martial arts/multi-purpose room and play place.

Carroll County Area YMCA - CCAY (Carrollton, MO): 7,500 square feet, Child watch, free-weight and cardio floor, Multi-purpose floor, currently leased.

North Central Missouri YMCA (Brookfield, MO): 26,000 square feet, walking track, two multi-purpose rooms, gymnasium, after school space, locker rooms, hot-tub shared space, kitchen, child watch and gathering/game room. Off-site rented gymnastics center.

Programs: The Grand River Area Family YMCA's three branches are separated by 25-35 miles to the south and east. Programs vary for each location but in the past 5 years have started to come align with one another; basketball, football, track and volleyball are shared between the branches. The CCAY has a growing after school program with grant funding. The basketball program at all locations totals approximately 1100 participants. Instructional programs have been the focus and resulted in participation increase.

The YMCA in all three communities are well placed and respected as the best place for families and kids. The shift from a "gym and swim" to a more intentional approach to lifestyle changes and programs for family enrichment has gained members and participation from all walks of life. As an inclusive organization, we are devoted to making the Y available to all who wish to participate through our annual community support campaigns.

Financial Position/Capital Assessment: The Grand River Area Family YMCA for 21 years had no debt. The pool at the Grand River YMCA had much needed maintenance and it was decided to use the endowment fund to pay for a portion of the remodel. $250k was used from the endowment and the rest was paid for by a loan from a local institution. The loan will be paid back from foundations in the community over the next 3 years and the endowment fund was used as collateral. All three branches from concept to completion were paid for in full and no money was ever borrowed. All three branches have endowment funds. The Grand River Area Family YMCA's endowment fund is at $1.3 million. All three branches have raised rates each year since inception and have kept the Y's in stable position.

Membership is the majority of income for all three branches totaling 61%. Programs are climbing at 29% and contributions make up the remaining 10%.

Attractions and quality of life benefits to living and working in the community:
Chillicothe, the location of the Grand River Area Family YMCA, located in the heart of northwest Missouri is a progress community with an equal mix of business and industry leisure activities, agriculture and small-town accessibility. Chillicothe is best known as the Home of Sliced Bread. The Chillicothe Baking Company, 1928, became the first baker in the world to sell sliced bread to the public. Numerous organizations, clubs and foundations make up the community. An active Chamber of Commerce and Chillicothe Main Street plans and organizes several community events and activities including Chautauqua in the Park, the Annual Holiday Parade, Great Northwest Day, the Salute to Agriculture Breakfast, summer concert series at Silver Moon Plaza on the town square, and the annual Lions Club Car Show. Chilli Bay Water Park is a favorite attraction for summertime, and the community is home to the Hedrick Medical Center and Hospital newly constructed in 2015.

The nearby communities of Brookfield and Carrollton host branch YMCA's, North Central MO YMCA and Carroll County Area YMCA respectively. Brookfield attractions include the newly renovated Twin Parks, Golf Course, areas of Manufacturing, the annual Brookfield R-III Alumni Weekend, and the annual Pershing Hot Air Balloon Races.

Carrollton community is home to the Carroll County Memorial Hospital and manufacturing located in the Industrial Park. Every September Carrollton host the annual Carrollton Band Day that brings 60+ public school bands together for a one-day competition of marching band parade, field, drumline, and auxiliary entries. The town is also home to a Public Library, five banks, and many retail shops around the town square. Each winter the Carrollton Chamber of Commerce hosts an evening Lighted Christmas Parade to kick off the Christmas shopping season.

All three communities are rich in agriculture heritage, traditions and ways of life. Additionally, top performing Public and Private Schools are located in the service areas, and healthcare and hospitals are located in each town, newly constructed St. Luke's Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe, Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield and newly constructed and renovated Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton.

Information Sites:
  • Grand River Area Family YMCA:
  • North Central MO YMCA:
  • Carroll County Area YMCA:
  • City of Chillicothe, MO:
  • City of Brookfield, MO:
  • City of Carrollton, MO:
  • Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce:
  • Main Street Chillicothe:
  • Missouri State Alliance of YMCAs:
  • Chillicothe R-II School District:
  • Brookfield R-III School District:
  • Carrollton R-VII School District:
  • Bishop Hogan Catholic School:
  • YMCA of the USA:

Search Process Target Dates:

  • Resumes accepted through: December 21st

  • Preliminary interviews scheduled: January 9th

  • On-site interviews: January 29 - 30th

  • New CEO on board (anticipated): Feb/March 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:
    Anne Koo Thornquist, CEO Search Director, YMCA of the USA,


    Minimum Criteria for Candidates:
  • Accredited 4-year college degree (required; non-negotiable)
  • Must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and personal values consistent with the YMCA mission.
  • Preferred 5-10 years' prior experience in leadership role with a Y or related experience at a comparable organization with direct supervision of multiple levels of staff and employees.
  • Have the ability to develop and strengthen community relationships.
  • Have the ability to develop new programs, review and enhance programs being offered or considered for both economy and the effectiveness in broadening our engagement in the communities in which we serve.
  • Strategic planning and fundraising experience including annual campaigns, securing of grant and execution of a capital campaign.
  • Fiscally sound business management approach.

  • Preferred Criteria for Candidates:
  • YMCA Organizational Leader Certification (obtain within 3 years).
  • A proven track record of budgetary and fiscal management in excess of $1.5M or more annually.

  • Essential Functions

    The board believes its new CEO should be an experience leader who has the background and qualities that will permit him or her to achieve excellence in the following roles:

    Build and Manage the Staff Team: Serve as a leader who is able to motivate, engage, and retain staff in a positive and productive manner by creating and setting an expectation for excellence. Has a comfort and ease with development of leaders. Demonstrate and engaging, open positive and inclusive leadership style and display integrity, a high regard for honesty and courage and an open mind to innovative ways of improving services and expanding impact.

    Key competencies: quality results, relationship, influence, community, communication, developing others, change management, values

    Fiscal Management: Ensure the Y's financial resources are properly managed and report on its financial position. Be aware of the trends, growth and stability while consistently leading Y to balance or surplus operations by growing earned revenue and contributions and controlling costs. Empower and guide staff to lead their departments and monitor and meet budgets. Develop and implement stewardship strategies.

    Key competencies: decision making, project management, finance, quality results, functional expertise, developing others.

    Improve Operating Performance: Identify issue and develop an annual tactical plan for achieving key YMCA goals and objectives to solve them; membership growth and retention, program growth and development of new programs. Remain fully informed of all operational issues and be able to quickly address issues that arise as well as forecast future needs. Manage and direct the Y's operations and activities.

    Key competencies: communication, influence, quality results, finance, decision making

    Advocate the Vision of the Y serving as a Cause-Driven Leader: Inspiring and mobilizing every community member and every Y staff member, program volunteer, board volunteer, and Y member-everywhere the Y has a presence-to make our communities stronger. Actively interact with and communicate with Y members, donors, staff and volunteers and be seen as an active and integral member of the community. Serve as an ambassador for the mission, cause and vision for the Y and be seen and respected as a community leader. Develop and cultivate relationships with key stakeholders, while always upholding the high standards of the values of the Y.

    Key competencies: volunteerism, values, community, collaboration, communication, relationships, influence, developing others, emotional maturity

    Develop and Implement a Strategic Plan: The ability to work effectively with board of directors, volunteers, community leaders and key staff to identify critical community needs and annually assess the strategic plan focused on organizational priorities. Lead staff in the development, implementation, and assessment of goals through an annual operating plan. Lead volunteers in aligning committees and their charts of work to support the strategies and goals of the Y.

    Key competencies: influence, values, relationships, inclusion, communication, project management, innovation, decision making, quality results


    $55,000.00 - $75,000.00

    How to Apply

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