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Executive Director


Selma, AL, USA

CEO/Executive Director

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the YMCA of Selma-Dallas County (“YMCA”) must be an active and engaging leader...

YMCAYMCA of Selma-Dallas County

LocationSelma, AL

Job Description

Position: CEO/Executive Director

Address: 1 YMCA Drive, Selma, AL 36701

The YMCA of Selma-Dallas County is an equal opportunity employer committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.

Position Description and Board Expectations: 

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the YMCA of Selma-Dallas County (“YMCA”) must be an active and engaging leader who will align resources and efforts to address the needs of the community. The new CEO is responsible for advocating the YMCA Vision within the community by engaging and connecting key stakeholders. They must have strong fiscal management experience, experience with facility management and strong leadership skills. Organization goals will be met by ensuring that: the strategic plan is initiated, and measurable goals and outcomes are achieved, realistic & ambitious funding raising goals are met, community outreach and partnerships are established, and attainable operational goals are implemented to create high impact programs.

It is essential the CEO convenes with diverse populations to include key community leaders, partners, funders, public, faith based, governmental and other nonprofits to enhance the work of the Y in the community. This is an outstanding opportunity for a passionate visionary with a successful track record in fund development, team leadership and operational excellence to play a critical role in community impact. Seeking a leader that has a “fire in their belly” to lead an historical, but struggling, YMCA to regain its vitality and reclaim its heritage. 

Hiring Range: $58,000 - $65,000/ annualized commensurate with experience

Residency Expectation:  Living in the YMCA’s service area (Selma-Dallas County, AL) is required.

Benefits:  Retirement contribution is a total of 12%; YMCA contribution 9% and employee at 3%.

YMCA of Selma-Dallas County Association Facts:
The YMCA of Selma-Dallas County has a very rich and deep history. The Y was organized in 1858 and has been serving the community since this time in various and impactful programs and services. In 1923 the community build Camp McGee but was destroyed by high waters in 1938. In 1946 Camp Grist was opened and having started in 1941 but halted due to World War II. The Y currently operates in 1 branch at the Walker-Johnson YMCA.

The Y has a rich heritage of Christian service, having been led for several years by Paul M. Grist, a very influential and respected YMCA leader in the South. With Selma being at the epicenter of the Civil Rights movement of the mid-60s, the Y has a very special opportunity to be a true reconciling organization “for all”.

Staff: 3 full time staff members not include the CEO.

Financial Position: The budget size is approximately $950,000, debt of $1,200,000 reduced from $3,000,000 the previous year.

Financial Assistance: Annual campaign amount raised $46,000 and awarded is $87,762.

Attractions and quality of life benefits to living and working in the community:
Selma, Alabama is the county seat of Dallas County and was established in 1865 when the county seat was moved from Cahaba, Alabama which also served as the state capital for a brief period. Dallas County is bordered by Autauga, Chilton, Lowndes, and Perry counties. The current population of Dallas County is just under 50,000 and spans 980 square miles. The Selma-Dallas area is filled with rich history from the Civil War to Civil Rights movement and numerous ante-bellum and Victorian homes; great museums and performing arts.

They are proud of their heritage and look forward to a bright future as a key city in the heart of the Alabama Blackbelt area. Centrally located between Atlanta, Birmingham, Mobile, New Orleans and the Gulf beaches; 45 minutes from the capital city of Montgomery, AL. Low cost living and out door recreational options are what draws many to the Selma, AL area.

Information Sites:

•Selma Library:

•Selma Dallas County Chamber of Commerce:

•Selma Dallas Economic Development:

•Selma Dallas County City Official Site:

•Selma Dallas County YMCA:

•YMCA of the USA:


Search Process Target Dates:

•Resumes accepted through: July 27, 2018

•Preliminary interviews scheduled: August 21, 2018

•On-site interviews: September 20, 2018

•New CEO on board (anticipated): October/November


Application Information:

Online applications accepted only at:

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,

Charles Trammell, Resource Director, YMCA of the USA, 


Minimum Criteria for Candidates:

  1. Accredited 4-year college degree.
  2. Must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and personal values consistent with the YMCA mission.
  3. Minimum five years prior experience in a senior management role with a YMCA or related experience at a comparable organization with direct supervision of multiple levels of staff and employees.

Preferred Criteria for Candidates:

  1. YMCA Organizational Leader Certification (obtain within 3 years).
  2. Fiscally sound business management approach.
  3. Strategic planning and fundraising experience including annual campaigns and the securing of grants.
  4. A proven track record of budgetary and fiscal management.

Essential Functions

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 key areas:

•  Improve Operating Performance: Partner with the board to identify issues and develop an annual tactical plan for achieving key YMCA goals and objectives to solve them. 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

•  Build and Manage the Staff Team: Serve as a leader who can motivate, engage, and retain staff in a positive and productive manner by creating and setting an expectation for excellence. Demonstrate an 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

•  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 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 highest standards of the values of the Y.

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

•  Fiscal Management: Ensure the Y’s financial resources are properly managed and report on its financial position. Use high level financial analysis to forecast 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

Salary$58,000.00 - $65,000.00


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