YMCA   •  

Darien, CT

8 - 10 years

Posted 271 days ago

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Core Program Strengths: The Y is the largest provider of youth sports in town as well as operates the only indoor pools in town. Signature programs include nationally ranked gymnastics team, and regionally strong competitive swim program.  The Y’s Nursery school is state licensed, and fully enrolled.

Attractions and quality of life benefits to living and working in the community: Darien is located in Fairfield County and has two public beaches. Darien is served by Darien Public Schools and Darien High School was ranked No. 1 in the "U.S. News Best High Schools in Connecticut" in 2013. Darien has five elementary schools and a $27 million addition was completed to the town's middle school. A new $73 million campus for Darien High School was completed in the fall of 2005. The public library in Darien, the Darien Library, has consistently ranked in the top ten of its category, and Darien has the lowest mill rate of the Fairfield County suburbs of its size.

Information Sites:

•‎Community YMCA of Darien:

•Darien Chamber of Commerce:

•Darien Town Government:

•Darien Public Schools:

•Money calculator:

•YMCA of the USA:  


Connecticut Alliance of YMCAs

The Connecticut Alliance of YMCAs is an alliance of YMCAs comprised of twenty-one Associations, each volunteer lead, and a powerful advocate of the needs of children, families, and individuals in communities throughout Connecticut. 

As a charity, the YMCAs across Connecticut exist to strengthen their communities and everyday work with thousands of men, women, and children to ensure everyone regardless of age, income or background can learn, grow and thrive.

Our collective impact is to strengthen the impact of local YMCAs through education, collaboration, advocacy and public policy. Alliance website:

Search Process Target Dates:

  • Resumes accepted through: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
  • Candidate review: by Wednesday, April 17, 2018
  • Initial interviews scheduled: Monday, April 30 & Tuesday, May 1, 2018
  • On-site interviews: Tuesday, May 22 & Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • CEO selection made: by first week of June
  • New CEO on board (anticipated): Early to Mid-July 2018 (if not sooner)

Application Information: Candidates must apply on-line only. Applicants will be requested to submit the following with your online application:  A resume and cover letter, along with six professional references.

Please Note:  References will be checked on final candidates only and will be discussed in advance.

Questions regarding this position and process should be directed to:

Lisa Drouin, CEO Search Director, YMCA of the USA

David Hayward, Resource Director, YMCA of the USA


Minimum Candidate Criteria:

  1. Accredited 4-year college degree (required; non-negotiable).
  2. Ten years’ prior experience in a senior management role with a YMCA or company/organization of comparable complexity. 
  3. Successful track record of fiscal management. 
  4. Ability to develop and strengthen community relationships and effective collaborations.
  5. Effective skills in board governance and serving as an integral partner with volunteers.  
  6. Experience leading successful fundraising efforts (including annual and capital campaigns).
  7. Experience leading and implementing a strategic plan.
  8. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and personal values consistent with the YMCA mission.
  9. Technology and marketing savvy including the use of social media.

Preferred Candidate Criteria:

  1. Fiscal responsibilities of $3M annual budget.
  2. YMCA Organizational Leader Certification (Note: Candidates not already in possession of this certification have up to three years to obtain via Y-USA).
  3. Graduate degree in a field that supports and advances this work. 

Essential Functions


The board believes its new CEO should be an experienced leader who has the background and qualities that will permit the achievement of excellence in the following roles: 

  • Create a Strategic Plan That Drives Innovation and Has Bold Impact: Lead a collaborative process by involving various Y stakeholders to create 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 community’s critical social issues while positioning the organization for sustained success.

  • Lead a Team as the Heart and Soul of the Organization: Build on the staff team’s success by establishing yourself as a collaborative leader to attract, motivate, engage, and retain staff in a positive and productive manner by agreeing upon and implementing 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.

  • Advance a Culture of Philanthropy: Expand fundraising efforts by working with the board and staff to establish a plan to raise significant contributions for service growth, keeping programs affordable and endowment. Must 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.

  • Develop a Strong Fiscal Plan and Continue Operational Performance: Assess the current operation and create plans that will continue to grow and retain membership as well as expand delivery on unmet program needs. Proactively identify trends as well as create a data driven culture to make 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.

$175K - $235K