Executive Director

Mid Santa Barbara County
Santa Ynez
Full Time
Channel Islands YMCA- Stuart C Gildred YMCA

What does an Executive Director do?

  • Maintains a diverse branch board that actively support the Ys goals and strategic plans. Recruits, selects, and develops diverse volunteers for the branch board and committees.
  • Effectively communicates community benefit and the Ys impact for all stakeholders (e.g., staff, volunteers, members, and community leaders) develops positive working and collaborative relationships with other organizations, businesses, and governmental entities.
  • Manages the budgeting process so that resources are devoted to top priorities and strategic objectives. Ensures operating budgets meet or exceed targets.
  • Develops and directs high quality member engagement strategies and programs which support branch and association goals and strategies. Establishes plans for the expansion of programs and services, in harmony with overall YMCA objectives and the leadership team.
  • Directs the financial development activities of each branch including direct asks, grant writing and special events.
  • Oversees risk management strategies and preventative practices. Ensures regulatory compliance.
  • Directs branch strategic planning efforts and develops the annual operating plan for each branch.
  • Oversees the hiring, training, development and supervision of direct reports. Ensure an overall positive employee culture for all who work at the branch.
  • Fosters a climate of innovation to develop member-focused programs which support the Y mission, goals, and strategies.
  • Ensures the safety and maintenance of high quality facilities, grounds, and equipment.

What do we look for in an Executive Director?

  • A Bachelors Degree in human services, social services, business or equivalent.
  • Five years experience in progressively successful management positions with direct supervision of multiple levels of staff, preferably in a similar non-profit or community based organization.
  • Desire and capacity to achieve positive results in the area of financial development and fiscal management.
  • Must have the capacity to develop strong, positive relationship with volunteers, community leaders, and give dynamic leadership to board, staff and community.
  • Ability to direct total operations through supervision of staff, fund development and monitoring of branch budget, marketing and public relations, and program development.


  • RETIREMENT: The Channel Islands Association pays 8% of the candidates salary to the Y Retirement Fund, once eligibility requirements are met.
  • TIME OFF: Full time employees accrue 10-20 vacation days per year (based on years of service), 10 days sick leave per year, 7 paid holidays and 3 personal days per year.
  • HEALTH & DENTAL BENEFITS: YMCA pays for 86% of the full-time employee-only HMO medical premium. YMCA pays 50% of the full-time employee-only HMO dental premium. HMO and PPO options are available.
  • ADDITIONAL BENEFITS: Vision, life insurance, LTD and various supplemental plans are offered. Medical and dependent care reimbursement accounts available under IRS Section 125. The Y provides $25,000 basic life insurance and a core Long-term disability plan in the amount of 50% of monthly salary after 180 days of disability, at no cost to the employee. Employee-paid buy-up options are available.
  • DISCOUNTS: All staff are offered discounts on Aquatics programs, Sports programs, Youth & Adult Fitness programs, Afterschool and Schools Out Childcare, Summer Day Camp and Date Night & Misc. Youth Programs. Also provided for Full-Time Staff are discounts for Resident Camp, Preschool, and Youth & Government.
  • PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Some positions are eligible for additional trainings, certifications, and educational opportunities, according to CEO/Executive Director discretion.
  • BONUS PERK: Full-time Y employees receive a free family membership!
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