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President & Chief Executive Officer


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President & Chief Executive Officer

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This is a wonderful opportunity to lead a well-respected, anchor, community-based organization with the distinction of serving the entire...
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The Opportunity

This is a wonderful opportunity to lead a well-respected, anchor, community-based organization with the distinction of serving the entire state of Delaware. With a rich history of service to the community, the CEO will partner with a dedicated board and committed staff to provide enriching programs and services to this dynamic service area.

Our Mission

To empower youth, foster healthy living, and promote strong communities.

Our Vision

A healthy, inclusive community where all people reach their full potential.

To strengthen the foundations of community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. We do this by welcoming, connecting, supporting, and inviting all to join our YMCA family. Our team is Welcoming, Genuine, Hopeful, Nurturing and Determined to achieve the goals in our community-developed Strategic Plan.

The YMCA of Delaware has been a community anchor since 1891. Over our history, the YMCA has brought lasting personal and social change, which it delivers through programs at 8 branches, two outdoor facilities and an overnight camp. Over the next 2 years the YMCA will complete construction of a new 56,000 sq ft facility in Middletown, Delaware and prepare for a new facility in Sussex County, Delaware.

YMCA of Delaware Core Values

Caring | Honesty | Respect | Responsibility

These shared beliefs and principles guide our behavior, interactions with each other and decision-making. We promise to engage and operate in ways that exemplify these values.


The YMCA of Delaware strives to be a diverse and inclusive organization open to all. We are guided by our core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility in everything we do, and this is highlighted when we welcome all people regardless of ability, age, background, ethnicity/race, faith, gender identity or sexual orientation. The Y believes that, in a diverse world, we are stronger when we are inclusive, when our doors are open to all and when everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

Our Focus

For Youth Development - Nurturing the potential of every child and teen

For Healthy Living - Improving physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental well-being

For Social Responsibility - Giving back and providing support to our neighbors

At the YMCA, we measure the success of our cause by how well we engage communities in these three areas of focus. From water safety to disease prevention, youth literacy to college readiness, safe, inclusive spaces to welcoming newcomers, everything our YMCA does is in service to making our communities better.

YMCA of Delaware Association Facts

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Deeply rooted in the local community since 1891, the YMCA of Delaware engages individuals and families through programs, services, and events across 8 branches, 2 outdoor centers, an overnight camp, and retreats center. A trusted community partner for over one hundred years, the YMCA of Delaware has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

The YMCA of Delaware is in one of the best states in the country with a great quality of life which includes: living at the beach or perhaps a short drive to the beaches, Pocono mountains, major cities like Philadelphia, New York and Washington D.C. as well as great neighborhoods to live in, cultural events, home of “Tax Free” shopping, and many other wonderful attractions throughout the state. Delaware is the 15th most diverse state in the USA.

As the only statewide YMCA, we are the largest provider of health and wellness services, childcare, youth sports and swim lessons. Our service area includes the entire state of Delaware with three counties: New Castle, Kent, and Sussex. In addition to our eight more traditional health and wellness branches across the state, we offer two outdoor facilities and a 300-acre overnight camp and retreats center, Camp Tockwogh, located on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay in Worton, Maryland.

We also offer an adult-focused housing facility in the downtown Wilmington location, referred to as the Central branch. The Residence at the Central YMCA includes 180 SOR bedroom units (Low-Income Housing Tax Credit-LIHTC) providing housing to men 18 years and older. The residents are provided with a dorm-style room, discounted rates to use the fitness center, and access to various health and human service providers who partner with the YMCA.

The construction of a new 56,000 square foot facility in the rapidly growing community of Middletown, Delaware has just begun! This project, which would not be possible without the significant support from the town of Middletown and the State of Delaware, will have the power to fuel economic development, improve community health outcomes, empower youth, and bring people from all walks of life together.

The Sussex location in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is currently leased from the local school district and the Y consistently invests in the current building and property to sustain the operation. Recently an MOU has been signed for a 5.6-acre site approximately 9.5 miles from the current location. It is estimated to take 2-3 years for project approval followed by a formal agreement and fundraising. This new site has the potential to bring in 3,000-4,000 new members.

The YMCA of Delaware website ( offers a view into the breadth of programming and services available to our communities.

The Y anticipates serving 15,000 individuals annually in Middletown through membership, community-based programs, before and after school enrichment, youth sports and summer camp. The YMCA’s academic enrichment and college readiness programs will prepare teens to become competent and successful adults, and pre-teen and teen mentorship programs will support substance abuse prevention. In addition, the Y will bring three hundred new, local jobs to the Middletown area, providing a workforce development pathway for many first-time job seekers.

We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That is why childcare and early learning programs at the Y focus on holistically nurturing child development by providing a safe and healthy place to learn fundamental skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-esteem through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

At our day camps participants sing songs, create arts and crafts, play music, swim, learn academic fundamentals, participate in storytelling and more. During our specialty camps we focus on STEM, sports, dance, art, cooking and more. Our day camps are offered at various locations across the state: Bear-Glasgow; Brandywine YMCA; Dover YMCA; Sussex YMCA; Walnut Street YMCA; Western YMCA; Middletown YMCA.

Our overnight camp and retreats center, Camp Tockwogh, is a spectacular rural camp on 310 well-preserved acres spread over a mile and half along the Chesapeake Bay in Worton, MD. Serving over 2,000 campers annually, it provides a unique opportunity for campers to enjoy the great outdoors and new experiences including sailing, horseback riding, hiking and more. Our camping options include opportunities for groups, families, and children from kindergarten through 11th grade.

We are proud to participate in SFSP & CACFP food programs at most of our childcare and campsites. Thanks to these programs, thousands of children attending Y Summer Camp and Child Care programs have access to free, nutritious meals each year.

All locations offer financial assistance and discounted programs based on need.

Programs and offerings vary by location and include, but are not limited to:

  • Active Older Adults
  • Afterschool, Preschool
  • Aquatics, Swim Lessons, Swim Teams, Safety Around Water
  • Diverse Abilities Programs
  • Health Equity Initiatives, Community-Based Health Programs
  • Health & Wellness, Fitness, Group Exercise, Adult Athletics
  • Summer Day Camps
  • Teen Programs, Youth In Government, Black Achievers
  • Youth Sports, Creative Arts, Dance, Gymnastics

Our Team

As of May 2022, the YMCA consists of approximately 1148 team members: seventy-five full-time exempt, 97 FT non-exempt and 976 PT. Our team member demographics are as follows:

Female: 63.8%

Male: 36.2%

American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.20%

Asian: 2.60%

Black or African American: 25.4%

Hispanic or Latino: 07.0%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0.05%

Two or More Races: 3.00%

White: 55.80%

Our Equity Team was formed in 2020 as part of our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB). It provides opportunities for education and space for dialogue about DEI topics. The Equity Team highlights opportunities to engage in this important work, provide resources for learning, and materials to spark dialogue and brave conversations within our teams. This important work includes our entire staff and significant outreach to the community with a recently formed community advisory council.

The YMCA completed a 3-year Strategic Plan at the end of 2020 and put Strategic Planning on hold in 2021 as the Y focused on pandemic response for both YMCA leaders and the broader community. With the 2022 Operating Priorities as a guide, the Board and Staff Teams look forward to developing a new plan in partnership with the community that will lead the YMCA into the future.

YMCA Community Impact

Please visit our website to see additional ways the YMCA of Delaware is achieving our promise to strengthen community:


COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the YMCA of Delaware on multiple levels. While we did benefit from some of the Federal funding programs, there remains challenges in the operations and the financial state of the organization. COVID-19 continues to provide uncertainty even as restrictions are lifted but we feel that we are making forward progress. Our cash position is strong because of improving operations and government support. As of 3/31/22 we had $15 million in unrestricted operating cash and cash equivalents, $7.8 million of perpetual trusts, $1.2 million in internally restricted cash, and $8.54 million in undesignated marketable securities. Designated endowments total $6.7 million at 3/31/2022. Bonds payable at 3/31/22 were $14.8 million.

The information below is derived from the YMCA of Delaware’s internal operating statements as of the December 31 FYE and excludes depreciation and debt service*.

Fiscal Year Unrestricted Operating Revenue Surplus (Deficit)

2018 $39.9M $4.2M

2019 $42.1M $4.5M

2020 $40.1M $12.1M (includes M Scott gift)

2021 $36M $5.5M

2022 (budget) $37M $2M

  • Depreciation for fiscal year ended 12/31/2021 was $4.8 million; debt service is $.7 million; capital repairs and maintenance are budgeted to be $2 million in 2022.

Membership units have grown from 15,356 units in December 2020 to 17,122 units in April 2022, 11.5% growth in 16 months and 64% of pre-Covid units.

Membership revenue has grown from $752,000 in December 2020 to $1,247,000 in April 2022; 76% of pre Covid Revenue.

Member facility access in March 2022 surpassed March 2021 by 34% and was the highest month in access since July 2021 (when the outdoor pools were open). March 2022 sales exceeded March 2021 by 18% and total units have grown 7% over March 2021.


The YMCA maintains excellent relationships with our local county, state, and federal elected officials.

Capital Campaign Fundraising (Campaign Kicked-off in Summer 2019)

  • $3.2M in-kind support
  • $1.5M in public support
  • $4.575M in private support

Annual Campaign and Grant Funding

  • $2.284M Annual Campaign Raised in 2021 (114% of goal)
  • $2M Annual Campaign goal in 2021
  • $900,000 raised through non-Annual Campaign grants and contributions

Heritage Society

  • Active Heritage Society with 135 current members, nineteen new members in 2021
  • Fifty-two bequests over the last two years with an estimated value of $575,000

Over $2M in Childcare Stabilization Grants in 2021

The YMCA of Delaware was among the 43 Y associations to which philanthropist MacKenzie Scott made generous gifts and was awarded $10 million in December 2020.

About Our Area


From wildlife to nightlife, there is something for everyone in Delaware! Each of our counties offers a diverse selection of great dining options including the famous Dogfish Head Brewing Company in Sussex, James Beard award-nominated eateries, and wineries throughout the state. Festivals abound in Delaware celebrating the diversity of our population. The Dupont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival (the largest free jazz fest on the east coast), the Riverfront Blues Festival, the Peoples Festival 4 Peace: Tribute to Bob Marley, and the Ladybug Music Festival, a celebration of women in music that draws thousands to Wilmington’s Market Street and the Firefly Festival that draws crowds from around the country to Dover each year.


Delawareans love their sporting events and exciting events can be found around the State with the newest addition of the Philadelphia 76ers Field House in Wilmington. You can also take a short drive to any one of the Philadelphia, Baltimore, or New Jersey teams


We boast contemporary art centers and award-winning museums that offer the creative embrace artists need to flourish. You can immerse yourself in one-of-a-kind inter-active street artwork, visit the Nemours Estate, Longwood Gardens, the Air Mobility Command Museum, the Hagley Museum and Library, the Johnson Victrola Museum and more. Don’t miss the Broadway plays and musicals, and local productions that can be found around the State, most notably at The Grand, -The Playhouse at the historic Hotel DuPont and The Queen, to name just a few.


Paddleboard, boat or fish, biking, camping and more. Delaware’s nickname is the Diamond State after Thomas Jefferson’s reference as the “jewel among the states” because of its prime location on the East Coast with more than three hundred miles of shoreline. You do not have to look far to walk, jog or bike on any of the interconnected trails in any of the seventeen state parks and First State National Historical Park. The state boasts many golf courses, both public and private throughout the state.

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  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Senior management experience in a YMCA, non-profit or similarly complex for-profit organization.
  • Successful experience leading a multiple location, broad based service organization within a complex internal and external environment.
  • Experience in community relations, fundraising, fiscal management, and board/volunteer development.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and implement organizational strategic plan internally and externally.
  • Proven ability to attract, retain, develop, and lead high performing staff and volunteer leaders.
  • Effective in building and leading a cohesive team, establishing a collaborative environment throughout the organization
  • Knowledge and understanding of community resources and the ability to engage and partner these resources with the YMCA to meet strategic objectives.
  • Ability to communicate and relate to people of various social and economic backgrounds.
  • The following are considered a plus: graduate degree, YMCA Organizational Leader Certification, and management of multi-site operations.
  • Completion of YUSA training and education within 5-years of hire.

Essential Functions

Position Description and Board Expectations

The President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the YMCA of Delaware reports to the Association Board of Directors and has leadership responsibility for the Association’s vision, strategy, mission, community relations, financial development, staffing, and operations.

The CEO of the YMCA of Delaware is a highly visible leadership role in Delaware. The CEO should be knowledgeable about the needs of our members and of the community and of the YMCA’s opportunities, challenges, needs and resources. The role also demands a broad knowledge of the YMCA movement locally, nationally, and globally.

This position requires an inspiring leader who can build on the successful history of putting Christian principles into practice and collaborating effectively with people of diverse backgrounds. The CEO should have a demonstrated history of forming successful partnerships, creating a positive team culture, building community, and leading in challenging times. In addition, the right candidate will bring proven results of implementing a community-based strategic plan both internal and external to the organization.

The new CEO should be an experienced leader equipped to achieve the following:

Develop and Implement a Strategic Plan: Work effectively with volunteers, community leaders, and key staff, to create and develop a strategic plan that addresses the needs of the communities served by the Y and includes defined organizational strategies, a clear implementation plan with deliverables, and measurable goals.

Key competencies: Change Leadership, Communication & Influence, Critical Thinking & Decision Making, Program/Project Management

Improve Operating Performance: Engage the board and appropriate staff to develop an annual tactical operating plan for identifying and achieving key goals and objectives towards operating with safe, relevant, and sustainable practices. Quickly address issues that may arise, forecast future needs, and manage and direct the Y’s operations and activities. Is highly visible and engages branch staff and volunteers throughout the organization.

Key competencies: Developing Self & Others, Critical Thinking & Decision Making, Innovation

Fiscal Management: Use high-level financial analysis to forecast financial trends, growth, and stability, while consistently leading the organization to balanced or surplus operations by growing earned revenue and contributions and controlling costs. Empower and guide staff leaders to lead their department's financial operations successfully. Develop and implement stewardship strategies.

Key competencies: Fiscal Management, Critical Thinking & Decision Making, Developing Self & Others, Philanthropy

Position the Y as a Vital Partner for Community Change: Serve as an ambassador for the mission, purpose, and vision for the YMCA within the community. Possess the ability to develop and cultivate relationships with key stakeholders from diverse backgrounds, while always upholding the highest standards and values of the Y. Ensure the Y is seen as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community by connecting all people to their potential, purpose, and each other.

Key competencies: Communication & Influence, Engaging Community, Collaboration

Make Progress as an Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Multicultural Organization: Intentionally promote inclusion in all aspects, ensure and sustains diverse representation in our leadership, and lead social change in our communities through anti-racist policies, words, and actions.

Key competencies: Change Leadership, Communication & Influence, Engaging Community, Inclusion

Build and Lead Staff: Ensure a talent development system is in place and executed in an affirming, culturally-competent and effective manner. Hire, motivate, nurture, retain, and hold staff accountable for key objectives. Work towards recruiting, retaining, developing, and promoting staff that represent the diversity of the communities that we serve. Encourage the team by creating a spirit of camaraderie, inclusion, and sense of mission, purpose and belonging. Create and establish a learning environment where staff thrive and achieve their highest full potential.

Key competencies: Developing Self & Others, Inclusion, Emotional Maturity, Change Leadership

Salary Range

Compensation will be competitive, reflective of market data and commensurate with experience.


Health, dental and vision insurance, dependent care FSA, STD and LTD, life insurance AD&D, retirement savings account, 12% YMCA Retirement Plan contribution (when eligible), EAP, paid time off (PTO), sick time off, YMCA family membership and program discounts, car allowance.

Target Dates for the Search Process:

Resumes accepted through: July 1

Preliminary interviews scheduled: August 8 & 9

Final interviews: August 22 & 23

CEO selection made: Late August

New CEO on board (anticipated): October 1

To Apply:

Candidates will apply via the following website:

You will be requested to submit the following with your online application: A resume and cover letter, along with four professional and two personal references. Note: References will be checked on final candidates.

Questions Regarding This Position Should Be Directed to:

Sal Cisneros

Senior Consultant

YMCA of the USA

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