YMCA of the USA in Northbrook, IL

  • Type: Full Time
position filled

Job Description

Position: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Address: 2705 Techny Road, Northbrook, IL 60062 (847-272-7250)

The North Suburban YMCA is an equal opportunity employer committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.

Introduction: In 2018-19, the North Suburban YMCA, an independent association located 25 miles north of downtown Chicago, celebrated 50 years in its Northbrook facility. The bustling community center we know today has deep roots stretching back to a basement home office, an enthusiastic army of volunteers, and a consistent mission to improve the health and well-being of all, and now serves 15 North Suburban communities along Lake Michigan and towns west of the lake.

The NSYMCA has had an impressive history of expansion over the past decade -- growing to an annual operating budget of $4.2M -- and has been highly recognized and awarded by the community, including receiving 31 Northshore Choice Awards over the last three years, six Make it Better and "Best" awards in the last two years, and being named the 2013 Small Business of the Year by the Northbrook Chamber of Commerce. The Y has also received honors from the Illinois State Alliance for the last two years for Best Programs (Special Olympics Swim Program & 2 Seconds 2 Long Swim Safety Program), and for staff leadership with the Top Administrator (2018), and Illinois Chief Award (2019). In addition, the NSYMCA’s summer day camp program has established itself as one of the largest and most popular on Chicago’s north shore.

Salary Range: $140,000-$180,000 (salary commensurate with experience)

Benefits: Health care, dental plan, disability insurance, life insurance, PTO and other benefits per policy. Additional benefit details shared with finalists. YMCA contributes 8% retirement contribution per eligibility requirements ( Additional benefit details shared with finalists.

Residency Expectation: The new CEO is expected to reside within one of the fifteen communities served within 6 months of hire.

North Suburban YMCA Association Facts:

  • Mission Statement: The North Suburban YMCA promotes values that build strong families and the health of each individual’s spirit, mind and body in an inclusive, welcoming environment.
  • Service Area & Demographics: The NSYMCA serves the suburban communities North and Northwest of Chicago, including: Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Highwood, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Northbrook, Northfield, Riverwoods, Wheeling, and Winnetka. The NSYMCA is located in an upper middle-class suburb of Chicago and operates in a highly competitive marketplace for members. Yet our Y truly serves, welcomes and embraces a diverse population of families, groups and individuals from all socio-economic classes, ethnicities and religions. We have a large percentage of Jewish and Moslem members, and a very sizeable population of Korean, Indian, Pakistani and Chinese members. There is also a significant community of Russian Americans, as well as a growing number of Hispanic Americans.
  • Facility: The 51-year-old, 80,000 square foot facility, which had a major renovation in 2012, has also had ongoing renovations and upgrades over the last 12 years. The Y offers three racquetball courts, men’s and women’s quality locker rooms, family locker room, modern strength training center and track for all levels of users, full-sized gymnasium, six-lane pool, sauna, steam room and whirlpool, massage room, two floors of the latest in cardio, strength, free weights and circuit training equipment, art studio with kiln, cycle studio, six multi-purpose studios for dance, yoga and group exercise, lovely childwatch space, and afterschool club room. The Y has a modern, handicapped accessible playground. The Y also owns three 14 passenger maxi-vans, and two 14 passenger lift equipped mini-busses used to transport children afterschool, seniors, and special needs clients.
  • Volunteer Leadership: 19 board members. Additionally, 210 volunteers are engaged annually to help the NSYMCA deliver its mission.
  • Staff: 17 FT, 213 PT, 60 Seasonal. Direct reports to CEO: VP of Program & Membership Enhancement; VP of Finance & HR; Sr. Director of Facilities; Director of Development; Director of Community Investment.
  • Membership: (as of November 1, 2019) Total membership of 2,593 consisting of: youth 484, young adult 73, adult (35-59 years) 171, adult couples 57, family traditional 365, 1 parent/1 child 120, 2 parent/1 child 89, 1 parent/2 children 113, 2 parents/2 children 183, single parent 14, senior adult individual 299, senior family 191, temporary 21, Convenant Village 251, Y staff 162.
  • Financial Position: The Y’s annual budget is $4.2M. The Y currently carries approximately $1.167M in long term capital debt, which will be reduced under current plans to approximately $447,000 with a balloon payment due in 2023. Our past practice has been to refinance the remaining principle over a new 5-7 year period. The Y has an excellent relationship with its banks, who are also major contributors to the Y’s campaigns and programs. The Y has recently secured $350,000 in cash from the sale of the balance of our cell tower lease. This will be used to pay down debt in a structured fashion and provide cash to operations and for capital needs over the next three years. The Y has also secured $500,000 in state funding for capital improvements, $250,000 of which are in the pipeline right now.
  • Fund Development: 2018 – Annual campaign raised $435,000 and $410,000 in capital. 2019 – Annual raised $480,000 and $526,000 in capital. A new combined campaign for capital and capacity building is underway which is focused on completing renovations, sustaining the new 50th Anniversary program initiatives, and reducing debt.
  • Financial Assistance Awarded: In 2019, approximately $537,000 in overall value of scholarship, discounts, and community benefit rewards provided by the Y through membership, program, facility usage, special employment programs, and free partnerships with others.
  • Attractions and Quality of Life Benefits to Living and Working in the Community: The Y is situated in the heart of a neighborhood in Northbrook, and though we serve 15 towns, the majority of people walk or are within a short drive to the Y, creating a great neighborhood feel. Community is 25 miles from downtown Chicago and 15 minutes to Lake Michigan. All major league sports represented with the Bears, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox, Black Hawks, Fire. Northbrook is on a commuter train line that provides easy access to downtown Chicago and is sandwiched between two major expressways. Major educational institutions, hospitals, and a wide variety of services can be found within each reach.

    Informational Sites:

  • Northbrook Chamber:
  • North Shore Visitors Bureau:
  • Village of Northbrook:
  • Northbrook Rotary:
  • YMCA of the USA:
  • Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs:

    The purpose of the Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs is to connect, support and foster state-wide initiatives, manage public policy efforts and ensure communication to advance the YMCA’s mission in Illinois. The Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs brings together 114 YMCA locations working in 120 communities and engaging more than 548,000 members in Illinois to strengthen the foundations of community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. More information available at:

    CEO Search Process Target Dates:

  • Resumes accepted until: Sunday, January 26
  • Candidate review: By Thursday, February 6
  • First round interviews: Tuesday, Feb 18 & Thursday, Feb 20
  • Final in-person interviews: Wednesday, March 11 & Thursday, March 12
  • CEO selection made: By Thursday, March 19
  • New CEO on board: Monday, May 4
  • 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, and with prior notification.

    Questions regarding this position should be directed to:

    Lisa Drouin

    CEO Search Director

    YMCA of the USA


    Paul Stanzione


    Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs



    Minimum Candidate Criteria:

  • Accredited 4-year college degree (required/non-negotiable).
  • Minimum five years prior experience in a senior management role with a YMCA or related experience at a comparable organization/company with direct supervision of multiple levels of staff.
  • Proven successful experience and ability working with highly engaged, committed staff who operate, in a very fast paced environment
  • Proven successful track record of fiscal management for a complex organization exceeding $2M annually.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and strengthen community relationships.
  • Proven ability to lead strategic planning, develop new programs, review and enhance programs being offered and effective in broadening engagement in the community.
  • Proven ability and experience in engaging, working with, and developing board leadership and key volunteers
  • Demonstrated excellent leadership and communication skills (both written and verbal) as well as personal values consistent with the YMCA mission.
  • Successful fundraising experience in annual and capital campaigns, and in building strong relationships with major donors and corporate leaders.
  • YMCA Organizational Leader Certification (Note: Candidates not in possession of this certification have up to three years to obtain via Y-USA).
  • Preferred Criteria for Candidates:

  • Experience working with and networking with local governmental and community leaders.
  • Have an entrepreneurial vision and experience leading an agency in a very competitive market and environment.
  • Experience as CEO/Executive Director, or branch director from comparably sized organization.
  • Essential Functions

    Board Expectations: The Y board seeks an experienced leader who has the requisite background and skills to achieve excellence in the following areas (of all equal importance):

  • Advance a Strong Fiscal Plan and Expand Operational Performance: Assess all aspects of current operations and create plans that will spur continued growth. Expand program delivery to meet critical community needs, while retaining and expanding membership. Proactively identify trends as well as create a data driven culture that drives 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.
  • Lead and Develop Staff: Establish yourself as a leader to attract, motivate, mentor, engage, and retain staff in a positive and productive manner by implementing an 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. Be innovative and maintain an open mind for developing new ways of expanding services and their impact.
  • Develop, Implement and Achieve a Strategic Plan: Partner with the board and senior staff to lead a collaborative process that rallies all stakeholders to develop and implement a strategic plan that aligns with the mission and vision of the organization. Serve as an innovator who utilizes the Y’s programs and resources to address the communities’ critical social issues while positioning the organization for sustained success. Develop benchmarks and accountability plans to ensure goals are achieved and impact is realized.
  • Lead Fundraising Efforts: Serve as the leader in fundraising efforts by working with the board and senior staff to establish a plan for how the organization will continue to expand raising dollars for service growth, keeping programs affordable for all and continued facility improvements and expansion, all while keeping a focus on retaining membership fees competitive in the community. Position the Y as a charity of choice by instilling confidence, credibility, and trust with community leaders and donors.
  • Advocate for the NSYMCA Within Our Communities: Be a charismatic and highly visible advocate for the mission, goals, and values of the NSYMCA with a contagious effect that inspires and mobilizes others. Create strategic and successful relationships with influential local and state leaders, potential donors, members and organizations in our communities, with an eye toward inclusion as well as leveraging those relationships that will be mutually beneficial to those involved.
  • Lead Capital Improvement Efforts: Work with the board to assess, identify and create a facility plan to continue improving the facilities to ensure they are up-to-date, member-focused and safe. Create both a short-term and long-term plan for improvements and funding.
  • Salary

    $140,000.00 - $180,000.00

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