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The La Porte County Family YMCA is an equal opportunity employer committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.
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The La Porte County Family YMCA has a commitment to creating a culture of safety.

The Opportunity

Are you ready to steer the La Porte County Family YMCA into a new era of growth and innovation?

We are searching for a visionary and seasoned CEO to lead our organization towards an exciting future. This is your chance to shape the destiny of the YMCA and create a tangible impact on the lives of La Porte County residents and beyond.

As the CEO, your primary mission is to craft and execute a strategic blueprint that perfectly aligns with the YMCA's core mission: "Strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility." In this role, you will oversee every facet of our operations, including finance, marketing, program development, and facility management.

A pivotal challenge and opportunity await you – spearheading the development of a state-of-the-art YMCA facility in La Porte County. This endeavor is substantial, but it also provides a golden chance to establish a transformational community space.

With La Porte County's rapid growth, our YMCA is poised for expansion. Under your guidance, we aspire to become the preferred destination for people of all backgrounds and ages to achieve health and wellness goals, foster community connections, and embark on personal growth journeys.

If you are an inspired and innovative leader with a proven track record of achievement, we invite you to apply for this thrilling prospect.

Here are some of the specific openings that await you as the CEO of La Porte County Family YMCA:

Lead the formulation and execution of a strategic plan that positions the YMCA as the community leader.

  • Oversee all operational aspects, including finance, marketing, program development, and facility management.
  • Pave the way for the construction of an innovative YMCA facility.
  • Amplify the YMCA's influence by creating new programs and forging strategic partnerships.
  • Cultivate a robust and engaged workforce.
  • Cultivate a warm and inclusive environment that welcomes all.

If you are passionate about leading a thriving organization and making a meaningful difference in the lives of others, we urge you to apply for the CEO position at La Porte County Family YMCA. Let's embark on this exciting journey together!

Our Mission

The La Porte County Family YMCA is dedicated to putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Our Cause

We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

Position Description

The President & CEO will build trust and extend the breadth and depth of a YMCA’s reach across our service area. The President & CEO will lead collaborative efforts to grow and maintain productive working relationships in the community that enhances our reputation and furthers our mission and cause. This position requires strong skills and competencies, including membership and program growth, staff development, fundraising, fiscal stewardship, and facilities management. The CEO will be a relationship builder who is visible in the community and active in the development of meaningful community partnerships and collaborations while continuing to demonstrate that this YMCA is an indispensable community asset. In addition, the President will work closely with the Board to implement a strategic plan designed to take us to new heights.

LaPorte County Family YMCA Facts

On December 9, 1908, a group of La Porte citizens met to establish the YMCA of La Porte. With their hard work and dedication, on May 4, 1909, our YMCA was officially chartered. Within months of this first meeting the group decided to build a permanent structure to cost no less than $65,000. It took only 10 days for the community to raise 80 percent of the funds – a record campaign for the city of La Porte.

This was the beginning of our community’s long-term commitment to and support of our YMCA. From that beginning La Porte has continually supported us by sharing time, talent and treasure to make our YMCA the strong, viable organization it is today boasting 7,925 members.

In the last 15 years we opened a branch in Long Beach, created our own 8 ½ acre Outdoor Sports and Recreation Center, developed collaborations to support before and after school programs in several schools in our county, provided early learning opportunities, started a Summer Kids Camp and opened a branch in Michigan City when the Michigan City Area Schools were no longer using 220,000 square feet of a sports and recreation complex. These programs were done while maintaining a positive cash flow and budget surpluses.

In the last 3 years, our Y is one of only two YMCAs in Indiana (other being Indianapolis) that have successfully developed all of the Y-USA Chronic Disease Programs and is about to become HIPAA compliant for billing Medicare and Medicaid.

During the past 2 years, our Board and CEO have been working with our Y-USA Regional Director and a professional fund development group to create a plan for building a new La Porte branch knowing that we have outgrown our current building and facilities. We believe that the La Porte County Family YMCA is in a unique position to be a key partner in our county’s quest to develop programs that successfully fight the chronic issues of obesity, opioids, alcohol, smoking and other health related problems and we are seeking significant partners in developing financial support for a new building.

Current Key Strategic Initiatives

The last strategic plan was completed in 2019. The board plans to begin a strategic planning process in the fall of 2023.


4,600 memberships
  • -serving teens, adults, seniors, and families across the service area.
  • The LaPorte County Family YMCA annually impacts more than 28,000 individuals through its 3 membership centers, program sites, numerous partnerships, philanthropy and volunteer opportunities.

Branch Information

  • LaPorte Metro/Main Branch – Owned by the YMCA.
  • Andrew Ave, LaPorte, IN outdoor space with playground equipment, soccer fields, pavilion with picnic tables and small kitchen and indoor bathrooms. Owned by the YMCA
  • Michigan City, IN Branch – rented for $1/month currently. A new lease agreement is being drafted.
  • Long Beach, IN Branch – leased at no cost.


  • Aquatics
  • Camp
  • Certifications
  • Childcare
  • Cooking
  • Sports
  • Y 360

Annual Campaign

  • Prior Year’s Total - $113,454
  • Current Year’s Goal - $145,000
  • Current Year’s Amount raised - $ 44,206 as of 9/29/23.

Previous Year’s Campaign Impact

The total amount awarded in financial assistance was $107,381.

Capital Campaign(s)

Currently None

Current Staff

  • 7 Management
  • 12 FT
  • 94 PT
  • 20 Seasonal (projected)

CEO Direct Reports - the ICEO (interim CEO) is reducing this to 6

  • Director of Marketing & Events
  • Executive Assistant
  • Director of Grants & Development Operations
  • Metro Aquatics Director
  • Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Metro Membership Director/Accounting
  • Senior Program Director
  • Digital Marketing Specialist
  • Director of Member Engagement
  • Childcare Director
  • School Age Director
  • Youth & Family Director
  • Wellness Instructor Supervisor

Staff Demographics

  • 7 Management
  • 12 FT
  • 94 PT
  • 20 Seasonal (projected)

ALL STAFF: Asian – 1.79%, Black/AA – 36.28%, Two/More – 1.76%, White – 76.99%, Hispanic – 7.07%

FT STAFF: Two/More – 5.26%, White – 78.94%, Hispanic – 15.98%

Board of Directors

16 Board Members

Demographics: The Board consists of local business leaders who represent the following industries and sectors: Accounting, Banking, City of La Porte, Construction, Cybersecurity, Education, Financial Services, Law Enforcement, Insurance, Real Estate, Marketing, Social Services, and Workforce Development.


  • $3,560,972
  • Current Debt

Capital Lease Payable: 185,855.87

Lease Obligation – Operating: 47,193.00

SBA Loan: 150,000.00

Horizon LOC: 249,624.99

  • Current Endowment – Fair market value of $992,776, as of 6/30/2023
  • 3-year pattern of annual surplus/deficit
    • o2022 - Net Loss of $213,658
    • o2021 – Net Income $160,023,
    • o2020 - Net Loss $326,675
  • Payroll Protection Program
    • o$362,500 (2020)
    • o$311,509 (2021)
    • oBoth were forgiven
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan
    • o$10,000 (2020)
  • This was forgiven

Population & Demographics

We are the only YMCA located in LaPorte County, the second largest county by square mile in Indiana. While we serve the entire country, we have locations in the two largest cities, LaPorte and Michigan City. LaPorte has a population of 22,539 and Michigan City is slightly larger with 32,069 residents. Both cities have seen a stagnant population although we are seeing current economic development activities that should lead to future growth. In LaPorte, the average household income is $58,812 and the poverty rate is at 18%, whereas the numbers are $57,944 and 21.23% respectively in Michigan City. As a country, the average household income is $82,566 and the poverty rate is at 14.3%. LaPorte’s median age is 36.3 years old, while Michigan City’s is 36.5. The racial make up for each city is listed below.

LaPorte Demographics

  • White: 83.13%
  • Two or more races: 7.55%
  • Other race: 5.29%
  • Black or African American: 3.64%
  • Asian: 0.23%
  • Native American: 0.16%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Island

Michigan City Demographics

  • White: 62.71%
  • Black or African American: 28.04%
  • Two or more races: 6.45%
  • Other race: 1.56%
  • Asian: 0.91%
  • Native American: 0.25%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.09%

Area Amenities and Community Benefits

The City of LaPorte is surrounded by lakes and a walkable, historic downtown. It is dedicated to outdoor recreation while fostering a vibrant downtown for businesses. Residents have access to the arts, which include the theatre, symphony, and arts center. There is access to healthcare and a variety of educational options for students' kindergarten through college.

  • 1.5 hour from Chicago
  • 1 – 1.5 hours of two international airports, which offer non-stop service to almost anywhere in the world
  • Close proximity to Lake Michigan, Indiana Dunes National Park and Indiana Dunes State Park
  • Green spaces – parks & lakes
  • Easy access to major highways
  • Close proximity to Southwest Michigan
  • Quality of Life: Thriving neighborhoods - Vibrant downtown with shops, restaurants & events
  • Sought-after public & private schools.
  • Private and state universities & community colleges

Residency Expectation: Living in the YMCA’s service area is required.

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Minimum Criteria for Candidates:

  • Accredited 4-year college degree.
  • Must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and personal values consistent with the YMCA mission.
  • 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.
  • Must have the ability to develop and strengthen community relationships.
  • Have the ability to develop new programs, review and enhance programs being offered or considered for both economy and the effectiveness in broadening our engagement in the communities in which we serve.

Preferred Criteria for Candidates:

  • YMCA Organizational Leader Certification.
  • Fiscally sound business management approach.
  • Strategic planning, fundraising experience (including annual campaigns & securing grants).
  • A proven track record of budgetary and fiscal management in excess of $3M plus/year.
Essential Functions

Key Skills and Abilities

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.

Fiscal Management: Use high-level financial analysis to forecast financial trends, growth and stability, while consistently leading the organization to balance or surplus operations by growing earned revenue and contributions and controlling costs. Empower and guide staff leaders to lead their departments to successful financial operation. 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 your 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.

Improve Operating Performance: Engage the board and appropriate staff to develop an annual tactical 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. Key competencies: Developing Self & Others, Critical Thinking & Decision Making, Innovation.

Maintenance and Development of Facilities (Capital Development): Lead your Y through stages of a current or future capital development project, whether it’s initial planning, research and viability; architectural and schematic design phases; construction management; or the operational start-up of your new, renovated, or expanded facility. Key competencies: fiscal Management, Program/Project Management, Change Leadership, Critical Thinking & Decision Making.

Build and Lead Staff: Ensure a talent development system is in place and executed in affirming, culturally competent and effectively. 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 you serve. Encourage the team by creating a spirit of camaraderie, inclusion, and sense of mission and purpose. Create a learning organization to help staff achieve their highest potential. Key competencies: Developing Self & Others, Inclusion, Emotional Maturity, Change Leadership.

Steward Fundraising Efforts: Develop and implement an annual fundraising plan that will establish the YMCA as a leading nonprofit organization within the community through the engagement of members, volunteers, staff, and donors. Identify the need for successful capital fundraising, while taking the organization to a new level of effectiveness and impact in annual giving and endowment. Key competencies: Philanthropy, Engaging Community, Communication & Influence.

Salary Range:

$110,000 – $130,000


  • Medical, Dental and Vision insurance– Employee Only Pays 20%; Employee Spouse, Child(ren), Family Pays 40% of premium.
  • Cell phone reimbursement - $30/month
  • Complimentary Family YMCA membership
  • Retirement - 8% will be paid by YMCA, no mandatory employee contribution. Immediate for those currently enrolled in YMCA plan.

Target Dates for the search process

Resumes accepted through: October 31, 2023

Preliminary interviews scheduled: November 15, 2023

Final interviews: December 4th and December 5th

CEO selection made: Following week

New CEO on board (anticipated): TBD


To Apply

Candidates will apply via the following website: https://tinyurl.com/laporte-county-family-ymca-ceo

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:

Shaneé Jenkins, Sr. Director, Executive Leadership-CEO Search, YMCA of the USA, shanee.jenkins@ymca.net or Wade Hampton, CEO Indiana Alliances of YMCAs, wade@indianaymcas.org .

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