Chief Executive Officer


Job Description

Job Description

The YMCA of Metro Denver has a commitment to creating a culture of safety.

The Opportunity

Embark on a journey with the YMCA of Metro Denver, an unwavering force shaping robust, inclusive communities since 1875. Our doors are open to all, embodying a commitment that resonates through our diverse range of programs.

As a beacon of social responsibility, the Y stands among the select few nonprofits equipped to tackle inequity and address social determinants of health. We seamlessly adapt to evolving community needs, championing causes like affordable childcare and combatting food insecurity.

Denver, a city blessed with 300 days of sunshine, a vibrant cultural tapestry, diverse neighborhoods, and breathtaking natural beauty. Here, urban sophistication seamlessly blends with the rugged beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

Join us in Denver, where you can be at the forefront of positive change. Become a leader in a community that embraces innovation and inclusivity and be part of an organization that has been at the heart of transformative impact for nearly 150 years.

Your opportunity to make a difference starts here. The YMCA of Metro Denver is not just a place; it's a catalyst for change, and we invite you to be a vital part of it.

Our Mission

To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Our Vision

Our vision is for a vital and significant force building strong, thriving and equitable communities dedicated to the health and well-being of all. We are a welcoming place for all, and our programs reflect that commitment.

The Y is one of only a few non-profit organizations embedded throughout the community and positioned to help address inequity and social determinants of health while also pivoting and responding to changing community needs and environments.

Position Description

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver reports to the Association Board of Directors and has executive leadership responsibility for the operational and strategic direction of the Y, by leading the organization in achieving the mission through fiscal management, financial development, community relations, staffing, and operations. 

This position requires an inspiring leader who is a vision-caster with impeccable character, a well-rounded world view, proven empathetic and servant leadership of top performing people, and self-confidence with humility. The CEO must create a vision to put the mission into a long-term view. The successful candidate will have a strong passion for the Y and will create a culture that encourages growth and innovation. 

The CEO must be an excellent communicator with a solid foundation in collaborations and fundraising. The candidate must be focused on relationship building and understanding the unique nuances and needs of the diverse communities we serve. Additionally, the CEO is responsible for constant identification of financial and operational threats to ensure responsible stewardship of the Y’s financial portfolio, including enterprise risk management.

YMCA of Metro Denver Facts:

The YMCA of Metro Denver Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement: 

At the YMCA of Metro Denver, we believe racial equity exists when race no longer limits one’s socioeconomic outcomes and inclusion exists when all people have fair and equal access to opportunity and resources to thrive.

Our Commitment: we will do our part to overcome racism by addressing the systemic social, cultural and historical contributors to inequity. That means we will be transparent and accountable in all we do and contribute to advancing a more equitable and inclusive society.

As an organization, the YMCA must own our history and acknowledge there is still work to be done. Building on the efforts of our Diversity Equity Inclusion and Global Innovation Committee over the last years and with the help of a volunteer and staff-led committee, we have outlined our racial equity commitment and identified our path to be an agent of change in our community.

Our focus will be on our organization, the communities we serve and the society we live in, and these are the steps we are taking to fulfill our commitment.

Current Key Strategic Initiatives

  • Collective Impact: Serve as the catalyst to create equitable, connected and just communities.
  • Community Wellbeing: Create a welcoming place where people explore their purpose, achieve health and wellness and connect with their community.
  • Bright Future: Ensure the long-term sustainability of the Y to serve as the leading nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives and communities. 


  • 39696 Total Number of Members
  • 6628 Total Number of Membership Units
  • 22 % Youth
  • 53 % Adults
  • 25 % Senior

Branch Information: To learn about the locations of the YMCA of Metro Denver and its Wellness Centers, Camps, Out of School Time Care, Y Academy, or Managed Centers click here to learn more.  


The YMCA of Metro Denver offers a variety of significant program offerings to our community. Some highlights from our program offerings would be Camp, Out of School Time, Sports, Youth and Government, Y Academy, Health Initiatives, Mental Health programs. 

To learn about our full complement, click on the program’s icon on our website.

Annual Campaign

  • 2023 Total: $406,633
  • 2024 Goal:$575,000

Previous Year’s Campaign Impact Report – to learn about the great work of the YMCA of Metro Denver click here for the 2022 Impact Report. 


  • 133 FT
  • 473 PT
  • 26 Seasonal

CEO Direct Reports

  • Chief Experience and Operating Officer 
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Interim Chief Development Officer
  • VP, Marketing & Communication
  • Director, Executive Operations
  • VP, Culture and DEIG – Vacant

Staff Demographics

  • 68% Female
  • 30% Male
  • 2% Gender not Specified
  • 3.4% Asian
  • 8% Black or African American
  • 15.5% Hispanic or Latino
  • 4.2% Two or More Races
  • 59.3% White
  • 9.6% Unspecified Race

Board of Directors

17 Committed volunteers to lead the organization. To learn about our volunteers, click here


  • Total Assets: $35M
  • Current Annual Budget Size $27M
  • Cash on Hand $3.4M
  • Current Endowment is $2.5M
  • Current Debt is $8M
  • Balanced budget for 2024 including depreciation 

Additional Important Information

Area Amenities and Community Benefits

Metro Denver’s dynamic outdoor environment and emphasis on health combine to make it one of the healthiest regions in the United States. It’s no secret Metro Denver is positively preoccupied with staying fit and healthy. Attribute it to our nearly 300 days of spectacular sunshine, exceptionally mild climate, or the Rocky Mountains in our backyard. The fact is Metro Denver has a balanced lifestyle where health, family, and career complement one another.

The Metro Denver region had a 1.6 percent population growth rate between 2010 and 2015 and is consistently ranked as one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation. The region is one of the tops in the country in-migration of millennials, which will make up the future workforce. More impressive facts about Metro Denver include the following:

  • Colorado is the nation’s second-most highly educated state for residents (39.2 percent) with a bachelor’s degree or higher (U.S. Census Bureau, 2016)
  • Metro Denver is a young region with a median age of 37 years, compared to the nationwide median age of 37.7.
  • In addition, Colorado has the nation’s lowest obesity rate and is No. 1 for physical activity (Trust for America’s Health, 2016; Kaiser State Health Facts, 2016)
  • Denver is ranked #2 nationwide in US News & World Report’s Best Places to Live and #4 in the Forbes’ List of Best Places for Business and Career.
  • The city attracts new residents regularly based on our highly skilled workforce, growing industries of aerospace, telecommunications, and technology.

Other Sites for Information:



  1. Bachelor's degree in business administration, human services, or related area; related graduate degree preferred.
  2. Proven track record of ten or more years of experience in a senior leadership role for a high-performing, mission-driven, complex organization with experience in the areas of fiscal management, strategic plan development, philanthropic development, and multi-site operations. 
  3. Demonstrated experience in community relations, financial development, financial management, and board and volunteer development.
  4. Demonstrated insight and skill to effectively lead a voluntary, not-for-profit organization within a complex internal and external environment.
  5. Successful fundraising experience in annual campaigns, capital efforts, endowments, and grants.
  6. Transformational leadership experience leading the development of an organization’s strategic plan with a clear vision of serving “all” across a diverse community with a track record of ensuring the voices in the decision-making room reflect the individuals in the communities we serve.
  7. Knowledge and understanding of community resources and the ability to engage and partner these resources with the YMCA to meet strategic objectives.
  8. Demonstrated successful experience in developing effective strategic partnerships and relationships to further the impact of an organization.
  9. Effective leadership skills in board governance and serving as an integral partner with volunteers.
  10. YMCA Organizational Leader Certification (Candidates not already in possession of this certification will have up to three years to obtain via YMCA of the USA).
Essential Functions

Key Skills and Abilities

Develop and Implement 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 plan for identifying and achieving key goals and objectives toward 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

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 departments to successful financial operation. Develop and implement stewardship strategies. Key competencies: Fiscal Management, Critical Thinking & Decision Making, Developing Self & Others, Philanthropy

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 and partners. 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

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

Salary Range:  $240,000-312,000

Benefits: We offer the full range of benefits including medical, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, disability and life insurance, Y Retirement contribution after eligibility period is met, generous PTO (paid time off) plan, 11 paid holidays, free Y family memberships, and discounts on programs.

Residency Expectation: The CEO is expected to be highly engaged in our community. Living in the YMCA’s service area is required

Target Dates for the Search Process

Resumes accepted through: March 15th

Preliminary interviews scheduled: April 23rd in Denver

Final interviews: May 9-10th in Denver

CEO selection made: TBD

New CEO on board (anticipated): June/July 2024


To Apply

Candidates will apply via the following website: http://tinyurl.com/ymca-metro-denver-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:

Sandy Morander                                     Stephanie Dixon

Sr. Consultant, CEO Search                      Southwest Alliance of YMCAs

Sandy.morander@ymca.net                     sdixon@swallianceymca.org 

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