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CEO - Corsicana
Sports and Fitness
Location: Corsicana, TX
|Job Status: Full Time
The YMCA of Corsicana Board of Directors is actively seeking a visionary leader who will build upon strong executive leadership and continue a culture of excellence within the YMCA an active resident of Corsicana. The YMCA seeks to be at the center of community life as a leading provider of youth programs, and health and wellness services.
The CEO will be uniquely positioned to champion the YMCA mission and develop partnerships to meet the needs of a diverse and evolving population. Building upon and expanding partnerships is a key focus for the future work of the YMCA.
Qualified candidates must have a solid business acumen, sound judgment, and exceptional leadership skills. They must have a proven track record that demonstrates an ability to successfully implement and promote the YMCA’s services and activities to the community; assess community needs and develop programs in partnership with others to meet those needs; raise funds through annual and capital campaigns; develop and manage a staff; and work with a YMCA board that focuses on strategic issues. Opportunities exist for membership growth, addressing competition, program expansion, financial development and increased community partnerships and collaborations.
Benefits: Retirement contribution (10% paid by the YMCA), vacation plan, health plan, relocation reimbursement, and other benefits per personnel policy included.
YMCA of Corsicana Association Facts
History: The YMCA of Corsicana was first established in 1884 and received its Charter of Incorporation in the State of Texas on July 12, 1886. The following statement was listed on the charter as the purpose of the YMCA of Corsicana: This Association is formed for the purpose of promoting mental, moral, and physical welfare of young men, the growth in grace and Christian fellowship of its members and aggressive Christian work, especially and for young men. The YMCA of Corsicana is autonomous in nature, being governed by a board of directors and officers elected by the membership. The YMCA of Corsicana is a member association of the National YMCA of the USA. In principal, the YMCA has sought to be Christian without being denominational. The Young Mens Christian Association originated in London, England in 1844. Early programs in the YMCA were aimed at helping young men physically as well as spiritually. The first bible class was formed in 1893.
The first YMCA building was constructed in 1915 and was initially set up for the purpose of serving the men and boys of the community. In October 1934, the Board of Directors voted to allow women and girls to use the facility. The present facility was completed in 1968 and is in Community Park. A $1.3 million renovation and expansion was completed in 1981.
A second renovation and expansion was completed in 2000 at a cost of $1.4 million. The facility has been totally remodeled with the addition of a Cardiovascular and Cybex rooms. Windows have been added as well as walls moved to allow better facility access. Also, an elevator and indoor playground have been added. The last renovation was completed in 2005.
Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
YMCA Service Area and Locations: The YMCA serves the city of Corsicana and the Navarro county. The Navarro County population is 45,000 with 23,000 residing in the city of Corsicana. The city demographics in Corsicana reflect the following: Hispanic 48% African American 17%, White 30% and Other 5%.
Facilities: The YMCA is a 55,000-sq. ft. facility that includes two gyms, an indoor 25-yard swimming pool, three racquetball courts, a free Weight room, Cybex machine weight room, Cardio room, and four locker rooms, with whirlpools, steam room, and saunas in two of them. The facility has gone through three renovations projects; the last one in 2005.
Camp Wanica’s McElwee Lodge, built in the 1930s, sits atop a rise in the tree shaded acres of East Texas. The facility includes cabins, swimming pool, Discovery Theatre, playground, cook-out area, basketball court, and volleyball court. The camp is located just south of Corsicana off Highway 287.
Membership: The YMCA has a membership of approx. 2,777 members and 1,450 units that represent the following categories; Adult 272, College 31, Family 242, Senior 175, Youth 423, and Fitness Center, 307.
Programs and Services: The YMCA of Corsicana has programs for all ages. Youth programs include: day camp, Kids Club, after school program, open swim, open gym, racquetball, soccer, Karate, basketball, swim lessons, water safety instruction, swim team, baseball, Sports camps, weight training, and exercise classes.
Adult programs include: aquacise, aerobics, Power Pump, spinning, weight training, personal training, lap swim, racquetball, basketball, and volleyball. Senior activities include water walking, flexercise, arthritis swim classes, swim lessons, trips and luncheons.
Staff: In addition to the CEO, there are 7 full time staff and 65 part time staff. The CEO supervises six staff that includes a Sr. Program Director, a Fitness /Aquatics Director, a Child Care Director, a Mentoring Program Director, a H.R./Accounts Payable, and Maintenance Supervisor.
Financial: The YMCA operates on a January-December fiscal year. Revenues: Total association budget is $1,258,699 (48% Membership, 24% Programs, 21% Contributions, 4% Sales and Rentals, 3% United Way). There is no debt and $204,000 in Endowment. In 2014, there was a deficit of $2,000, in 2015 a surplus of $11,000 and 2016 a deficit of $10,000.
Annual Campaign Support: In 2016 the YMCA raised $254,000. The 2017 goal is $240,000. Scholarships are provided for youth that have a financial need.
Community: The City of Corsicana, the county seat of Navarro County, is located 53 miles to the southeast of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex area and 54 miles northeast of Waco at I45/ US Highway 287, Texas State Highway 31, and Texas State Highway 22. Richland-Chambers Lake, the 3rd largest in the State of Texas, is located 10 miles southeast of Corsicana along US Highway 287. Corsicana is home to the second largest planetarium in the state, one of the nation’s premier Civil War museums, a restored vaudeville theatre or an interactive village dedicated to Navarro County, Texas history.
Corsicana is the location where oil was first discovered west of the Mississippi River thus establishing the city as an industrial and commercial center. Therefore, Corsicana became the first Texas oil boom town, and one of Texas' wealthiest cities. The area has the longest continuous oil flow in Texas, with a total production in excess of 200 million barrels since 1895. Corsicana is now defined by its impressive portfolio of diverse industries including information technology, advanced manufacturing, chemical engineering, distribution, logistics & transportation, railroads, oil and natural gas, and agriculture and cattle.
Corsicana Independent School District (CISD) was honored by the Texas Education Agency with 11 Gold Performance Awards for the 2009-2010 school year. The entire CISD and Corsicana High School earned Recognized status in the State of Texas school districts’ standardized tests. The CISD currently has three Exemplary campuses (Bowie, Sam Houston and Drane), and four Recognized campuses (Fannin, Carroll, Navarro and Corsicana High School). Navarro College and Texas A&M – Commerce are also located nearby.
Residents of Corsicana benefit from an economical cost of living and annual events that include Corsicana Air Show, Corsicana TXBR Stage Race, Cotton Harvest Festival, Derrick Days, Freedom Festival, Great Pumpkin Patch and Second Saturday.
Other sites for information:
YMCA of Corsicana – www.corsicanaymca.org
Corsicana Independent School District - www.cisd.org
City of Corsicana - www.cityofcorsicana.com
Corsicana and Navarro County Chamber of Commerce - www.corsicana.org
Questions regarding this position should be directed to:
Bert Ruiz, YMCA of the USA, Region Director, CEO Search
Cezar Gonzalez, YMCA of the USA, Resource Director
Minimum Criteria for Candidates:
1. Accredited 4-year college degree.
2. Must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and personal values consistent with the YMCA mission.
3. Must have the ability to develop and strengthen community relationships.
4. 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.
5. A proven track record of budgetary and fiscal management.
Preferred Criteria for Candidates:
1. YMCA Organizational Leader Certification. If the candidate does not possess this, they must obtain it within 3 years from the date of hire.
2. 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.
3. Fiscally sound business management approach.
4. Strategic planning and fundraising experience including annual campaigns and the securing of grants.
5. A proven track record of budgetary and fiscal management more than $500,000 annually.
• Advocate the YMCA Vision Within the Community: Serve as ambassador for the mission, goals and values of the YMCA. Lead efforts with increasing membership and delivering high quality programs to the community. Actively interact and communicate with the communities in the region as a representative of the YMCA. Represent the YMCA’s mission to community leaders, donors, staff and volunteers. Assure existing strong partnerships are fostered, and new partnerships are created. Create a culture of excellence within the YMCA, and act as an ambassador for the mission and vision for the YMCA within the community. Be seen and respected as a leader within the community, while proactively creating collaborations to enhance outreach and program initiatives.
• Develop and Implement a Strategic Plan:Have the ability to work effectively with volunteers, key staff, and the YMCA of the USA Resource Director, to create and develop a strategic roadmap that addresses opportunities and challenges related to the community’s support of facilities and programs, with defined organizational strategies. Lead staff in the development and implementation of goals through an annual operating plan. Lead volunteers in creating and aligning committees and their charts of work to support the strategies and goals of the association. Implement a strategic plan that will support the immediate needs of the YMCA.
• Lead Fundraising Efforts: Establish a plan for attaining the YMCA's annual fund raising goals and take the campaign to new levels of engagement with members, volunteers and donors. Develop and implement fundraising plans which will establish this Y as a leading charitable organization within the community, as well as meet the needs of this association. Important fiscal goals include a balanced budget, development of specialized campaigns to support the current day-to-day operations, development of a maintenance reserve, the securing of grants through grant-writing, implementation of a planned giving program, and growth of endowment funds. Fundraising plans will meet current and future needs of the association while building a culture of philanthropy among the board and staff. The CEO will be asked to take a leadership role in meeting objectives of community collaborative initiative that includes funded resources, over the next three years.
• Be Visible Within the YMCA: Constantly interact with members and volunteers, and be willing to provide assistance in functional areas that require support.
• Drive Membership and Enhance Programming: Implement a plan to increase the number of members and add value to our membership services by focusing on adult wellness programming. Membership plan should include strategies to recruit, engage and retain members that will be adopted by YMCA staff and promoted by volunteers. Successfully promote the YMCA’s services and activities to the community. Enhance and develop new adult programming making the YMCA the preferred provider within the community. Continue to engage, as well as retain, current members and cultivate new membership to the YMCA. With membership as a priority, ensure that high quality programs are delivered to support engagement beyond membership services. Continue the delivery of successful youth programs while identifying a strategy to utilize the aquatic center as a program opportunity.
Additional Key Priorities
• Develop and Manage the Staff Team: Develop and manage a staff team. The YMCA seeks a “servant leader” who can inspire a positive attitude and building a cohesive team. The new CEO will create a plan to build unity, encourage teamwork, set operational goals tied to a strategic plan, hold staff accountable, and foster individual staff development. Lead by example; remain actively engaged in staff development and performance leading to superior results in programs, member satisfaction and community engagement. Evaluate current strengths and weaknesses of all key staff and create a plan to integrate members and program participants.
• Establish and Maintain a Culture: Continue to strengthen a culture of inclusion, integrity, character and life-long learning within the YMCA organization that reinforces, encourages, and promotes values of honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring.
• Prepare and Manage the Budget: Use a high level of 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 on the successful financial operation of their areas of responsibility. Monitor the budget closely to address competition that may impact membership, facility needs, and anticipate impact on revenue and expenses related to upkeep and maintenance.
• Improve Operating Performance: Work with the board to develop an annual tactical plan for achieving key YMCA goals and objectives. Remain fully informed of all operational issues, and have the keen ability to quickly address any issues that might arise as well as forecast future needs.
• Continue to Develop an Effective and Diverse Volunteer Board: Work with an already active and engaged board to continue implementing "best-practices" process to recruit, train, develop, and renew the volunteers on the board. Guide the organization to research each key initiative, build agreement, enlist support from each critical constituency and establish a timeline for completing each aspect of the planning process. Work with the board to establish an ongoing implementation plan for each major strategic initiative, and a process to monitor results and capital planning to address existing facility.