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YMCA of the East Bay

Executive Director
Reports to:
Executive Director/Vice President
Pleasant Hill, CA




The YMCA of the East Bay is one of the largest YMCAs in the nation serving over 90,000 children, teens, and adults in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Since joining forces with the YMCA of the Central Bay Area in 2017, the YMCA of the East Bay’s staff, board, and volunteers have created a culture deeply rooted in three key mission priorities: early childhood impact, youth development, and healthy communities.

Central to the Y’s mission is a commitment to “building more than muscle.” To help reduce the increasing incidence of chronic disease and the rising health care costs that Bay Area families continually face, the Y has worked actively to provide access to high-quality health and fitness resources. This work is vital for building healthy individuals, families, and communities. Through personalized programs, exercise classes, fitness coaching, and much more, the Y’s five branches (Berkeley, Albany, Oakland, Pleasant Hill and Richmond Parkway) play an increasingly critical role in advancing the health of East Bay communities. Membership is a top priority in the association.

The work of the YMCA also extends beyond the walls of its fitness centers and reaches deep into East Bay communities, many of which are economically disadvantaged and trauma impacted. At its 25+ Early Learning Centers, the Y’s staff work tirelessly to close the opportunity gap by providing children with the head start they need to succeed in school and in life. Through its youth development/after school programs, the Y provides tutoring, counseling, and crucial support to students on 30 school campuses throughout the East Bay. These dedicated efforts are creating healthier school climates and helping to close the achievement gap by enabling East Bay youth to see and reach their full potential.


The YMCA of the East Bay’s vibrant and diverse community includes people of all ages, from every walk of life, working side by side to strengthen communities. With a local presence and national reach, its mission will continue to be one of Advancing Health, Empowering Youth, and Strengthening Communities.

YMCA - Pleasant Hill

The Irvin Deutscher Family YMCA in Pleasant Hill, also known as the Pleasant Hill Y, is a family-friendly health and wellness center. Serving the Mt. Diablo region since 1964, the branch has evolved into a true community center, dedicated to building strength in body and mind through programs designed to strengthen individuals as well as entire families. It is a strong branch with amazing potential for membership and strategic program growth. Fitness programs, youth sports, active older adult programs as well as swim lessons and aquatic training at its heated outdoor pool are among the Y’s many program offerings. With a current staff of 60, The Pleasant Hill YMCA is in an exciting and dynamic state of evolution and growth with recent capital improvements, including the addition of pickleball courts, designed to meet the community’s foremost health and wellness needs.



The YMCA of the East Bay is seeking an Executive Director to oversee its vibrant Pleasant Hill YMCA, a branch of significant local impact and regional influence. Serving over 3200 households, the branch has pioneered many of the Association’s health initiatives including functional fitness, diabetes prevention and weight-loss interventions. With recent renovations and the addition of new fitness facilities, the branch is primed for the next stage of its growth and development. The ED position reports to the Executive Director/Vice President and will be responsible for managing all branch operations, including strategy development and planning; leading and managing staff and volunteers; and overseeing the branch’s annual fall campaign.

The ED will build strong, strategic relationships with current and prospective partners throughout the Association and externally. As the branch looks to grow and expand its membership base, building bridges within the community to ensure all segments of society have access to the Y will be important. The ED will also play a key role in the Association’s philanthropic success, leading the branch’s annual campaign in close collaboration with and support from the Y’s central development department. They will also be charged with building and supporting an engaged board of advisors, capable of supporting the branch’s programs, community outreach and fundraising programs. The ED will oversee a full- and part- time team of 60, guiding staff on how to strengthen knowledge, skills, and competencies that
improve organizational performance. Creating an environment of trust and respect by empowering others and sharing authority will be key to the ED’s success.

The ED will have a strong understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially as it relates to program development and outreach to underserved populations. The ED role is a wonderful opportunity for an individual who thrives in an entrepreneurial environment and is committed to improving the lives of all East Bay residents.


  • Lead the planning, growth and operations of the Y’s Pleasant Hill branch and its programs and assume responsibility for the branch’s overall success.

  • Support, articulate and demonstrate the mission, values, vision, and Association goals to employees, board members, and the community.

  • Serve as an external ambassador of the branch, developing and maintaining strong community relationships to develop a large and active membership, support the community’s growth, and identify and engage key community leaders.

  • Lead efforts to increase member engagement to ensure that a high performance, member-centric culture of service is in place; ensure employees are fully onboarded and engaged to serve the members/participants and meet or exceed growth and retention goals.

  • Develop, implement, and manage an annual operating plan to promote innovation, excellence and membership growth.

  • Recruit, hire, train, and supervise staff; identify individual and team objectives; coach and evaluate individual performance.

  • Develop and oversee branch department budgets so that resources are devoted to top priorities and strategic objectives; ensure revenue production and growth to maintain a balanced budget.

  • Ensure proper maintenance of branch facilities and equipment to the highest level of safety and efficiency.

  • Lead and develop volunteer committees; consult and advise in selecting community advisory board members, committee chairs and committee members; and lead volunteer orientation and development.

  • Support the Y’s philanthropic goals by developing and cultivating donor/alumni relationships.

  • With support from the Y’s development department, oversee the annual branch campaign to achieve steady growth.

  • Serve as a member of the Association Executive Cabinet.



Bachelor's degree in business administration, human services, non-profit management or related area preferred.


The YMCA of the East Bay encourages interest from a diverse candidate pool and seeks applicants who have an appropriate combination of education, training, skills, lived experience and voice to execute the necessary job functions of the E.D. The requirements listed below are guidelines. The Y realizes that candidates may not satisfy every requirement or meet every qualification listed.

  • Seven to ten (7-10) years of broad management experience, preferably in a YMCA or similar/related organization or in a nonprofit.

  • Demonstrated experience in community relations and in board and volunteer development and management.

  • Experience attracting, retaining, leading and motivating high-quality staff.

  • Fiscal management experience of a branch, organization or department budget and a track record of ensuring that budget targets are met or exceeded.

  • Strategic planning experience, including developing and monitoring an annual operating plan.

  • Experience ensuring membership and/or program growth to serve community/client needs and to promote the mission of the YMCA.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse and multi-cultural communities and constituencies.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook and other computer programs necessary to perform the duties of the job




The successful candidate will have or be:

  • Vision and the ability to lead collaboratively, influence volunteers/staff, exhibit transparency and openness, and make hard decisions when there is no consensus.

  • Strong strategic planning skills and a capacity to develop and implement clear goals, systems and priorities.

  • A deep belief and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Dynamic and inspiring communication skills. Excellent communicator with ability to show passion for the Y’s mission to staff, funders, and community partners.

  • A tangible commitment to health, fitness and wellness.

  • Emotional intelligence and demonstrated self-awareness, self-regulation, social rapport, passion, and motivation.

  • Strong financial skills, including the ability to develop budgets and management reports that present a clear financial picture of an organization or department and its revenue-generating activities.

  • Proven ability to serve in the role of resource/coach/mentor to staff, colleagues and board members; and to build the advisory board’s capabilities in fundraising, consultation, and advocacy.

  • An entrepreneurial spirit with a high level of initiative, attention to detail and strong organizational skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship skills.

  • Unquestioned integrity, professional demeanor and authenticity in building relations with and inspiring best effort from staff, donors, volunteers and community partners

  • Earnest and sincere commitment to the mission and core values of the YMCA.



A competitive compensation package, including a comprehensive benefits package, will be offered. To be considered for this position or for additional information, please contact and/or send resume and cover letter to:

David N. Randall


Randall Search Associates

415 769 4210



The YMCA of the East Bay is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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