President and CEO — YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford

We are seeking an inspiring, future-oriented leader to mobilize and collaborate with staff, volunteers and community partners. The President  & CEO will drive the development of the Association’s strategic direction and provide leadership and vision for a team of approximately 2,500 regular full and part-time staff.

Posted On: 2021-08-04
Closing On: 2021-09-04
Location: Hamilton, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management
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Job Description


We are seeking an inspiring, future-oriented leader to mobilize and collaborate with staff, volunteers and community partners as the YMCA of Hamilton| Burlington| Brantford moves into a new era. Reporting to the Board of Directors through the Board Chair, the President  & CEO of the YMCA of Hamilton| Burlington| Brantford will drive the development of the Association’s strategic direction and provide leadership and vision for a team of approximately 2,500 regular full and part-time staff.

The President & CEO will lead the Association to develop and implement the necessary strategies, including risk management, asset management and governance, to achieve and maximize its objectives. The President & CEO will lead and manage to ensure meaningful and inclusive community impact, supported by strategic, operational and financial excellence.

This position will commence in January 2022, and is available as a result of the upcoming retirement of the incumbent. The role will be based at 79 James Street South, Hamilton with regular regional travel for meetings at various program sites, and with community partners and donors.



Founded in 1856, the YMCA of Hamilton| Burlington| Brantford [YMCAHBB] is one of the largest and most diverse charities in Ontario. Our vision is to create vibrant and healthy communities where everyone belongs and has the opportunity to reach their full potential. Our core values of Belonging, Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility guide our relationships and our work. With a focus on inclusion and accessibility, the YMCA enables people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to be served across all stages of life.

With 2500+ staff and 1400+ volunteers, YMCA HBB delivers programs and services at over 120 locations across   a large geographical area (pre-pandemic). These programs include Child Care, Employment and Newcomer Services, Community Outreach, Day Camp, Men’s Residence, Health, Fitness and Aquatic programs, specialized health services, and a year-round outdoor education center and overnight camp, YMCA Wanakita in Haliburton, Ontario.

When we welcomed 2020, our YMCA focus was oriented to the future, considering important questions and imagining new opportunities to serve community. Financially, YMCAHBB had a pre-pandemic operating budget of $60M that supported a 5-year strategic plan, which will conclude in 2023.

The pandemic accelerated health, economic and social challenges, disproportionately impacting the most vulnerable members of our community. In 2020/21, to ensure continued relevance and sustainability during the pandemic, YMCAHBB quickly adjusted plans to meet the evolving needs of our communities.

While the 2020 fiscal year saw revenues decreased significantly in many programs (such as Health Fitness & Aquatics, and Childcare) resulting in revenues of $40M, our strategic focus, strong financial management, and strong base of assets have served us well as we pivoted.

As we move through the remainder of 2021 into 2022, partnerships will continue to be key to deepen the YMCA’spositive impact on people and communities. From the strength of our volunteer board and staff relationships, valued donors, working with all levels of government and elected officials, collaborating with many valued community partners and most notably, through the day-to-day relationships of ourYMCA  staff team with children or families facing insurmountable challenges – these powerful interactions have been forces for social good in our communities.

Building on this impact, we look forward to welcoming an incoming President and CEO who will work with and through others to take the YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford to the next level.



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Primary responsibilities of the President and CEO include:

  • Providing overall leadership and vision to develop and drive the YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford (the ‘Association’) strategy and business plans necessary to realize the Association’s objectives.
  • Implement and monitor the strategic decisions of the Board of Directors and provide timely and consistent reporting to the Board.
  • Participation in various community groups to support community-building and facilitate the Association’s positioning within the wide range of communities it serves.

Specific duties of the President and CEO include but are not limited to:

Strategic Leadership

  • Work closely with the Board, senior leadership, and community partners to proactively identify strategic opportunities and challenges aligned with the strategic vision and direction of the Association.
  • Lead and manage the Association within parameters set by the Board.
  • Develop policies with the Board and senior leadership and ensure compliance across the Association.
  • Advise the Board of all major commitments, exposures, and risks on a regular and timely basis.
  • Keep the Chair of the Board and the Board fully informed on all significant financial and other relevant strategic matters relevant to the Association, including external items emanating from governments, regulators, legal, insurers, etc.
  • Be proactive and engaged on issues of national importance within CanadianYMCA’s.
  • In furthering the mission of the YMCA, actively participate in work of the World Alliance of YMCAs, the World Urban Network of YMCAs, North American large YMCA Network and YMCA Canada.

People Leadership

  • Regularly and proactively communicate the vision and potential impact of the Association’s work to inspire and encourage staff, volunteers, partners, donors and members.
  • Work closely with senior leadership, staff, and volunteers to champion, cultivate and support an inclusive environment that embeds diversity and equity in all aspects of the Association’s work.
  • Engage with staff in revitalizing post-pandemic organizational culture that maximizes inclusiveness and belonging,innovation,cross-programcollaboration,andorganizationalexcellence.
  • Oversee the Association’s Human Resources strategy and succession planning for staff and leadership volunteers, ensuring that appropriate leadership development programs and activities are in place.
  • Ensure all staff and volunteers are treated fairly and according to the Association’s values, policies and applicable employment laws.

Partner & Community Engagement

  • Establish and maintain effective strategic and community relationships that help advance the vision, goals and objectives of the Association.
  • Effectively cultivate and develop key relationships and alliances with a diverse network of community organizations, corporations, foundations, and donors.
  • Engage with staff, members, volunteers, and donors in developing philanthropy to support the Association’s mission and strengthen its impact.
  • Develop strong government relationships at the municipal, provincial, and national level.
  • Advance the Association’s relationships with, and commitment to reconciliation with, local Indigenous peoples.
  • Oversee the Association’s communications strategy, including issues management communication strategy, and act as its official spokesperson.
  • Work with staff and volunteers to enhance the profile and reputation of the Association with key stakeholders and audiences.
  • Represent the Association and proactively engage in issues of community importance.

Operational Leadership

  • In partnership with the leadership team:
    • Develop and monitor operational plans that ensure Association growth and sustainability.
    • Ensure the YMCA’s assets are adequately safeguarded and optimized for use of members and general public.
    • Identify principal risks of the Association’s operations and implement appropriate strategies to manage and mitigate.
    • Measure Association performance and evaluate results, and report back to and/or engage in discussion with the Board and/or other stakeholders as needed.
    • Ensure that the Association always operates with ethics and integrity, in adherence with applicable laws, policies, guidelines, and best practices.



Candidates must have previous experience working at the executive level in a large, complex operational environment with multiple lines of business. We welcome candidates from the not-for-profit , public, and private sectors, while recognizing that experience may come from paid, volunteer and/or lived experiences.

Additionally, candidates must illustrate on their resume (and through interviewing) examples in past roles where they have demonstrated the following competencies:

  • Assess and predict future opportunities, challenges, and trends, and working with others to proactively adapt and prepare for these.
  • Engage others to anchor change in enduring values, competencies, and strategic orientations that should endure in the organization.
  • Anticipate, introduce and manage change in a large, complex organization.
  • Provide clear vision and direction for senior leaders and others in the organization.
  • Ensure disciplined execution of operational plans.
  • Analyze and assess program results, as well as financial and social return on investment.
  • Inspire others toward a challenging and exciting future vision.
  • Build consensus and commitment with staff, volunteers, and partners.
  • Establish innovationthrough internal and external collaboration.
  • Support a not-for-profit governance Board’s strategic leadership role in a charitable organization.
  • Engage stakeholders across communities as partners and supporters.
  • Mobilizepeople around shared purpose and impact.
  • Model listening and learning, and encourage this across the organization.
  • Develop a culture of inclusiveness and belonging which proactively supports diversity, equity, anti-racism, and anti-oppression.
  • Encourage and help develop the right mindset and the right skill-set in staff and volunteers at all levels of an organization.



KCI Search + Talent is proud to be conducting this search on behalf of the YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington| Brantford. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Tara George, Partner / Lead, KCI Search + Talent by email at

All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence.Interestedcandidatesshouldsendresumeand letter of interest to the email address listed above by September 13, 2021.

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The YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford embraces and celebrates our community’s unique multicultural heritage and diversity. The YMCA is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a culture of inclusiveness and diversity reflecting our diverse members, volunteers, staff and community alike.

We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Should you require accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs.

Please note that the target hiring salary for this position is $220,000-$260,000 plus pension and a full range of benefits.