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Bus Driver

Category: Child Care
Location: YMCA of Rapid City

Job Type: Part-Time

Bus Driver is responsible for providing safe transportation to and /or from school and on field trips. This person must meet qualifications needed for South Dakota State DOT licensing, have a valid driver’s license for the vehicle they are driving, have a driving record that is acceptable to the YMCA’s insurance, and submit to pre-employment/random drug testing as dictated by the Department of Transportation Regulations.

Hours for this position are Monday-Friday. Hours will be between 7:30 am - 4:45 pm.

This position is part-time averaging 20 hours per week.


Chief Executive Officer

Category: Administrative
Location: YMCA of Rapid City

Job Type: Full-Time



Position:       Chief Executive Officer

Address:       YMCA of Rapid City

                     815 Kansas City St

                     Rapid City, SD  57701


The YMCA of Rapid City is an equal opportunity employer committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.

Position Description and Board Expectations:

The CEO/ED serves as the chief executive officer and reports to and is directly held responsible by the Board of Directors. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for key result areas as established by the Board of Directors to include board development, staff and volunteer development, program development, fiscal management, property management, financial development, community relations, and risk management.

The board believes its new CEO should be an experienced leader who has the background and qualities that will permit him or her to achieve excellence in the following roles:

Advocate and Inspire the Y Mission and Vision throughout the Organization and in the Community: Lead, model and inspire the Y mission that promotes core values, builds the whole person and brings diverse populations together in a sense of community and inclusion.  Develop and cultivate relationships with Y members, donors, staff, volunteers and partners to lift up the Y as an integral resource for the community in such a way that results in successful program and financial development.

Key competencies: volunteerism, diversity and inclusion, values, community, collaboration, communication, relationship building, influence, developing others, mentorship

Implement a Strategic Plan: Have the ability to work effectively with the Board, volunteers, community leaders, and key staff to implement a strategic roadmap focused on community needs. This includes developing an annual operating plan based on the strategic roadmap, leading staff in achieving these strategic goals and facilitating volunteers by aligning committees and their charts of work to support the strategies and goals of the Y.

Key competencies: influence, YMCA values, relationships, inclusion, communication, project management, innovation, decision making, data-driven decision making

Achieve Annual Operating Excellence: Maintain and reinforce a culture of development that relies on the never-ending cycle of planning-implementing-evaluating for every component of YMCA operations. This includes reliance on data-driven decisions supported by board observations, key staff input, organizational needs and solid fiscal management.

Key competencies: communication, influence, quality results, finance, decision making 

Attract, Build and Lead a High-Quality Staff Team: Serve as the organizational a leader who can motivate, engage, and retain staff in a positive and productive manner by creating and setting an expectation of excellence. Demonstrate an engaging, open, positive, and inclusive leadership style and display integrity, with a high regard for honesty and courage. Must have an open mind to innovative ways of improving services and expanding impact.

Key competencies: coaching, ethics, communication, coaching, performance management, advising, building culture

YMCA of Rapid City Association Facts:

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

Service Area: Rapid City service area of approximately 92,000. The Rapid City service area includes Rapid City, Black Hawk, Piedmont, Summerset, Box Elder and EAFB. The Custer service area of roughly 10,000 includes Custer, Hermosa and Hill City. The Edgemont service area is about 1,000 people.

Branch/Program Center Locations:  

Main Y Building - 113,500 sq. ft. facility

Initial construction in 1963 with major capital expansion projects in 1977, 1986, 1997 and 2000 with multiple minor capital projects throughout. 3 pools, 3 gymnasiums, 2 racquetball courts, running track, 2 group exercise areas, wellness center, child development center with 6 classrooms, outdoor playground, youth center, Child watch, 2 adult locker rooms, 2 youth/teen locker rooms, family locker room, café, multi-purpose room.

Custer Branch – 7,590 sq. ft. facility (Historic log building)

Incorporated as a branch of the YMCA of Rapid City in 1989. Wellness Center, locker rooms, gym/multi-purpose room, programming in the Custer Community Center, childcare development center with 4 classrooms, outdoor playground. This location also operates city outdoor pool and ball fields.

Edgemont Branch

Wellness Center in school district building with weight room and cardio room, office building

Rapid City Education Center (Y-Owned portion) - 34,000 sq. ft. facility

Acquisition and major renovation in 2019. Child development center with 9 classrooms, outdoor playground, multi-purpose room, school-age room, Youth Institute area, training center, meeting room, administration offices. This location also operates city outdoor pool and ball fields.

Y House - 5,742 sq. ft. facility. Acquisition and renovation in 2005. Child development classroom and outdoor playground.

YMCA Giraffic Park Day Camp - 54 acres and multiple buildings, including big top large gathering building, craft building, recreation hall. Acquisition in 2013 and renovations annually.

Programs are also operated in partner-owned facilities:

  • Wellness Center and childcare at Black Hills Energy Horizon Point Campus.
  • Childcare and food service at OneHeart transformational campus.
  • Afterschool Kidstop at 14 elementary schools.
  • Teen Center at Bethel Assembly of God.
  • Y Jump Start childcare and mother mentoring for teen mothers at Rapid City High School.
  • Custer YMCA program center at the city-owned historic log building.
  • Custer YMCA childcare at a school-district-owned building.
  • Custer YMCA aquatics at city-owned outdoor pool.
  • Edgemont YMCA program center at school-district-owned facility.
  • Edgemont YMCA aquatics at city-owned outdoor pool.
  • Construction is underway for Liberty Center, a full facility owned by Ellsworth Authority and operated by the YMCA. Completion date estimated to be mid-2022.

History: The YMCA of Rapid City was established in 1948 and moved to the current primary location in 1959. Through a series of partnerships and capital campaigns, the YMCA now includes a full facility on half of a city block, the YMCA of Custer branch (established in 1988 in partnership with City of Custer), YMCA of Edgemont branch (established in 2005 in partnership with Edgemont School District), YMCA Giraffic Park Day Camp, Rapid City Education Center (established in 2019 in partnership with Rapid City Area Schools), and multiple off-site program locations.

Governance: 16-member volunteer Board of Directors

Staff: 137 FT; 146 PT



Unduplicated Annual Members

Preschool Age


Elementary Age




Young Adult







Core Programs:

Rapid City: Respected nationwide reputation for innovation and development of programs around social responsibility along with building partnerships. Signature programs include traditional programs such as early learning, afterschool, day camp, wellness and aquatics. Targeted programs include Y Jump Start for teen mothers, Y North Teen Center in an underserved area, expansive feeding program, Y Youth Institute using media technology with teens, afterschool at Title 1 sites and teen Leader’s Club.

Custer: The Y serves as the recreation provider for the city and utilizes city-owned and school district-owned buildings and property. Key programs include afterschool, early learning, wellness, day camp, sports and outdoor aquatics.

Edgemont: This small community purposely pursued a YMCA with the intent on keeping the town active and alive. With great community support, this branch features afterschool, day camp, outdoor aquatics and sports.

Financial Position: Operating Budget is $8.1M

Following a challenging three-year period that included CFO turnover, a major capital campaign, pandemic-fueled shut-downs and operating modifications, the YMCA emerged at the end of 2020 with an overall operating fund balance of $1,197,269. The endowment fund balance is currently at $1,360,251. A capital campaign took place to acquire and renovate an 8-story building in coordination with Rapid City Area Schools, which was completed August 15, 2019. The YMCA portion of the project was $7.85 million. There is a current debt of $1.41 million with $283,000 of pledge payments remaining.

Financial Assistance: The Y Kid’s Campaign raised $391,662 in 2020 between the three branches and has a goal of $356,000 in 2021. The Y provides over $400,000 annually in financial assistance. $1.94 million in subsidized programming and individual financial assistance is provided annually.

Attractions and quality of life benefits to living and working in the community: Rapid City, the Black Hills and western South Dakota have a strong and well-earned reputation for friendliness and an easy lifestyle. The Black Hills presents a wide array of outdoor activities that include hiking, biking, rock climbing, water sports, snow sports and more. The Rapid City economy doesn’t normally experience the highs and lows that are felt across the rest of the nation. Plus, there is no state income tax.

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Search Process Target Dates: 

  • Resumes accepted through May 21, 2021         
  • Candidate review: Week of May 24, 2021
  • First-round interviews scheduled: Week of June 21, 2021                  
  • Final interviews: Week of July 19, 2021                                          
  • New CEO on board (anticipated): September 6, 2021                  

Child Watch Aides - Part Time

Category: Child Care
Location: YMCA of Rapid City

Job Type: Part-Time

Do you enjoy working with children AND adults, making a difference every day? Are you friendly, enjoy variety and like to multi-task?  This is a great job for someone with these qualifications.  

We are seeking energetic and fun loving child care aides. Be willing to get down on the child's level, run, play and interact all day long!! Experience preferred, but willing to train the right candidate.


Food Service Assistant

Category: Food Service
Location: YMCA of Rapid City

Job Type: Full-Time

YMCA of Rapid City Food Service Assistant

Reports to: Food Service Associate Director

Hourly Wage: $11 hour Full Time

General Expectations: The Food Service Assistant is responsible for maintaining excellence in the food service department. This position reports directly to the Food Service Associate Director. This person will be cross trained in various areas of our kitchen and meal preparation. Compliance with the CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program) and HEPA (Healthy Eating Physical Activity) standards will be followed.

Performance Objectives: To develop a continually increasing standard of excellence as directed by the Food Service Director in accordance with YMCA goals and policies in the following areas:

Health and Safety:

  1. Maintain cleanliness and room appearance such that at least 90% of guests agree that it is good or excellent
  2. Ensure that all state and local codes are being enforced in the kitchen such that a rating of 95% is achieved from the state inspection
  3. Maintain the quality and quantity of cleaning supplies and equipment needed

Food Preparation:

  1. Food must be prepared in such a way that 95% of the patrons agree that is good or excellent
  2. Assist with planning and implementation of healthy menus at least one week in advance
  3. Assist with planning and implementation of healthy menus for the current day or week
  4. Ensure that supplies are ordered and/or received in a timely manner so the menus can be carried out
  5. Assist in preparing snacks, lunches, and drinks for committee meetings upon request by the directors

Guest Services:

  1. Create a pleasant, friendly environment for guests, staff, and community members patronizing the YMCA.
  2. Conduct yourself in a professional manner such that 90% of guests will rate the overall quality of food service as good or excellent

Record Keeping:

  1. Assist in maintaining accurate daily records for state, federal or other reports.
  2. Accurately record all purchases made through the kitchen and submit receipts

Whatever else that may be needed to further YMCA goals.

Orientation Training: Must be completed by all YMCA staff within 60 days of start date, unless supervisory approval is given for an extension due to unavailability of training or extenuating circumstances. Initial and annual wage adjustments are subject to meeting and maintaining adequate standards.

Note: all persons interested in being a member of the YMCA staff must agree to be right on target with DART.

D - Dependability Exhibit dependability by reporting for duty promptly and as scheduled.

A - Appearance Maintain a neat, clean, modest and presentable appearance befitting of someone representing an organization that promotes a positive and healthy environment. This includes a standard of dress as determined by the dress code.

R - Role Model Believe in and exhibit, at all times and for all members, volunteers, and staff the YMCA core values of honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring. This includes the use of positive language, maintaining friendliness, and demonstrating good manners.

T - Teamwork Demonstrate teamwork. This means working together, helping one another, and lending a hand, even if it is not part of your specific responsibilities.

Employment is conditional upon completion of all trainings required of the position and notification of the results of the background investigation.


FT Child Care Aides

Category: Child Care
Location: YMCA of Rapid City

Job Type: Full-Time

We are seeking energetic and fun loving child care teacher aides. Be willing to get down on the children’s level, run, play and interact all day long!! Experience preferred, but willing to train.



Lifeguard/Swim Instructor Part-Time

Category: Aquatics
Location: YMCA of Rapid City

Job Type: Part-Time

Applicant must be certified, or currently enrolled in the certification course, in YMCA or American Red Cross Lifeguard. Lifeguard duties will include, but are not limited to, prevention, scanning, educating members on safe swimming practices, enforcing rules, performing necessary rescues and first aid care, and cleaning. We hold a high standard on professionalism and team work. Applicants must be willing to train for and take certification courses to teach YMCA swim lessons. Instructors must be highly motivate, safety conscious, able to follow policies and standards, teach to the standards and ensure their students are safe and having fun.


OneHeart Preschool Aide - Full Time

Category: Child Care
Location: YMCA of Rapid City

Job Type: Full-Time

OneHeart Child Care Aide Full Time

We are seeking energetic and fun loving child care teachers aides. Be willing to get down on the child's level, run, play and interact all day long!! Experience preferred, but willing to train the right candidate.


Preschool Head Teacher

Category: Child Care
Location: YMCA of Rapid City

Job Type: Full-Time

The Head Teacher is responsible to the Preschool Associate Director for excellence in the Preschool program. The Head Teacher is responsible for providing a safe preschool program planning fun age appropriate curriculum, connecting with children and their parents, maintaining a positive environment that enhances the child’s social and physical development. 


PT Preschool Aides and Substitutes

Category: Child Care
Location: YMCA of Rapid City

Job Type: Part-Time

Part time positions available. We are seeking energetic and fun loving preschool teacher aides. Be willing to get down on the children’s level, run, play and interact all day long!! Experience preferred, but willing to train.