Job Code: 38

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.

Information Sites:

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                  


Benefits: Medical insurance and dental insurance - Association pays 75% of employee premium and 50% of spouse/dependents premium. Association pays 100% of long-term disability policy for the CEO. Y pays 12% of retirement. Association pays 50% of cell phone costs. All benefits are consistent with YMCA Personnel Policy and provides Paid Time-Off and Short-Term Disability based on full-time tenure in the YMCA. Minimum level is 15 days of PTO and maximum is 30 days of PTO.



Residency Expectation: Living in the YMCA’s service area is preferred.

Minimum Candidate Criteria:

  1. Accredited 4-year college degree preferred.
  2. Must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and personal values consistent with the YMCA mission.
  3. Demonstrated leadership experience in a senior management role at a YMCA or related experience at a comparable organization with direct supervision of multiple levels of staff and employees. Prefer a minimum of five years’ experience.
  4. Must have proven ability to develop and strengthen community relationships.
  5. 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.
  6. YMCA Organizational Leader Certification (Note: Candidates not already in possession of this certification have up to five years to obtain via YMCA of the USA).

To Apply:

Candidates will apply via the following website:

Candidates will be requested to submit the following with their online application:  A resume and cover letter, along with six professional references.

Please Note: References checked on final candidates only with prior notification.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:

David Martorano

VP - Thriving Ys, YMCA of the USA

(312) 419-2839


Mike Gulick

Regional Alliance Director

(605) 941-7438


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