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  President/CEO: YWCA North Central Indiana 

YWCA North Central Indiana seeks a dynamic, strategic and experienced President/CEO to sustain the current success and lead the organization to future growth. The President/CEO reports to the Board of Directors, and will work collaboratively with the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, donors, friends, and community partners to ensure the successful provision of critical services to women and children.

YWCA Background

The YWCA North Central Indiana provides critical, effective and innovative services to women and children in Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties. The YWCA North Central Indiana offers economic empowerment programs, including residential and non-residential services, to women who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault, and those who are struggling with substance use. As a powerful force in the community, YWCA uses its voice to advocate for women and people of color.

The mission of the YWCA North Central Indiana is driven by its parent organization, YWCA USA, and its bold vision to eliminate racism and empower women:

The YWCA North Central Indiana, a community agent that believes that when people, particularly women and people of color, are unable to realize their potential and participate as equals in the life of the community, the entire community as well as the individual suffers; therefore, the YWCA serves women, children and their families to help them achieve self-sufficiency and advocates for change within our community to eliminate racism and sexism.

The YWCA’s mission is carried out by an exceptional and passionate staff of 70+ who work at multiple sites, under the general direction of an engaged and high-functioning Board of Directors. YWCA North Central Indiana has an annual budget in excess of $4 million, funded primarily by government grants and private contributions.


The President/CEO shall provide strategic and executive leadership and an unwavering commitment to the betterment of the YWCA’s clients, its mission, and the overall welfare of the community. The President/CEO will be responsible for the overall operations of the YWCA and the continued development and expansion of services to meet the needs of the communities it serves. Most importantly, the President/CEO shall embrace the YWCA’s mission; lead with the highest possible standards of integrity; provide strong fiscal oversight; work creatively and tirelessly to generate funds to support the YWCA’s mission; and create an environment of collaboration among staff, clients, volunteers and community partners. The responsibilities listed below are not exhaustive, and are subject to change:

• Strategic Direction – Establish a strategic direction for the agency that considers the needs of the communities and determines the appropriate methods to help meet those needs. Work with the Board of Directors to develop and implement regular strategic plans.
• Program Development and Oversight - Ensure that the programs and services offered by the agency are consistent with the direction set by the Board of Directors and the needs of the communities served by the YWCA. Ensure that programs and services are provided in an effective, compassionate and efficient manner, and in compliance with funding source and other requirements. Oversee regular program evaluation. Partner effectively with local and national agencies as appropriate to create and deliver services.
• Development - Work with the Board of Directors and staff to design and implement a comprehensive development and fundraising strategy that includes diversity in sources.
• Advocacy and Community Relations - Represent the agency in the community, and serve as a community resource on topics related to eliminating racism and empowering women. Work extensively with multiple funding sources, which currently include (among others) the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, the Indiana Department of Mental Health and Addictions, and the Indiana Department of Child Services, as well as other resources, community groups and planning agencies. Maintain a positive, visible community image, assuring that the YWCA is known as a movement of women and as a valued human service agency. Promote the YWCA and its works through various forms of media, and serve as the primary spokesperson for the agency.
• Financial Oversight – Manage all aspects of the business and financial health of the agency. Ensure financial vitality of the agency through strong fiscal management and leadership in business decisions, including the budgeting process, financial reporting, and financial controls. Develop a deep understanding of current and potential funding sources, and effectively plan for any changes thereto.
• Staff Leadership – Provide effective oversight of the agency’s staff and volunteers. Create a work environment that empowers employees, focuses on professional development, connects employees to the mission of the agency, and that values and promotes diversity, inclusion, respect, and community. Develop and modify, as appropriate, the organizational structure, and internal policies to enable the YWCA to best serve its clients and employees.
• Facility Management – Oversee management of the agency’s multiple facilities, including consideration of the agency’s overall role and strategic direction. Ensure the proper use, management, security and upkeep of the agency facilities.
• Legal/Compliance - Ensure that the YWCA is in compliance with legal, financial, and regulatory requirements.
• Other – All other duties typical of an executive leader of a non-profit agency.

Education and Experience

• Bachelor's degree required; master’s degree preferred
• Significant business and financial management experience preferred
• Experience in a senior management position(s) in a non-profit organization preferred
• Experience in fundraising and development preferred

Knowledge and Ability

• Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically, including the ability to envision the future and lead an organization toward that vision
• Demonstrated ability to successfully lead both people and projects
• Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate, orally and in writing
• Demonstrated leadership in social advocacy consistent with the mission of the YWCA
• Unwavering commitment to fostering a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment for clients, staff, volunteers and others

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a formal application, and include cover letter, resume, and three professional references.

DMS 11081105v2

Location:South Bend, IN 46601 US View Map
Date Posted:11/13/2017
Date Last Modified:11/13/2017
Start Date:11/13/2017 
Hours per week:Full-time 
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Contact:Human Resources