President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


President & CEO

YWCA Dayton Position Description

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), working in partnership with the Board and Staff, is responsible for the executive and administrative leadership of the YWCA of Dayton to provide leadership, vision, direction for the organization and to develop organizational strategy that has its mission the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women. The CEO gives executive leadership to the YWCA, implements policies approved by the board, translates the YWCA’s complex and sensitive goals into high quality, successful programs and services that meet the needs of the local communities.


The person in this position is accountable to the Board of Directors, and works in a partnership relationship with the Board Chair. He/she functions as the head of staff and maintains contacts with board members, other volunteers, staff, and the regional and/or national YWCA offices. The CEO works extensively with donors, community groups, and planning agencies.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Board Relations: Provides guidance and information leading to planning, programs and operations, and policy adoption. Gathers and provides complete, objective information to allow board members to make informed decisions. Oversees the development evaluation, implementation of adopted plans, policies, and programs/services. With the board chair, sees that the Board is effectively organized and that a system of board development is established. Ensures safekeeping of official documents and records. Notifies the Board Chair of significant media coverage and gives sufficient notice to the board members of events that provide opportunities to represent the YWCA in the community.

Human Resources Management: Employs, assigns, supervises, and terminates staff and consultants as the agent of the Board. Administers the board approved personnel policies and implements the affirmative action and salary administration plans. Ensures that (1) legal requirements of employer are met, (2) personnel policies are developed and reviewed, and (3) consideration is given to any questions or deviations from policy. Ensures leadership development of staff in a manner that demonstrates commitment to the mission of the YWCA of Dayton, utilizing both local and national resources. Provides an open and supportive environment free of discrimination for all staff and volunteers. Fosters professional growth and development of staff in order to increase awareness of the YWCA’s purpose.

Financial Management: Carries overall responsibility for all aspects of fiscal management, including assuring adequate cash flow for current operating needs and long-term goals. It is expected that the CEO will maintain a financial position consistent with the board-approved budget. Preserves assets of the organization. Works with the finance committee by giving leadership to (1) the budgeting process, (2) the timely reporting of the financial position of the organization, and (3) maintaining financial controls. Ensures the proper use, management, security, and upkeep of all facilities. Through the budgeting process and with board approval, allocates resources for necessary maintenance as well as capital improvements.

Fund/Donor Development: As the chief fundraiser of the organization, the CEO works closely with the Development staff and the Board to ensure that the comprehensive and diversified fundraising plan and policies are in place. He/she maintains up-to-date knowledge of the Dayton philanthropic landscape and serves as the lead development officer for major/capital gift solicitations including; (1) development and implementation of stewardship strategies for major donors that help fully recognize their charitable support and maximize their involvement with the YWCA, and (2) production of all necessary reports to demonstrate progress, record-keeping and excellent stewardship to comply with major gift reporting guidelines. The CEO serves as the “public face” of the YWCA for all fundraising endeavors.

Public Relations: Achieves and maintains a positive visible community image, assuring that the YWCA is known as a valued human service agency that works towards elimination of racism and empowerment of women. Represents the YWCA in key associations, organizations and appropriate community groups and YWCA regional/national forums. Maintains collaborative relationships with those other community groups and organizations. Interprets and markets the YWCA through the media, serving on committees, advisory groups and speaking in public settings, and the production of YWCA materials.

Program Oversight: Develops and implements plans for new programs as outlined in the Strategic plan. Ensures that programs remain mission-directed. Ensures professional standards of excellence for all agency programs. Establishes fees for programs as appropriate. Complies with all local, state and federal legal requirements.

Qualifications and Experience:

Graduate degree, preferred however, an applicant with a bachelors’ degree and/or a combination of education, professional, and life experiences will be considered. An understanding of the local community, including the political, philanthropic and economic environments is preferred.

Must have demonstrated experience in:

· Development, promotion, and support of innovative programming, institutional advancement and management systems that ensure that organization’s mission, values, and empowerment of staff.

· All aspects of fiscal management, including those leading to growth and development and fundraising ability.

· Positive working and reporting relationships with constituents, including volunteers, board members, community members, funders, and national, state and local affiliations impacting organizational growth and development.

· Personnel administration, including staff recruitment, selection and supervision.

Must possess Special Skills including:

· Strong oral and written communication skills

· Effective leadership and administrative skills

· Proven ability to relate to individuals of all ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds

· Computer skills, Microsoft preferred

· Anti-racism and entrepreneurship 


· $130,000 - $150,000 annually, based on experience

· Health, dental and vision coverage

· Paid Parental Leave

· Generous PTO and holiday pay

· Life and AD&D insurance

· Long term disability

· Employee Assistance Program

· YWCA Retirement Fund - Automatic enrollment in the YWCA National Retirement Fund upon completion of two years of employment (1,000 hours or more worked per year). Employer contributes 7.5% and YWCA USA contributes 3% to contribute a total of 10.5% of gross pay.

YWCA Dayton Culture and Values

Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women

YWCA Dayton is part of the largest and oldest multicultural women’s organization in the world; we leverage that collective strength into a unified movement joined through the comprehensive mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Founded in 1870, YWCA Dayton lives its mission and is a champion of women and girls in three key ways: direct service programming, community outreach and education, and advocacy and public policy support. Our core services are focused on preventing and responding to gender-based violence; supporting women’s economic empowerment; strengthening women and girls’ leadership development; and advocating for legislation and policies that promote racial and social justice for women and girls.

These include: 

· Emergency shelter and crisis support services for women and children fleeing domestic violence

· Crisis and counseling services for survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking

· Affordable housing and life skills training for single women transitioning to independent living from homelessness or abuse

· Housing assistance for women and children who have experienced domestic violence and families who are experiencing sudden homelessness

· Girls LEAD!, an in-school, after-school, and summer camp empowerment and education program for girls 11-18

YWCA Dayton continues to be a touchstone, a stepping stone, or a resting stone for more than 100 women and children, every day. We are constantly working to ensure that the Miami Valley community will always have amidst its future, a place dedicated to empowering women and eliminating racism.