Position: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Address: 400 M L King Jr. Blvd., Bristol, TN 37620-2360

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

Position Description and Board Expectations:  The YMCA of Bristol has a strong foundation and is seeking a leader who will be an ambassador for the mission, goals, and values of the YMCA within the community. The CEO must be active in civic and community groups, be respected as a leader and uphold the highest standards and values exemplified through their interactions with members, staff, and the board.

Through high-performance standards and expectations, they will be able to engage in the community with stakeholders and align the YMCA to collaborate with agencies to create more impact. Ensure that every community member who interacts with the YMCA leaves with a sense of belonging and the organization understands this commitment and upholds a high standard of personal conduct.
Must be able to utilize technology to better serve the community, whether it is communicating on updates and promotions through social media or enhanced operating system to pull reports to understand utilization rates to increase program offerings to increase and retain members.
If you are an energetic, passionate individual who is committed to making an impact in a small city community, then this position may be the perfect fit for you! Must have entrepreneur spirit with the ability to wear many hats; someone who is both strategic and tactical. Chief Executive Officer must reside within the Bristol, Tennessee service areas.

Key Deliverables:
Implement the Strategic Plan: The ability to work effectively with the board of directors, volunteers, community leaders and key staff to deliver on the critical community needs and implement the strategic roadmap focused on organizational strategies. Lead staff through the implementation of goals through an annual operating plan. Lead volunteers in aligning committees and their charts of work to support the strategies and goals of the Y.  Key competencies: influence, values, relationships, inclusion, communication, project management, innovation, decision making, quality results
Fiscal Management: Ensure the Y’s financial resources are properly managed and report on its financial position. Use high-level financial analysis to forecast trends, growth, and stability while consistently leading Y to balance or surplus operations by growing earned revenue and contributions and controlling costs. Empower and guide staff to lead their departments and monitor and meet budgets. Develop and implement stewardship strategies including building the endowment and planned giving programs.  Key competencies: decision making, project management, finance, quality results, functional expertise, developing others
Improve Operating Performance: Partner with the board to identify issues and develop an annual tactical plan for achieving key YMCA goals and objectives to solve them. Remain fully informed of all operational issues and be able to quickly address issues that arise as well as forecast future needs. Ensure the Y’s financial resources are properly managed and report on its financial position. Use high-level financial analysis to forecast trends, growth, and stability while consistently leading the Y to balance or surplus operations by growing earned revenue and contributions and controlling costs. Determine new and creative ways to promote the YMCA through effective marketing and communications and create an annual calendar with measurables action plans to address the Ys needs.  Key competencies: communication, influence, quality results, finance, decision making
Build and Manage the Staff Team: Serve as a leader who can motivate, engage, and retain staff in a positive and productive manner by creating and setting an expectation for excellence. Demonstrate an engaging, open, positive and inclusive leadership style and display integrity, a high regard for honesty and courage and an open mind to innovative ways of improving services and expanding impact.  Key competencies: quality results, relationship, influence, community, communication, developing others, change management, values

The YMCA has the opportunity to strengthen these areas to have greater
impact in the Bristol community:
o Capital development for facilities and program expansion
o Membership and program expansion
o More collaboration within our community with school systems, federal government, and other agencies
o Endowment development Key competencies: values, community, volunteerism, philanthropy, inclusion, relationships, influence, communication, developing others, decision making, innovation, project management, finance, quality results, self-development, change
capacity, emotional maturity, functional expertise

Salary Range: $75,000 – $95,000 commensurate with experience.
Residency Expectation: Living in the YMCA’s service area is required.
Benefits: A competitive benefits package to include PTO, participation in the YMCA Retirement Fund (when eligibility criteria are met) at 8% YMCA contributed, life, LTD, major medical, dental, and an array of supplemental options.

Minimum Criteria for Candidates:
1. Accredited 4-year college degree.
2. Must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and personal values consistent with the YMCA mission.
3. Minimum five years prior experience in a senior management role with a YMCA or related experience at a comparable organization with direct supervision of multiple levels of staff and employees.

Preferred Criteria for Candidates:
1. YMCA Organizational Leader Certification (obtain within 3 years).
2. Fiscally sound business management approach.
3. Strategic planning and fundraising experience including annual campaigns and the securing of grants.
4. A proven track record of budgetary and fiscal management.

YMCA of Bristol Association Facts:
The YMCA of Bristol is a long standing and well-respected organization in the community. It is the largest health and wellness facility in the community serving almost 10,000 community members each year. Programs includes; swim lessons, summer camp, after school, group exercise programs and youth sports. The Y also has a very strong teen program, special needs partnership and summer reading program.
The Association was chartered in 1884 with a store front facility in Bristol until 1907. In 1907, a magnificent four-story building was built that consisted of a pool, gym, bowling alley, hotel rooms and meeting rooms. In 1968, the current facility was built. At the time it was one of the finest
YMCA buildings in the country. Since 2006, the building has been under renovations. Currently, 90% of the building has been renovated while incurring NO DEBT.
Over 3.5 million has been raised and invested in the YMCA of Bristol over the past 15 years. The last capital project for the Y was in 1989 to add a second indoor pool and women’s health center, around $500,000 was raised and the same amount in debt. In 2000, the Y purchased an outdoor pool.

Financial Position:
$1.6M budget size (82% from membership, 10% from programs, 8% from contribution and grants and 1% from others). $1.7M in endowment and a balanced budget of the last 15 years. Over $300K in operating and reserve funds. All debt was retired in 2002 through the donation of a very supportive individual.

Attractions and quality of life benefits to living and working in the community:  Located at the crossroads where the paths of four states intertwine, Bristol, itself, is a twin city that straddles the Tennessee/Virginia state line, which runs the length of State Street in the historic downtown. Bristol, recently named the Most Charming Town in America by ShopOnMain.com, is uniquely situated within a day’s drive of half the United States’ population.
Bristol offers an exceptional quality of life, with low cost of living and moderately priced real estate. Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, four distinct seasons and a temperate climate offer abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. This favorable location, which boasts a sound infrastructure and a population with a strong work ethic, makes Bristol an extremely desirable place to live.

Information Sites:
 YMCA of Bristol: http://bristolymca.net
 Bristol Chamber of Commerce: http://www.bristolchamber.com
 City of Bristol, TN: www.bristoltn.org
 Travel to Bristol TN: www.tnvacation.com/east-tennessee/bristol
 YMCA of the USA: www.ymca.net
 Discovering Bristol: www.discoverbristol.org
 Birthplace of Country Music: www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org
 Bristol Motor Speedway: www.bristolmotorspeedway.com
 Bristol TN Economic Development: www.bristoltn.org/135/Economic-development

Search Process Target Dates:
 Resumes accepted through: June 29, 2018
 First round interviews scheduled: July 30 – 31, 2018
 On-site interviews: August 28 – 29, 2018
 CEO selection made: September 1, 2018
 New CEO on board (anticipated): October 1, 2018

To Apply:
Candidates will apply via the following website: https://tinyurl.com/bristol-ymca-ceo

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:

Anne Koo Thornquist
CEO Search Director
YMCA of the USA
[email protected]

Journey Johnson
Resource Director
YMCA of the USA
[email protected]

Release: The Y Encourages Older Adults to “Engage at Every Age”

for immediate release


Chris Ayers



[email protected]

The Y Encourages Older Adults to “Engage at Every Age” This May

You are never too old to eat healthy, get active and social

BRISTOL TN/VA, May 14 – May is Older Americans Month and the YMCA OF BRISTOL is emphasizing the importance of being active and involved, no matter where or when you are in life. Bristol TN/VA residents are encouraged to “Engage at Every Age,” developing behaviors that are crucial to healthy aging, including healthy eating, increasing physical activity and social interaction—especially those adults over 50.

Adults 50 years and older currently make up more than 30 percent of the U.S. population, and will soon represent 45 percent of all Americans. Here in Bristol TN/VA adults 65 and older make up 19 percent of the population. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that adults 50 and older have a 70 percent chance of developing at least one chronic disease. While these numbers seem daunting, the good news is that making small lifestyle changes that include increasing physical activity, eating healthier and staying active socially can help older adults live better.

“You are never too old (or too young) to participate in activities that can enrich your physical, mental and emotion well-being,” said Sandra Booher, Active Older Adults (AOA) Coordinator, YMCA OF BRISTOL. “If you need help, support or just a place to get started, community-based organizations like the Y provide the needed guidance to help older adults age well.”

The Y offers many ways for older adults to live healthier including

The YMCA OF BRISTOL offers many older adult swim programs that help increase physical activity and improve health. These programs provide opportunities for individuals to begin or continue an exercise routine in an environment that provides resistance, as well as buoyancy, which helps reduces stress on joints when compared to other physical activities like running.

While the CDC recommends that older adults get a minimum 30 minutes of moderate exercise or strength training per day, less than one out of three of American’s 65 and older meet these guidelines. Swimming and aquatic programs may reduce the risk of muscle loss as one ages and reduce the risk of osteoporosis as well as improve cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and mental well-being.

The YMCA OF BRISTOL has 15 weekly adult swim programs that welcome older populations, engaging 15,000 people each year.

Additionally, the Y offers the following tips on how to jump-start your healthy-living routine:


  1. Have fun with your food. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring! Have fun with your fruits and vegetables by trying them fresh or frozen. Find a new recipe that uses a different source of protein or find a way to incorporate fish or beans into an old favorite. Remember as you age, it’s important to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy and lean meats to help your body get the necessary nutrients.


  1. Fill up on fiber and potassium, hold the salt. As you age, your body needs more fiber rich foods to help it stay regular. Aim for a variety of colorful foods on your plate (i.e. fruits and veggies) to keep fiber rich foods a part of your diet. Additionally, increasing potassium along with reducing sodium or salt may lower your risk of high blood pressure. Fruits, vegetables and low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt are good sources of potassium.


  1. Get Active. Physical activity is safe for almost everyone, and the health far outweigh the risks. Regular physical activity is one of the most important things older adults can do for their health. It can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age (such as osteoporosis and arthritis) and reduce the risk for developing, or help manage, depression, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain kinds of cancers. For older adults who have chronic conditions that hinder their ability to be active on a regular basis, some physical activity is better than none, and older adults who participant in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits.


  1. Tweak your routine. To get the recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity, change your routine to 10-minute sessions throughout the day. For example, stand on one foot while brushing your teeth to increase balance, and do squats while washing dishes to increase strength. Make sure you can grab hold of something to maintain balance—safety first! To increase your cardio, take the stairs instead of the elevator or park farther from the entrance to work. When sitting in front of the TV, march during commercials or do some light stretching to break up sitting for long periods.


  1. Get social. Socialization is an important part of aging. As we get older, it’s important to be active socially to stay healthy. Take a walk with a friend or a neighbor, join a book club or volunteer at your local pet shelter or local Y. Social interaction provides meaningful engagement, builds relationships, enhances a sense of belonging and provides opportunities for involvement—all resulting in greater bonds and a stronger sense of community. Being connected to the community keeps you healthy!

For 55 years, Older Americans Month (OAM) has been observed to recognize older Americans and their contributions to our communities. Led by the Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging, every May offers opportunity to hear from, support, and celebrate our nation’s elders

For more information on how your family can live a healthy, active life, visit bristolymca.net


About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. bristolymca.net


RELEASE: YMCA Creates Strong Swimmers and Confident Kids

YMCA OF BRISTOL Swim Lessons Create Strong Swimmers and Confident Kids

Lessons help swimmers of all ages and skills develop a lifelong love of swimming

BRISTOL TN/VA, May 7 – May is National Water Safety Month, and the perfect time to get children involved in swim lessons. As America’s Swim Instructor, the Y is the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming—teaching more than one million kids a year swimming and water safety skills.

This year, the YMCA OF BRISTOL updated its lessons to increase the accessibility and enjoyment of swimming to all ages and skill levels. The latest evolution of Y Swim Lessons accommodates varying abilities to help foster a sense of achievement as swimmers’ progress between levels. Through this approach, advanced swimmers flow more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace. This results in more confident swimmers who stick with lessons and develop a love for swimming that can last a lifetime.

“ALL children, regardless of background, skills or age, should have access to swim lessons,” said Suzanne Wantland, Healthy Living Director, YMCA OF BRISTOL. “It’s a rite of passage that can lead to a love of swimming that lasts a lifetime, while increasing confidence, physical activity and well-being.”

There are three general categories of Y Swim Lessons

  • Swim Starters develops water enrichment and aquatic readiness in children ages 6 months to 3 years. This category focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents and how to plan for emergencies.
  • Swim Basics develops personal water safety and basic swimming skills in students of all ages. Swimmers develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water.
  • Swim Strokes introduces and refines stroke technique in older students (school age, teens and adults). Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

The Y introduced the concept of group swim lessons in 1909. Now, each year in more than 2,000 pools across the country, the Y teaches more than a million children from all backgrounds invaluable water safety and swim skills. Here in Bristol TN/VA the Y teaches 300+ children water safety and swimming each year.

To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate, financial assistance is available to those in need to help cover the costs. Families interested in learning more about Y swim lessons and water safety classes should visit http://bit.ly/swim_lessons

About the Y
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.


 If you would like more information please contact Chris Ayers at 423-968-3133