After more than 43 years of accomplished leadership with the Y Movement, including six as President and CEO of Y-USA, Kevin Washington has announced his intended retirement.The role of the YMCA of the USA is to strengthen its member associations’ ability to effectively carry out the YMCA’s mission in their communities while partnering with all Ys to achieve the Movement’s collective goals and priorities. The Y is one of the most well-known and trusted brands in the nation and is uniquely positioned to lead the country in youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Local Ys are essential social, health, and development anchors in hundreds of communities.This is a once-in-a-lifetime role being filled during an unprecedented inflection point in our nation’s history. This person will have the platform to positively impact millions of lives through the YMCA’s programs and reach. Y-USA is on an accelerated timeline, not just to onboard the next CEO but to strengthen communities, undo systemic racism, accelerate equity, and help youth to be change-makers for the future. Equally urgent, member YMCA associations across the United States need support to improve their financial stability, accelerate their digital transformation and rebuild their organizations that were adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This position is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate that includes and goes well beyond stabilizing the wellness programs, aquatics lessons, and summer camps traditionally associated with the Y.The next CEO will have a significant opportunity over the next decade to lead at the national level and influence globally. The next President and CEO will be at the helm through the Ys recovery and revitalization, building on the Y-USA and the Movement’s past successes in order to strengthen its capacity. The next CEO will lead in a world of accelerated change, increased complexity, and heightened ambiguity. This role is designed for a mission-oriented, exceptional servant leader who can manage the complexity of an $8 billion federated national organization while having the vision and drive to leverage the country’s largest health and human services non-profit to strengthen its communities materially and measurably.Ideally, the President and CEO will be in place for the Association Assemblies governance meetings, which will occur in September 2021. The assemblies will provide an excellent opportunity to introduce the successor to staff and volunteer leaders from across the Movement.All discussions about this search will be handled in strict confidence. Interested parties should direct all nominations and resumes to the WittKieffer Candidate Portal using the buttons below. For more information or questions, please contact the WittKieffer consultants supporting the YMCA of the USA in this search, Andrew Chastain, Christine Pendleton, Julie Rosen or John Fazekas, preferably via e-mail, to CPendleton@WittKieffer.com.
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