Chief Executive Officer

YMCA Dumfries
Full Time
Permanent dependent on future funding
YMCA Dumfries, Lochside road, Dumfries DG2 0NF

The Chief Executive Officer role involves a high level of responsibility with pivotal decision-making affecting the future of the organisation, its beneficiaries, and its employees. They will provide effective leadership, management, administration, and development of the activities of the Dumfries YMCA. To support the Christian Mission in the local community. To develop and maintain relationships within the YMCA Movement, including other Associations and YMCA Scotland.

Please contact for the application pack, ensuring you complete and return marked “Confidential FAO The Chairperson” by Friday 26th July 2024 at 12 noon to For further information, please contact the Chairperson via First Stage interviews will take place during the week commencing 12th August 2024

Business Management
Create and implement strategic development together with the Board and the operational team
Lead and oversee the organisations short and long term operational plans in accordance with its strategy
Maintain a detailed overview of the organisations outreach and activities programmes, providing the resources required to ensure the programmes deliver our mission
Implement effective operational governance and support by developing, implementing and evaluating business service places including finance, HR and people, IT, Health and Safety, regulation, compliance and risk management
Collaborating with the Board in fulfilling their legal duties and responsibilities and ensuring the proper governance of YMCA Dumfries
Advertising and marketing available space for rent/use which will attract new partners and tenants
Build and maintain healthy relationships with the tenants
Provide regular reports to the Board

Staff Management
Effectively line management of senior staff including conducting annual appraisals and regular target support meetings
Supporting senior staff to line manage their staff teams
Managing annual training calendar for staff and volunteers
Ensure a clean, safe, well maintained working environment within the centre and its grounds, which meets the needs of all tenants and visitors to the centre
Inspiring and supporting the team to meet their goals and understand how their contributions are vital to achieving our charitable purpose.

Volunteer Management
Maintaining a positive volunteering culture, with all the necessary policies and procedures, and then ensuring its implementation
Policies and Procedures
Effective implementation and management of best practice policies and procedures.
A good understanding of Child protection and vulnerable adults policies and procedures

Finance and Funding
Work closely with the Treasurer and Administrator
Main a detailed overview of financial matters; including creating annual budgets which are agreed by the Board and managing resources within these agreed budgets
Building a sustainable programme of individual, corporate, government, legacy and trust funding and donations that ensures our long-term financial sustainability in accordance with our funding strategy
Successfully fund the salary costs of the CEO position

Building key mutually beneficial working relationships and partnerships with external stakeholders, regulatory bodies, local authority, government and funding bodies as well as the public, acting as the face and ambassador of YMCA Dumfries.
Maintaining the positive culture in YMCA Dumfries by continuing the clear standards of conduct and respect, valuing diversity, engaging, listening to, and including each team member (employees, volunteers, tenants and the Board) as part of the solution.
Growing our reach and ensuring we can increase the numbers of children, young people and families reached. Ensuring we keep YMCA Dumfries’ messaging, tone of voice, style and approach to strengthen our external presence and profile in line with our values and culture.
Manage quarterly newsletters to share news and services with stakeholders and to manage the content of the website.
Ensure YMCA Dumfries is represented regionally and nationally, including participation in forums, which support the development of the YMCA movement.


Essential Criteria
This is not an entry level position; it will require at least two years of experience in Community Education and Youth Work Leadership, ideally in a similar organisation
Show a good understanding of community education, community learning and development and youth work
Demonstrate a good working ability of business administration functions and systems, especially spreadsheets and other IT functions.
Decisiveness – make decisions with speed and conviction
Engaging for impact – developing a keen insight into the needs of our stakeholders and beneficiaries and ensuring the delivery of our charitable purposes
Adapting proactively to be constantly ready and adapting rapidly to a continuously changing environment
Delivering reliability – being able to set realistic expectations and deliver reliably with a steady hand through your understanding of the organisation, our stakeholders, your ability to create a high performing team, effective planning and organisation and your knowledge of how to best use business management systems.

Desirable Criteria
Knowledge and experience of the YMCA Movement
Good knowledge and experience of Youth Work delivery and development
Links with local businesses and stakeholders
Experience managing volunteers
Management qualifications
Knowledge of using accounting software
Monitoring and evaluation skills
Driving licence

Christian Ethos
Agreement to work within the YMCA ethos and to participate in and deliver provision that will show Christian love in action