Executive Director, Early Childhood Education

October 30, 2023
  • Full Time
  • Long Beach, CA
  • $91,044 - $122,697, plus 12% paid retirement benefits USD / Year

Website YMCA of Greater Long Beach

The Y is for all.

POSITION:  Executive Director, Early Childhood Education


BRANCH location:

YMCA of Greater Long Beach Association Offices

3605 Long Beach Blvd, Suite 210   | Long Beach, CA 90807

P 562.279.1700   |   F 562.279.1705   |   www.LBymca.org


Target Dates for Selection:

Applications due:  November 27, 2023

Zoom interviews:  Weeks of December 4th and the 11th

Face-to-face interviews:  Mid December

Decision anticipated:  Late December-Early January

On the job:  Mid-January – Early February


Salary RANGE:

$91,044 – $122,697, plus 12% paid retirement benefits



The YMCA of Greater Long Beach is a $35M organization with 950 employees serving the cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, Cerritos, Bellflower, Paramount, Hawaiian Gardens, and Artesia. The association is comprised of 7 branches which operate 42 childcare sites, 6 preschools, 6 swimming pools, a 450-bed resident camp in Big Bear, CA, and various youth sports, recreation, and teen programs.


Early Childhood education branch:

The YMCA of Greater Long Beach Early Childhood Education (ECE) branch operates 6 state funded licensed preschools (5 in Long Beach & 1 in Bellflower). YMCA ECE is a recognized leader in early childhood education in the Greater Long Beach community. The branch is comprised of a $9+ million operating budget, currently serving nearly 400 kids per day (capacity for over 500) and employs 90+ full-time staff.  YMCA ECE is led by a growing, dynamic, and dedicated 15-member Board of Managers. Fundraising efforts include a nearly $80,000 Annual Campaign and various grants totaling approximately $500,000grnd annually.



The Executive Director, Early Childhood Education (ECE), reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, is responsible for oversight of the entire operation of the ECE branch, including marketing and outreach, program development and oversite, California licensing compliance, facilities and safety, volunteer and staff development, financial development, grant management and compliance, community relations, and collaborations with community agencies.  Serves as a member of the Association’s Executive Council team, providing input into the strategic direction of the organization.  Must be able to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in an autonomous, growth focused and deadline-oriented workplace.





Preferred criteria for Candidates:

Education & Certifications: Bachelor’s degree in a related field required; Master’s degree preferred.  YMCA Organizational Leader certificate required within three years from date of hire.  Current YMCA leadership certification strongly preferred (Team Leader or Multi-Team Leader).


Experience & Background: 6+ years of progressive people and program leadership experience in the YMCA, another non-profit or within the licensed childcare or preschool sector required.  Must have the ability to relate to top community leaders and diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.  Ability to direct total operations through volunteer development, supervision of staff, financial development and monitoring of branch budget (primarily government funding and grants), marketing and public relations, and program development.  Experience in management and development of volunteer board involvement; ability to recruit top community leaders.  Foundation and government grant management expertise strongly preferred.


Key FOCUS Areas:

·         Fiscal Management: Develops, manages, and monitors the branch operating budget and meets or exceeds budget targets. The operating budget consists of $9.8 million in state contracts, $2.7 million in stipend funds (current year only) and nearly $500,000 in grant funds. Responsible to ensure contractual obligations are fulfilled.

·         Financial Development: Directs the financial development activities of the branch which consists of an $80,000 Annual Campaign trending 18% annual growth and securing approximately $500,000 in grants annually.

·         Board Development: Supports a growing 15-member Branch Board of Managers and supporting committees. Board development is a YMCA of Greater Long Beach association top priority.

·         Program Development: Develops and directs high quality programs consisting of 6 preschools and various wrap around and support programs and services which support branch and Association mission, goals, and strategies.

·         Staff Engagement & Development: Oversees the hiring, training, and supervision of over 90 full-time staff.

·         Facility Quality & Safety: Ensures the safety and maintenance of high-quality facilities, grounds, and equipment. All in compliance with California state licensing requirements.

·         Planning: Facilitates the implementation of the association strategic planning at the local branch level through the development of the tactical branch operating plan annually. Directs branch marketing and communication efforts to ensure enrollment targets are met.

·         Partnerships & Community Outreach: Serves as the key spokesperson and chief advocate for YMCA ECE, representing and promoting the YMCA in the local community and develops positive working relationships with other organizations, businesses, and governmental entities. Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with community agencies in service delivery area.

·         Association: Serves as a member of the YMCA Executive Council and supports the overall objectives of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach. Supports association-wide youth protection efforts.


Living Area:

Long Beach is situated in Los Angeles County in Southern California, on the Pacific coast of the U.S. The city is the 42nd-largest city in the nation and the seventh largest in California, its population exceeds 466,000. The ECE business offices are located within the association Metropolitan Offices which have an exciting move planned in March to a new building located in close proximity to the Long Beach Airport nearby recreational ocean beaches and marinas.  Long Beach is located about 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles and 105 miles north of San Diego.  Long Beach borders Orange County on its southeast edge.  There is an abundance of entertainment, recreation, sports events, cultural activities, and educational opportunities nearby.  The blend of big city convenience with the friendly, relaxed atmosphere of an oceanside community is unmatched.  Area housing costs are average for the Los Angeles/Long Beach area.


Applications:  Send cover letter and resume to:

Claudia Mendoza, Chief Human Resources Officer

YMCA of Greater Long Beach

3605 Long Beach Blvd., Suite 210 | Long Beach, CA 90807


To apply for this job please visit lbymca.recruiting.com.

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