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Strengthen Communities & Change Lives with a Career at the Y

Working at the Y gives you the opportunity to strengthen communities and change lives, including your own. No matter what role you take on at the Y, you’ll show up each day with the satisfaction of knowing your contributions are helping to empower young people, improve health and well-being, and inspire action in your community. Working side by side with diverse leaders with different backgrounds, perspectives and strengths, you’ll discover new ways to connect with your community, find your purpose and fuel your passion every day!

We Invest in You

We work relentlessly to strengthen communities, starting with you. The Y sees all staff as Cause-Drive Leaders and, to help you reach your full potential, offers coaching, career pathing and training through a comprehensive leadership development and certification system.

To reward employees for their dedication to strengthening communities, the Y helps ensure a secure and comfortable retirement through The YMCA Retirement Fund (YRF).  In addition to providing retirement benefits, the YMCA Retirement Fund is committed to results-driven, high quality financial services and education.

Opportunities for All Strengths

We value diverse perspectives and experiences and encourage our staff to serve in positions that allow their individual skills and talents to shine. At the Y, you’ll find opportunities to strengthen community while growing a career in the following fields:

Academic Enrichment

Adult Education

Arts & Humanities



Child Care

Child Welfare & Intervention

Community Development

Environmental Education

Family Support




Global Services

Human Resources

Marketing & Communications

Management & Administration

Public Policy



Youth Leadership

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If you want more than just a job—if you’re looking to discover a sense of purpose and opportunities to contribute to the greater good—then the Y is the place for you. Join us!

Job Opportunities

Job Title: Director of Development & Community Impact Status: Exempt 

Department: Development/Administration Reports to: Executive Director/CEO 

Revision Date: October 28, 2019 


This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Under the direction of the Executive Director/CEO, the Director of Development will lead the implementation of the Y’s Development Plan that will advance the organizational sustainability through annual giving, special events, grants, capital and endowment campaigns. 


  1. Capital Campaign 
  • Maintain and update confidential donor records, including meeting notes, required actions, and relevant information for donor stewardship. 
  • Prepare necessary documents and communications for individual donor meetings, including follow up. 
  • Take minutes, meeting notes and manage action steps from Capital Campaign cabinet meetings and/or donor meetings. 
  • Coordinate special events, such as dinner parties and cultivation events as they relate to donor stewardship. 
  • Communicate to donors and cabinet members as necessary. 2. Annual Campaign 
  • Along with the CEO, create the annual campaign plan and calendar of activities, events and strategies. 
  • Recruit and support members of the Fundraising committee to assist with annual campaign implementation. Activities to include identifying prospects, creating engagement and developing & implementing stewardship strategies. Take minutes and manage action steps from meetings. 
  • Coordinate and activate all activities related to the YMCA’s major annual events including Wine Dinner and Road Race. Activities include recruitment of volunteers, communication of plans and coordination of logistics for successful execution of the events. 
  • Coordinate and implement successful Send a Kid to Camp and Giving Tuesday campaigns. Activities include donor communications, online campaign coordination, internal and external communications. 3. Grant Writing 
  • Create and manage an annual and multi-year grant calendar, including application deadlines, status, stewardship tracking and required reporting. 
  • Identify new, relevant grant opportunities. 
  • Coordinate with YMCA Program Directors and, wherever possible, collaborating agencies for the data preparation and grant writing process. 4. Endowment 
  • Work closely with CEO to identify endowment prospects. 
  • Develop a cultivation plan for all prospects. 
  • Coordinate and implement a bi-annual Heritage event. 5. Board Development 
  • Work with the CEO to manage Board member relationships and new board member cultivation. 
  • Coordinate and plan Annual Celebration. 
  • Attend Board meetings and take the minutes. Review action steps for staff and volunteers with CEO. 6. Serve as a member of the YMCA’s Leadership Team and attend related meetings and functions. 7. All other duties as assigned by supervisor 


  1. Bachelors Degree in business administration, development, communications, marketing, public relations or 

equivalent. Masters Degree preferred. 2. Minimum of 2 years proven success in philanthropy with experience in annual giving, foundation and corporate 

gifts, capital development and planned giving preferred. 3. Direct experience working with Boards of Directors, board committees and fundraising volunteers. 


  1. Excellent verbal and written communication skills 


  • Must be available to work some evenings and weekends as it pertains to organizational events. 
  • Represent the YMCA on a community Board or committee. 


Mission Advancement: Incorporates the Y’s mission and values into the organization’s vision and strategies. Ensures community engagement; promotes the global nature of the Y. Leads a culture of volunteerism ensuring engagement, inclusion, and ownership. Leads a culture of philanthropy. Collaboration: Advocates for and institutionalizes inclusion and diversity throughout the organization. Initiates the development of relationships with influential leaders to impact and strengthen the community. Is recognized as an inspirational community leader who navigates complex political and social circles with ease. Communicates to engage and inspire people within and outside the YMCA. Ensures that a talent management system is in place and executed effectively. Operational Effectiveness: Possesses penetrating insight and strong strategic and critical thinking skills. Invests resources in well-designed innovation initiatives. Creates a structure to deliver organization-wide results to achieve objectives. Develops and implements stewardship strategies. Determines benchmarks and ensures appropriate leadership to meet objectives. Personal Growth: Creates a learning organization. Effectively drives change by leveraging resources and creating alignment to expand organizational opportunities. Shares authority and demonstrates courage and humility. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology. 


$50,000 – $60,000 

Email: sdoherty@wallingfordymca.org


The SAGE Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the day to day operations of the Wallingford Family YMCA’s School Age Growth & Enrichment program.  Responsibilities include assisting in program development and implementation, staffing each site and ordering supplies, while working in cooperation with others to supervise and direct staff and volunteers. The Coordinator will also ensure that each program is conducted in accordance with the purposes and policies of the YMCA and meet State of Connecticut licensing requirements.


2-4 years related experience preferred; current State of CT Childcare Certifications; Bachelor’s Degree required, Elementary Education preferred; STEM/STEAM program experience preferred; Supervisory experience is required; knowledge of State of CT Childcare licensing requirements; CPR/First Aid/AED/Med. Admin. Certified.

Contact Emily Walter for more information.

The Head Teacher is responsible for coordination, planning, development, and implemention of all activities related to a particular school site, and supervises assistant teachers for that site. The Head Teacher promotes feelings of mutual respect, acceptance, and appreciation among youth and adults while ensuring quality care by creating a safe environment that helps all youth feel welcome & respected.


  • Must be at least 20 years of age
  • Possess a minimum of 12 credits in Early Childhood or Elementary Education or have obtained a CDA in School Age Childcare.
  • Must have a minimum of two years supervised experience working with this school age children.
  • Must have the ability and desire to work with children.
  • Must meet all State of Connecticut licensing requirements (negative TB test, good health report, First Aid / CPR certification).

Contact Emily Walter for more information.

Playing at SAGE

The Assistant Teacher will assist the Head Teacher in carrying out the daily activities for the School Age Growth & Enrichment program (SAGE), including snack preparation, organization of physical activities, organization of arts & crafts projects and more!. This individual will promote feelings of mutual respect, acceptance, and appreciation among youth and adults while creating a safe environment that helps all youth feel welcome and respected.


  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Must have experience working with children ages 5-10
  • Must meet all State of Connecticut licensing requirements (negative TB test, good health report, First Aid / CPR certification)
  • Must have the ability and desire to work with children

Contact Emily Walter for more information.

Under the direction and supervision of the appropriate lead teacher, the assistant teacher will be responsible for assisting with the planning, development and implementation of all classroom activities.  The assistant teacher will have specific assignments that provide for the children’s social, physical, and mental growth and will also work in any support role necessary for the operation of the child care program.


  • Ability to work well with children
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Ability to participate in all activities, i.e. games, sports, and other child appropriate activities
  • Cooperate with teachers and directors
  • Evidence of sufficient maturity and judgment to handle crisis situations.
  • Documentation of physical examination and TB test.
  • Compliance with requirements mandatory for state license within 14 days of hire.
  • Attend staff development regularly as mandated by State of CT and the Wallingford Family YMCA.
  • Current Infant/Child CPR and First Aid Certification required at all times. CT Child Care Certification recommended.

Contact Emily Walter for more information.



Revision Date:  11/7/2019



This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Under the supervision of the Aquatics Director and within the policies established by the Wallingford Family YMCA, the Aquatics Lifeguard & Safety Coordinator is responsible for planning and delivering of Lifeguard in-service trainings, conducting staff evaluations, and weekly scheduling for lifeguard staff. The Aquatics Lifeguard & Safety Coordinator will supervise Lifeguard staff ensure the highest quality and safety for all members and program participants. Weekend and daytime hours required in coordination with the Director.



Uphold and exemplify high standards of customer service.

  1. Assist in recruitment, training, development, and evaluation of aquatics staff. 
  2. Coordinate substitute procedures for staff; record all changes and maintain up-to-date staff schedule. Be accountable for coverage of all assigned lifeguard shifts. 
  3. Supervise aquatic staff in the absence of the Aquatics Director.
  4. Ensure records of staff certification are current and complete.
  5. Guard and/or teach in the absence of a scheduled lifeguard or swim instructor as necessary.
  6. Provide direct service as a lifeguard and/or swim instructor as needed.
  7. Assist with leadership at all lifeguard/swim instructor in-service trainings and meetings, including evaluations of swim instructors.
  8. Coordinate and schedule lifeguard shifts.
  9. Be professional, courteous, alert and diplomatic.  Guard all swimmers; eliminate unsafe practices and physical hazards
  10. Maintain general pool rules
  11. Administer proper first aid and carry out emergency procedures in the event of an accident
  12. Participate as a part of the Aquatics staff team in providing a safe and enjoyable environment
  13. Assist in the marketing and distribution of program information. 
  14. Answer questions and explain aquatics programs to the public, including answering emails, voicemails, and in-person inquiries. 
  15. Provide training and guidance to new lifeguard staff.
  16. Assist with evaluation of lifeguard staff for Initial Reviews (within the first 90 days)
  17. Work the opening pool shift at least 3 mornings per week
  18. Keep informed of all changes in the schedule and upcoming events
  19. Gather information and prepare reports as directed. 
  20. Participate on at least one committee within the YMCA or community. 
  21. Create and run at minimum one Aquatic Safety & Awareness event per year. 
  22. Participate in and/or volunteer for at least one Community Support Campaign event per year.
  23. Inspect and ensure high standards of maintenance, cleanliness, and repair of aquatic equipment and supplies, including first aid supplies. 
  24. Test and manage pools in accordance with Wallingford Family YMCA policies and guidelines, including, but not limited to, chemical levels and emergency situations.
  25. All other duties as assigned by supervisor



  1. A minimum of 2 years of experience working in the Aquatics field
  2. Current Lifeguarding Certification and CPR/AED/First Aid Certifications required
  3. YMCA Swim Lesson Instructor Certification, Pool Operator Certification, Lifeguard Management Certification within 6 months of hire
  4. Red Cross Lifeguard Trainer Certification preferred
  5. Additional training must be completed as required by the State and/or Federal Government.
  6. Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation or a related field preferred
  7. Good communication skills; Leadership skills are imperative. 
  8. Must be 21 years or older. 
  9. Must exhibit the core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility in all aspects of work with the YMCA. 



  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time. 
  • Must be able to work for extended periods of time in an aquatics environment.



Revision Date:  10/16/2019



Under the direction of the Senior Director of Membership & Wellness, the Swim Team Head Coach is responsible for organizing and conducting practices, clinics, meets and other events for the Wallingford Family YMCA Dolphins Swim Team.  This team is sponsored by the Wallingford Family YMCA and participates in the Yankee Cluster Swim League. This program is conducted in accordance with the missions and policies of the Wallingford Family YMCA, the YMCA of the USA, and USA Swimming.  


This is a part-time position, not to exceed 40 hours per week.



  1. Contribute to and supervise the fulfillment of the YMCA Mission and character development values through the Wallingford Family YMCA Dolphins Swim Team program.
  2. Under the direction of the Senior Director of Membership & Wellness, will assist in recruitment, hiring, training, supervising, motivating and evaluating swim team staff, as well as taking disciplinary action up to and including termination as needed.
  3. Recruit and oversee the Parent’s Association volunteers, attend monthly Parent Association meetings or arrange a coach representative. Assure that monthly all-parent meetings are held (this can include the spring banquet) where parents vote on Association budget and membership and any other business.
  4. Encourage recruitment of swimmers through YMCA swim lesson programs as well as other YMCA youth programs in collaboration with the Senior Director of Membership & Wellness and the Aquatics Director.
  5. Develop and maintain a recordkeeping system of the status and progress of each swimmer.
  6. In conjunction with the assistant swim coaches, prepare all meet entries assuring that every child swims in every meet they attend.
  7. Develop a schedule for swim team practices across multiple facilities, and develop competitive swim clinics each year.
  8. Update, maintain, and distribute the Dolphin Swim Team handbook.
  9. Communicate regularly with Senior Director of Membership & Wellness and with all coaches.
  10. Maintain communication and rapport with all swimmers and their parents.
  11. Demonstrate an enthusiastic attitude towards the team and provide a positive learning environment for all.
  12. Oversee the Dolphins website and other social media and ensure that it is kept up to date.
  13. Assist in the preparation of an annual budget under the guidance and supervision of the Senior Director of Membership & Wellness, and manage that budget for the Dolphins Swim Team program in accordance with established procedures and expectations.
  14. Represent the Wallingford Family YMCA at YMCA regional events and trainings.
  15. Assist with the evaluation and improvement of the swim team program.  Assist with the creation of new programs and new collaborations. Evaluate all programs annually to ensure they meet the needs of program participants.
  16. Continue to develop and evaluate the USA Swimming program as part of the Dolphins Swim program.
  17. Report any facility problems, needed repairs to the Facility Director following the work order procedure.
  18. Keep current with swim coaching techniques and issues. Membership in ASCA recommended.
  19. Keep all certifications current and monitor coaching staff to ensure their certifications are also kept current. 
  20. All other duties as assigned.


  1. A minimum of Lifeguarding (YMCA or ARC) and CPR/AED/AEO is required.  
  2. Coaching certifications from YMCA of the USA and USA Swimming. Certification from ASCA is preferred. 
  3. Two to four years competitive coaching experience is required.  
  4. Two years Head Coach preferred.
  5. Bachelor’s Degree in a related field or equivalent preferred.
  6. Demonstrated knowledge and ability to communicate recognized principles and practices of coaching young swimmers.  
  7. Demonstrated ability to build a team of quality coaches.
  8. Great communication skills a must as well as supervision and public relations skills.  
  9. Sexual harassment training must be obtained within 6 months. 
  10. Additional certifications preferred: Lifeguard Management, WSI and/or Y Swim Instructor, Lifeguard Instructor, and Pool Operator.



  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time. 
  • Must be able to work for extended periods of time in an aquatics environment.

To apply, email Sally Darrow at sdarrow@wallingfordymca.org

Under the direction of the Aquatics Director and the Head Coach, the Swim Team Assistant Coach is responsible for organizing and conducting practices, motivating and energizing swimmers, and for developing proper stroke technique and swim skills for members of the Wallingford Dolphins Swim Team. This program is conducted in accordance with the missions and policies of the Wallingford Family YMCA Dolphins, Wallingford Family YMCA, the YMCA of the USA, and USA Swimming. 


  • A minimum of American Red Cross Coach’s Safety Training and CPR with First Aid is required within 6 months of hire (YMCA or American Red Cross Lifeguarding preferred). 
  • 1-3 years competitive coaching experience is recommended, and at least 4 years of competitive swimming experience is preferred. 
  • YMCA Principles & Practices of Swimming and Diving is preferred (required within 3 months of hire). 
  • USA Coaching certification is preferred (required within 3 months of hire). 
  • Candidates must demonstrate knowledge and ability to communicate recognized principles and practices of coaching age group swimmers. 
  • Candidates must also exhibit exemplary communication skills and the four YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect & responsibility. 
  • Team Unify experience preferred.
  • College degree preferred. 


  • Share a love of swimming and working with young people, with the expertise and disposition to enhance competitiveness of WFYD’s growing program.
  • Demonstrate an enthusiastic attitude toward the team & provide a positive learning environment for all.
  • Be focused on the task at hand & be present during practices, meets, & WFYD events as required, representing the Wallingford Family YMCA.
  • Help maintain a record keeping system of attendance, swimmer progression, and be able to prepare meet entries for swimmers in assigned group.
  • Maintain positive communication and rapport with swimmers and swim team families.
  • Candidates should be able to provide relevant examples of teaching quality technique as well as have a record of producing well-rounded swimmers. Must keep up to date with techniques and training practices.
  • Encourage participation through YMCA swim lesson programs as well as other YMCA youth programs in collaboration with the Aquatics Department. 
  • Be willing to obtain/maintain YMCA and USA Coaching Certifications. 
  • Report any facility problems to management following the work order procedure.
  • Conduct oneself in accordance to the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. 
  • Dress appropriately at all WFYD practices, events, and meets. 
  • All other duties as assigned.
  • Part time work requires evening and weekend hours.This position is seasonal, 5+ hours per week, not to exceed 40 hours per week. 

Contact Sally Darrow for more information.

Dolphins Swim Team practicing skills

The lifeguard is responsible for providing and maintaining a safe pool environment for all members and participants. This requires both proactive actions that will prevent accidents as well as appropriate reactive actions should an incident take place. Upon hire, lifeguards will receive a full orientation to the Wallingford YMCA Aquatics Facility.


  • Minimum of YMCA Lifeguarding or American Red Cross Lifeguarding is required. 
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid required.
  • Current certifications must be maintained and are the responsibility of the staff member. Re-certifications will be offered periodically. 

Contact Megan O’Connor for more information.

Meg O'Connor

The Swim Instructor at the Wallingford Family YMCA maintains a supportive, positive atmosphere that welcomes and respects all individuals and provides direct leadership, instruction and motivation for students in swim classes and for private lessons. This individual instructs swimming lessons in accordance with YMCA guidelines, having prepared lesson plans accordingly, and supports members and program participants in achieving their goals.


  • YMCA Swim Instructor certification, or equivalent.
  • CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, and First Aid certifications required.
  • Must be able to demonstrate swim instructor skills in accordance with YMCA standards.
  • At least 16 years of age.

Contact Megan O’Connor

The Wallingford Family YMCA is hiring part time personal trainers. WORKOUT WHERE YOU WORK – free adult membership with a scheduled shift! Personal trainers interact with new and existing members to help them in achieving their health and well-being goals. Personal trainers instruct individual member clients, provide excellent service to members in a safe, enjoyable and positive environment.

Trainers will promote member wellness and engagement in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures. National certification in personal training required. Minimum one year of training experience preferred.

Contact Colleen Villano for more information.

The Member Services Associate will provide excellent customer service to YMCA members and guests, creating a welcoming environment to all. This individual will be well-informed about all YMCA programs and services and will be able to share this information to new and existing members. The Member Services Associate must have solid communication, computer & customer service skills, with great attention to detail.


  1. Must be 18 years of age.
  2. Customer service background
  3. Computer literacy
  4. Certification in First Aid, CPR and AED are required within 90 days of hire

Contact Heather Savoyski for more information.

The Youth Gymnastics Instructor will supervise & instruct the youth gymnastics program while focusing on the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. The ideal candidate will be at least 16 years of age, will have experience working with children ages 3-10, will have knowledge of gymnastics, and will be passionate about working with youth.

Contact Eric Skinner for more information.

The Upward Bound Program Assistant runs the Upward Bound (UB) program supervising & mentoring youth & teens, including running STEAM & fitness activities. Upward Bound is a free program that helps students in grades 4-12 grow & develop in a positive environment with positive role models. Youth are challenged to reach past their limitations with decision-making opportunities, recreational activities, and positive self-expression. The UB Program Assistant will be tasked to lead both the Elementary and Middle School Upward Bound programs. Candidates must have the ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community and have experience working with diverse groups of youth and/or teens.

Email callen@wallingfordymca.org