Secretary General - World Alliance of YMCA's

  • Competitive
  • Genève, Suisse
  • CDI, Plein-temps
  • Badenoch & Clark (Switzerland)
  • 21 sept. 17

An international charity rooted in more than 12,000 communities around the world, the YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) is one of the oldest and largest movements for youth in the world

An international charity rooted in more than 12,000 communities around the world, the YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) is one of the oldest and largest movements for youth in the world. Founded in 1844, it now operates in 119 countries and reaches more than 58 million people. The YMCA works to bring social justice and peace to young people and their communities, regardless of religion, race, gender or culture. Depending on the local and national context and the priority issues affecting young people, YMCAs operate in a wide range of program areas including:

  • Sustainable Development
  • Education & Vocational Training
  • Gender Equality
  • Climate Change
  • Health & HIV/AIDS Prevention
  • Inter-faith dialogue
  • Food Security
  • Leadership Development
  • Migration
  • Civic Engagement & Human Rights Education
  • Emergency Response
  • Peace-building

In addition to undertaking research, awareness-raising, and training in these program areas, YMCAs also advocate to ensure adequate national and international public policies that protect and promote the rights of youth and women in particular.
Through these actions, YMCAs are creating long-lasting change in the lives of millions of youth and the communities of which they are part. In all activities, strong emphasis is given to youth leadership and youth participation.

The YMCA movement is organized as a federation of independent national associations linked through the World Alliance of YMCA's, which is based in Geneva Switzerland.

Role
Reporting to the Executive committee the Secretary General must work in collaboration and cooperation by developing an understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the YMCA's in member countries. Furthermore, the Secretary General must support the National General Secretaries as they fulfil their mandates to effectively serve their communities including:
  • Developing existing partnerships and new partnerships with like-minded organizations.
  • Strengthening the Movement's capacity to have international impact through partnerships and collaborations
  • Building a strong Secretary General / Executive Committee partnership
  • Maintaining a sense of long term focus, vision and purpose, and articulating clearly what the role of the World YMCA is, is not, and will be.
  • Playing a lead role in finalizing and implementing a new strategic plan for 2018-2022.
  • Achieving greater impact and financial sustainability at World YMCA.
  • Strengthening the level of engagement with national YMCAs and promoting greater collaboration and cooperation within the Movement
  • Leveraging resources, and identifying innovations that support a stronger, more financially viable and sustainable YMCA movement.
  • Developing a culture of philanthropy and investors to attract new resources to the YMCA and improve its impact and financial viability.
  • Having a voice on key policy issues that impact the YMCA's mission or the ability of its members to deliver on its mission.
  • Developing a proactive international outreach and advocacy strategy
  • Supporting YMCAs to advocate on national matters that align with an overarching advocacy strategy.
  • Being an inspiring leader who provides clear, strategic direction to World YMCA staff.
  • Motivating the World YMCA team around a shared vision for World YMCA and its role as a supportive catalyst, facilitator, and thought leader across the Movement.
  • Promoting a culture of innovation that taps into the energy, passion, and commitment of the team.
  • Personifying and fostering the values of collaboration, cooperation, honesty and accountability.

Job Description
The purpose of the Secretary General's position is to collaborate with Members of the world YMCA movement and to lead and direct the work of World YMCA Secretariat in achieving the goals of the World YMCA. The Secretary General is appointed by the World YMCA Executive Committee and is the chief executive officer of the World YMCA.

Responsibilities include:
  • Communicating and interpreting the vision and mission of the YMCA, and in particular, the World YMCA, with the primary goal being Youth Empowerment.
  • Maintaining and strengthening the unity of the global YMCA Movement.
  • Working with national YMCA Movements, regional Area YMCA Organizations.
  • Facilitating the design and delivery of the global Strategy for the World YMCA.
  • Ensuring transparency, good stewardship, and financial stability of the World YMCA.
  • Developing, leading and implementing philanthropy and investor strategies to ensure success of the global Strategy and increase capacity for impact and financial stability of the World YMCA.
  • Ensuring that the policy directions of the World Council and the decisions of the Executive Committee are implemented, within the available human and financial resource base;
  • Organizing the staff team and the work of the World YMCA staff.
  • Enhancing the work of the world Movement by promoting inter-YMCA cooperation, extension of the YMCA, and internal and external collaborations and through strategic alliances.

Profile
We require a candidate with experience in:
  • Leading a national or international organization, with a complex governance model, in a senior role.
  • Managing financial resources including budgeting and investment decision making on at least the scale of World YMCA.
  • Managing human resources including recruiting, mentoring and coaching.
  • Working with and/or advocating for youth.
  • Applying a strong spiritual conviction and a deep Christian commitment to the exercise of ecumenical principles and practices.
  • Influencing various audiences through effective use of the written and spoken word.
  • Applying the principles and practices of raising funds through philanthropy and
  • investors, both inside and outside an organization.
  • Promoting diversity and inclusion.
  • Negotiating and resolving conflicts.

Knowledge and skills:

? Identifying risk factors for the organization and developing mitigation strategy.

? Understanding of the types of legal factors and corporate governance in the international non-governmental organizations ("INGOs"), not-for-profit organizations or corporate sector.
  • Ability to advocate successfully for a cause.
  • Ability to use current technology, including social media, in a business environment.

Personal qualities:

The ideal candidate will be passionate about the work of the YMCA and demonstrably enthusiastic about Youth Empowerment. The candidate will place a high value on collaboration and cooperation as a way of working with all members of the global YMCA movement, and with the staff of the World YMCA. The candidate will be charismatic, innovative, motivated to achieve excellence, and have a demonstrated ability to motivate others. The candidate will be adaptable and able to manage him or herself in a way that inspires confidence and trust. As a servant leader, the candidate will be visible and available. The candidate will be accountable for the resources of the World YMCA.

Please note: Due to the Christian nature of our client, only Christian candidates will be considered.