STATUS Full-Time, Permanent, Ft. Wainwright

Basic Job PurposeThis position supports the work of the Armed Services YMCA, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening the military community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Branch Director manages the daily activities involved in conducting programs and services for military members and their families. Researches and evaluates the need for new programs or services; develops and implement new programs and services; coordinates ASYMCA events/services with installation leadership. Considerable independent judgment and discretion must be exercised during contacts with subordinates, military personnel, the public and personnel from national, state, local, and private agencies. The Branch Director supervises program staff and represents the Executive Director in the interior community.

Functions and Duties:

  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with community organizations.
  • Coordinates all daily activities involved with running various programs and services offered to military members and their families.
  • Attends meetings with command leadership, develops relationships at the installations in the interior in order to deliver upon mission, and works with military partnering agencies in order to strengthening our military members and their families.
  • Tracks expenses, records statistical demographics, monitors and records direct/indirect support services, plans and schedules activities and solicits volunteers to support various programming.
  • Attends installation or local community meetings to communicate and/or gather information for programs and services purposes.
  • Works with the Marketing Director to submit current and upcoming news releases for new and existing programs and services to various media outlets including the ASYMCA Weekly Update.
  • Leads/assists in researching potential new programs that may be offered by the ASYMCA to meet the needs of military members and their families.
  • Analyzes proposed new programs to ensure that these meet our mission, are sustainable and reach our targeted clients.
  • Reviews all invoices to ensure accuracy and appropriateness for the purchase.
  • Assists in the development of program and special event budgets.
  • Directs/assists with organization special events.
  • Collaborates with the Executive Director to determine data tracking requirements/needs.
  • Assists with tracking expenses to be charged against various grants and donations from Foundations or Government entities as required in the grant agreement.
  • Assists with drafting grant applications to support ASYMCA programs.
  • Assists with identifying and developing relationships with potential donors in the interior part of the state.
  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise and evaluate all part time and full time support staff in the interior region for Eielson Air Force Base and Fort Wainwright. Current staff team is 5 employees.
  • Identifies, trains and schedules volunteers to support ASYMCA programs, activities, events and services.
  • Models relationship-building skills in all interactions. Responds to all member and community inquiries and complaints in a timely manner.
  • Represents the organization as required by the Executive Director.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

YMCA Competencies:

  • Advancing Our Mission and Cause: Provides visionary leadership to the organization and ensures that all resources are mobilized to adapt to new challenges and needs in the community.
  • Program/Project Management: Ensures program or project goals are met and intended impact occurs.
  • Critical Thinking & Decision Making: Makes informed decisions based on logic, data and sound judgement.
  • Functional Expertise: Executes superior technical skills for the role.
  • Developing Self & Others: Develops self and supports others (e.g., staff, volunteers, members, program participants), both formally and informally, to achieve their highest potential.


  • Bachelor Degree in recreation, sports management, psychology, or other closely related field is required.
  • One to two years related experience preferred.
  • Experience with military lifestyles preferred.
  • Must deliver excellent customer service. Possess excellent phone and interpersonal skills.
  • Must possess computer skills and ability to type proficiently. Must be proficient with MS Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook.
  • Possess multi-tasking ability with superb organization and planning skills.
  • Must be able to prepare an income and expense analysis for programs and services.
  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision and prioritize work assignments with minimal guidance.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving abstract.

Work Environment & Physical Demands:

  • Primarily an office environment using computer, scanner, fax and copier equipment.
  • Sufficient strength, agility and mobility to perform essential functions and to supervise activities in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor locations (depending upon the programs).
  • Standing for periods of time while manning informational booths/tables at various resource fairs or functions.
  • Must be able to lift 30 pounds.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Works closely with the Associate Executive Director and Executive Director. Interacts with Board Members, military personnel, community and philanthropic organizations, staff and volunteers.
  • May occasionally be expected to work at special events outside normal working hours, including some weekends.
  • Occasional travel will be required.