YWCA Kalamazoo is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We are a member association of the YWCA USA, one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families. YWCA Kalamazoo was founded in 1885 and serves as the oldest association in Michigan. Originally established to provide residence services for young women, today YWCA Kalamazoo serves as a primary resource for economic, gender, and racial justice for all women and girls in Kalamazoo.

The YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for more than 150 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. Today, we combine programming and advocacy in order to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls.

The YWCA Kalamazoo is currently seeking a Vice President of Programs (VPP) to serve as a critical member of the executive management team by casting vision for all innovative program development and oversight related to the YWCA’s efforts to serve those in need.  In collaboration with the CEO, the VPP will articulate and implement the strategic vision and leadership of the agency; oversee a significant portfolio of programs and related services; evaluate the effectiveness of programs to provide ongoing feedback; help to promote and diversify funding through effective resource development and stewardship; provide for mentoring, guidance, supervision, and professional development to all program staff. 

The VPP will oversee programs represented in four programmatic focus areas: 1.) improving the lives of children; 2.) advancing race and gender equity; 3.) promoting maternal and child health; 4.) caring for victims of assault and violence. The VPP will also engage the Board of Directors frequently under the direction of the CEO.



  1. Master’s degree in social work, psychology, public administration, business administration, public health or related field from an accredited university; 10+ years of relevant experience.
  2. Leadership experience of ten or more years in the nonprofit, government, or philanthropy sector, overseeing multiple programs and/or contracts.
  3. Comprehensive working knowledge of public health related program planning, organizational structure, budgeting, administrative operations, government grant writing and management, and general fundraising.
  4. Demonstrated ability to analyze and compile complex data for planning and reporting purposes.
  5. Strong analytical, strategic thinking, and problem solving skills.
  6. Demonstrated experience in successfully working with executive leadership, a board of directors and committees in a non-profit setting.
  7. Demonstrated leadership success in program, staff and organizational development.
  8. Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure in situations that require teamwork.
  9. Demonstrated highly effective oral and written communication and organizational skills.
  10. Demonstrated ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds.
  11. Group presentation and facilitation experience.
  12. Personal computer skills including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  13. Has access to and willingness to use personal transportation for business purposes, with compensation as allowed per policy.
  14. Ability to be qualified as an approved driver for the YWCA.


The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.


Leadership, Staff Management and Organizational Strategy

  1. In coordination with the CEO and executive team, play a key role in the overall development, strategic planning, service delivery, and management of the organization across multiple sites and departments.
  2. Develop policies and procedures related to residential and nonresidential service operations in accordance with general YWCA policy, other applicable licensing agencies, and funders.
  3. Directly supervise program directors to provide support and guidance, ensuring the development of a strong team to work on the program mission and goals of the organization.
  4. Oversees regularly scheduled staff meetings, keeping staff members informed and enabling them to actively participate in the development and implementation of YWCA plans.
  5. Establish annual program, departmental and staff goals and objectives and track results against these goals as well as accountability protocols.
  6. Secure operational funds through grant writing, third party and service contract negotiations, ensuring financial sustainability of all program service initiatives.
  7. Participate in the budget development process and maintain a high level of fiscal responsibility.
  8. Ensures compliance with all licensing and grant requirements, including timeliness of data submission.

Program Oversight and Evaluation

  1. Oversee the coordination, integration, and delivery of all programs, contracts and related services, promoting collaborative relationships between program areas and ensuring that the expectations of funders, partners, constituents, clients, and other stakeholders are consistently met.
  2. Work closely with the finance department to budget and monitor programmatic operations to ensure sound fiscal and system management.
  3. Ensure the delivery of qualitative and quantitative goals and outcomes of programs and services.
  4. Determine staffing plans to achieve program goals and objectives and participate in hiring decisions for new program staff.
  5. Develop an assessment protocol to determine the feasibility and sustainability of programs as well as lead to more effective and efficient service delivery.

Additional responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:  

  1. Maintain compliance with local, state and federal funding requirements and/or regulations.
  2. Participate in local, state and national professional networks and committees, serving as community liaison for agency. Establishes and maintains relationships with a variety of outside professionals, community organizations an effort to ensure ongoing community support and participation.
  3. Safeguard confidential information gained as a result of the position.
  4. As a YWCA employee, project a positive image of the Association and its programs to the community, the Association and the program.
  5. Demonstrated commitment to the mission of the YWCA of Kalamazoo.
  6. Work cooperatively with program participants, YWCA staff and volunteers.



About Kalamazoo, Michigan


Kalamazoo, Michigan is located in southwestern Michigan approximately 136 miles west of Detroit, 73 miles southwest of Lansing, and 145 miles east of Chicago. The City, also the county seat, is easily accessible from both I-94 and U.S. 131, which cross the State from east to west and north to south, respectively.

Kalamazoo hosts the Kalamazoo Promise*, three higher learning institutions, two nationally recognized healthcare systems, diverse and affordable housing, award winning water and water reclamation systems, and many parks, lakes, and golf courses. A wide variety of industries and businesses call Kalamazoo home, including major players in the pharmaceutical, medical science, and craft beer industries. The City also offers an assortment of cultural attractions that you might only expect to find in larger metropolitan areas including music, visual art, dance, and theatre.

*The Kalamazoo Promise is a pledge by a group of anonymous donors to pay up to 100 percent of tuition at any of Michigan's state colleges or universities for graduates of the public high schools of Kalamazoo, Michigan.  

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