The YMCA strives to deliver positive change in communities throughout the Twin Cities metro area. Every day our staff—of all ages, backgrounds and life experiences—works to bridge the gaps in community needs by nurturing the potential of children and teens, improving individuals’ health and well-being and providing support to our neighbors.

Eligible team members at the Y have access to a comprehensive benefits package. We support benefit programs with a generous contribution to each team member’s benefit elections each month.

  • Health insurance for you and your spouse, partner and dependents
  • Dental, disability and life insurance
  • Funded retirement plan
  • Free Y membership and program discounts
  • Paid time off

The Y is dedicated to helping you reach your professional goals through coaching, training and development at all stages of your career. Learning opportunities at the Y include new employee orientation, job- and program-specific training, and leadership and communication courses.

Character is what counts at the Y, where our mission and values—caring, honesty, respect and responsibility—shape our culture. Our work environment is built around collaboration and partnership, teamwork, community, diversity and inclusion.

The Y is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life working side by side to strengthen communities. We practice inclusion by valuing the diversity of all people in the communities we serve.

We provide equal opportunity in employment to all team members and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, disability, age, or other legally protected status.

As a Y team member, you have the opportunity to build a career that’s right for you. Our goal is to develop team members and to promote within the organization whenever possible.

For example, KT has enjoyed 30-year journey at the Y that began in 1980 as a canoeing guide at Camp Menogyn in Grand Marais. Four years later, she gave paddling a break and moved into a full-time position as Youth Program Director at the New Hope YMCA. Next, she was a Teen Outreach worker at the Emma B. Howe Northeast YMCA, where she got the Y’s Start middle school program up and running.

In the 1990s, KT relocated to the Ridgedale YMCA, was responsible for Leadership for Empowerment—a model for middle schoolers with and without disabilities, and served as the first City of Lakes Youthworks/AmeriCorps Director, in partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools.

KT kicked off the millennium collaborating with association leadership to develop the Product Management model, and was a Product Manager for several Day Camps. And since 2012, she’s been in her current role, as Manager of Volunteers and Team Engagement

Physical activity and employee wellness are priorities at the YMCA. We encourage all employees to participate in a culture of fun activities and programs including walking meetings, staff fitness breaks and classes, healthy eating and wellness seminars.

The Y is a 2014 Gold Level Recipient of the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksites recognition program for promoting and providing a wellness culture.