The YMCA strives to deliver positive change in communities throughout the Gateway Region. 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. 

  • Retirement
  • Health & Dental
  • Complimentary Membership
  • Discounted Rates on Programs & Child Care

When you feel well, you do well—both professionally and personally! 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
-Participation in the Y Retirement Plan after two years, plus 12% contribution from the Gateway region YMCA 
-403(b) savings account available for all staff
-Free Y membership at all 25 branch locations
-Paid time off
-Discounts on programs, summer camps, YMCA of the Ozarks - Camp Lakewood & Trout Lodge

We believe in the power of human potential and are committed to the professional growth and development of our team. Together, we support progress by focusing on learning, career coaching and continuous improvement.
This helps our team members reach their professional goals and feel valued. We also provide Employee Resource Groups, which provide a space for people to network, mentor one another, participate in personal and professional development and more—all while building meaningful connections.

-Robust Leadership Development and Certification program for all stages of a career  rooted in the Y-USA’s Cause Driven Leadership® Competency Model
-The 70/20/10 Model for learning through work experience by creating opportunities for on-the-job skill development, career coaching, mentorship, training and self-study. 
-Immediate access to tools, resources, subject matter experts and mentors and from over 10,000 communities with YMCAs across the country (called the Y Movement) to help you reach your potential in your role or program. 


We employ more than 4,000 frontline staff and 350 full-time staff, and the benefits extend well beyond the basic. 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.

The Gateway Region YMCA provides 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 activities in a local commission, disability, age, or other legally protected status.

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Why Work for the Y?

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.

We believe strong communities start with strong, healthy and connected staff. The YMCA is more than a job, it's a career with a future and the chance to make an impact that matters. With more than 175 years of experience, the YMCA knows our mission is achieved one person at a time — carried out in the hearts and hands of each caring and skillful staff member.