Years of experience in Recreation, this without a doubt is the most politically charged and toxic environment. No team atmosphere.
Despite being billed as a non-profit organization, do not be fooled! The YMCA is 100% profit driven, from their budget expectation to the expectation that staff who are paid below industry standards give back a portion of their pay cheque to the "strong kids" program. Less than 3% of retrieved payroll funding goes towards the program. If an employee, volunteer or member do not supply a donation, they are either hounded relentlessly, or seen as not a team player.
Senior Management is disengaged, and unaware of the goings on at the center level, inexperience and a code of apathy prevent or make change challenging and delayed.
Members are not a priority, continual cost cutting measures to ensure that the development of future sites are funded.
Membership managers are not in compliance to access and diversity, nor the understanding and assisting of mental health issues and the importance of community involvement.
Great Job, if you have a low skill set and are not looking for advancement or to have an impact on change.
Looking to leave or have an impact on the community, seek out employment at one of the greater vancouver community associations, or city opportunities.
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