Imagine going to work knowing that what you do each day positively affects the lives of the people in your community. Working at the Y, you'll soon discover more than a job—you'll enjoy a career with a future and the opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of those around you. Our staff members—of all ages and life experiences—enjoy the personal satisfaction that comes from nurturing the potential of youth, improving our community's health and well-being and providing support to our neighbors. Learn more about the Y’s cause by giving a quick preview into who we are, what we stand for and how to show up every day.

Management Staff

Jenny Holweger, Executive Director -

Dean Madsen, Associate Executive Director -

Tim Daniels, Building and Grounds Director -

Karla Nelson, Finance / HR Director -

Troy Pederson, Senior Program Director -

Sarah Ruud, Membership Director -

Ben Carlson, Marketing and Communications Director -


Rachel Potapenko, Spicer Early Learning Center Director -

Haley Braun, Willmar Early Learning Center Director -

Alex Wolter, Youth and Family Program Director -

Zachary Himmelberg, Health and Wellness Director -

Hannah Hannig, Happy Together Coordinator -

Nicholas McBeain, Sports Director -

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Open Positions


Gym Manager

The Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA is now hiring a Gym Manager to supervise gym activities while working with Program Directors, members and guests.  Essential duities consist of set up and taked down of program equipment, maintaining a safe environment, positive relationships with youth, families, staff and volunteers. Please complete and employment applicaton and return to the YMCA.

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Day Camp Counselor

Under the supervision of the Program Director this person will be part of a team which is responsible for assisting in the planning and daily operation of the Summer Day Camp.  This position requires the ability to work with a wide variety of families, youth, volunteers and YMCA staff.  This person must possess a general knowledge of child development and a willingness to be an active participant in all Day Camp activities and other related duties.  Musical and/or drama skills desired but not necessary.  A sensitive and caring attitude is needed as this position deals with children during their formative years.  All applicants must be at least 17 years of age to apply. Teamwork and communication is essential for working with a number of co-workers and a wide variety of children and adults.  CPR and First Aid training are required and will be provided. Interested individuals can contact Alex for more information on applying.  Application deadline March 21, 2020. 

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Under the direction of the Aquatics Director, lifeguards will supervise the aquatic area to prevent accidents, assist swimmers, and keep the area and facilities clean. Lifeguards will create a safe and enjoyable atmosphere to give members a sense of belonging. Lifeguards must be reliable, courteous, and ready to act. Lifeguards must demonstrate the core values of YMCA’s Character Development: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Contact Rebecca Olsonfor more information.

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Swim Lesson Instructor

Under the direction of the Aquatics Director, a Swim Lesson Instructor will teach people of all ages using the YMCA of the USA program as laid out in Teaching Swimming Fundamentals, The Parent/Child and Preschool Aquatic Program Manual and The Youth and Adult Aquatic Program Manual.  A Swim Lesson Instructor must be an energetic, dedicated and motivated individual who enjoys swimming and teaching people of all ages.  Instructors must demonstrate and enforce the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility that make up the YMCA's character development program. Contact Rebecca Olsonfor more information on applying for this position. 

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Soccer/Football Referee

Officiate at sporting events, games, or competitions to maintain standards of play and ensure that game rules are observed. Judge performances in sporting competitions in order to award points, impose scoring penalties, and determine results.  Work 2 -4 games a week, possibly week nights or Saturday mornings.  Contact Nicholas for full details or to apply.  

Gymnastics Coach (NEW PROGRAM)

The Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA is seeking dependable and enthusiastic coaches to teach basic tumbling/gymnastics to boys and girls ages 3-11 years. We need people who can communicate well with and motivate children. Coaches must be able to lift children and move mats. This position is part-time with evening hours and we can work around your school/college schedule. Whether you are an experienced Gymnastics Coach or you are interested in starting your coaching career, this is a great opportunity!  Contact Nicholas McBeain for more information on applying for this position or apply in person at the Y or by e-mail at  

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Child Watch Attendant

This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Child Watch Attendant at Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA intentionally fosters a cause-centered culture that is welcoming, genuine,hopeful, nurturing, and determined.  Primary responsibility is to ensure the health and safety and be engaged with children in the Child Watch area and Kids Gym at all times. 

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Building and Grounds

The YMCA currently has openings in the Building and grounds department, seeking a part time custodian.  This positions has a wide variety of duties as assigned by the Building and Grounds Director.  The primary responsibilities and details can be viewed  by downloading the following PDF file.

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Group Exercise/Water Aerobics Instructor

Are you looking for a job where you can make a difference? The YMCA is currently looking for individuals who are motivated, energetic, dedicated  and enjoy interacting with people of all ages in our fast paced and changing environment.  Under the direction of the Health and Wellness Coordinator, all Adult Fitness Instructors will conduct classes that comply with the standards of the certification held as well as the YMCA’s mission and teaching philosophy. Instructors must demonstrate and enforce the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility that make up the YMCA's character development program.  Interested individuals can contact Zach Himmelberg for more information.

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Child Care Center

The YMCA Child Care Center is currently accepting applications for Teacher qualified staff to work in various classrooms. This position will range in hours from 15 - 35 hrs a week. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Troy Pederson at, by phone at 320-231-7050, or apply in person at the YMCA.

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Literacy Tutor – Minnesota Reading Corps

Make a difference in your community and join our team as a reading tutor.  The Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA Child Care Center is looking for reading tutors to give their time and talent to help our kids become successful readers and learners. 

Tutors work one-on-one or in small groups with students during school hours throughout the school year.  No matter if you're a recent grad, career changer, stay-at-home parent or retiree, you can make a great tutor.  No experience?  No problem.  Minnesota Reading Corps provides comprehensive training strategies proven to help students learn, so tutors are well equipped to help students grow.  

Perks as a Tutor

  • Receive a stipend every two weeks
  • Earn up to $4200 for college tuition or student loans.  Tutors 55 and older may gift the award to their child, grandchild, stepchild or foster child.  
  • Freee health insurance and child care assistance for those who qualify

Ready to be the change for struggling students?  Learn more at  Questions can be sent to or call 866.859.2825.  

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