A New Year, A New Career at the YMCA

Published: Jun 13, 2017

Opportunities for All at the YMCA

When you step through the doors of any YMCA in the Fargo-Moorhead area, you’ll not only find a vibrant place where people are looking to improve themselves by getting active and having fun, you’ll also find a workplace that’s making a difference for employees and the community in which they live.

The Y is for everyone. Our programs, services and initiatives enable kids to realize their potential, prepare teens for college, offer ways for families to have fun together, empower people to be healthier in spirit, mind and body; prepare people for employment, welcome and embrace newcomers and help foster a nationwide service ethic. And that's just the beginning.

Fargo’s YMCA began in 1886, the YMCA served workers on the Great Northern Railway. This "Railroad Y" was a place to meet friends, learn new skills and find caring people. In 1903, our YMCA purchased 37 acres of land on the northwest shore of Big Cormorant Lake for the YMCA's Camp Cormorant, one of the earliest residence camps in the United States. Additionally, that year the YMCA's building at the Northern Pacific Railway was sold and plans began to secure a new location. Now – 130 years later – the YMCA has expanded to two locations.

The Fercho YMCA in downtown Fargo has a number of amenities including a lap pool, warm water pool, zero entry pool, fitness center, group fitness studios, racquetball, handball, basketball courts and more. The Schlossman YMCA – south of West Acres Shopping Center – has been around since 1997 and offers guests a fitness center, basketball court, indoor climbing wall and other opportunities for activity. The YMCA is more than a couple of buildings; it’s a progressive, growing organization where careers begin, thrive and inspire.


Youth Development

The YMCA fosters the development of young people by teaching fundamentals and teamwork in sports and recreation. Children enjoy programs like swimming lessons, basketball, gymnastics, day camps, and the beautiful Camp Cormorant on the shores of Big Cormorant Lake.

In addition to providing quality activities for children, the YMCA is a quality, licensed childcare facility for children ages six weeks to six years old. The YMCA strives to challenge and stimulate each child at his or her own developmental level. We are committed to nurturing individual differences and the growth of the whole child –physical, social, emotional and cognitive.


Healthy Living

Because healthy lifestyles are achieved by nurturing the mind, body and spirit, fitness at the Y includes more than just working out. In addition to physical fitness classes and facilities, the YMCA also provides educational programs to promote healthier decisions and offers a variety of programs that support physical, intellectual, and spiritual strength. From cardiovascular exercise and yoga to personal training and massage, the Y seeks professionals dedicated to helping others live better lives.


Social Responsibility

The Y believes every child should have the opportunity to succeed. Funds raised through the Partner of Youth Annual Campaign at the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties allow the YMCA to provide scholarships for kids to learn life skills through different programs such as swimming lessons, basketball, camp, child care and more. The Reach and Rise Mentoring program is designed to provide guidance for youth and help them reach their full potential through the support of caring adults.

The YMCA also offers life-saving skills through the Red Cross safety education including lifeguarding, water safety, CPR/AED training, and more.


Why work at the Y?

When you’re hired at the YMCA, you’re provided with competitive benefits and perks. Employees receive a free Y membership along with discounts on many services and programs such as massages and personal training. The YMCA helps employees plan for retirement through the 403(b) Tax Deferred Smart Account Retirement Plan, regardless of your age or hours worked.

Full-time employees receive a free family/household package membership, health, dental and vision insurance after 30 days of employment, retirement plan – the YMCA will automatically contribute an additional 12% of your pay to your retirement plan once you meet the eligibility requirements, emergency leave, short and long-term disability, and more.

Part-time employees receive substantial benefits as well, including a free individual membership to the YMCA, flexible scheduling, and more.

Character is what counts at the Y, where our values—caring, honesty, respect and responsibility—shape our culture. The Y is a diverse community where your colleagues quickly become your friends.

As the nation’s leading nonprofit organization committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y offers more than just a job—we offer you a career with a future and the chance to make a lasting difference in your community.

It’s a new year – maybe it’s time for a new career at the YMCA.

For more information about careers at the YMCA of Cass and Clay counties contact human resources at (701) 364-4139 or email human_resource@ymcacassclay.org.

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