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Consider Your Career

Why do you work? Who do you serve? What do you want in life?

These are important questions to ask yourself whether you're beginning work or changing your career.

The Kankakee Area YMCA offers engaging full and part-time careers!  As the largest community service organization in the country, the goal of the YMCA is to serve our communities. The YMCA is a place where you can be a part of something bigger than yourself. You will grow and develop your career and your character while serving God, your team and community.

Being a part of the YMCA allows you to be confident that you are working for a stable and reputable organization. The Kankakee Area YMCA began in 1894 and now serves over 22,000 individuals in Kankakee County.  The Kankakee Area YMCA's strategic plan is centered on improving the health and wellbeing of all people. You can help the YMCA make positive changes where we live, work and play.

To view positions currently available, click here.

To print a job application, click here. 

Areas of Career Service

Aquatics – lifeguards, swim instructors, coaches
Child Care/Education – camp counselors, afterschool counselors, program directors
Community Development – family advocates, social workers, volunteer coordinators
Financial Development – fundraisers, advocates
Health and Wellness – fitness instructors, personal trainers, lifestyle coaches, group exercise instructors
Membership – member service representatives
Sports – referees, coaches, program directors
Support Functions – specialists in marketing, accounting, human resources, maintenance and information services

Career Paths

There are a wide variety of career options at the YMCA depending on individual goals.  There is always room for advancement.  Progression steps in various departments may include associate, coordinator, director, senior director and executive.


The YMCA of the USA offers numerous trainings for career development. Offerings include mandatory trainings in safety and service as well as technical trainings, leadership development and accreditation courses that are recognized nationally.

Nationwide Vacancy List

The YMCA offers you the opportunity to find meaningful work that offers rich rewards; build a better future for yourself and for kids, families and your community; work with people who thrive in a values-based environment of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility; and make a difference in the lives of those around you.

You Belong at the Y! Search the YMCA Nationwide Vacancy List for available opportunities.


We value the diversity of our employees and our members. Our goal is to connect and engage people to enhance lives and build community. As a United Way member agency, we serve over 13,000 individuals in Kankakee County with a continuum of educational and recreational programs that foster growth in spirit, mind and body. Diverse employees provide the opportunity to serve our members with an astounding array of skill and talent. The Kankakee Area YMCA is an equal opportunity employer.


The Kankakee Area YMCA offers competitive pay, excellent benefits and opportunities for advancement.

Part-time Benefits:

  • Free individual membership
  • Program discounts
  • 403B Savings plan
  • Retirement program for eligible associates

Full-time Benefits:

  • Free family membership
  • Program discounts
  • Medical, dental and life insurance
  • 403B Savings plan
  • Retirement program - 12% of salary contributed annually by the organization starting after 2 years of service 

EOE Statement

The Kankakee Area YMCA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other protected group status under federal, state or local law. The YMCA promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.


The Kankakee Area YMCA is a smoke-free environment and as such, prohibits smoking inside all facilities.

The Kankakee Area YMCA is a drug-free workplace.

The Kankakee Area YMCA is a charitable, non-profit organization serving Kankakee County since 1894.

To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.