Youth Tennis San Diego/Barnes Tennis Center – CEO/General Manager



Youth Tennis San Diego (YTSD) is a nonprofit (501)(c)(3) organization whose purpose is to promote the educational, physical, and social development of all youth through organized tennis and educational activities. Our community programs encourage youth participation, personal integrity, leadership, and competitive spirit in a friendly environment that builds responsible citizens. Youth Tennis San Diego owns and operates the Barnes Tennis Center (Barnes).


Reporting to the YTSD Board of Directors, the CEO/General Manager (CEO) will assume responsibility for all operations of the Barnes Center, including the strategic leadership, financial stewardship, operational management, and growth of junior tennis in San Diego and specifically at Barnes.

The CEO’s responsibilities will include, although not be limited to, the leadership and management of YTSD with responsibilities for the following functions and tasks:

Partnership, Sponsorship and Development

  • Promote and develop YTSD junior tennis programs, tournaments, and activities at Barnes and throughout San Diego County.
  • Develop and execute racquet sport programs primarily, but not exclusively, aimed at juniors.
  • Secure and develop quality partnering and sponsorship opportunities for YTSD through private sector, foundations, public sector, and individual prospects.
  • Bring major tennis events at all competitive levels to Barnes.
  • Increase income generating sources and projects.

Marketing, Communications and Brand Management

  • Increase brand awareness of YTSD in San Diego and Southern California as a major player in the San Diego junior tennis community.
  • Actively market YTSD activities/programs, resources, and contributions to key stakeholders.
  • Actively promote After School Tennis (AST) and its educational components.
  • Maintain an active profile in the San Diego and Southern California tennis communities on behalf of YTSD, including involvement on the Boards of tennis related organizations, speaking engagements and media events and coverage.

Financial Resources and Management

  • Develop annual operating budgets for YTSD to fund implementation of the annual operating plan and present it to the Board for approval.
  • Increase the resources and funds available to YTSD.
  • Ensure that the assets of YTSD are properly safeguarded through the rigorous application of appropriate financial accounting and reporting systems, internal controls, and risk management systems.

Organizational and Human Resources Management

  • Ensure that YTSD staff appropriately reflects and represents its diverse stakeholder community.
  • Supervise and oversee the recruitment and development of YTSD volunteers and volunteer committees.
  • Recruit, develop, and retain an exceptional team required to deliver on the mission and potential of YTSD.
  • Ensure that YTSD is always in compliance with all relevant USTA, local, state, and federal regulations, and the City’s Ground Lease and Conditional Use Permit.
  • Oversee project and construction management for YTSD activities.
  • Oversee and promote padel and pickleball operations to increase revenue.


Prospective candidates for the CEO role will possess the following leadership attributes and experience:

  • An understanding of and affinity for tennis, and the dynamics, influences, and challenges impacting the stakeholders that matter most to YTSD, the Southern California Tennis Association (SCTA), and other related organizations.
  • Demonstrated success as an initiative-taking executive, providing strong leadership and direction to a diverse set of stakeholders across a wide range of activities and markets.
  • Demonstrated experience and acumen in fundraising.
  • Demonstrated experience in collaborating with a successful National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) Excellence Program and managing grass roots, after school, or similar programs designed to assist the under privileged.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster teamwork and a collaborative style of management with the Board and YTSD staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse external constituents including business executives, professional and community groups, consultants, media representatives, and the public.
  • Demonstrated success in attracting, evaluating, mentoring, developing, and retaining staff.
  • Leadership and management acumen including a history of empowering and developing staff.
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills, with the demonstrated ability to manage/communicate up, down and across organizations.
  • Strong computer literacy/technology capabilities including familiarity with various social media applications.

Prospective candidates will possess a strong academic background including an undergraduate degree. A graduate degree or equivalent, including appropriate professional certification(s), is highly valued, but is not a requirement. Proficiency in multiple languages is advantageous.


YTSD will offer the new CEO a competitive compensation and benefits package, including a base salary and performance bonus. Base salary range is $150K to $190K.


4490 W. Point Loma Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92107



To ensure full consideration for the position, please submit a cover letter (which outlines qualifications and how the candidate will be a good fit for the position, based on the information provided in the Position Announcement), resume and a list of three references with phone numbers by Friday, June 16 to Tom Jacobs (, Sports Recruiting Co-Founder and Advisor of SP Athletics. Review of
applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Youth Tennis San Diego does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, religion, age, military or veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, pregnancy, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law in its educational programs and activities, admissions, or employment, as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable laws.

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