Friday
Sep292017

Program Services Director: Methodist Church, New York Annual Conference -- Shelter Island, NY

The Camping and Retreat Ministry is a part of the New York Conference of the United Methodist Church. Staff members are part of a team supporting a common ministry to youth and adults at Quinipet Camp & Retreat Center, Kingswood Campground, and throughout the Conference. The Program Services Director is an integral part of our outdoor program and will be expected to further our mission through the development and management of successful programs.

Principal Duties or Tasks

Program

  • Design, implement, and oversee strategic outdoor programming that reflects the mission of the New York Conference of the United Methodist Church.
  • Initiate and implement strategic outreach initiatives.
  • Develop and monitor related budgets.
  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate seasonal program staff.
  • Assist with hosting year round retreat groups, including weekends and holidays.
  • Assist in scheduling, marketing, and recruiting program and retreat participants.
  • Attend appropriate staff and committee meetings as assigned.
  • Maintain the necessary certifications or equivalent training to lead and/or supervise programs including, but not limited to Challenge Course facilitation and First Aid and CPR. American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard certification desirable.
  • Possess a valid driver's license and be capable of driving a 12-passenger van.

Marketing

  • Develop and implement recruitment and retention strategies for day and overnight summer campers and off-season programs.
  • Expand outreach initiatives through personal contacts, promotional materials, website, social media, and personal church visits.

Operations and Facilities

  • Ensure that all program operations are conducted in accordance with American Camp Association and NY State Department of Health standards.
  • Participate as needed in hosting, food service, setup/cleanup for guest groups, and care of buildings and grounds.
  • Participate as needed in driving 12-passenger van.

Professionalism

  • Ensure all operations reflect excellence, integrity, professionalism, and the mission of the New York Conference Camping and Retreat Ministry.
  • Participate in training and continuing education as needed to develop skills and maintain best practices.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Understanding of and personal commitment to the Christian faith, with willingness and ability to apply theological principles to camp and retreat programming.
  • Bachelor's degree and at least 25 years of age.
  • Positive personality with ability to build meaningful relationships and project enthusiasm to stakeholders; including staff, guests, volunteers, and donors.
  • Ability to work collaboratively both internally and externally to achieve goals and objectives.
  • Progressively responsible leadership positions in camp and retreat programming, with demonstrated administrative skills in programming and staff management.
  • Minimum of three years professional camp and retreat experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely in writing and to speak clearly and persuasively before groups.
  • Demonstrated skills in organization, time and priority management, and project completion.
  • A proven self-motivator with skills in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs.
  • Proficient in developing and monitoring budgets.
  • Proficient in computer skills, including Microsoft Office and data management.
  • Ability to maintain an intense and flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, and occasional holidays.
  • Must be in excellent health and have the ability to lift 25 pounds unassisted, endure strenuous indoor and outdoor camping environments and participate in vigorous activities.
  • Must live onsite at Quinipet Camp and Retreat Center, Shelter Island, NY

Send application, resume, references, questions to: employment@nyac-umc.com.

Friday
Sep292017

Executive Director -- Camp McDowell, Nauvoo, AL (Diocese of Alabama)

The Episcopal Diocese of Alabama announces the national search for Executive Director of the McDowell Camp and Conference Center (Camp McDowell), one of the largest Episcopal facilities of its kind in the United States. The successful candidate will succeed The Rev. Mark Johnston, whose 26-year tenure has been marked by keen vision, steady growth, sound business practices, and a 21st century approach to programming. Generations of families have made lifelong memories in what they affectionately describe as “God’s Backyard,” a unique setting that has evolved from a summer camp for children to a thriving year-round center of education, outreach, environmental study, and farm culture. Camp McDowell is a popular destination for retreats and reunions for people of all faiths and traditions. While every individual’s love for Camp McDowell is personal, a common theme prevails: a shared belief in the value of living the way the world could be, a world God is calling us to become. There has never been a more important time in modern history to make that outcome a reality.

Serving as Camp McDowell’s fourth Executive Director in 70 years, the energetic and dedicated individual who succeeds Johnston will have an exciting opportunity to set the future course and work with committed partners to continue its dynamic trajectory.

A Classic Natural Environment Built to Meet the 21st Century

Through worship, learning, rest, and play in an extraordinarily beautiful setting, Camp McDowell celebrates the care of creation, the gift of inclusion, and the joy of creativity and play. McDowell is nestled on the southernmost border of The William B. Bankhead National Forest, which is one of Alabama’s four national forests and covers more than 181,000 acres. Many of Camp's trails share land with the National Forest, which is home to Alabama's only National Wild and Scenic River, the Sipsey Fork.

Easily accessible by interstate highways and just one hour northwest of the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Camp McDowell is situated on 1,140 acres of lush forest and fields with miles of trails winding through picturesque sandstone canyons with waterfalls.

Established in 1947, the Camp and Conference Center have grown exponentially to encompass a year-round calendar of parish retreats, Diocesan and educational programs, spiritual retreats, conferences, and special events as well as the extremely popular residential summer camp for children. As careful stewards of God’s backyard, our geothermal and solar efficiencies, as well as dedicated recycling and composting, reflect Camp’s commitment to minimize its carbon footprint with a goal of zero waste.

The Camp McDowell ministry budget exceeds $4.2 million and generates almost all operating income from fees. The primary revenue sources are the Conference Center (45%), the Environmental Center (26%), Summer Camp (11%), and the Farm School (7%). Rates are among the lowest in the Episcopal Church in keeping with Camp’s mission to enable as many people as possible to afford the joys of experiencing Camp McDowell.

The Opportunity

The Executive Director will oversee and build on facilities and programs that are well established, highly respected, and enthusiastically supported by donors as well as the Diocese. The staff, numbering more than 100, includes both year-round and seasonal employees. The Executive Director’s direct reports include the chief financial officer, the operations director, the camp nurse, and staff members who head educational programming, summer camps and retreats, the Alabama Folk School, and marketing and business development.

A complete search profile is available here.

Search Process and Timeline

The Search Committee will begin the review of candidates’ resumes and application materials on December 4, 2017, and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Nominations, inquiries, and applications to include letter of interest that reflects on the desired attributes, resume, and contact information for five references (who will not be contacted without permission) may be submitted electronically in confidence to: McDowellExec@dioala.org. Materials should be addressed to the Search Committee, in care of John Hicks, the Search Coordinator, who is serving the Hiring Committee. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting John Hicks: hicks3130@gmail.com.

Friday
Sep082017

Kitchen Assistant -- Camp Stevens, Julian, CA (Dioceses of Los Angeles & San Diego)

  1. Reports to the Food Service Director.
  2. Duties: Assist the Food Service Director (FSD) in all aspects of kitchen operation and in preparing meals according to the menu and the food service guidelines, including, but not limited to, the following:
    1. Personnel:
      1. Assist in the supervision of all dishwashers and other kitchen help.
    2. Administration:
      1. Assist in other areas of camp operation as appropriate.
      2. Attend some staff meetings, orientations and trainings.
    3. Food Service:
      1. Prepare meals according to the menu and the food service guidelines.
      2. Utilize leftovers when possible and appropriate.
      3. Utilize garden harvests as much as possible and as fresh as possible.
      4. Place food orders, receive food deliveries and store appropriately if necessary.
      5. Help to keep the kitchen clean and organized, including all food service and equipment storage areas.
      6. Meet all regulations from the San Diego County Health Department.
      7. Maintain kitchen and procedures to American Camp Association standards.
      8. Work to help make the kitchen as environmentally friendly as possible, reducing waste, using reusable resources when possible, and helping to recycle when needed.
    4. Program
      1. Program assistance for groups upon request as is appropriate.
    5. Facilities and Maintenance
      1. Assist in the maintenance of the kitchen and dining hall.
    6. Other
      1. Fill in or assist other employees as necessary.

Job Qualifications

  1. Salary is subject to camp policy
  2. Onsite housing in required; utilities, food and full health benefits and worker’s compensation insurance is provided.
  3. The normal work week is 5 days per week; days off are coordinated within the kitchen team.
  4. Additional personnel policies are to be followed as stated in the Camp Stevens Personnel Policies.
  5. The Kitchen Assistant needs to be physically fit and able to work extended periods in the kitchen, carry loads of up to 50 pounds, and have at least average eyesight and hearing. He/she/they must also have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record, preferably able to qualify for camp auto insurance to drive camp vehicles.

Email cover letter and resume, and a full application packet will be sent in reply. Interviews will be offered to applicants with complete application packets, on a rolling basis. Position open until filled.

Friday
Aug252017

Recruitment Coordinator, Interfaith Youth Initiative (IFYI), Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries -- Newton, MA

The Recruitment Coordinator will be in charge of recruiting for CMM’s Interfaith Youth Initiative (IFYI) that brings together high school and college-age youth for leadership, peace-building and conflict-transformation training. Duties include:

  • Place advertisements, write press releases, email flyers, and post information about IFYI both in and outside the greater Boston area to gain the attention of youth, parents, clergy, youth directors, college and high school faculty, and others.
  • Attend denominational conferences, camp fairs, interfaith clergy
  • Interview applicants for IFYI and process their application forms in coordination with the Program Director of IFYI.
  • Coordinate recruitment efforts with the Executive Director, Program Director of IFYI, and CMM’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Provide IFYI notices for CMM’s E-newsletter in Constant Contact.
  • Develop an IFYI Alumni Association and maintain contacts with past IFYI students and staff. Enlist alumni in recruiting for IFYI.

Position is part time, 5-10 hours per week up to 500 hours per year. Suggested salary to be negotiated. Applications due by September 17, 2017. CMM is committed to attracting a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. Starting Date: preferably in the beginning of October 2017.

Job Qualifications

  1. Vision, energy, and commitment to interfaith, cross-cultural learning and social action;
  2. Spiritual grounding and religious literacy;
  3. Ability to accept direction from a supervisor and to work independently to complete tasks;
  4. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written;
  5. Basic word-processing skills; familiarity with mailchimp and constant contact is a plus
  6. Bachelor’s degree. M.Div. or Graduate Theological Education a plus.
  7. Experience in recruiting, marketing, and communications and experience recruiting for youth camps a plus.
  8. Availability to work evenings and weekends on occasion.

Send application, resume, references, questions to: info@coopmet.org. In subject line of email, say RECRUITMENT COORDINATOR IFYI FROM (YOUR NAME).

Thursday
Aug242017

Program Director, Interfaith Youth Initiative (IFYI) -- Newton, MA

Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (CMM) seeks a dynamic individual to fill the position of Program Director, Interfaith Youth Initiative (IFYI). CMM’s Interfaith Youth Initiative (IFYI) brings together high school and college-age youth for leadership, peace-building and conflict-transformation training. IFYI is staffed by graduate theological students who design and lead this acclaimed week-long residential program for youth from a variety of ethnic, cultural, religious, economic, social and political backgrounds. 5-10 hours per week up to 500 hours per year.

The Program Director will be in charge of the year-long operations and running of the IFYI program, including

  • In coordination with the ED and other CMM and IFYI staff, oversee, plan, and direct the summer IFYI program, including the recruitment of graduate theological students as staff, planning of off-campus outings, coordination of staff, housing, meals, transportation, and other program details.
  • Plan for IFYI retreats, reunions, Days of Interfaith Service, and other IFYI gatherings throughout the course of the program year.
  • With the Recruitment Coordinator of IFYI, help with marketing and recruitment of IFYI participants, including outreach to congregations, communities, schools, etc.
  • Coordinate the IFYI staff recruitment, application, interview, and selection process.
  • Oversee and run the staff retreat/s prior to the IFYI start date.

Position is part time, 5-10 hours per week up to 500 hours per year. Suggested Salary to be negotiated. Applications due by September 17, 2017.

CMM is committed to attracting a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. Starting Date: negotiable, preferably in the beginning of October 2017.

Job Qualifications:

  1. Ability to inspire, guide, and train graduate theological students who are the staff of IFYI;
  2. Ability to organize effectively across lines of religion, race, and class;
  3. Spiritual grounding and religious literacy;
  4. A consensus-building leadership style;
  5. Ability to accept direction from a supervisor and to work independently to complete tasks;
  6. M.Div. or other Graduate Theological Education a plus.
  7. Previous leadership experience in a retreat center or camp is a plus.

To Apply:

Send application, resume, references, questions to: info@coopmet.org. In title of email say: APPLICATION FOR PROGRAM DIRECTOR IFYI FROM (YOUR NAME)/p>