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

The Episcopal Diocese of Alabama announces the national search for Executive Director of the McDowell Camp and Conference Center, one of the largest and most admired Episcopal facilities of its kind in the United States. Described as “God’s Backyard,” McDowell is a unique setting for education, outreach, environmental study, and farm culture.

As the fifth Executive Director in 70 years, the energetic and dedicated individual chosen for this position will have a career-defining opportunity to set the future course and work with committed partners to continue McDowell’s dynamic trajectory.

The Executive Director will oversee and build on facilities and programs that are well established, highly respected, and enthusiastically supported by donors and the Diocese. This individual leads in creating and implementing the vision, mission, and strategic planning; supervises day-to-day operations; and provides sacramental and pastoral ministries. Proven management and administrative skills, successful fundraising experience, and a collaborative leadership style are among the key qualifications sought by the Search Committee.

The Search Committee seeks a visionary leader with a strong spiritual perspective who has a proven commitment to living the way the world could be, in keeping with the mission and vision of Camp McDowell. The Executive Director has traditionally provided sacramental and pastoral functions for the Camp. Principal functions include carrying out policies and practices as established by the Bishop, Diocesan Council, and the Department of Camp McDowell. The Executive Director leads in establishing and implementing the vision, mission, and strategic planning for Camp and supervising all day-to-day operations.

Among the desired attributes:

  • Superior management, administrative, and communication skills;
  • Ability to observe and evaluate all aspects of Camp operations;
  • Ability to work independently yet collaboratively in decision-making with multiple constituencies;
  • Proven fundraising experience and prior success in identifying, engaging, and nurturing donors while overseeing all fundraising efforts;
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work with diverse populations and people of all ages;
  • Prior experience in an educational setting;
  • Experience in managing a camp and/or conference center and supervising staff in cooperation with Diocesan ministries in developing and hosting programs and meetings;
  • Ability to lead pastorally and sacramentally;
  • An understanding and respect for, as well as the ability and willingness to learn and adapt to the spirit and traditions of Camp McDowell;
  • An attitude of acceptance, forgiveness, collaboration, fun, professionalism, and respect that has been cultivated and engrained in tradition since the first campers began meeting off-site in 1923.

This job includes on-site housing.

Nominations, inquiries, and applications to include a 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.

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