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: 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:


Executive Director -- Camp Stevens, Julian, CA (Diocese of Los Angeles)

Job Description

  1. Responsible to the Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles; communicates to and works directly with the Camp Stevens Board of Advisors.
  2. Duties: The director is responsible for the overall administration of the camp operation and execution of Camp Stevens Board policy, including, but not limited to, the following:
    1. Personnel
      1. Employment and supervision, training and evaluation of the Directors: Administration, Food Service, Facilities & Maintenance, Farm & Garden, and Program. Delegate responsibility and authority as appropriate and necessary.
      2. Assist the Directors in coaching and supervision of their department staff.
      3. Responsible to initiate termination procedures for Directors and any other employees when necessary.
      4. Responsible for annual review of Staff Handbook, ensuring compliance with Camp Stevens culture, Diocese of Los Angeles policies, and state and federal law.
    2. Administration
      1. Responsible for overall representation of Camp Stevens to the public, ensuring that messages are consistent across departments, including and especially marketing.
      2. Responsible for the creation of the annual budget proposal in collaboration with the Administration Director to the Camp Stevens Board.
      3. Attend and assist in planning and organizing all meetings of the Camp Stevens Board and committee meetings as possible and appropriate. Report on the status of the camp operation, personnel and program.
      4. Maintain camp correspondence.
      5. Promote the camp programs at churches, conventions, etc., when possible.
      6. Develop and coordinate a network of parish contact persons for promotion and fundraising.
      7. Development and coordination of the Friends of Camp Stevens annual fundraising appeals, including the Camp Stevens Campership Fund.
      8. Development and coordination of a planned giving program.
      9. Supervision of a capital campaign when necessary.
      10. Assist the Camp Stevens Board in providing periodic review and renewal of the mission, goals, master plan and job descriptions.
      11. Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings.
      12. Coordinate and facilitate regular meetings of the directors.
      13. Facilitate a mutual ministry evaluation process with the long-term staff.
    3. Food Service
      1. Assist with washing dishes when necessary.
    4. Program
      1. Keep the camp open for use at all times, except Christmas week, balancing necessary staff days off with need for retreat center revenue.
      2. Assist with supervision of the summer camping program and in program planning.
      3. Responsible for the creation, planning and organization of occasional weekend or mid-week programs.
      4. Arrange for summer and winter camp chaplains and assist with acquisition of nurses.
      5. Assist with other program supervision, planning, or execution when needed.
    5. Facilities and Maintenance
      1. Arrange for and supervise major improvement projects.
    6. Other
      1. Fill in for or assist other employees as necessary.
      2. Maintain good relations with the Dioceses of Los Angeles and San Diego, state and county officials, the American Camping Association, the Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers, Inc., campership organizations (RefugeeNet, Share Our Selves, St. Lawrence Tutors, San Diego Community Campership Council, and others), and neighboring camps and retreat centers.
      3. Responsible for ACA Accreditation process, including preparation and the actual visit. Can be delegated.
  3. Compensation, Schedule, and Personnel Policies
    1. Salary is subject to Diocesan policy and annual review.
    2. Housing, utilities, food, vacation, and hospital/medical insurance is provided.
    3. Days off and vacation shall be coordinated with the other directors so that one of them is responsible for the camp at all times.
    4. Sabbatical time shall be accrued at a rate of two weeks per year. The first sabbatical can be taken after five years of service. Sabbaticals can only be taken upon approval by the Camp Board and an adequate staffing plan to cover the Director's Responsibility.
    5. Additional personnel policies are to be followed as stated in the Camp Stevens Staff Handbook.
    6. The Executive Director needs to be physically fit and able to hike 5 miles at a time over rough terrain, carry loads of up to 50 pounds, and have at least average eyesight and hearing.

Desired qualities and qualifications of the Executive Director of Camp Stevens:

  • Education:
    • Required: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
    •  Preferred: Master’s degree in Outdoor Education, Theology, Management (MBA) or other relevant field
  • Experience:
    • Required: Experience developing and managing budgets. Experience with QuickBooks and CampBrain (or similar) is necessary. Demonstrated experience leading and managing other employees (hiring/evaluating/firing) experience is required.
    • Preferred: Prior experience as an Executive Director (or equivalent) is preferred. Experience as a front-line fundraiser Understanding of how outdoor education fits into common core curriculum requirements Familiarity with ACA accreditation standards and requirements Familiarity with operation of a ropes course
    • Temperament/Personality:
      • Required:
        • Live on property. The executive director lives in community with their employees and the camp’s guests.
        • Cultural Sensitivity: The camp actively works with refugee communities, underserved communities, exceptionally wealthy communities, and several diverse groups.
        • Commitment to superior customer service and radical hospitality.
        • Visionary leadership
        • Consensus building
        • Spirituality: Camp Stevens is a ministry of the Episcopal Church owned and operated by the Diocese of Los Angeles in partnership with the Diocese of San Diego. The Executive Director’s immediate supervisor is the Bishop of Los Angeles. The Executive Director must be comfortable working in a church environment and be able to live the mission and purpose of Camp Stevens in terms of the broader church, including:
          • Commitment to the camp’s Episcopal identity
          • Commitment to the open and welcoming environment of the Episcopal Church
          • The ability to prepare and deliver an effective sermon in a wide variety of Episcopal churches.

Send resume with a cover letter addressing these qualities and qualifications to The Rev. Melissa McCarthy, Canon to the Ordinary, Diocese of Los Angeles at


Site Staff -- Camp Mokule'ia, Waialua, HI (Diocese of Hawaii)

Camp Mokule`ia has operated as an Episcopal Camp & Retreat Center on the beautiful North Shore of Hawaii since 1947. Camp Mokule`ia is an ACA accredited camp and is seeking to fill three newly created Site Staff positions. Site Staff will work as needed in four different areas of camp operations:

  • Property & Grounds
  • Programming
  • Food Service
  • Housekeeping

A complete Job Description will be emailed to applicants later in the process.

Job Qualifications

Site Staff positions require:

  • Strong leadership and communication skills
  • Ability to work well with children
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to work as part of a team

Prior camp experience in a variety of roles is preferred.

This job provides and requires on-site housing. Send resume, references, questions to: by November 15, 2018.


Executive Director - DuBose Conference Center, Monteagle, TN

DuBose Conference Center (hereinafter referred to as “DuBose”) is a historically affiliated Episcopal year-round conference and retreat center located on the Cumberland Plateau in Monteagle, Tennessee. Dubose serves numerous educational, religious, civic, business, school, and arts groups by providing lodging, meals, facilities, and other needs. DuBose is also the home of Camp Gailor-Maxon, an Episcopal summer camp for children aged 7 years old to 18 years old. DuBose is a 501(c)3 non-profit governed by a board of directors to which the Executive Director reports. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for managing and administering all aspects of finances, development, facilities, and programming at DuBose. The Executive Director is expected to accomplish management goals within the approved budget, lead the organization into a sustainable future, and provide hospitality to all guest groups and individuals. The Executive Director position requires competency in a wide range of operational and leadership functions. Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manage a comprehensive financial system to achieve a balanced budget in cooperation with the Board of Directors;
  • Develop and submit annual budgets for the site operation, summer camp program, capital projects, and special budgets to the Board of Directors for approval;
  • With the partnership of the Board of Directors, establish fundraising development strategies for DuBose, including, but not limited to, the annual budget campaign, grant writing, and capital campaign efforts;
  • Lead and nurture a cohesive, competent, and motivated staff;
  • Oversee all aspects of DuBose’s programming and facility operations to ensure integrity and conformity with the mission and values of the conference center;
  • Manage the campus buildings, grounds, and equipment and provide operational oversight of grounds management, repair and security;
  • Ensure a hospitable experience for all DuBose guests, including oversight of such things as registration and scheduling of all guests/groups, housekeeping, lodging and food services, and sharing hosting duties;
  • Oversee and assist in prioritizing and implementing new endeavors, programs, and projects to further the mission of DuBose;
  • Increase the visibility of DuBose in the life and ministries of the Dioceses of Tennessee, surrounding communities, and the broader Episcopal Church;
  • Be the face of the organization in the local community and oversee and execute a professional social media, website, and marketing strategy;
  • Provide executive leadership to carry out the DuBose mission and to expand outreach and service.

 Job Qualifications

Applicant characteristics and abilities:

  • Manage time and prioritize goals without regular supervision;
  • Maintain judgment while handling confidential information, and assessing and managing risks of all kinds;
  • Serve all people with respect and address special needs with sensitivity;
  • Promote diversity and inclusion;
  • Lead and manage staff to foster a cohesive team and community;
  • Facilitate spiritual and creative development in people of all ages;
  • Utilize contemporary office computer software and social media;
  • Communicate effectively with guests, staff, board and community members;
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive an automobile;
  • Physically traverse the campus on both hard and natural surfaces, including but not limited to ascending and descending multiple levels of stairs;
  • Undergo and successfully pass criminal, financial and sex offender background checks;
  • Have or gain familiarity with the policies and traditions of the Episcopal Church.

Application details: Applicants must possess 3 or more years’ experience in roles with similar requirements to this position. Bachelor’s degree or higher (please indicate additional certifications) preferred. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three references.

Send application, resume, references, questions to:





Executive Director — Gray Center, Canton, MS (Diocese of Mississippi)

The Duncan M. Gray Camp & Conference Center is located 30 miles north of Jackson, the capital of Mississippi and home to our diocesan office. The property is 750 acres—500 to the north and 250 to the south of Way Road, with our twin entrances located directly across the road from one another. Our Bishop, leadership, and people are deeply invested in both the camp and conference center as places of ministry and transformation. These places are among the cornerstones of the identity of the Diocese of Mississippi.

Onn the north side of the road lies our Conference Center, an 80-bed facility which hosts a wide array of commercial and diocesan events (including our yearly clergy conference, the Mississippi Music & Liturgy Conference, a liturgical arts conference, quilting gatherings, Cursillos and more). The Conference Center boasts two large meeting spaces, both able to be subdivided into two smaller rooms, as well as smaller gathering space in our cottages (three buildings containing 16 beds each, with cozy common areas and kitchens).

The south side of the road is home to Camp Bratton-Green & the Big House. Since the 1940s, we have held summer camps in this space, named after two of our former Bishops. The facilities at camp include eight cabins capable of sleeping 160 individuals as well as the Big House, a 15-bedroom, spacious house with comfortable common areas and a lovely screened porch near the entrance to the south side of the property. Our summer camping program consists of 11 sessions—two camps each for children in the 3rd and 4th, the 5th and 6th, and the 7th through 9th grades. We also hold Special Sessions (for mentally and physically disabled people of all ages) and one shortened “intro” camp for 1st- and 2nd-graders and their parents. Outside of summer we still have a good bit going on at Bratton-Green with our Winter Solstice camp (Dec. 26th-Jan 1st) for 9th-12th grades, weekend-long diocesan youth retreats for Sr. and Jr. High, and our new Camp Able program (weekend retreats for special needs individuals).

Currently, the main challenges facing the Gray Center are financial, and the Bishop and Board of Managers need in our next Executive Director someone that can address those issues. We firmly believe that we offer a unique opportunity for retreat and reflection in our area with our conference center and that our camp programming changes lives and is second to none. In order to make these beloved offerings sustainable, we are seeking an Executive Director with the experience and ability to oversee faithful stewardship of our buildings and grounds. Likewise, it is our hope that our next Executive will have energy around marketing and advertisement to help make us known to potential guests of all types.

Resume and cover letter should be sent by August 19 the Rt. Rev. Brian Seague: P.O. Box 23107, Jackson, MS 39225-23107 or