Director -- Sandscrest Retreat Center, Diocese of West Virginia (Wheeling, WV)

Director of the Sandscrest Retreat Center


The Sandscrest Foundation seeks to advance the educational, scientific, religious, charitable or other public benevolent use of its facilities, in keeping with benefactor Harry Sands' vision for his farm and adjoining property.


The Sandscrest Retreat Center is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia.  The Director is an employee of the Sandscrest Foundation, Inc.. The ministry of the Director is conducted in conjunction with, and under the direction of, the Sandscrest Board of Directors. The Director shall implement board policies, keep the board informed and updated regarding all operations of Sandscrest, and serve as an ex officio member of the Board. The Director shall participate in the development of the Board of Directors in a manner that will enhance the overall decision-making with board members. In coordination with the Board of Directors, the Director will provide recommendations to the Bishop for the enhancement and improvement of Sandscrest operations and facilities in an ongoing manner.


The Director is responsible for the operation of Sandscrest’s facilities and its business administration. The Director will work with the Board of Directors in the development of an operating budget. The Director is also responsible for:

  • enforcement of policies established by the Board of Directors
  • fund-raising and grant writing opportunities
  • ensuring all diocesan audit rules are met
  • scheduling and coordinating all site activities and events
  • managing the rental properties and farming lease
  • preparing or supervising the preparation of required reports, records, lists, and all other paperwork
  • efficient maintenance and safekeeping of all records and important papers
  • providing orientation for new staff members and an annual refresher training session for all staff members on the operations and policies in force at Sandscrest
  • ensuring successful personnel background checks are conducted, completed, and on file
  • employing, directing, and supervising Sandscrest staff and adjunct personnel, including the management of business affairs related to their employment
  • ensuring all interactions with staff and persons utilizing Sandscrest are handled with discretion, tact, and courtesy

Center Programs

The Director will closely monitor all program activities conducted at Sandscrest to ensure compliance with applicable standards of expectations and safety whether groups are from within or outside the diocese.

The Director will:

  • participate, with the Board, in visioning
  • immediately suspend any activity that is deemed, in the Director’s opinion, to be harmful or potentially harmful to person or property
  • ensure proper training is provided to all personnel as required by current state and county ordinances, The Episcopal Church canons, and diocesan canons and policy
  • maintain accurate records for event attendance and utilization of Sandscrest resources
  • ensure that either the Director, or designee, is readily available on-site at all times when facilities are in use

Marketing and Promotion

In conjunction with and as directed by the Board of Directors, the Director is responsible for identifying and developing marketing opportunities in the Diocese of West Virginia, our neighboring diocese and the dioceses of Province III. Publicity and promotion is to be directed foremost to Episcopal, ecumenical, and other not-for-profit groups. Of special concern is increasing the visibility of Sandscrest in the life and mission of the diocese. The Director shall:

  • be prepared to make, at the invitation of the Bishop, an annual presentation at Diocesan Convention, reporting the activities of Sandscrest and promoting its programs and use by the parishes represented at convention
  • seek an invitation to the convention of the Dioceses of Pittsburgh, Ohio, and Southern Ohio for the purpose of exhibiting and promoting the Sandscrest Retreat Center
  • at a minimum, make a visit to each of the deaneries annually, making a presentation promoting Sandscrest and parish retreat opportunities
  • submit an article of interest for potential publication in each Dayspring issue
  • Build and enhance effective relationships within Wheeling, the diocese and region
  • Serve as effective public spokesperson and “face” consistently and frequently

Physical Facilities and Operations

The Director is responsible for the proper maintenance, cleanliness, security, and inventory of all buildings, equipment, and grounds. The Director is responsible for taking prudent measures in all aspects of hospitality including lodging, food service, budgeting, personnel supervision, and purchasing. The Director will ensure that standards are in compliance with applicable state and county regulations and statutes.

Compensation: The Director’s amenities include: salary, health insurance, vacation commensurate with tenure, retirement, and business travel reimbursement. The Board of Directors would give emphasis to applicants who are active, faithful church members and have a college degree. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Candidates will need to undergo a background check and a drug test before being hired.

All interested persons should forward a current resume to The Rev. Mark E. Seitz, and to The Rt. Rev. William M. Klusmeyer, The deadline for accepting resumes is June 15, 2018.

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