Description: Do you have a passion for seeing lives changed for Christ? Are you a strong, experienced, servant leader? Have you formed and lead teams in a camping and retreat ministry context? Is camp ministry a call on your life? If you answered “yes” so far, please keep reading to learn about an incredible new opportunity.
The West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church is currently seeking a Director of Camps, Retreats and Next Generation Engagement to lead us into our next phase of ministry. This position will bring leadership, vision, integrity, and a team-oriented philosophy to all aspects of the position. The director is ultimately responsible for all operations, maintenance, and fund development for West Ohio Camps and Retreats in addition to cultivating congregational capacity to engage next generations. In partnership with other staff, congregations, and volunteer leaders, we seek to provide invigorating space where diverse young adults, youth, and children experience faith and leadership in developmentally accessible ways that change their lives and the church.
Potential candidates should have an active faith within a United Methodist church and a bachelor’s degree or higher with successful leadership experience in a camp setting and with next generations. Solid administrative skills, team development and deployment experience, and budget knowledge will also be important components for success.
Please review the job description for a full list of professional responsibilities, competencies, and requirements. A competitive salary, amazing benefits package, and the opportunity to work in a certified Best Christian Workplace environment are all included!
The Director of Camps, Retreats, and Next Gen Engagement is a member of the Connectional Ministries team. This position brings leadership, vision, integrity, and a team-oriented philosophy to all aspects of the position. The director is ultimately responsible for all operations, maintenance, and fund development for West Ohio Camps and Retreats in addition to cultivating congregational capacity to engage next generations. In partnership with other staff, congregations, and volunteer leaders, we seek to provide invigorating space where diverse young adults, youth, and children experience faith and leadership in developmentally accessible ways that change their lives and the church.
Hired By: Director of Connectional Ministries
Reports To: Director of Connectional Ministries
Supervises: Administrative Coordinator and Camp Staff
Evaluated: Quarterly Check In
Schedule: This is a full-time position that requires balance between work in the office, in our congregations and at our camps. Flexibility on days and hours worked are required.
1. Shows their commitment to Jesus through words and actions.
2. Active faith within a United Methodist church. Committed to the values, beliefs, practices, and organizational structure; a passion for communicating the United
Methodist story in creative and powerful ways.
3. Commits to personal spiritual growth through regular study of scripture, prayer, cultural competency, and missional engagement.
4. Considers this position a ministry calling, not simply a job.
5. Demonstrates the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control) in their life and leadership.
Professional Responsibilities (Essential)
1. Fosters a camp and retreats culture that is aligned with the values and identity of the West Ohio Conference.
2. Implement systems, processes, and innovative programming to consistently achieve goals set in partnership with conference leaders.
3. Develop systems that evaluate effectiveness and institute required changes to enhance impact.
4. Determine appropriate staffing model to maximize results throughout the system.
5. Work with year-round staff to ensure conference goals are being met or exceeded, present new goals as needed and provide appropriate support and supervision
for all staff.
6. Develop a plan to recruit, hire, train, and deploy year-round and seasonal staff representing diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.
7. Build congregational capacity to engage children, youth and families in faith formation and Christian living and create linkages to other churches, the conference,
8. Expand and deepen partnerships with congregations and other organizations to maximize camp attendance and retreat usage.
9. In partnership with the United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio, cultivate and engage donors to support camps operations and capital improvements.
10. Create budgets and maintain fiscal responsibility.
11. Advance and implement a planned maintenance and capital improvement plan aligned with programmatic goals.
12. Ensure Safe Sanctuary compliance, adherence to United Methodist Camp Standards, and American Camp Association accreditation.
13. Build and maintain a strong relationship with United Methodist Camping and Retreat Ministries (UMCRUM) for ideas, support, and training.
14. Maintain and increase collaboration with West Ohio staff across all departments and volunteer leaders.
1. Committed to the culture, identity, and values of the West Ohio Conference and the United Methodist Church.
2. Commitment to being anti-racist and inclusive in leadership and witness.
3. Proven ability to facilitate conversations that results in shared ownership from multiple stakeholders.
4. Demonstrated ability to cultivate new relationships, partnerships, and financial support.
5. Strategic thinker who understands how to navigate complex systems and processes to achieve desired outcomes.
6. Proven ability to lead others to embrace adaptive and innovative ideas and the ability to apply those ideas within congregational and camp contexts.
7. Strong administrative skills, including understanding budget development and oversight.
8. Willingness to initiate and engage in hard conversations and make hard decisions in a timely manner.
9. Demonstrated experience in effective engagement of emerging and multiple generations.
10. Ability to develop monitoring, evaluation and reporting strategies that measures effectiveness and encourages participation and growth.
11. A self-starter who is also coachable. Willingness to take direction, receive suggestions, and to be challenged.
12. Is viewed as being trustworthy, professional, positive, and abides by a covenant of confidentiality.
Education and Experience:
1. Bachelor’s degree in related field required, graduate degree preferred.
2. Successful relational leadership that also implements vision and mission.
3. Leadership experience in a camp setting and with next generations.
4. Experience supervising staff is preferred.
5. Demonstrated administrative gifts and talents.
6. Experience with developing and deploying ministry teams for effective leadership.
7. Intermediate or higher computer skills including Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, and digital communication.
This job operates in a professional office environment, in congregations and across all camp locations within the West Ohio Conference. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and on-line technology.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands and fingers, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. This position requires the ability to occasionally lift products and supplies up to 40 pounds.
Because relationship development is critical, this position will require a willingness to travel 40% of the time—mostly within the bounds of the conference.
Application Instructions: To apply, please complete the attached application and submit with resume and cover letter, to Mike Kremnitzer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Deadline: The position will remain open until filled.
Location: Worthington, OH