Camp Lake Stephens, a United Methodist Camp and Retreat Center, is committed to being a place where children, youth, and adults can encounter God and respond in faith to God’s call to transform the world.
The Executive Director should be an active believer and follower of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. They should possess a working, sound knowledge of the United Methodist Church and Wesleyan theology. They should possess a passion for faith formation and an entrepreneurial drive to execute the mission of Camp Lake Stephens in creative and faithful ways and to promote the camp in area churches and communities. The Executive Director is the key strategic and management leader of Camp Lake Stephens and, therefore, responsible for overseeing administration, financial performance, programming, operations, vision, and culture. Other responsibilities include fundraising, marketing, and outreach to diverse populations.
1) Board Governance – Works with the Board in order to fulfill the mission of Camp Lake Stephens. – Responsible for working with the Board to establish a long-term strategic vision and develop short-term annual goals for living out the vision. – Responsible for maintaining timely and effective communication with the Board on matters of finance, programming, and operations. – Responsible for cultivating and maintaining strong connectional relationships with Mississippi Annual Conference leaders, churches, and pastors on behalf of the Board
2) Financial Performance – Oversees fiscal integrity, management and development – Responsible for the fiscal integrity of the Camp through an annual budget and monthly financial statements accurately reflecting the financial condition of the Camp. – Responsible for fiscal oversight, planning, and guidance of the annual budget in fulfillment of the mission of Camp. – Responsible for working with staff to fundraise and develop future resources necessary to support the Camp’s mission
3) Operations – Oversees and implements resources to ensure that the operations of the Camp are effective and faithful. – Responsible for membership in the American Camping Association and overseeing the accreditation of Camp Lake Stephens through this organization. – Responsible for effective administration of all Camp Lake Stephens operations, including the hiring, training, retention competent qualified year-round staff and, when necessary, termination of employees. – Responsible for promoting camp safety, accessibility, and hospitality.
4) Programming – Works with the staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through camp programming. – Responsible for leading the creative design of new programs that fulfill the strategic vision. – Responsible for leading effective execution of new and existing camping and retreat programming. – Responsible for outcome-driven evaluation of new and existing programs. – Responsible for expanding access to new and diverse groups of children, youth, and adults by being active and visible in the community and developing strategic partnerships with other professional, civic and private organizations. – Responsible for leading programming that emphasizes team leadership and empowerment
PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS – A bachelor’s degree is required and theological training is desired – Significant experience in senior management with camp management and camping ministry certifications desired – Proven track record of effective leadership with high integrity – Highly relational (able to develop and maintain healthy relationships with children, youth, families, staff, board directors, donors, etc.) – Demonstrated ability to oversee staff, including strong team building skills – Proven track record of effective financial management, development, and fundraising – Strong written and oral communication skills; grant writing experience desired – Experience working with multicultural or diverse populations highly desired – Working knowledge of the Seven Foundations of UMC Camp and Retreat Ministry desired
Application Instructions: Submit a resume and cover letter to Rev. Smith Lilley at email@example.com
Application Deadline: October 8, 2021