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Executive Director

Reports to: Board of Directors of Mount Eagle Retreat Center
Department: Mission and Ministry
Date: November 2020

Summary of the Position
The Executive Director, in cooperation with the Board of Directors, will provide Christian hospitality and opportunities for holy listening. This position oversees and manages all aspects of Mount Eagle Retreat Center. This position works to carry out Mount Eagle’s contribution to the trajectory of the Arkansas Conference.

Major Responsibilities
The Executive Director manages all Mount Eagle facilities, operations, and programs according to accreditation bodies; local, state, and federal guidelines and standards; the mission and goals of the Arkansas Conference, the Mount Eagle Board of Directors/Trustees and the United Methodist Book of Discipline. This position provides guidance and supervision to staff and volunteers at the retreat center, as well as creating and implementing a safe and hospitable environment to guests and visitors, while practicing and advocating creation care.

General Duties

  • Hospitality
    • Serve as the primary contact and resource for individuals and groups interested in Mount Eagle Retreat Center.
    • Coordinate all guest, event, and group registration for site usage.
    • Build and nurture relationships with the surrounding communities and state-wide/regional user groups.
  • Programming
    • Develop and implement programming that assist in spiritual growth in making disciples of Jesus Christ for creating vital congregations
    • Serve ex-officio with voice on the Arkansas Conference Camp and Retreat Ministry Committee to advocate for programming opportunities at Mount Eagle.
  • Finances
    • Oversee the financial management, fundraising, and donor development operations to allow for adequate annual funding, and to meet short-term and long-term goals.
    • Develop and operate within annual retreat center budget.
  • Operations
    • Oversee facility management, maintenance, and property development.
    • Manage all aspects of guest services, including food service and housekeeping.
    • Recruit, hire, train, supervise, evaluate and appreciate all Mount Eagle staff and volunteers.
    • Provide for general administrative and reporting needs.
  • Regulatory Compliance
    • Ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal health and safety requirements to include relevant camping and retreat center guidelines as well as United Methodist guidelines.
    • Ensure compliance with United Methodist Safe Sanctuary and sexual harassment policies.

Necessary Skills

  • Excellent organizational, people, and communication skills to manage multiple priorities and people, virtually or in person.
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit, coach and resource other leaders in retreat ministry
  • Ability to provide Board training and development.
  • A self-starter with demonstrated competency in:
    • visioning and motivating groups of persons in ministry
    • team building
    • networking with leaders and congregations
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills, with ability to effectively present the mission of Mount Eagle, provide information, and respond to questions
  • Ability to identify and anticipate work needs and proactively take steps to accomplish tasks
  • Good computer skills, proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, with ability to learn Retreat software such as Camp Brain and Quickbooks.
  • Ability to honor confidentiality and use discretion in performing tasks

Preferred Skills:

  • Knowledge of and experience in recycling, composting, and community gardening
  • Sensitivity to and respectful to personal situations
  • Some basic knowledge and use of tools, equipment, and machinery

Education and Experience:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.
  • Demonstrated ongoing continuing education related to camp and retreat leadership.
  • Prefer a minimum of three years’ experience as Director or Program Director in camp or retreat ministry, or equivalent, with demonstrated management and program growth
  • Experience working within a ministry culture that respects diversity in its many forms
  • Proven commitment to and knowledge of Christianity with an understanding and enthusiasm for United Methodist theology and tradition as expressed by the Arkansas Conference
  • Demonstrated passion for connectional retreat ministry
  • Professional and patient, with a strong orientation toward guest service and responsiveness

Working Environment:

  • Living on site on a remote outdoor retreat facility
  • Physical Activities:
    • Ability to lift at least 20 pounds
    • Ability to walk up and down hills and on uneven ground
    • Some moderate physical activity and use of maintenance equipment and machinery may be required on occasion.

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience. Minimum benefits to include housing, utilities and continuing education. Negotiable benefits include health insurance, pension, and travel reimbursement.

Inquiries and resumes may be forwarded to Teresa Bolin at Applications are being received until December 1, 2020.

Mount Eagle Retreat Center
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Adult Ministry
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