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Executive Director of the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center

Episcopal Church of New Hampshire

The Episcopal Church of New Hampshire comprises 46 parishes from Colebrook to Nashua, Claremont to Portsmouth. We are discovering God's mission in the world and listening to what God calls us to challenge and confront anew. We do this work in churches, communities, forests, on mountaintops and on the sea.


The Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center (BCH) offers a welcoming community that encourages meaningful relationships and provides opportunities for spiritual and personal growth, in a serene and natural environment. Founded in 2003, BCH is open to charitable, religious, educational, and other groups from throughout New England and beyond, with special emphasis on social and environmental justice. TheThe Executive Director is the key member of leadership and management of BCH and is responsible for overseeing its administration, programs, buildings and grounds, finances, fundraising/marketing, and strategic planning. The Executive Director is accountable to the Board of Directors and works collaboratively with the Board and the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. Collaboration with the Bishops and leadership of the Episcopal Church in New Hampshire and the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts is required. We seek an Executive Director who is committed to hospitality, inclusion, equity, diversity, and the care of creation within our shared Christian context, and who will work closely with our Bishops and staff to support the ministry of our Dioceses and the wider Episcopal community.

The Executive Director has full authority to carry out such duties and responsibilities as are authorized by the Board, including staffing decisions, managing rentals and maintenance of facilities, oversight of fundraising, marketing, and food service, and engaging in church and public relations to promote the mission of BCH in a sustainable manner. The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors to prepare agendas for meetings, prepare and organize reporting, and recommend policy.

Requirements:

Essential Functions

a) Ability to communicate effectively with guests, staff, and Diocesan members, both orally and

in writing

b) Ability to operate an automobile and utility vehicles, including necessary licensure

c) Ability to travel easily by foot around the property (including uneven terrain)

d) On-site residence provided and expected

Professional Skills

a) Ability to manage time and prioritize goals without supervision

b) Ability to maintain confidential information and to assess and manage multiple risks

c) Willingness to serve all people with love and address special needs with sensitivity

d) Demonstrated ability to lead and manage staff to create a cohesive team

e) Personal desire and capacity to facilitate spiritual development in people of all ages

f) Ability to build relationships and share the story of BCH, in written, online, and other

formats.

Educational and Personal Requirements

g) Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent experience

h) Minimum four years of experience leading and managing in comparable settings

i) May be lay or clergy

j) Experience in development, marketing and/or fundraising

k) Must undergo a criminal, financial, and sex offender background check

l) Safe Church Training certification a plus or ability to complete certification in first 6 months

of employment

m) Certifications in high-ropes course of lifeguarding a plus but not required. (Willingness to

receive certifications also a plus)

n) Candidate must provide proof of full vaccination for COVID-19

Responsibilities:

Specific Responsibilities: 

Relational & Collaborative Leadership

Provide executive leadership in carrying out the mission of BCH sustainably.

a) Effectively hire, develop, and supervise site and program staff to create a cohesive, trained,

and motivated team of ministry leaders within the authorized budget.

b) Co-create, with the Board and staff, strategic initiatives to expand BCH’s mission outreach

(both operationally and programmatically) in a manner which will secure the future of its

ministry.

c) Be knowledgeable about and ensure that BCH remains in compliance with Diocesan

standards (including “Safe Church” training), as well as local, state, and federal laws,

regulations, and requirements.

d) Ensure that all activities associated with BCH are undertaken in compliance with current

and future health and safety guidelines and best practices as determined by federal, state, and

county governments and by the Episcopal Church.

e) Maintain an active membership and accreditation of BCH in the American Camp

Association and Episcopal Camps & Conference Centers.

f) Complete other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Operational Oversight

Manage the site and operations to support the delivery of BCH’s mission.

a) Oversee the expansion and implementation of an excellent hospitality ministry to all

conference center guests and campers.

b) Design and direct effective public relations, story sharing, and marketing to expand

conference center bookings and grow the summer camp program.

c) In collaboration with the Facilities Manager, oversee the physical assets of BCH, including

the following:

i. Within stated budget constraints and in accordance with all applicable laws and

regulations, continue to update and implement a preventative maintenance plan that

will address ongoing operational needs and maximize the life and usability of

facilities and equipment.

ii. Advise the Board of Directors of major maintenance and capital needs of the site,

provide plans, summary of costs and other related documentation, and recommend

priorities for long range planning for funding of capital needs.

d) Maintain a high-quality food service operation for conference center guests and campers.

e) Oversee a responsive grounds maintenance program, including management of Otter Lake,

the “Paris Grove”, and forest land.

Financial Management

Steward a comprehensive financial system in collaboration with the Treasurer of the Board of

Directors.

a) Formulate the annual budget for site operations, the summer camp program, and capital

projects.

b) Manage all aspects of programs and operations to maintain a balanced budget, adjusting line

items as necessary to ensure income and expenses remain within the authorized budget.

c) Maintain systems of controls over financial reporting and accurate financial records in

c o operation with the Treasurer and Bookkeeper.

d) Direct and implement an active annual fund with multiple appeals throughout the year to

support programs and operations.

e) Manage payroll and employee benefits.

f) Maintain appropriate insurance coverage on assets.

Development and Fundraising

Implement strategies and programs for relationship building and fundraising.

a) Be an ambassador for BCH, sharing the story of the center to the local community, churches

in New England, and beyond.

b) Supervise the creation and implementation of public relations and marketing opportunities

to create visibility for BCH.

c) Create and foster relationships with camp alumni, community partners, past users, and other

potential donors to ensure current and future funding for BCH.

d) Develop and implement fundraising opportunities throughout the year to encourage and

solicit financial support of BCH.

Summer Camp Supervision

Direct and Supervise Summer Camp programs and leadership.

a) In collaboration with the Camp Director (not yet hired), develop and supervise curriculum,

marketing materials, and hiring & training of staff and volunteers. We anticipate this

transitioning into a supervisory role in the future.

b) Supervise the implementation of the camp program to ensure that it achieves the philosophy

and goals of BCH’s mission, is consistent with Diocesan policies, and provides a safe, fun,

and adventure-filled experience for its campers.

c) In collaboration with the Camp Director, oversee the recruitment, scheduling, and support

of camp chaplains and nurses.

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit the following by email to the President of the Board of Directors, the Rev. Natasha Stewart, at stlukepriestnfs@gmail.com

a. Current resume indicating progressional experience and skills, including three professional references. 

b. Cover letter explaning why you are interested in this position and how you will provide leadership to advance BCH's ministry. Please limit your letter to no more than two pages. 

 

Timeline for submission: 

September 30: Deadline to receive applications

October: Applications reviewed; video conference interviews

Early November: On-site interviews

Mid-December - January 1: Start date

 

Competitive compensation and comprehensive benefit package commensurate with experience. Please address additional questions to Natasha Stewart at e-mail above. 

Job Location:

Greenfield

Date Added: September 10, 2021

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