We are searching for a full-time Managing Director for Light on the Hill Retreat Center in Van Etten, NY to begin in October, 2017. Light on the Hill (LOH) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide a supportive, empowering, and inspiring environment where individuals and groups can find space for reflection and engage in deep inner work.
We are seeking applicants with proven leadership abilities, who can manage and inspire staff, and who want to dedicate themselves to the Center’s mission. The position requires a wide variety of talents, so we would strongly consider hiring two compatible individuals to share the position, combining into one full-time position.
Ideal candidates will have attended spiritual or educational retreats themselves and have a deep respect for their importance. They will have done some psychological or inner work, and be committed to ongoing spiritual development. They will also be willing to practice decision-making within the context of listening to inner guidance.
The Managing Director will report to the Light on the Hill Board of Directors, and support Alice McDowell and Larry Muscat as they continue their roles as visionaries and spiritual directors at Light on the Hill. The position includes housing on the property in addition to compensation and benefits. Additional information on the job description can be found at lightonthehill.org. As well, Board members Andrea Mooney at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dave McCune at email@example.com (607-592-1445) may be contacted.
To apply, send a resumé (with references) and a cover letter describing what draws you to this position and how your background, experience, and vocational calling make you a good candidate. Send materials to Dave McCune, President, Light on the Hill Board, 260 Coy Glen Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850 by August 1, 2017.
With responsibility for the smooth operation of the Center, the Managing Director will be self-directed, with an ability to work with others to bring a vision to fruition. S/he or they will have skills in management, communication and outreach, and hospitality. Living on the land, on site, is a requirement, and the Managing Director must be available to work non-traditional hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.
- Manage all aspects of food preparation, including purchasing of food, contracting and overseeing cooking staff, and preparing and delivering meals to individual retreatants on the premises
- Contract and oversee cleaning staff for the lodge, 3 cottages, 2 huts and chapel
- Oversee, and perform as necessary, maintenance of buildings and grounds, including emergency response to any needs as they arise
- Oversee the financial operations of the Center, including maintaining records, preparing documents for tax purposes, and submitting regular reports to the Board
Communication and Outreach
- Respond to all personal and electronic inquiries about retreats, programs, and facilities
- Maintain calendar, including scheduling of individual and group retreats and discerning which programs are suitable for LOH
- Maintain and update the LOH website and Facebook page
- Communicate with the LOH community via special flyers and regular mailings, including promotion of program offerings, announcements, newsletters, and possible reflection pieces
- Develop effective marketing to grow the LOH mailing list and attract spiritual leaders/teachers to hold their workshops at the Center
- Cultivate a meaningful relationship with our loyal supporters, including acknowledging all gifts and reaching out to the community for support
- Work with leaders and retreatants before they arrive to prepare them for their visit
- Prepare the lodge and cottages before groups and individual retreatants arrive
- Greet arriving group leaders and individual retreatants, welcoming them to the property and introducing them to the facilities
- Be available to answer questions as needed