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Executive Director

ARC Retreat Community



 

Organization Summary:

 

Founded in 1977 in Ecumenical Christian tradition and as a 501c(3), the mission of ARC is to serve a diverse spiritual community, welcoming guests seeking time apart for rest and renewal.  The ARC name reflects the three pillars of a spiritual life:  Action, Reflection, Celebration.

ARC is located near Cambridge, Minnesota, about an hour north of the Twin Cities on 91 acres.  The site includes four facilities:  a cedar log lodge (11,000 sf) which houses 18 people in predominantly single rooms and shared bathrooms, plus 6-7 resident staff and volunteers; a pine log cottage that comfortably houses 2-4 guests, plus a full kitchen and bath; a hermitage for solo retreatants; and a six-car garage and workshop area.

 

 

After 42 years, the ARC Board is currently exploring several strategies for reaching out to new, diverse, and intergenerational audiences while maintaining strong relationships with retreatants (both groups and individuals) of many years.  The board is open to ideas and strategies presented by the candidate.  An ideal candidate will bring their vision, skills and experience, plus collaborative spirit to this endeavor. (Request copy of companion ARC Moving Forward Document.)


(www.arcretreat.org)

 
Location: Central MN Activity Area: Arts, Culture and Humanities
Category: Administration and Management Closing Date: open until filled
Job Type: Full Time Salary: tbd
Hours: tbd 
 

Primary Duties:

We are looking for someone with organizational leadership and management experience to help us move into the future, someone who is passionate about creating and building a new chapter for ARC Retreat Community (ARC). 

The ARC Board is seeking an Executive Director to first participate in a strategic planning process with its stakeholders to articulate the future operation, programs and activities at ARC.  (During this time, an interim person is managing the operation.) Once created, the Executive Director and Board would then together implement that plan.

 

The ARC Board is seeking an Executive Director to first participate in a strategic planning process with its stakeholders to articulate the future operation, programs and activities at ARC.  (During this time, an interim person is managing the operation.) Once created, the Executive Director and Board would then together implement that plan.

 

As the key management leader of ARC, the Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, program and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. This position reports directly to the Board Chair.

 

General Responsibilities:

1. Drive the Strategic Planning Process and work closely with the Board to discern options, listen to stakeholders and generate a proposal for board approval by Summer 2019.

a. Collaborate with Board to define future opportunities for expressing ARC’s mission

b. Assist in analysis of options to select a viable future for ARC 

c. Build strong relations with ARC community, staff and Board to support ARC’s future

d. Build relationships with organizational partners with compatible missions

e. Work with the Board to fund and implement the Strategic Plan

 

2. Board Governance: Serve as ex officio member of ARC’s Board of Directors and provide leadership to Board development. 

a. Responsible for leading ARC in a manner that supports, and guides ARC’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.

b. Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

c. In collaboration with current Board members, recruit and train new board members.

d. Partner with the Board in defining goals so that ARC achieves its mission in alignment with its strategic plan and vision.

 

3. Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources to ensure the financial health of ARC.

a. Responsible for the fiscal integrity of ARC, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition and future of the organization.

b. Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.

c. Responsible for leading the Board in fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support ARC’s mission.

 

4. Organization Mission and Strategy: Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.

a. Responsible for implementation of programs and services that carry out ARC’s mission.

b. Responsible for strategic planning (with Board input) to ensure that ARC can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.

c. Responsible for the enhancement of ARC’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic & private organizations.

d. Responsible for ensuring relevant marketing, outreach and public relations efforts.

 

5. Organization Operations. Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of ARC are sufficient.

a. Responsible for effective administration of ARC operations.

b. Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff.

 

c. Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.

 


Experience:

a. Transparent and high integrity leadership

 
b. Contemplative practice and appreciation for ecumenical, interfaith, and spiritual retreats, especially the importance of solitude, silence and reflection.
 
c. Five or more years senior management experience
 
d. Ability to convey a vision of ARC’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors
 
e. Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
 
         i. Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
         ii. Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers
         iii. Strong written and oral communication skills
         iv. Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups
         v. Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff
        vi. Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
 
f. Strong public speaking ability
 
g. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.

 

Additional Info:

Salary includes Room and Board (living onsite) plus other benefits.

 


How To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume and three references to: Ops@ARCretreat.org or mail to: Hiring Committee, ARC Retreat Community 1680 373rd Street NE, Stanchfield, MN 55080   


 

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