Director of Outreach and Programs – Clearwater Forest 2018
A stunningly beautiful camp and retreat setting on Clearwater Lake in central Minnesota,
Clearwater Forest has been changing lives in God’s woods and waters since 1954. Clearwater
Forest provides programming including summer youth camps, women’s retreats, spiritual
renewal events, off-season youth retreats, seniors’ programs and team building opportunities.
Located on over 1000 acres with 3.5 miles of shoreline, Clearwater Forest was once the home
of an iron ore mining entrepreneur, John Savage. Eagle Lodge was built in 1922 as a summer
home where his wife and children lived. The two-foot thick stone walls provided safety in severe
weather as well as coolness in the heat of summer. A carriage house and gate house remain
from the original property. Leaning Tree, about 20 years old, is a hotel-style lodge, that is filled
on weekends 80% of the year with retreats, family reunions and other groups. The grounds
include a hermitage, several sites for outdoor camping, high ropes and low ropes courses,
mountain bike trails, and more.
With a strong, skilled and committed Board of Directors and staff, Clearwater Forest is poised to
grow into the future. The goals of the Board include:
• Excelling at creating and nurturing community and spiritual growth using God’s woods
and waters as a backdrop and tool.
• Equipping leaders and visionaries (staff, volunteers, guests) to serve the world’s needs.
• Being responsible stewards who support and sustain our resources.
• Improving, expanding and developing our relationships with Clearwater Forest’s guests,
stakeholders and friends.
Position: Director of Outreach and Programs
Full Time. Year-Round. Salaried Position.
Purpose: To develop and direct the programmatic components of Clearwater Forest’s ministry
and be the “face of Clearwater” in terms of promotion, partnerships, strategic planning and
• Board of Directors through the Personnel Team. An annual review of performance and
compensation will be conducted by the Board of Directors through its Personnel Team.
• The Leadership Team of Clearwater Forest as colleagues and partners in ministry. The
three Directors (Director of Outreach and Programs, Director of Operations and Guest
Relations and Director of Facilities) will work together as the Leadership Team for
Clearwater Forest in collaboration with the Board of Directors.
Work with the Program Team and Board to:
• Develop and manage a full schedule of summer camps, identifying specialty camps and
additional experiences to create a rich summer experience.
o Recruit, hire and supervise all summer staff, and ensure a comprehensive and
thorough training experience for all summer employees.
o Ensure staff availability for adventure and challenge course leaderships,
including necessary recruitment, training and scheduling.
o Select, develop or adapt curriculum for staff run programs.
o Meet enrollment goals set by the Board.
• Partner with Christian educators and pastors to develop a year-round series of events
for youth throughout the year (Confirmation, Middle School, and Senior High Retreats,
Snow Camp, etc.)
• Staff significant special events at PCF such as Chrysalis.
• Maintain ACA, adventure and safety certifications.
• Annually review all current summer and year-round programming. Research and make
changes/additions to programming based on trends, needs, and interests that keep in
alignment with our mission.
• Set measurable goals to evaluate effectiveness of each program and work the program
leaders to assess each program.
Work with the Board and Program Committee to:
• Actively promote PCF’s programs and facilities through effective marketing, public
relations, speaking engagements, and communications with congregations, pastors,
delegates, user groups, campers and alumni.
• Serve as the spokesperson for PCF and represent the camp at all conferences and
events, and any other meetings of professional camping and conference center
associations, which the Director attends at the Board’s request.
• Establish a rapport with pastors, congregations, user groups, campers, volunteers, and
supporters, and seek to nurture such relationships through effective communication.
• Create partnerships with expert volunteers from various churches, campers, agencies,
organizations and professional communities to develop innovative program offerings
consistent with the vision and mission of Clearwater Forest.
Fund Raising and Development Work
with the Board Committees to:
• Develop, cultivate, and foster lasting relationships with PCF donors and other funding
sources to support the mission of the camp.
• Plan, oversee, and implement successful capital campaigns.
• Fund-raise concerning the operating fund of PCF by working with leaders and/or
committees to plan, implement, and evaluate fund raising events.
• Communicate different ways in which supporters can give to camp, via general
donations, gifts in-kind, volunteerism, estate planning and other means.
• Enhance revenue from individuals, major donors, foundations, government
agencies, and businesses.
Work in partnership with Board on strategic planning. Help facilitate the development, updating
and recommendations for short-term (current year) and long-range strategic plans. These plans
are to be approved by the Board and implemented by the staff and Board committees.
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in leading individuals and working with
• Five years’ proven experience in working with a multifaceted camping program which
included leadership experiences, working with young people as well as young and
• Some experience in funds development. We have a solid funds development
committee with whom to work and will provide continuing education funds to further
education in this area if needed.
• Experience in training and leading teams of counselors and working with other
professionals as they are called upon to work with training in specialized skills such as
life guarding, adventure and challenge course leadership, etc.
• Collaborative experiences with peers and volunteers to achieve ministry objectives.
All full-time staff will be expected to:
• Work to fulfill mission and accomplish the goals and policy objectives that have been, or
may hereafter be, established by the Board of Directors.
• Present a written report at each regularly scheduled meeting of the Board and work with
Board Chair to determine presence at Board meetings.
• Prepare reports for annual report of each year.
• Recruit, train, supervise and compensate all staff who are direct reports, subject to
PCF’s policies, and in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local
• Create an atmosphere which promotes Christian values and good staff morale.
• Provide each direct report with a written, annual performance evaluation.
• Supervise all direct reports and volunteers in the day-to-day operations of camp and
assist them as needed following standard human resource guidelines.
• Leadership: Proven ability to provide vision and inspiration to team members, develop
workable plans, set expectations, monitor delegated activities and provide recognition for
results. Open to new ideas and innovations regardless of source.
• Communication Skills: Clearly and persuasively communicates, including public
speaking; listen and seek clarifications; participate in meetings; write clearly and
• Analytical Skills: Identify and resolve problems in a timely manner. Gather and analyze
information skillfully; solicit feedback and use reason when dealing with emotional topics.
• Initiative: Undertake self-development activities and learn new skills; seek increased
responsibilities and ask for and offer help when needed.
• Integrity: Work well in a rapidly changing environment; treat others with respect and
consideration; accept responsibility for own actions. Understand business implications of
decisions, align work with strategic goals and other staff, set and achieve quantifiable
milestones/deadlines for key programs and activities, complete administrative tasks and
develop strategies to achieve organizational goals.
• Flexibility: Able to multitask in a changing work environment. Lead challenging
demands and unexpected events. Willing to change approach to best fit the situation
within the context of Christian leadership.
• Collaboration: Ability to work collaboratively with Clearwater Board, congregations, staff
and community partners
According to Personnel Policies of Presbyterian Clearwater Forest, all full-time employees will
be enrolled in the Board of Pensions for medical insurance, death and disability insurance, and
pension. The camp pays 100% of employee’s health insurance.
Each Director will accrue 20 days of Paid Personal Leave which can be used according to the
Please send a cover letter, resume and list of references to Clearwater Search, c/o Synod of
Lakes and Prairies, 2115 Cliff Drive, Eagan, MN 55122. Position is open until filled.
Applications will be processed as they are received.
Director of Outreach and Programs – Clearwater Forest 2018