Executive Director

Osage Forest of Peace
May 15, 2019
Sand Springs, OK
Job Type


Position Description:

Tucked into the woods between Keystone Lake and Shell Lake, just 12 miles from downtown Tulsa, Osage Forest of Peace is a retreat center and contemplative community with the mission to cultivate peace, healing, and renewal in an interspiritual contemplative environment. Our spiritual offerings are based on five focus areas: Interfaith Connection, Contemplative Education, Caring for Caretakers, Mental Health and Addiction, and Veterans and Veteran Families. The Forest of Peace is a sacred space that inspires and connects us to the Divine and cultivates a more peaceful world. Our current executive director, Reverend Don Chatfield, is departing this summer to lead an interfaith center in New England and we are looking for a new leader to cultivate and lead the Forest of Peace into the future.

We are seeking a full-time resident executive director who appreciates the universal truths within all beliefs and is conversant in these principles across world religions. This person will lead the organization, manage our resident community, collaborate with community partners, and implement a plan to maintain and expand the ministry of the Osage Forest of Peace. The ideal candidate should have experience in offering spiritual direction and spiritual retreats, a deep appreciation for living in contemplative community, the ability to create, track, and manage organizational budgets, and effective supervision skills. Experience in non-profit management and fundraising is needed to help us maintain and expand the programming at the Forest of Peace.

Our executive director will have the exciting opportunity to lead us in implementing a new Campus Master Plan that provides expanded facilities for groups and individuals to experience contemplative practice. Our new executive director will inspire and lead the vision and mission of the Forest of Peace, provide interfaith leadership and direction to the Forest community, and work collaboratively with our staff, board, and participants to continue our long tradition of interreligious dialogue and contemplative practice. We seek an executive director who has the ability to lead our community spiritually while overseeing the financial, operational and people management of the organization.

Position Qualifications:

1. Agrees to live out the Vision/Mission Statement of Osage Forest of Peace and is passionate about the value of the Forest’s mission
2. Is a person of vision and integrity who can work with the Board of Directors and staff to guide and direct the Forest’s ministry
3. Has proven experience in a retreat center, spiritual center, or religious organization
4. Has experience as a spiritual director
5. Has experience in operational management, including budget oversight
6. Has fundraising experience, including donor development, donor database management, direct mail appeals, and preparation of fundraising materials
7. Is an effective and well-rounded communicator with the skills required to work with the public, guests and staff
8. Is able to be flexible and accommodating to the fluctuating time demands at the Forest
Position Requirements:

Required Skills/Attributes:

Experience in offering spiritual direction and spiritual retreats
Deep appreciation for living in contemplative community
Organizational leadership management and management skills
Ability to create, track, and manage organizational budgets
Effective fundraising skills, including donor management, events, and campaigns
Effective supervision skills
Ability to lead team building activities
Effective communication (spoken and written)

Desired Skills/Attributes:

Public speaking and/or coaching experience
Leadership of religious worship
Strategic planning experience
Experience teaching spiritual direction and supervising spiritual directors
Facilities management background
Marketing and promotions

Position Reports to:

Board of Directors

Hours and Salary:

Full-time, $22,500 per year plus housing, utilities, and food

To Apply for this Job:

If you would like to apply for this exciting opportunity to lead a contemplative retreat center, please submit the following materials to tom.perrine@yahoo.com.

1. Cover letter expressing your interest in the position
2. Resume

Application Deadline:

Saturday, June 15, 2019

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