Last Updated on December 23, 2022 by OCF Communications
Date Posted: 12/23/2022
The Youth Programs Manager develops, promotes, and conducts youth programs and activities at White Sulphur Springs that draw guests closer to Jesus Christ and make an impact on the way they live for Him. Specifically, the Youth Programs Manager is responsible for Camp Caleb, Allegheny Outback!, and our Adventure Weekends and serving as the manager of the WSS Challenge Course (high ropes/climbing wall/zip line). As part of the year-round full-time WSS staff, the Youth Programs Manager will live in housing on WSS property, provided by the ministry.
White Sulphur Springs is a retreat and conference center in Manns Choice, PA, about 3 hours northwest of the National Capital Region. Since 1978, White Sulphur Springs has served military families, couples, singles, and Christian groups as a “home away from home” where they have been blessed, refreshed and encouraged in their Christian walk. White Sulphur Springs includes nearly 1100 acres of rolling hills and pasture land in the beautiful Allegheny Mountains and is a Christ-centered retreat center, set apart where military leaders, families and other groups can draw aside to encounter God. When guests depart White Sulphur Springs, our desire is that they are refreshed and equipped to serve the Lord more effectively and positively impact the military community for Christ.
Reports To: Programs Director
- Support the WSS Center Director and the ministry of the Officers’ Christian Fellowship in establishing and maintaining a healthy spiritual climate at WSS that glorifies the Lord and promotes spiritual growth and refreshment for every guest that comes to WSS and every person that works on the staff, whether paid or as a volunteer.
- Responsible to disciple and evangelize subordinates, encouraging and equipping them for growth in their faith in Christ. Responsible to establish and maintain a healthy spiritual environment for subordinates to work, learn and develop in. Lead staff devotionals and prayers as assigned. Lead devotionals and prayer with subordinates as appropriate to support their spiritual development and support program goals.
- Provide daily supervision of EXSEL Interns (when assigned), Senior Staff, Support Team and any other volunteers or temporary employees that work in Youth Programs. Responsible to ensure the quality and timeliness of their work and to ensure they display a hospitable, helpful and professional attitude when interacting with our guests and staff members. Most importantly, train, counsel, mentor and teach our youth programs staff to be effective camp counselors that are comfortable in not just leading outdoor activities safely (the “hard skills”), but also comfortable in the “soft skills” of listening, encouraging, counseling and praying with their campers as the Lord gives opportunity.
- Plan, coordinate, train staff, supervise and conduct the outdoor programming that takes place at White Sulphur Springs; i.e. Allegheny Outback!, Camp Caleb, and Adventure Weekends. Develop spiritual/devotional curriculum for all youth programs that ensures our programs provide a safe place for participants to ask questions, grow in their understanding of the Lord, the Bible and deepen their faith. Because our ministry is primarily to the military community, ensure these programs focus on spiritual development and nourishment of kids and families in a military environment, accounting for the unique challenges and circumstances these kids and families face. Ultimately, ensure all activities and spiritual content in our youth programs help meet participants where they are in their Christian faith and move them closer to Jesus Christ.
- Serve as the WSS Challenge Course Manager. Recommend building, maintenance, training, and inspection best practices to the Center Director for approval. Conduct all training, routine maintenance, and in-house inspections for every aspect of the climbing wall, high ropes and low ropes courses. Ensure safe execution of events and activities whenever the high ropes course/climbing wall/zip-line are utilized. Be prepared to conduct technical rescue/assistance for guests on the course as needed. Support or provide services to individuals or groups who contract to use outdoor programming facilities at White Sulphur Springs (e.g. climbing wall, zip line, low and high ropes courses).
- As directed, develop devotional curriculum/material to support other WSS children’s programs during WSS hosted events (i.e. Winter Retreat, Valentine’s Retreat, Resurrection Retreat).
- Work with the Facility Director to ensure all Youth Programs buildings, facilities, and vehicles are in working order.
- Serve as needed with shared responsibilities at WSS such as: in the dining room with meals, weekly checks of the wastewater treatment plant, and with room changeovers as part of the WSS Ministry Team. Lead prayer and devotionals at meals as assigned. Lead morning devotionals with Summer Staff as assigned.
- Keep track of actual versus budgeted expenses for all items within Youth Programs
- Other duties as assigned by the Programs Director.
What are we looking for?
- That a clear sense of God’s calling to this specific and sacrificial work will become manifest through the hiring process.
- Demonstrated strong and growing Christian faith and desire to be part of the OCF/WSS ministry to the military community. A passion to use the outdoor environment to facilitate ministry and sharing the Gospel.
- College graduate with 1 – 5 years of work experience.
- Ideally, someone with a history in OCF and WSS, especially knowledge and experience with Camp Caleb and/or Allegheny Outback. Most desirable is for someone that is familiar with military kids and families in a military environment.
- Demonstrated passion for and experience in conducting, supervising and training outdoor adventure activities, including: rock climbing, rappelling, whitewater rafting and canoeing, high & low ropes courses, hiking, backpacking, as well as archery and riflery.
- Wilderness First Responder certification a plus, or desire and ability to obtain the certification within first 6 months of employment.
- Ability and desire to relate-to the younger generation (14 – 24) and facilitate discussions, conduct devotionals, lead prayer and provide classroom instruction.
- As an additional duty area, having knowledge, experience with and ability to provide IT support is a plus.
- Available to start on or about 1 March 2023 (earlier would be a plus) and the ability to work for ministry-level compensation.
- Reasonable expectation that the applicant can and will serve for 3-5 years.
This position and opportunity should be viewed as a calling to serve and be part of the WSS ministry, not just another job. This is a full-time, benefit eligible, non-exempt position. Working hours will be as necessary to accomplish the responsibilities of the ministry. Normal work hours are 0800-1700 (including 1 hour lunch break) on weekdays; work hours vary on weekends and throughout the Summer and Winter seasons but are typically 9 hours/day. However, longer hours are sometimes necessary to support ministry requirements.
Primary work station:
October – April: Heritage House
May – September: Outdoors
This position requires a good level of physical fitness and stamina, and “leading from the front.” Must be capable of teaching, training and participating in all outdoor activities that are part of our programs, including: camping, hiking, backpacking, rappelling, rock climbing, use of the WSS high and low ropes courses and whitewater canoeing and rafting. Must be comfortable participating in all these types of activities, training staff to safely conduct them, and encouraging guests/campers to overcome fears and participate in these adventure activities.
This position requires living at White Sulphur Springs. Housing on White Sulphur Springs property is provided as part of overall compensation and benefits package.
Day off: Monday under normal conditions and either Sunday or Tuesday as the weekend duty rotation schedule allows. Days off during the Summer and Winter seasons will be determined by the duty schedule developed for each of those seasons but is normally 1 day off per week during these peak seasons.
If you are interested in this opportunity, contact the WSS Center Director Paul Robyn, [email protected] or the WSS Director of Hospitality, Susanne Hartkop, [email protected] or 814-623-5583, for further information and an application.
Completed applications must be received NLT 15 Jan 2023.
To apply or for more information: [email protected] or call 814-623-5583