Executive Director

Job Posted On: April 18, 2018

Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries is seeking applications for its next visionary leader.  The successful candidate will succeed Dave Coker, who is retiring after 27 years of outstanding leadership.

Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (NLOM) is the camp, conferencing and leadership development center for the Nebraska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. NLOM’s flagship camp and conference operations are at Carol Joy Holling Center, just outside of Ashland, only 30 minutes from both Omaha and Lincoln. NLOM also offers summer camp and year round retreat opportunities at its Sullivan Hills Camp, located in western Nebraska, just north of Lodgepole. Each year, NLOM serves well over 2,500 young people through its residential camping and Day Camp programs.

NLOM, one of the premiere outdoor ministry organizations in the ELCA, employs 34 full-time-equivalencies in addition to 65 summer staffers each summer. About 18,000 people enjoy retreats, conferences, workshops, family reunions and business meetings each year. We welcome and encourage use of the facilities year round.

The Executive Director reports to a 21-member Board of Directors comprised of a diverse range of clergy and lay professionals who are appointed by the NE Synod Council.  The Executive Director oversees an annual operating budget of $2.9 million and leads a team of seven senior staff members. NLOM is currently debt free.

The successful candidate will have these attributes:

  • Passion for NLOM’s Mission and be an active member of an ELCA congregation
  • Relational (Nourishes and grows relationships among staff and ministry partners)

  • Self-Starter (Goal driven, motivated, energetic with a record of productivity)

  • Servant Leader (A real heart for helping others succeed in their work)

  • Strategic and Tactical (Has a long-term vision and provides leadership to get there)

  • Financial Acumen (Good understanding of finances and budgeting)

  • Fundraising Skills (Experience, knowledge and comfort in soliciting gifts)

  • Listener (Actively receives input and listens to other viewpoints)

  • Accepts and Motivates Others (Attracts and inspires many different types of people)

  • Deals with Conflict (Handles adversity with grace without taking criticism personally)

  • Sound Judgement  (Deliberates alternatives and arrives at a sound decision)

  • Team Builder (Recruits, develops and retains gifted, passionate staff)

  • Persistence (Overcomes obstacles and perseveres through difficult times)

  • Stamina (Expects long days, back-to-back meetings, travel, etc.)

For More Information Contact:  Rev. Timothy Koester, Search Committee Chair tskoester@me.com

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