Harmony Hill seeks a non-profit professional who is a creative visionary, who is courageous and authentic, who leads with passion, joy and inclusiveness and who is able to successfully engage volunteers, staff, partners, and funders in our mission, Transforming the lives of those affected by cancer and inspiring healthy living for all.
Executive Director Position Description
The core responsibility of the ED is to advance the mission of Harmony Hill through leadership, collaboration, fiscal accountability, and the cultivation of sustainable support. Harmony Hill requires a non-profit professional who is a creative visionary, who is courageous and authentic, who leads with passion, joy and inclusiveness and who is able to successfully engage volunteers, staff, partners, and funders in our vision and mission.
Harmony Hill began with Gretchen Schodde’s dream to create a retreat center where people could experience renewal and deep well-being. In 1986, Harmony Hill opened its doors as a nonprofit retreat facility focusing on wellness. In 1994, we added our Cancer Program, the heart of our mission, to support those affected by cancer, including caregivers and health professionals. In 2004, we began offering our cancer-related programs at no charge.
Today, we serve over a thousand people each year: people living with cancer, seeking a retreat from daily life or wanting to make healthy lifestyle changes. To help support our mission, we rent our facilities to individuals and groups for everything from parties to personal retreats to conferences. We’re proud to be known for generous hospitality and nurturing staff, fabulous meals and a spectacular site. Harmony Hill is also known for being transformative, for those affected by cancer, those who chose to rent a wondrous place for retreat and change, and for the staff and volunteers that work here.
We envision a future of growth and sustainability. A future that ensures the continuing evolution of our programs, and the stewardship of our facilities, while being an embodiment of positive, empowering, and inclusive organizational culture. We seek to double the number of free offerings at Harmony Hill to those affected by cancer. We wish to expand the diversity and modalities of our programming to be relevant on-site at Harmony Hill, in rural clinics and medical centers, in major hospitals or church basements. We seek to partner with other organizations to add to the body of evidence for the efficacy of programs like ours, which addresses the psychological and social impacts of cancer, and its effect as a powerful agent for change and engagement in the human experience. We intend to carry the message in every forum that cancer need not define a life, but it can open doors of personal discovery and growth like few other experiences.
It is the depth of this service that defines the power behind our other offerings on campus that promote opportunities for corporate and community groups to experience renewal, retreat and transforming growth. We see these programs becoming portable as well, able to travel to communities to provide professional development, stress reduction, and a place to safely grow and explore.
In addition to what you will read below, we seek a leader with vision, humor and tenacity!!
Executive Director Responsibilities
Section 1: Board Engagement
The Executive Director will take a leadership role in working to maintain a strong, informed and engaged Board of Directors; the Board and Executive Director will work together to create a strategic vision and join collaboratively with staff to make it happen.
We seek a candidate with a track record of successfully working with Boards, who understands the differing roles between ED and board, who places a high value on collaboration, open communication, and mutual respect as essential to organizational stability and good governance.
Section 2: Operational Management
The Executive Director will oversee day-to-day operations and planning, providing supervision to direct reports and other staff as needed. We seek an applicant who is energetic and interested in the complex needs of a multi-faceted organization, who can respond to donor needs and community partners as readily as responding to an emergent facility need.
Section 3: Development
For many years, Harmony Hill has run a periodic operating deficit that is then underwritten by large gifts, often provided by the network of volunteers and long-time supporters in the immediate area. While this approach has been successful for decades, the board wishes to design annual fundraising and major donor relationships in a new way and create a cash reserve fund that will stabilize Harmony Hill’s financial cycles. The Interim Executive Director and the Board are now engaged in aggressive fundraising, in pursuit of new revenue-generating and mission-extending opportunities and are launching a campaign to raise 6-12 months of operating costs.
We seek a candidate with a joyful approach to building sustainable relationships with measurable and successful results in raising funds and in identifying, cultivating and soliciting individual, foundation and government donors.
Section 4: Marketing/Communication
Harmony Hill has a passionate following; however, it is clear that many more people who need our services and who might support them, are unaware of either our existence or the amazing work that takes place here. We desire beautiful and consistent marketing and communication that will inform our friends, and open doors to new long-term relationships.
Section 5: Programs and Services
Transforming the lives of individuals affected by cancer and inspiring healthy living for all is the mission of Harmony Hill. At the heart of that mission is to support the survivorship of people affected by cancer — including their caregivers and health care professionals — with hope, healing and tools for positive change. People living with a diagnosis should have access to practical resources for emotional, mental, and spiritual healing and our retreats, workshops, videos, and other offerings provide much-needed support. A large and generous community of supporters fund these cancer programs, allowing us to offer them at no cost to participants. In addition, we offer Health Professional programs to help physicians, nurses, social workers, and other clinicians – as well as entire workplace teams — enhance their own resilience and wellbeing. Our services also include hosting group conferences, seminars, and workshops, strategic planning meetings, team building and staff retreats, weddings, celebrations of life, and family gatherings.
We seek a candidate who will bring deep energy and innovation to this work. One who will forge collaborations and appropriately manage various relationships with other like organizations, thought leaders in the field, advocates, schools, medical systems, universities, volunteers and other community members and recognizes the value in utilizing staff in all aspects of program vision and delivery.
Cancer and Wellness Retreats (HH Sponsored On-site, off-site)
Section 6: Facilities Rentals/Guest Services (Events, organizational retreats)
As stated, Harmony Hill hosts group conferences, seminars, and workshops, strategic planning meetings, team building and staff retreats, weddings, celebrations of life, and family gatherings. This critical income stream assists us in providing all cancer-related offerings at no cost. This side of our work also allows us to offer the many layers of community opportunities to experience the power of Harmony Hill as a container for important organizational endeavors, as well as family celebrations.
Section 7: Financial Management
The financial management of Harmony Hill is highly competent and functions along with best practices guidelines, generating weekly and monthly reports that address all aspects of planning and budgeting, and providing essential information for projections, analysis, grant writing and programmatic decisions.
We seek a candidate who in addition to being competent in understanding the meaning of financial reports also understands the role of budgeting and sees how allocations speak to priorities, Issues of equity, staff growth and the development of organizational capacity.
Harmony Hill is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.
About our Facility and Location
Located on the hillside at the southern end of Hood Canal, we inhabit a 100-year-old homestead, Harmony Hill is an 11-acre facility with a mix of original and new, built to match craftsman style buildings. We have four guest residences capable of sleeping 34 guests, a facilities building whose upstairs is the residence of our founder Gretchen Schodde, a concert and event space that can accommodate 175 guests in theater-style seating, a bungalow administration building, and a large all glass greenhouse with a full aquaponics system to let us grow food used in our kitchen. The sweeping grounds are dotted with gardens and towering Western Red Cedars and are home to our two labyrinths. Walking these have often been one of our guests more unforgettable experiences. Hiking trails run up the hills behind us and our land is abundant with forests and indigenous wildlife. The beautiful view from offices, cottages, dining hall, grounds and gardens, includes water, beaches, and mountains.
For many people, when they arrive, they feel an instant connection with the land and the sense of peace that makes Harmony Hill a treasure in the Pacific Northwest.
Please note that we request that candidates live within 45miles of Harmony Hill or be willing to relocate. There are 5 communities within that range, from Olympia to Tacoma. This request is based on wishing to support the healthy life style of our staff and insure the fullness their contribution to Harmony Hill. \
Location: 7362 E. State Route 106 Union, WA 98592
Salary: Dependent upon experience, range of $85,000-$98,000
Relocation Expenses: Up to $1000
Applications Accepted Until: June 21, 2019
Anticipated Start date: July 2019
Applicants must submit a resume and a cover letter addressing your interest in the position and how your experience meets the needs of our organization. There will be an interview process that includes being on site in Union, Washington.
If you have any special needs regarding confidentiality of your candidacy, please indicate such in your cover letter. We will respond to all applicants.
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $75,000.00 to $90,000.00 /year