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Hume Lake Christian Camps

Chief Operating Officer


Hume, California

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Snapshot

Annual Attendance: more than 43,000 guests

Denomination: Nondenominational

Location: Hume, California, Sequoia National Forest (east of Fresno, CA)

Vanderbloemen is honored to present this role.  www.Vanderbloemen.com/jobs

The Role: The Chief Operating Officer provides supervisory leadership and coordination over all of Hume Lake Christian Camps in the absence of the Executive Director. This includes, but is not limited to, supervisory oversight of the senior leadership team and all Hume activities at all locations. This position provides specific focus on the day-to-day operational activities supporting Hume ministries in support of and in conjunction with the oversight provided by the Executive Director.

AprilMeet Hume Lake Christian Camps:

In 1945, several hard-working, Christian men came together in the valley town of Dinuba to discuss plans for a Christian Bible camp. They began regular prayer meetings to seek God’s will and plan. On January 9, 1946, these men purchased 320 acres of lakeshore property, including the Hume Lake Hotel, store, service station, post office, 22 cottages, and 22 boats. In the summer of 1946, 670 campers attended Hume Lake Conferences and were attended by 15 volunteer staff. The vision, patience, and labor of these men, in response to the Holy Spirit, birthed Hume Lake Christian Camps.

The conference center grounds are dedicated to the glory of God and the proclaiming of the Kingdom of His Son, Jesus our Savior. Since that first summer of camping in 1946, more than 1.5 million young people and adults have been exposed to God’s love and wonderful plan for their lives.

Today, Hume Lake Christian Camps has expanded to 365 acres in the Sequoia National Monument and we also own 431 acres in the Berkshire Mountain Region of Western Massachusetts.

Hume Lake Christian Camps was founded in 1946 by five guys praying for revival in central California. They were not men of means but had enormous faith. In fact, some Christian leaders counseled them to not launch the camp. They said, “nobody will come, the location is too remote.” Other Christian leaders, like those at BIOLA, said, “step out by faith and God will bless.” These men did step out in faith and started five ministries, including Hume Lake Christian Camps. By God’s grace, and through His strength, now more than 1.5 million people have attended Hume camps, retreats, and conferences.

But, for 73 years, Hume Lake Christian Camps has not strayed from the gospel or its Mission. This ministry was birthed out of prayer meetings, and to this day, every Board meeting starts on our knees in prayer. It is a constant reminder of our dependence of God.

Hume is committed to sharing a clear presentation of the gospel and to give our guests an opportunity to respond.  

Hume-20160608-MR00021-XLAbout the Chief Operating Officer:

The Chief Operating Office is a part of the Executive C-Suite of leadership at Hume Lake Christian Camps. Along with the Chief Financial Officer and the Chief Development Officer, The Chief Operating Officer reports to the Executive Director (Chief Executive Officer).

The Chief Operating Officer provides supervisory leadership and coordination over all of Hume Ministries in the absence of the Executive Director. The COO has direct  supervisory oversight of the Senior Directors, Directors, Managers, Supervisors and all  general Hume Staff including all ministry activities in all our various locations. This  position provides specific focus on the day-to-day operational activities supporting Hume Ministries in support of and in conjunction with the oversight provided by the Executive Director (CEO).

The Chief Operating Officer will:

  • Maintain a culture and climate that attracts, retains, and motivates top quality staff.

  • In the absence of the Executive Director, the COO will preside over the Leadership Team (LT) when the Executive Director is unavailable.

  • Work with Hume senior leadership to define and recommend annual goals and objectives in each of their departments. This includes developing specific short-term and long-term plans and programs, together with supporting budgetary requests.

  • Review and approve adequate plans for the control of stated deliverables in the areas of budget allocation and spending for direct reporting departments.

  • Conduct monthly and annual performance reviews of direct reporting directors, measuring current progress against stated annual goals/objectives.

  • Review the monthly credit card statements of the assigned senior leadership.

  • Develop and present to the Executive Director matters requiring a decision.

  • Coordinate and collaborate with other departments of the ministry in establishing and carrying out responsibilities.

  • Guard and protect the stated doctrinal distinctives of Hume Ministries.

What you bring:

Education

A bachelor’s degree and master’s degree is preferred for this role. A background in biblical, theological, or ministerial studies, or business, accounting, finance, or leadership is helpful for this role.

Experience

The ideal candidate will have at least ten years or more of successful senior management experience.

Personal Characteristics

  • Provides ongoing evidence of commitment to the Christian faith and a desire to share the knowledge of Jesus Christ with others.

  • Has strong relational leadership skills.

  • Possesses a high level of integrity.

  • Is trustworthy.

  • Has a sense of humor and joyfulness about them.

  • Is humble but competent.

  • Is comfortable in their own skin.

  • Empowers others through their leadership.

  • Takes initiative, and is able to make sometimes tough decisions, winning the respect of the staff, not always in agreement but in respect.

  • Can engage the broader Hume community.

  • Can understand and analyze finances.

  • Can lead a team.

  • Endorses the Hume Ministries Statement of Belief, Mission Statement, Culture and Values document, and is abide by the policies and procedures stated in the Hume Lake Staff Handbook.

  • Is committed to excellence and attention to detail.

  • Manages camp resources with a priority toward biblical stewardship.

  • Shows willingness to adjust hours to accommodate the needs of the job.

  • Is a spiritual leader and a team player, with a track record of effective decision-making.

  • Has adequate public speaking skills as well as the ability to teach the Scriptures.

  • Is a strong creative, strategic, and analytical, and has organizational and interpersonal skills.

  • Remains current in information technology and human relations.

  • Has the ability to manage multiple tasks, projects, and responsibilities within deadlines.

  • Is able to provide effective leadership in maintaining compliance within budgetary restrictions.

  • Provides direction and resources, removing barriers and helping staff enhance their personal and professional effectiveness.

  • Articulates expectations and clarifying roles and relationships.

  • Anticipates conflicts and facilitate resolutions within biblical parameters.

  • Is a participative management type; advocates team approach to decision making.

  • Has the ability to establish credibility and be decisive, but is able to recognize and support the organization's preferences and priorities.

  • Has the ability to integrate a strong ministry emphasis while maintaining consistent business principles of management. 

HumeHistoric016-LWhat it’s like to live in Hume, California:

Hume is located just down the road from the world’s largest old grove of Giant Sequoia Trees. The Kings River, two National Parks, the National Forest and the Giant Sequoia National Monument surround our campus.  Hume Lake Christian Camps is located alongside beautiful Hume Lake.

At Hume we own 365 acres of private property, surrounded by millions of acres of raw wilderness with little to no development between our facility and Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Mammoth and Mt. Whitney. At Hume Lake Christian Camps in New England, we own 431 acres for adventure, fun, and exploration.

Adventure awaits those who live at Hume. Our staff have access to hundreds of miles of dirt roads to explore by Jeep, mountain bike or on motorcycle. We are also in proximity to amazing rock climbing locations, camping and beautiful green meadows. Some on our team are passionate about fly fishing in the mighty King’s River, while others simply enjoy walking the 2.8 mile path around Hume Lake. With some good fortune, one could spot a bald eagle swooping down to catch a trout in Hume Lake.

Although only a small amount of travel is required for this role, there is opportunity to visit our other ministry sites in places like, the Berkshire Mountain Region of Western Massachusetts. Additionally we run camps on the North Shore of Oahu, in the mountains of Kauai and in a rainforest near Hana, Maui. We also run camp overlooking the Pacific Ocean in southern San Diego County and minister to 3rd culture missionary kids in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, Chiang Mai, Thailand and possible expansion to Kenya, Africa.

Fresno, California

Although we live in a world class remote location, we shop, dine and recreate in California’s fifth largest city, Fresno, CA. The Fresno/Clovis area boasts many opportunities that afford a major population center. There are over 1,250 restaurants, ranging from In-N-Out Burger to Pismo’s Coastal Grill and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. Fresno State offers NCAA Division 1 athletics and there are several major shopping areas. Because the Central Valley of California has a strong Christian base and is more conservative than California’s largest urban centers, Fresno hosts many Christian concerts and events.

A venture inside this central California region reveals a multitude of unique cultural surprises. The Tower District is famous for its artsy Rogue Festival, classic car show, regular film festival and lineup of restaurants that plate various cuisines. The minor league Fresno Grizzlies hit homers to the cheers of loyal fans downtown, while beloved events like the annual Civil War Revisited reenactment and the Kearney Renaissance Faire take place on Fresno’s west side.

Fresno started out as a small stop along the Central Pacific Railroad, but it has blossomed into a magnetic metropolis that draws agriculture-minded people from around the world. The metro area is surrounded by Fresno County's farms, which produce a variety of organic foods, from almonds and pistachios to tomatoes and peaches.

According to UC Davis, the San Joaquin Valley “is the most productive agricultural region in the world, cultivating more than 250 crops.” Hume Lake Christian Camps has long had deep relationships with farmers who produce the food that feeds people around the world. A common part of daily life at Hume, is access to some of the freshest fruits, vegetables and dairy on earth. Whether it is through the kindness of farmers who occasionally drop off fresh produce to staff friends or our people stopping at one of the many fresh fruit and vegetables stands, our Hume staff eats very well.

But the area isn't just a haven for farmers. Now part of a bustling metropolitan area of nearly a million people, Fresno attracts residents with its diverse job market, inexpensive housing, and array of cultural attractions.

Hume’s Finance Office is located a couple miles from the Fresno Yosemite International Airport. Airlines such as American, United, Delta, Alaska and Frontier Airlines fly in and out of Fresno. From Fresno, it is easy to reach airports across the country and world.

With that said, it is sometimes more efficient on international flights out of LAX, SFO, SMF, SJC and other larger airports can all be reached in 4.25 hours or less.

Hume is located about 1.75 hour drive from Fresno and Clovis, CA. Hume is also just over a 4 hour drive to the Pacific Ocean. Three popular options would include Pismo Beach and Carmel by the Sea and Monterey, CA. Finally, Hume is a 4.5 hour drive to both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

At Hume Lake Christian Camps we partner with local churches and other Christian ministries to shine bright the gospel of Jesus Christ. Countless lives have been transformed by Christ throughout the West Coast, New England, the Islands of Hawaii and around the world. The next COO at Hume Lake has the
potential to make a significant Kingdom difference for Jesus Christ.

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