Director of Spiritual Life-Interim

Silver Bay YMCA is a Conference and Family Retreat offering hospitality on the shores of Lake George for over 120 years.
Job Description

Silver Bay YMCA is more than a traditional YMCA and more than a traditional hotel. Silver Bay is the best of both combined into one organization that has been around for over 120 years. We are a mission driven organization focused on fostering relationships, strengthening communities and nurturing spirit, mind and body for all. When you join our team, you gain the ability to work for a great cause whilst being surrounded by a beautiful natural environment and a great community of team members. Silver Bay YMCA is chalk full of history, families that have been coming here for generations, and an engaging and fun working environment. If you feel passionate about wanting to make a positive impact on your local community through your work, we encourage you to join us.

Position Summary: Under the direction of the VP of Program, the Director of Spiritual Life develops, plans and implements religious and spiritual growth activities for the Silver Bay community.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Chaplain, Spiritual Life Assistant

Benefits: 10% YMCA Retirement, Family Program Fees, Free Day Camp, Health Insurance, Paid Time Off


Skill Requirments:

  • Bachelor’s degree in theology, religious education or a related field is required; Masters of Divinity is preferred.
  • Must be ordained as a minister or hold license as a minister.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the balance between an ecumenical mission and the open and inclusive nature of the YMCA. 
  • Must have 5-10 years of experience serving in a YMCA or other para-church organization. 
  • Must have demonstrated spiritual gifts of discernment mercy, humility and integrity; strong servant leadership skills are a must.
  • The equivalent combination of education, training and related experience may be considered.
  • Must demonstrate exceptional written and verbal communication skills; must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups of people representing all social and economic segments of the community.
  • Exceptional time management and organizational skills are needed; ability to protect confidential information. 
  • Experienced user of computer systems and applications such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

Physical Requirements: This position requires the ability to sit and stand for prolonged periods of time. Other physical requirements include the ability to lift up to 15 pounds.

Essential Functions
  1. Defines a vision for the Spiritual Life Department that embraces the past Christian heritage of Silver Bay YMCA and sets the course for its future.
  2. Organizes and regularly leads worship and sacramental services, as baptisms, weddings, memorial services, interments, etc.
  3. Develops and implements year-round spiritual programs for guests, members, and staff, such as Bible studies, devotions, labyrinth walks, meditation hikes, vesper services, hymnal sings, tent classes, prayer gatherings, etc. 
  4. Directs all programmatic aspects of the Pastoral Respite Ministry.
  5. Collaborates with staff to plan development of skills needed to program the department. 
  6. Works with Marketing, Conference Services and the Program Department to heighten awareness of and to customize program offerings for groups, such as family reunions. 
  7. Partners with Marketing to recruit youth and other spiritual groups to participate in programming via the Ministry Network.
  8. Collaborates with Conference Services and Program Departments to implement customized programming, such as family reunions.
  9. Fosters collaboration with churches and communities of faith in the local area, including but not limited to Hague, Ticonderoga, Bolton Landing, and Putnam.
  10. Provides pastoral care and spiritual direction to guests and staff.
  11. Maintains records, prepares reports pertaining to programs.
  12. Performs other duties, as requested.
  13. As a 24-hour operation, all staff may be asked to work weekends, evenings, night shifts and/or holidays in order to serve our members, guests, and program participants.