Director of Program Ministries
Job Details
Lake Junaluska Assembly, Inc - Lake Junaluska, NC
Full Time
4 Year Degree
Essential Functions

LJA Mission Statement:

The mission of Lake Junaluska is to be a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body.


Located in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, Lake Junaluska is a faith-based non profit ministry with historic connection to The United Methodist Church and plays a vital role by providing a location for training, gathering and personal renewal.  Each year Lake Junaluska will host over 200,000 guests who are engaged in spiritual training, recreation or renewal events and activities.  Our guests include religious, non-profit and secular groups.  We are also a residential and vacation community. 


Essential Functions


  • Must possess excellent hospitality skills and a strong desire to foster an attitude of Christian hospitality to “exceed guest expectations”.

  • Responsible for planning, promoting, and implementation of all programs sponsored by Lake Junaluska, including but not limited to; Youth Ministry events, Summer Worship Series, Summer Activities, Adult and Family Ministries and other Special Events.

  • Recruit new program partnerships for Lake Junaluska Conference Center.

  • Create new self-supporting ministry programs.

  • Network with current partner groups to increase participation in sponsored events.

  • Work with partner design teams, assisting with budget management, event planning, and marketing as needed.

  • Hiring and supervising the Assistant Director including quarterly performance reviews, discussing work schedule, and job responsibilities.

  • Collaborating with Assistant Director on specific projects and working towards common goals for the Program ministry.

  • Empowering and equipping the Assistant Director to lead the Youth Ministry and Family Ministry areas, including managing the department budgets, recruiting volunteers, hiring staff, and creating curriculum as needed.

  • Hiring and training summer employees for the Youth Ministry program and other program areas as needed.

  • Have comprehensive understanding of the Vision Document and serve as key leader for Aspirations related to the Program Ministry Area.

  • Work to implement the recommendations of the Art and Music Task Force to infuse Art and Music on all aspects of the program area.

  • Responsible for revenue generation and controlling expenses within the approved budgets.

  • Providing on-site leadership for youth events, summer worship, and other sponsored ministry programs.

  • Work with the Marketing Department to develop a 12 month calendar to publicize all events.

  • Attend events outside of Lake Junaluska as often as possible to publicize and network, these may include United Methodist as well as other strategic opportunities.

  • Comply with all safety policies, practices and procedures and report any unsafe activities or conditions immediately to the General Manager.

  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned and required.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field, with experience planning and implementing ministry programs within a retreat setting and/or large congregation.

  • Must have excellent organization skills as well as verbal and written communication skills.

  • Be highly motivated and team oriented with the ability to be flexible.

  • Able to interact with a wide range of people in varied situations.

  • Knowledge of the beliefs, structure and programs of The United Methodist Church and have a commitment to the Christian faith.


Performance/Success Factors

  • Be punctual to work and other related functions

  • Performs well in a team environment

  • Complete work in a timely, accurate, and thorough manner

  • Ability to prioritize daily tasks and events.  

  • Perform routine duties with minimal supervision.

  • Provide leadership to other staff through work ethic and the sharing of knowledge and skills.

  • Strives for excellence in all tasks and duties and fosters an attitude of “exceeding guest expectations”.

  • Able to work independently but operate within LJA policy guidelines using independent judgment.


Working conditions

  • Moderate physical activity performing non-strenuous activities with quiet to moderate noise. 

  • Well-lighted, heated and air-conditioned indoor office setting with adequate ventilation.

  • Ability to coordinate work, frequently moves about, able to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, talk to and hear staff and customer requests,  and also lifts or otherwise move objects weighing up to 30 pounds.

  • At times, be outdoors in all weather conditions.

  • Must have adequate vision to carry out daily activities.

  • Typical Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with nights, weekends, and holidays as required.