53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085 • 413.562.3627

Genesis is seeking an Executive Director


Seeking an Executive Director

Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center, located in Westfield, MA, has an immediate opening for a full-time experienced Executive Director who is a leader with depth of spiritual understanding and experience grounded in the Roman Catholic faith.  The role of the Executive Director is to bring to fruition the mission and vision through the oversight, management and development of retreat programming, with excellent management skills together with a passion for hospitality in a setting that promotes healing of mind, body and spirit.

Genesis, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, established in 1976 is a retreat and conference center founded by the Sisters of Providence of Holyoke, MA. and is beautifully situated on 19.5 acres of peaceful wooded property.  In 2016 Genesis was certified as Providence Arboretum and includes vegetable gardens, spiritual reflection points such as the Compassionate Curve pathway, a labyrinth, and peace pole.    

This Retreat Center is open year-round, welcoming individuals and groups of women and men of all faith traditions who seek time and space for reflection and a deeper relationship with God.  It offers private and directed retreats, various sponsored and hosted day and overnight programs, and has 30 overnight guest rooms and two dining rooms. A free-standing Carriage House provides several conference and meeting rooms that can accommodate approximately 75 to 100 people. 

We seek a qualified leader who is able to be a spokesperson for this faith-based Center that is rooted in the Roman Catholic faith.  This person is a consensus builder able to work effectively with staff, volunteers and Board members.  Major areas of responsibility include:  Spiritual Leadership / Culture: the ability to integrate the Mission and Core Values of Genesis at all levels of the organization; Management/ Finance – capacity to work with the Board and staff to plan for the future vitality and sustainability of the Center as well as oversee operational departments – finance, marketing, dietary, housekeeping maintenance and grounds; and ability to work with the Program Director in designing and implementing innovative and meaningful spiritual programs and experiences in an atmosphere of sacred space.   Demonstrated general knowledge and skills in human resources is a plus.  Some evening and weekend requirements.

The ideal candidate will have a degree in theology, contemporary spirituality, religious studies, pastoral ministry,  or equivalent and relevant management experience.  Preference will be given to candidates with experience with spiritual retreat/conference center management.

Full time benefit package includes health and dental insurance, paid time off (PTO), paid holidays, and more.

To apply, kindly submit a cover letter describing your interest and sense of fit with the qualifications of the position plus a current resume to: 

Richard Thorne, Thorne Consulting



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