Mt. Irenaeus Seeks Executive Director

Maria Hayes Around the Province

WEST CLARKSVILLE, N.Y. — As Mt. Irenaeus celebrates 30 years of ministry, the Franciscan mountain retreat is looking for new staff members to help continue its growth.

Mt. Irenaeus is searching for an executive director to provide vision and strategic planning. As chief operations officer, the executive director will play a lead role in managing day-to-day operations and will eventually assume the role of president. Daniel Riley, OFM, founder, who currently serves as president, is broadening his role as animator and scaling back his executive officer duties. The ministry’s board of trustees envisions that, after a discernment period, the executive director will assume the role.

The executive director will work in conjunction with Mountain staff and resident friars, the ministry’s president, coordinator of ministries and animator, and several St. Bonaventure University staff members, including those from university ministries as well as the school’s president. The position will also require collaboration with outside contractors, lawyers and trustee committees.

Job responsibilities will include coordinating, supervising and mentoring other staff members, delegating responsibilities, developing and executing annual plans with other members of the Mountain community, supervising day-to-day operations, serving as project manager for key initiatives, developing the annual financial plan and serving on select Mountain trustee committees.

A successful applicant, according to the Mountain’s e-newsletter, will be a person of deep faith and commitment to the Mountain’s Gospel manner of life and ministry. He or she will have significant and successful administrative or executive experience, a collaborative leadership style that builds on relationships and a sense of community and teamwork, and excellent communication skills with a comfortable public presence. A master’s degree in theology or pastoral ministry is preferred.

Resume and cover letters should be sent to Details regarding the application process, as well as the full job description, are provided on the Mountain’s website.

In addition to the executive director position, the Mountain has announced the creation of a Mountain Companions Ministry. This new venture will give men and women who have not taken religious vows the opportunity to live out their baptismal promises. Companions will serve in various capacities, including as leaders in prayer, hospitality, housekeeping, maintenance and ministerial outreach to St. Bonaventure University students. For more information, contact the Mountain staff at 585-973-2470.

 Maria Hayes is communications coordinator for Holy Name Province.