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Executive Director HoneyRock Center for Leadership


This position is responsible to the Associate Dean of Ministry and Leadership of Wheaton College to fulfill the mission, vision, and commitments of Wheaton College and HoneyRock. This is achieved by providing leadership of all business, advancement, human resources, program, and operation functions of HoneyRock, as well as by serving as primary liaison between HoneyRock and Wheaton College administration, faculty, departments, and staff. (40/12)

This person will work in tandem with the Director of Academic Programs, HoneyRock who provides overall leadership to the academic programs of HoneyRock, primarily the Chase Leadership Program and the MA in Outdoor and Adventure Leadership. This collaborative partnership is particularly important with respect to financial management of both the HoneyRock academic and camper programs and facilities.

Both the Executive Director of HoneyRock and Director of Academic Programs, HoneyRock report to the Associate Dean of Ministry and Leadership and the three of them will meet together regularly to ensure alignment of plans and progress.


HoneyRock provides programming in two locations (Three Lakes, WI and Wheaton, IL) but also conducts academic and camper related programs across the United States and around the world. Approximately five professional staff serve in Illinois year-round, including critical functions like marketing, advancement, on campus leadership programs, and course work. Another twelve serve in Wisconsin.  It is critical that the HoneyRock Executive Director is able to lead these teams corporately while simultaneously maintaining strong collaborative relationships with the administrative departments and faculty of Wheaton College. As a result, it is absolutely essential that the HoneyRock Executive Director be able to lead an organization across multiple locations and lead a significant enterprise within a larger organization. This requires maintaining frequent presence in both locations according to HoneyRock’s three annual cycles (Summer Camp, Passage, and School Year), as well as traveling elsewhere to visit donors, represent HoneyRock and Wheaton College at conferences, and be present at other locations where HoneyRock operates programs (Chicago, international conferences, organizational partnerships in other states).


Cultivate vibrant spiritual and community environment of the ministry:  Create Christ-centered environment by facilitating the ongoing development of personal, relational, and spiritual health of the full-time staff and year-round community.
Provide organizational leadership of HoneyRock operations, strategic planning, and implementation:  Provide leadership for strategic planning and implementation in conjunction with Wheaton College’s mission and priorities.  This includes program development, ensuring long term financial viability, site/facility planning, neighbor relations, and advancement planning.
Collaborate with Wheaton College:  Interface with Wheaton College senior administration, department and divisional leadership, and faculty for the purpose of program and administrative logistics and planning. This requires regular interaction with senior administrators across Wheaton College.
Donor Development:  Manage donor development and HoneyRock fundraising strategy in conjunction with the Advancement department of Wheaton College and the Associate Director of  Development.
Advisory Boards Coordination:  Work with the Advisory Board chairperson and faculty committee representative to coordinate the Advisory Board and faculty advisory committee, annual meeting, and ongoing communication.
Marketing and Communications:  Work with Wheaton’s MarCom director and staff and HoneyRock’s Marketing Specialist to accurately represent HoneyRock and promote its programs. Facilitate involvement and communication with HoneyRock’s many constituency groups, as representative of Wheaton College, including donors, parents, students, alumni, representatives of CCCU schools, and the Christian camping network worldwide.
Risk Management and Emergency Response Coordination: Provide leadership, in conjunction with appropriate Wheaton departments and government agencies, for ensuring a safe site and programs for all participants. Provide leadership, following established protocols, in times of emergency as needed.
Resource:  Serve as a resource for any additional functions.


Christ-centered character.
Senior leadership of multi-faceted organization including facility, program development, and multi-site leadership.
Alignment with and ability to own the HoneyRock and Wheaton College mission, vision, and strategy.
Proven track record in running a complex business/non-profit organization (management of staff, creating and executing business plan, marketing, finance, strategic plan, fundraising)
A baccalaureate degree is essential and graduate education in leadership and management are recommended with understanding of HoneyRock’s core academic disciplines including Christian formation, leadership, and experiential education.
Ability to network, collaborate and manage complex decision making within a larger organization.
Demonstrated ability to fundraise through regular giving and significant gifts.
At least 10+ years of proven effectiveness in executive leadership of multi-site organization.
Passion for and skills in discipleship and mentoring staff and students.
Skills in promotion/organization/administration and customer relations.
Competence in finance, marketing, fundraising and strategic leadership.
Must meet Wheaton College driving requirements.

Physical Requirements

The employee is regularly required to sit, talk, or hear; frequently required to use repetitive hand motions, handle, or feel, and to stand, walk, reach, bend or lift up to 10 pounds. The employee is regularly expected to travel to Wheaton (approximately 12 times per year).

FLSA Status - Exempt

As a Christ-centered community, Wheaton College faculty and staff must affirm the College’s Statement of Faith as expressing their own theological convictions and agree to live by the moral standards in Wheaton’s Community Covenant, modeling these commitments for the Christian formation of our students.  Wheaton College faculty and staff also support the Christ-Centered Diversity Commitment which highlights our desire to treat all individuals as equal image-bearers of Jesus Christ through diversity, inclusion, justice, and unity.

If you would like to take the next step, please fill out an application located on our career page.

Time:  Full-Time Year Round
Salary:  Paid
Category:  Executive Director



Updated: 4/24/2023 3:52:05 PM

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Wheaton College Human Resources

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Why work at HoneyRock:

Located in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, the HoneyRock Center for Leadership Development is an explicitly Christian leadership development center that creates space for youth and emerging adults to encounter God's creation, live in a Christ-centered community, discover their unique callings, and find their place in God's Kingdom. Here, people are equipped, empowered, and commissioned to live their callings for Christ and His kingdom.

8660 Honey Rock Road
    Three Lakes, WI 54562


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