Chief Operations Officer

Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association
Job Type
Business Operations & Finance
Ocean Grove, New Jersey
Salary Details
Compensation Generous health and benefits package. Ocean Grove house provided as a negotiable part
Contract Type
Closing Date
The COO acts as the senior staff member of the organization. The COO is responsible for the implementation and management of the mission and policies of the OGCMA as established by the Board of Trustees.

Job Description

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) reports directly to the President, who is a volunteer serving as both the Chair of the Board and Chief Executive. The COO acts as the senior staff member of the organization.  The COO is responsible for the implementation and management of the mission and policies of the OGCMA as established by the Board of Trustees. Direct reports include Directors of Program, Development, Operations, Finance & Administration, Music, and Youth. The COO works in close coordination with the Board of Trustees committees and committee chairs and their respective staff directors, to ensure the faithful, efficient, and thorough execution of the President and Board’s vision and direction.  The COO is also responsible for staffing all employee positions within the job descriptions and compensation guidelines established by the Board. The COO may also be called to represent the OGCMA publicly in certain religious and community venues or situations, as well as to act as a spiritual leader to the staff, volunteers, and constituents of the OGCMA.  The COO is expected to have a strong Christian faith, be an active member of a church, and affirm the Camp Meeting’s Statement of Faith.


In this role you will:    

  • Provide general leadership for the organization based on the vision and policies established by the Board of Trustees and act as a representative of the ministry.  
  • Supervise all personnel, both staff and volunteers, with the primary responsibility to attract, manage, develop and retain a professionally competent and cohesive staff. 
  • Maintain the operation of all facilities and properties owned and utilized by the OGCMA.
  • Relate with non-staff, non-board entities such as pastors and representatives of other ministries, donors, program participants, volunteers, homeowners, tenants, Neptune Township professionals and elected officials.
  • Drive the planning and implementation of an annual $5M budget, ensuring the accurate preparation and oversite of monthly and quarterly financial reporting.
  • Establish and oversee a strategic marketing and publicity plan.
  • Supervise and ensure the safe, high-quality, and spiritually fruitful execution of worship, music, youth, beach and other programs.
  • Preside as host for certain CMA events, at the pleasure of the President.
  • Attend board and committee meetings, while providing recommendations and reports as needed. 
  • Work individually with direct reports to establish goals, hold them accountable for performance, and develop their professional potential.
  • Establish and maintain a healthy, positive and professional working culture among OGCMA staff, and ensure all staff and volunteers behave in a manner that reflects positively on the organization.


About you:

  • A personal relationship with Christ is demonstrated in a life of integrity and service and a Biblical worldview. 
  • Proven experience in implementing a variety of projects and programs based on the vision and direction of an executive leadership group.
  • A consummate, hands-on leader, with a track record of being able to adapt to unique leadership challenges, accomplish goals despite constraints, and solve complex problems.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain a rapport with people from all sectors of our constituency, including volunteers and secular community members.
  • Experience in managing an organization fiscally, meeting budget expectations and creatively compensating for financial limitations that often accompany non-profit organizations.  
  • Willingness and ability to lead from a public platform including leading in prayer.
  • Proficient in setting, monitoring and achieving organizational goals, developing subordinates into leaders, and solving organizational problems. 
  • Expert in oral and written communication including public speaking, and preferably proficient in reading, understanding, and editing legal and organizational documents.
  • Conflict resolution skills and the ability to handle difficult situations with unhappy constituents.  Able to have difficult conversations while maintaining amicable working relationships.
  • Ability to think critically and creatively to overcome unforeseen blockers and confounders.
  • Humility, and an ability to accept constructive feedback and work to better meet the goals of the organization.
  • The technical competency necessary to make vendor, software and IT decisions as needed to maintain the technological functions of the OGCMA.


Role requirements:

  • At least 15 years of professional experience, of which 10 years were in formal leadership positions.
  • 5 years of experience managing multiple business areas, including areas like programs, development, finance, human resources, and operations.  
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Ocean Grove Residency within 3 months of accepting the role.
  • Affirmation of OGCMA’s Faith Statement, and an active member of a Christian church.


Preferred requirements:

  • Experience in ministry organizations is highly preferred.
  • Master’s degree.
  • Familiarity with OGCMA and the Ocean Grove community.


Generous health and benefits package.

Ocean Grove house provided as a negotiable part of compensation.


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Organization Description

About Us   

Founded in 1869, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Ocean Grove is one of the longest-active camp meeting sites in the United States.  As an act of the New Jersey State Legislature, the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA) was established as the owner and governing authority of the beautiful, square-mile, seaside community, with tree-lined streets and one of the largest collections of Victorian homes in the nation.  Ocean Grove is home to the 1894 Great Auditorium, built to house 10,000 worshipers, a diverse portfolio of worship and housing facilities, and a seasonal tent and cottage community on the footprint of the original camp meeting.

The mission of the OGCMA, rooted in its Wesleyan heritage, is to provide opportunities for spiritual birth, growth and renewal through worship, education, cultural and recreational activities in a Christian seaside setting.  The mission, vision, and statement of faith of the association are online at Each year, the OGCMA leads hundreds of events and services, providing world-class preaching, Bible study, worship, religious music performances, and a variety of children and youth activities to over 10,000 visitors and members of the community.  More than 130,000 people come each year to relax on the most family-friendly beaches and boardwalks of the Jersey Shore.

The OGCMA has been blessed with a healthy financial condition, and it is staffed year-round by eighteen highly qualified program, finance, development and operations employees.  In the summer, the staff swells to include over 230 seasonal employees, in areas such as program, maintenance, and beach staff.  Additionally, the OGCMA enjoys the dedicated assistance of hundreds of volunteers who help make the ambitious program schedule a reality.

The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association is a non-profit corporation governed by a 26-member Board of Trustees and led by the President of the Board and an Executive Committee.  The Trustees are ‘working’ members of the Board and are highly active on an array of Board committees and as volunteers in OGCMA programs.  


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