Employee and Management Positions

Holden Village employees provide leadership and continuity through the seasons of Village life. Employees carry out Holden's mission and ministry as they oversee Village functions. They also manage, supervise, and welcome staff members of all ages, skill levels, and lengths of commitment. Employees are critical to collaborating and implementing big-picture planning.

To apply for employment, please fill out an Employee Application packet and include a cover letter detailing your experience and interest in the position. If applying with a family, complete applications need to be submitted together. All Employee positions are salaried with benefits and require a multi-year commitment (2-3 years, depending on the position).

For positions listed below with an application closing date:  the listed date is the last day we will accept applications for that position.

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Questions about employment? Contact Staffing.

A note regarding Holden Village Summer 2020:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in consultation with the Executive Committee, Holden Village Board of Directors, the incoming Directors, and medical professionals, we have decided that we cannot host guests or short-term staff in the Village this summer. The situation itself has been difficult as there are thousands of people involved. It is even more difficult after enjoying a Village packed with guests and staff after the years of being closed for remediation and fire.

We are still considering Employee Applications. Please reach out to Staffing (staffing@holdenvillage.org) with any questions.


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Directors -  Application closed  The directors are selected by the Holden Village Board of Directors, pursuant to the responsibility established in Articles 3.1 and 4 of the Holden Village By-laws.  When the Board is seeking new directors, information, including a description of qualities sought in the next Village directors, will be posted on the Holden Village website.  Directors are generally hired to serve for three or more years.

The Holden Board seeks an Executive Director or team of Executive Directors for Holden Village. The primary responsibility of the Executive Director(s) is to nurture and keep the Holden Village Mission, Vision, and Core Values as the animating center of the Village’s life and work. All friends of Holden are encouraged to nominate individuals or teams of individuals with the gifts and skills to lead Holden Village. Interested persons may apply directly. The usual term is five years. This term will begin in September 2020.

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Pastor - Open October 2020 For over 50 years, Holden Village has traveled a journey of faith that has taken it from a mining town to a vibrant place of education, programming and worship.  Holden has sought to welcome all who seek contemplation and community in the remote wilderness of the Cascade Mountains. We invite people of all ages to come alongside our rhythms, which inspire and equip travelers for a sustainable life of faith outside the Village. We are now imagining the creation of an even more spiritually rich space – a “thin space” where we are most receptive to God’s Spirit, where we can reflect on our story and history and where we can seek to discover our place in God’s creative mission in our world.

The culture of Holden is that of an intentional, long-term wilderness community with rhythms of worship, work, rest and learning. We welcome all people into this rhythm of community by providing a ministry of hospitality for guests and visitors. Holden Village seeks simultaneously to be a place of openness to non-believers and agnostics and a worshiping community of Christian believers. In the midst of this diverse tension is the opportunity for the spirit to work.

We seek a pastor(s) that is strong theologically and creative in worship planning.  We seek a worship leader, which in addition to teaching through the living word and sacrament integrates the arts into worship to re-form our ritual and rhythm of living in faith. 

This position is open to full-communion partners as well as Lutheran pastors. Interested persons should send letters of inquiry to Holden Village, in care of the Executive Directors, HC 0 Box 2, Chelan, WA  98816 and to the office of the Eastern Washington - Idaho Synod (http://www.ewaidsynod.org/home.html). The Holden Village Executive Directors will make the final selection of a pastor.

This pastoral call is offered in partnership with the Eastern WA and Idaho Synod of the ELCA, through whom the call will be issued to Special Service in Outdoor Ministry.  Click here for a complete description.

Director of Development - Filled  The Director of Development will oversee Holden Village's donor relations and will be responsible for planning the fundraising strategy, working with the Board of Directors and Development Committee to determine priorities, and direct the implementation of all fundraising activities. The individual in this role cultivates relationships with our current and prospective donors and supporters and actively engages in acquiring gifts.

This is a full-time position.  The majority of work will be completed from home with periodic reimbursable travel within the Pacific Northwest and Midwest; approximately 25% of time will be spent at Holden Village. Contact Staffing for additional information about this position. 


Business Manager - Filled  The ideal candidate is an experienced and proven manager of multiple business operations of a million-dollar entity.  Ability to live and work in a remote wilderness setting is required. Experience with a non-profit corporation is desirable. MBA or experience as a dedicated leader or people manager with a financial and organizational background required.  Accounting, computer, database, fundraising, and human resource skills are necessary for this position.  QuickBooks familiarity a plus.  Reporting requirements include the ability to prepare and monitor department and organizational budgets, capital improvement projects and provide forecasts of guest registrations, fundraising, and various capital improvement projects.  Responsibilities include financial reviews and reporting, personnel management, negotiations, contract reviews, evaluation and management of insurance and other benefits programs for staff, managing business relationships with federal, state, and local government agencies, and working closely with our off-site professionals in legal, accounting, and business consulting. The Business Manager supervises employees and long-term volunteers on the Business team.  The Business Manager conducts ongoing evaluation of volunteer performances and the associated stipend program.  This position reports directly to the Executive Directors and will interact regularly with members of the Holden board of directors.  This position requires a 3-year commitment with periodic performance reviews. To begin your application,  Contact Staffing with a cover letter and resume demonstrating why you believe you are qualified for this admittedly unique and remote position.  

Community Life Manager - Filled  Supervises and coordinates the Community Life Team which include Food Services, Education & Program, Arts Enrichment Outreach, and Guest Services.  The objective of this position is to manage the Village's shared community life in a manner that creates a positive environment for all Villagers.  The Community Life Manager collaborates with the directors and other managers to carry out the mission and core values of Holden Village by helping and encouraging all community members to be renewed and engaged, developing and maintaining a realistic but forward thinking budget, and providing support for the Community Life Team.  Because Holden Village operates almost entirely through the efforts of volunteers, the Community Life Manager must be skilled in working with people who come with a variety of skill levels for varying lengths of time.  A minimum two-year commitment is required for this position

Human Resources Manager - Filled  The HR Manager oversees all aspects of employee/volunteer relations including compensation and benefit plan administration, staff recruitment, policy administration, performance and appraisal management, training and development, and legal compliance pertaining to staff management.  The HR Manager works closely with leadership to provide advice, counsel, and recommendations related to staff management.  This position requires 6+ years of progressive experience in Human Resources and in a supervisory role, a BA/BS or equivalent combination of experience and education, and the maturity to be the sole owner of sensitive information in an isolated location.

Operations Manager - Filled  The Operations Manager is responsible for supervising the maintenance and care of Holden Village’s infrastructure in accordance with the mission of Holden Village. Holden Village is a place of welcome on the edge of the wilderness; the Operations Manager must be able to create a safe, positive environment for staff volunteers who come to work in this setting. Because Holden Village operates almost entirely through the efforts of volunteers, the Operations Manager must be skilled in working with people who come with a variety of skill levels for varying lengths of time. Maintenance, transportation, construction and safety are accomplished by managing the following departments: Carpentry, Electrical, Fire Brigade, Garbology, Lawns/Gardens, Logging, Mavericks, Mechanical, Painting, Plumbing, Utilities, and Operational Purchasing. The Operations Manager also plays a significant role in budget development, regulatory compliance, and contractor management.  A minimum two-year commitment is required for this position.  


Accountant Lead - OPEN NOW
The Accountant Lead works with the Business Manager to maintain accurate financial records, prepare the annual budget, and prepare for audits. Responsibilities include maintaining accounts receivable and payable, processing payroll, preparing employee W-2 and 1099 forms, assisting Village revenue centers with cash outs, and cashing checks for guests and staff. Must have knowledge of basic accounting and bookkeeping procedures, good computer and organizational skills, and Quickbooks experience.

Communications & Development Lead- OPEN NOW                                                               Creates and implements a communication and marketing strategy for several audiences: Holden guests and staff, donors, and the general public for outreach and promotion. Works with the Development & Outreach Director and the Executive Directors to promote Holden Village’s mission, vision, and core values through print and digital publications, website and social media presence. Oversees donor database management, including reports, analytics, data clean-up, and accurate recording, tracking and acknowledgement of all gifts to Holden Village. Must be able to work both independently and in collaboration to meet deadlines. Must have good computer, writing, and editing skills and experience working with Adobe software, CRM databases, website design, and social media outlets.

Guest Services Lead - Application Open Now*                                                                                This role reports to the Community Life Manager, and is responsible for providing supervision and leadership for the Guest Services Team (consisting of the Laundry Head, Head and Vice Housekeeper, and associated short-term volunteers). We are seeking a motivated, self-directed individual who demonstrates passion for the Village's mission of "welcome" by caring for, providing leadership/guidance to, and acting as a back-up for the members of the Guest Services Team and their responsibilities for Village aesthetics, cleanliness, and tidiness. This role is responsible for keeping an inventory of and managing the use of the Villages furnishings. This role is also responsible for ensuring that volunteer/staff living spaces are maintained and ready for incoming staff. The Guest Services Lead provides support for the Community Life Manager and Team, and may be asked to spend some time helping in other areas of the Team (including education/program, food service, and arts). The Guest Services Lead must: have the ability to lead, inspire, motive, and supervise staff; manage a budget; have a strong aesthetic sense, and organizations skills, and the ability to create/revise efficient and effective systems that support the work of the area; the capability to lead volunteers in a way that promotes a positive, fun, and caring atmosphere. This position is a two-year position with a mutual review after one year.

Porch Project Lead - Application Closed**
Responsible for the restoration of the log porches on Holden’s historic lodges and chalets. Construction scope includes structural log posts, beams, porch rails, decking & skirting and seismic structural retrofit. Responsible for leading a small team of volunteers, with assistance from the Holden Carpenter, Projects Lead, and Historic Preservation Consultant.  Experience in post and beam construction methods, basic project management, and people skills required. Supports a high level of safety practices. Specific experience in log work and historic preservation methods preferred. 

Risk and Safety Lead - Application Closed**

Manages safety and accurately assesses risk associated with Holden Village operations. Ensures compliance with all applicable federal, state, county & local safety related regulations. Plans, directs and implements the organization's risk and safety programs to promote a safe, healthy, and accident free village. Establish Risk Philosophy, Goals and Metrics with Executive Directors and Board Risk Committee.  Oversees the Holden Village Medic, Fire Brigade Chief, Fire Tech & Head Bus Driver, and works with the Incident Command to oversee the First Response Team. Focuses on occupational safety, recreation/wilderness safety, transportation safety, use of hazardous materials, life safety, and fire systems. Implements risk assessments for all areas. Proactively administer training and safety culture including learning from near misses.  Qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Hygiene, Safety Management, Occupational Health, or other related field. Preference goes to Certified Safety Professional, Associate Safety Professional or equivalent training. At least two years of direct safety experience preferred.

Arts Enrichment and Outreach Lead - Application Open Now*   
Part of the Community Life Team and supervises the Village Potter, Art Studio Coordinator, Village Artists, and Art Studio Assistants; oversees the Artist Residency Program, Holden Village Film Festival and Arts in the Cascades retreat; maintains and develops Village art inventory; cultivate & maintain the Art Gallery and new artists; orders and maintains supplies for the studios; collaborates with the Executive Directors and Education and Program Team to generate ways to creatively organize programming and special events that foster relationships with the wider community and the arts; and teaches art. The ideal candidate is detailed oriented, possesses excellent organizational skills and has the ability to work well independently, as well as in a collaborative setting. Excellent written communication and oral presentation skills are necessary. The ability and desire to think creatively is a must, and a background in the visual arts is preferred.  Art educators, museum educators, and arts administrators are all a good fit for this position.  A two year commitment is preferred.

Development Director (Out of Village position) - Filled   
The Development Director is responsible for the ongoing fundraising efforts of Holden Village. Works in close collaboration with Executive Directors, the board, and members of the Development and Fundraising committee to oversee and manage a capital campaign, by developing a fund base and volunteer base that will allow Holden Village to accomplish the program and project goals in the next few years. Must have experience in development and capital campaigns. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge required. Experience with Holden Village preferred.

Program Lead - Application Open Now*
The Program Lead reports to the Community Life Manager (CLM) and is part of the Community Life Team (CLT).  This role collaborates with the CLM, other CLT Leads, Executive Directors, and program staff in creating, organizing, administering, and facilitating programming and special events that foster the values and goals of Holden Village.  This role supervises the Youth Program Coordinator, the Audio Archive Tech/Library, the Media Coordinator, the Naturalist, and the Program Associate.  The Program Lead ensures that Holden Village offers diverse education and program opportunities year-round, and seeks to embrace and encourage the range of talents, areas of expertise, and identities represented within.  This position requires creativity, organizational skills, interpersonal and emotional intelligence, and attention to detail.  Preferred candidates will demonstrate: a background and/or experience in education, teaching, and program development; the ability to work with, teach, and mentor people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds; and the ability to make a 2-year commitment.

Facilities Lead - Application Closed**
Responsible for maintenance and remodeling projects on village buildings and grounds. Oversees crews of carpenters, painters, groundskeepers, the repair associate and the fire chief.  Arranges help from Electrical and Water Works Leads as necessary. Experienced with general contracting and project management, license preferred but not required. 2+ year commitment.

Food Services Lead - Application Open Now*
Part of the Community Life Team. Oversees all year-round food service operations at Holden Village (including the main kitchen, Snack Bar, and Beanie’s Espresso Cart), feeding between 65-450 people per day.  Responsibilities include: providing healthy, delicious, and diverse meals for all through intentional and sustainable menu planning & practices; supervising food service staff across the Village; ordering ingredients from economical and socially responsible suppliers; maintaining a clean, safe and fun working environment; further developing and implementing a food philosophy that revolves around the concept of “lavish simplicity” — good food, well and mindfully prepared, and served with joy.  In addition, the Food Services Lead is also a Head Cook.  This position can be physically demanding, with multiple hours spent on your feet and the necessity of carrying things up and down stairs. Washington Food Worker Card required.  Multi-year commitment preferred.

Information Technology Lead - Open September 2021  
Position qualifications include a demonstrated ability to design, evolve, and implement a technology operations strategy that supports our overall mission and vision.  Must have strong technology knowledge and interpersonal communication skills and a commitment to collaborative planning and teamwork, including managing department budgets and resources.  Position requires knowledge and competence for maintaining a complicated satellite network link, plus competence with Windows Servers, VMware Servers and Cisco network.  An engineering and mechanical aptitude together with an interest in problem solving is also required. The position also requires patience in working with people who have various skill levels and knowledge of technology.  Required education and training includes a demonstrated knowledge and expertise in Windows and Linus systems administration, telephony, Microsoft Office, BlackBaud Raiser's Edge, MSSQL databases, Cisco networking and computer hardware troubleshooting.  

Utilities Lead - Open August 2021  
Licensed plumber preferred but not required.  Responsible for the operation, maintenance, and repair of our water filtration plant, water distribution system, septic/sewage systems, building plumbing, hydronic heating systems, and the Jacuzzi.  Also responsible for all things electrical including hydro generation (on-site training provided), power distribution system, all building service and wiring, low voltage wiring. Once here, must be willing to acquire Washington State DOH WTPO-1 and WDM-1 waterworks licenses.  Oversees a utilties assistant.  2+ year commitment.    


*Positions not guaranteed due to a smaller staff in response to the COVID-19 pandemic 


**The Operations Team has switched to an Operations Floater model (described on the Long-Term Volunteer page) for the upcoming winter (2020-21). Please apply for an Operations Floater position if you are interested in joining our Operations Team.


Contact Staffing for information about how to apply for these positions.

Downlake Lead - Filled  Supervises hourly staff, Fields Point Coordinator, and assistants; operates the Holden Bed & Breakfast, oversees operations at Fields Point Landing, provides property management for three Holden Village downlake properties and assists the Village with downlake errands. The ideal candidate will have great customer service skills with a focus on hospitality and welcome, be physically fit, comfortable working independently and be willing to learn and problem solve. Cooking, bookkeeping & maintenance experience necessary. Room and board included and a multi-year commitment is preferred.

Head of Facilities and Operations - OPEN NOW The Head of Facilities and Operations assists in the management of Holden Village properties located on the south shore of Lake Chelan. This includes handling the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the facilities for Fields Point Landing, a U.S. Forest Service facility that is a public entry point on Lake Chelan. This also includes maintenance of three other Holden Village properties located three miles uplake from Fields Point Landing. This is a year-round position with benefits including health insurance, but hours fluctuate from full-time April  through October to half-time November through March. $15/hour.

Facilities and Operations Assistant - OPEN NOW  The Facilities and Operations Assistant provides seasonal support in the care and operations of Holden Village properties located on the south shore of Lake Chelan. This includes day-to-day operations and maintenance of the facilities for Fields Point Landing, a U.S. Forest Service facility that is a public entry point on Lake Chelan and also three other Holden Village properties located three miles uplake from Fields Point Landing. This is a seasonal position, full-time May through October. $13.50/hour.




Holden School POSITIONS

School Teacher - This position is hired directly by the Lake Chelan School District.






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