Job Description

Director of Programs (Ghost Ranch)
Abiquiu, NM, United States of America


Ghost Ranch is an Education and Retreat Center located in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Our center sits on 21,000 acres of beautiful, northern New Mexico land, which inspires our mission to steward a place of great beauty and nurture the human spirit and mind. We have a rich history and a deep commitment to our local community, our guests and each other.

Ghost Ranch is currently looking for an experienced and visionary Director of Programs who understands and embodies the JEDI principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and the importance of these principles in program creation and implementation. The following is a brief overview of the position’s minimum qualifications, responsibilities, and key personal attributes necessary to qualify as a candidate.

The Director of Programs designs, implements, and evaluates all Ghost Ranch sponsored programs and leads the mission and ministry of the ranch.

Job Skills / Requirements

1. Design, implement, and evaluate multi-year program offerings that reflect the ranch’s mission and
commitment to the Education of Church Leaders, the arts, science, social justice, community
outreach, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
2. Strengthen relationships with PC(USA) and other religious institutions and entities to secure future
gatherings at Ghost Ranch.
3. Develop strong connections with program resource persons in the PC(USA), other denominations,
other faith communities, universities, museums, and arts communities.
4. Recruit, train, supervise and evaluate all program staff including conference and retreat
leadership, sales-marketing & communications coordinators and seasonal program staff.
5. Develop courses and conferences that address current and relevant themes facing our world
(especially diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice) using a variety of methods/media.
6. Oversees diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at the ranch.
7. Oversees the ministry of the ranch including all guests and staff.
8. Partner with Presbytery of Santa Fe and Synod of the Southwest to create opportunities for
collaboration between all three entities and to address ministry needs within the region.
9. Serve the Ghost Ranch Board of Directors as needed.
10. Assist the Executive Director in developing the program portion of the ranch operating budget.
11. Participate in long range planning with Leadership Team and Board.
12. Engage in continuing education opportunities annually.
13. Participate in staff meetings taking the initiative to suggest ideas, solutions, etc., to the E.D. and
be willing to undertake additional duties as assigned.
14. Work together with all Ghost Ranch staff for the welfare of all Ghost Ranch guests.

• Master’s degree and five years of relevant program development experience.
• Five years in a leadership role with proven success with empowering a team.
• Solid working knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions; including basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
• Advanced skills in creative visioning, program development, conference planning,
• networking, inventory control, budgeting, and time management.
• Strong communication and public speaking skills that easily span diverse demographics to effectively communicate both internally and externally Ghost Ranch program opportunities and our mission.

• You are a professional leader who inspires and motivates others to be the best they can be through self-accountability, self-reflexivity, and collaboration.
• You show up every day enthusiastic about your work, ready to tackle any challenge, and you genuinely enjoy assisting your team to manage the unexpected.
• You lead by example, practice active listening, and you communicate in a direct yet compassionate manner to encourage and support open, honest transparency in all business negotiations.
• You value and practice the hands-on-manager approach, willing to roll up your sleeves and work alongside your team to accomplish the short-term tasks and the long-term mission.

This is a full-time, salary, exempt position, which requires flexibility in scheduling that may include weekends, holidays, and evening hours when program participants are on-site.

Ghost Ranch offers competitive pay, an excellent benefits package, free meals in our Dining Hall during working hours, extensive PTO accrual, fourteen paid holidays, supportive management, and we actively practice work/life balance.

Ghost Ranch provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

To apply for this position, please send a resume & cover letter to

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.

Number of Openings for this position: 1