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Director of Outdoor Education

April 18, 2019


Earlham College is currently seeking qualified candidates for the Director of Outdoor Education. This is a full-time, 12-month administrative faculty position. Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes a benefits package.

Since 1971, the Outdoor Education program at Earlham has a nationally recognized and strong history of developing future leaders in outdoor and environmental education and is considered one of the oldest programs of its kind in the country. The program operates courses and trips regionally, nationally and internationally including yearly expeditions to Utah. The College is seeking a leader who, working collaboratively, can articulate and enact a compelling vision for the integration of outdoor education within its Environmental Leadership Program, its Student Life Division and more broadly with the liberal arts.

Major program areas include the historic and nationally regarded August Wilderness summer pre-orientation program, the integrated academic and co-curricular pathway in Outdoor Education, indoor climbing wall, and student-led outdoor-based activity courses and trips.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

This position works collaboratively with other administrative faculty as part of the broader Environmental Leadership Program and Student Life Division at Earlham. Major responsibilities include:

  • Providing overall vision, direction and coordination of all major program areas including the August Wilderness summer pre-orientation program, student-taught outdoor-based courses and trips, and the Integrated Pathway in Outdoor Education.
  • Hiring and training staff in all program areas as well as coordinating risk management.
  • Providing curriculum design and development for all program areas.
  • Teaching courses connected to the Outdoor Education program and the Environmental Sustainability academic major, such as Outdoor Trip Leadership and the Advanced Field Practicum (May Term).
  • Overseeing the Wilderness First Responder certification course working with an external provider.
  • Purchasing, inventory and maintenance of all field equipment.
  • Managing and providing student staff supervision of the Outdoor Education Center and Solomon Climbing Wall.
  • Serving as Faculty Adviser to the Outdoors Club and Outdoor Education theme house.
  • Serving as a collaborative team member in the Environmental Leadership Program and Student Life Division.
  • Serving on College committees and special work groups as assigned.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Experience & Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree in a closely related field is strongly preferred.
  • Significant instructional and logistical experience in outdoor education, including expedition-based trips preferably in the college environment.
  • A varied range of technical outdoor skills, certifications and competencies specifically related to rock climbing, canoeing and backpacking is required along with a current Wilderness First Responder certification (or concrete plans to attain certification).
  • A demonstrated track record of successful program development and oversight along with strong teaching and administrative skills.
  • Experience with, and a strong affinity towards, working in a highly diverse educational learning community.

Application Instructions

Please send a letter of application that addresses the various responsibilities of the position; resume/vitae; and the name, position title, email address and phone number of three professional references in a single PDF or MS Word file to:

Human Resources Office
Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana 47374-4095

Phone:  765-983-1393

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Earlham College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks applications from candidates who contribute to diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, age, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status, among other distinctions and contributions. As a College with a Quaker identity, Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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