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Assistant Director for the Adirondack Semester

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

In the "Applicant Documents" section of his/her application, interested candidates please submit a cover letter of application and resume. Also, a copy of certifications and a trip log should be submitted as "other documents". Additionally, candidates should arrange for three reference letters to be sent, via email, to Dr. Cathy Shrady at cshrady@stlawu.edu. Preference will be given to applications received by February 27, 2017, applications received after that date will be reviewed as needed. Review will continue until the position is successfully filled. All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Assistant Director for the Adirondack Semester
FLSA Exempt
Primary Responsibilities

The Adirondack Semester is a unique program of place-based environmental education, involving 3 months of residence and academic study at a base camp in the Adirondacks, an extended backcountry trip, and a variety of outdoor activities. The program situates students on the boundary between modern civilization and wild nature and encourages them to study and reflect on their relationship with each of these and on the choices we must make in order to preserve the natural world. Faculty members commute to the site to teach a full university semester, including cultural and natural history of the Adirondacks, perceptions of nature, and a creative expressions course. (See http://web.stlawu.edu/adksemester/.)

The anticipated start date for this six-month appointment will be July 1, 2017. This appointment may be renewable in successive years. Compensation package will include salary, health insurance, and supplemental stipend for housing when off-site, as well as room and board on-site during the 3 months of the base camp residence and expeditions.

The new Assistant Director will work under the supervision of the Director and in collaboration with the other Assistant Director, and will live on site 5 days/week. The two Assistant Directors share the following responsibilities:

Academics:
• Teach the half credit ODST 101: Modern Outdoor Recreation course
• Help to plan, coordinate, mentor and evaluate students through the Capstone Internship, a 3 week experiential capstone that takes place during the final weeks of the semester.
• Help to foster critical reflection on and discussion of the mission, goals and guiding principles of the program

Administration: (Communication, Logistics & Fiscal Responsibilities)
• Responsible for communication with faculty, staff, students, and parents
• Recommend and oversee annual purchase of new equipment and supplies
• Set up and oversee food purchasing including a CSA, grocery store accounts and orders through dining services
• Coordinate and help plan orientation, the semester schedule and weekly calendar

Oversight: (Risk Management, Facility & Community)
• Primary responsibility for updating and observing best risk management practices
• Set up and maintain program site including, yurts, buildings, solar array, composting toilet, and other infrastructure
• Facilitate and develop a living and learning community that is physically and emotionally safe for all to enjoy while participating in community activities such as cooking meals, chores and community meetings

Trip Leader & Planner:
• Plan, organize, and lead 5-14 day back country trips
• Plan and lead weekend outdoor activities for students during semester

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree
• Wilderness First Responder and CPR
• Demonstrated experience as an outdoor educator and trip leader

Preferred Qualifications

• Demonstrated strong interpersonal, team and community building skills
• An individual who has a combination of administrative, teaching, outdoor leadership and backcountry experience.
• The successful candidate will serve as a model for students, demonstrating a positive attitude, tolerance, patience, openness to new ideas and application of the program’s environmental ethic.
• A familiarity with and an appreciation for the role and mission of a small, private liberal arts institution

Status (FT, PT, Seasonal, Temp) FT Seasonal

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number ST00273
Desired Start Date 07/01/2017
Open Date (to accept applications)
Close Date (date applications will not be considered)
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant

In the “Applicant Documents” section of his/her application, interested candidates please submit a cover letter of application and resume. Also, a copy of certifications and a trip log should be submitted as “other documents”.

Additionally, candidates should arrange for three reference letters to be sent, via email, to Dr. Cathy Shrady at cshrady@stlawu.edu.

Preference will be given to applications received by February 27, 2017, applications received after that date will be reviewed as needed. Review will continue until the position is successfully filled.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Resume
  3. Other Document
  4. Other Document 2
Optional Documents