Program Coordinator and Director of Center for Outdoor Leadership

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Program Coordinator and Director of Center for Outdoor Leadership

POSITION:  Open Rank

DEPARTMENT: Outdoor Leadership

The School of Health and Wellness in the College of Humanities and Sciences invites applicants for the position of Program Coordinator and Director of the Center for Outdoor Leadership (ODEL). A terminal degree in this or a related field is preferred. The successful applicant will be an energetic professional who has strong connections to the Christian camping world, and who is also simultaneously committed to training Christians for secular outdoor leadership contexts. This individual will not only be responsible for academic programs in ODEL, but will be outward-focused and tasked with such responsibilities as fundraising and “friend-raising,” developing partnerships with like-minded institutions to offer sponsored courses to meet the ongoing educational needs of outdoor professionals, and raising the university’s profile in the field. We particularly invite candidates who will enhance the racial, ethnic, gender, or cultural diversity of our university.

The successful applicant will possess a minimum of three years of experience guiding trips, working as an outdoor educator, or working for NOLS, Outward Bound, or in wilderness therapy. They should possess a current wilderness first responder and CPR certification. They should have experience leading at least two of these activities:  backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking, whitewater paddling, winter camping and snow sports, orienteering, challenge course facilitation, and expedition paddling.

North Greenville University is a teaching university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Members of the NGU faculty are orthodox Christians who have a strong personal faith in Jesus Christ, are role models in their piety and ethics, maintain active membership in an evangelical congregation, and mentor students academically and spiritually. They are Christian scholars who reflect upon their discipline from the perspective of a biblical worldview and are expected to teach in accordance with, and not contrary to the university’s Statement on Human Flourishing. All employees of NGU are required to abstain from illegal drugs and beverage alcohol.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Teach, in-person, 18 credit hours of ODEL courses each year
  • Oversee and revise as appropriate, all aspects of the ODEL curriculum
  • In cooperation with other program coordinators and chairpersons, design new academic programs that combine ODEL coursework with other relevant disciplines
  • Form an ODEL Advisory Council comprised of Christ-centered working professionals in the field
  • Seek, create, and maintain strategic partnerships and external funding sources for the center’s work
  • Develop off-site degree completion partnerships at appropriate locations and with partnering institutions
  • Develop on-site and off-site professional development opportunities leading to certifications for outdoor professionals through such programs as “sponsored courses”
  • Hire appropriately credentialed adjunct and full-time faculty as needed
  • Participate in campus events such as convocation, graduation, recruitment activities
  • Model genuine Christian faith in and beyond classroom
  • Intentionally and explicitly integrate the Christian faith with your teaching and scholarship
  • Attend approximately half of all chapels

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Masters degree or higher in one of these fields: Outdoor Leadership, Adventure Education, Outdoor Education, Experiential Education, Recreation and Tourism Management
  • Minimum of three years of work experience doing such things as guiding trips, working as an outdoor educator, or working for NOLS, Outward Bound, or in wilderness therapy
  • Strong communication, networking, and administrative skills
  • Strong working knowledge of sound risk management practices, a current understanding of the outdoor industry, and an understanding of the philosophical and pedagogical basis of outdoor leadership
  • Certifications: Wilderness First Responder and CPR,
  • Have instructor experience in at least two of these activities: backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking, whitewater paddling, winter camping and snow sports, orienteering, challenge course facilitation, and expedition paddling.

DESIRED QUALIFICATION:

  • Earned doctorate with at least one degree in Outdoor Leadership, Adventure Education, Outdoor Education, Experiential Education, Recreation and Tourism Management
  • AMGA single pitch instructor
  • Swift Water Rescue instructor
  • Wilderness Medicine instructor

Physical Requirements:

  • Speaking: Frequently convey detailed or important instructions and ideas accurately, professionally, and with a contextually appropriate tone and volume.
  • Cognitive/Emotional: Ability to critically think and express emotions and thoughts in an honest, collegial, constructive, and prudent manner
  • Mobility: Ability to remain in field with students in all kinds of weather and terrain for up to 14 consecutive days
  • Personally proficient in two or more of the following activities: backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking, whitewater paddling, winter camping and snow sports, orienteering, challenge course facilitation, and expedition paddling.

TRAVEL

All faculty are expected to be able to travel to campus for all class sessions and occasional departmental and faculty meetings. Other travel as needed for building relationships with like minded institutions and for fundraising and friend-raising purposes.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS and SCHEDULE

This is a 12-month faculty position with an administrative appointment. The Program Coordinator and Director of the Center reports to the Associate Dean for the School of Health and Wellness, to the Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences, and the Provost.

As part of the application, candidates must submit a cover letter, CV, and transcripts, and the contact information for two professional references, and one reference from a leader in your church. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

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