Overview

The Christ School Outdoor Program seeks a part-time climbing coach for our spring season. This individual will assist the head coach in planning and implementing practices, both in our indoor gym facility and in single-pitch settings outdoors. It is most important that applicants work well with youth and are comfortable teaching others in climbing skills / technique. Adaptability, coachability, hard-work ethic, time-management skills, and a sense of humor are crucial to this role. Since Christ School is an all-boys boarding school, being able to cultivate trust and a good rapport with young men is crucial. This role is ideal for outdoor educators seeking experience in trip planning, risk management, climbing skills, and teaching under the mentorship of our head coach (who is an AMGA SPI) and from other members of our Outdoor Program staff.

DURATION:

February 13th or 20th (TBD) – May 19th — M, Tu, W, F: 3:45 – 5pm
Once a week (pre-determined M, Tu, W, or F): 3:45 – 8pm — This longer practice is to allow for outdoor climbing and changes weekly based on weather or school events
One Saturday per month: 10am – 5pm
One overnight spring trip: Saturday morning – Sunday afternoon
Please note: for the passionate, qualified candidate, there can be flexibility in the schedule outlined above

BENEFITS

• Salary: $3000 (negotiable, depending upon experience)
• Meals provided after practice in our dining hall from 5:30-7:30pm; all meals on trips paid for by school
• Paid professional development (WFA)
• Advancement opportunities within Christ School for faculty or staff positions
• Access to weight room and 470-acre trail network

Tagged as: Climbing Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education

Qualifications:

Familiarity with single pitch climbing skills (basic knots, LNT skills, anchors, etc.). Email contacts in application instructions for more info.
Lead belaying
Lead climbing, trad & sport (up to 5.8 preferred)
Top-rope climbing (up to 5.9)
Ability to clean anchors
Overnight camping experience
Valid US driver’s license

Required Skills:

Good communication skills, ability to carry large packs loaded with up to 40lbs of gear, good coachability, and ability to develop positive and appropriate relationships with adolescents

Preferred Skills:

Prior experience teaching/instructing youth
WFA or WFR training
Comfort driving a short bus

About Christ School

Christ School was founded in 1900 and is affiliated with the Episcopal Church. Located nine miles south of Asheville, North Carolina, Christ School is an all-boys boarding and day school for grades 8-12. Students come from 16 states and eight foreign countries. All world faiths are represented and welcomed at Christ School

Christ School is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or any other legally protected status.

Application Instructions

Please direct all inquiries (including a resume and brief cover letter) to head climbing coach Jack Lynch at [email protected] and Outdoor Program director Michael Mohney at [email protected]