The Assistant Director of Outdoor Education collaborates with the director in the oversight of sixty student staff and providing year-round outdoor and experiential programming to the Colgate community. The position is 10 months, with benefits year round. Typical months off are June and July.

The Assistant Director of Outdoor Education is responsible for effective management of the 25-40 outdoor education physical education courses, 10-20 advanced skills seminars, 40+ backyard adventure day trips, and academic break trips (fall, winter, and spring) including:
– Budget planning
– Marketing of all programs
– Planning the semester-long schedule of programs
– Assigning the appropriate staff to each program
– Administrative oversights of all travel logistics
– Supervision and evaluation of student leaders
– Instruction of physical education courses

Exercises independent judgment and unchallengeable authority in decision-making while leading all outdoor education programs and trips. Responsible for the safety and welfare of all participants and has unchallengeable decision-making ability regarding participant activities.

Complete, independent, and unchallengeable decision-making authority regarding all weather related activities.

Assistant Director is accountable for the effective development, instruction and evaluation of student participants in advanced seminar courses. To include:
– Development of course outline and learning outcomes
– Instruction of courses
– Supervision and risk management of participant safety
– Administrative oversight of all course logistics (i.e. travel planning, budget development, promotion, etc)

Responsible for effective management of facilities such as the Angert Family Climbing Wall and the Outdoor Education Rental Center.

Responsible for effective development, teaching, instruction, and ongoing management of assigned PHED programming areas – primarily whitewater paddling or sea kayaking, rock and ice climbing, and/or team building as well as other areas as assigned.

Responsible for adherence to assigned OE budgets. Exercises independent discretion on all purchases and budgetary decisions for assigned areas.

Assists with the student staff training program and the Wilderness Adventure pre-orientation program, as needed.

Accountable for maintaining professional relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.

Responsible for role modeling behaviors, leadership, teaching, and excellence for students.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education


- One (1) year of professional trip-leading experience.
- Familiarity with climbing wall management and operations.
- Personal climbing ability at an intermediate or higher level (rock and ice), sea kayaking and/or whitewater kayaking ability in water up to grade III/IV, both strongly preferred.
- Experience with institutional rock/ice climbing and/or white water kayaking, both strongly preferred.
- Bachelor's degree required.

Required Skills:

Demonstrated proficiency in two or more of the following outdoor skills:
- winter and summer backpacking,
- lightweight backpacking,
- geocaching,
- whitewater and flatwater canoeing and kayaking,
- rock and ice climbing,
- mountain biking,
- cross country skiing, and
- telemark skiing.

About Colgate University Outdoor Education

With over 100 years of history, Colgate Outdoor Education is a highly successful program known nationally for its focus on leadership, teaching, and skill development.

Colgate Outdoor Education provides Colgate students with leadership, wellness, personal growth, a sense of place, and community-building opportunities through outdoor and experiential programs. In addition, our community values sustainability, diversity and inclusion, safety, and improvement. We support Colgate’s mission to help students:

- Prepare for lives of leadership and productive citizenship
- Develop the skills to participate in a lifetime of healthy activity
- Develop personal potential and experience the cohesion of shared purpose

Program highlights include student led Physical Education courses awarding academic credit to participants, local trips/outings, the largest and most significant pre-orientation program on campus (Wilderness Adventure), and an extensive year-long student staff training program.

Application Instructions

Please read the job description carefully and apply at: https://careers.colgate.edu/postings/4358 For more questions, email [email protected]