Position Purpose: The Associate Director serves as a key member of the department’s leadership team and has broad responsibilities that support the educational mission of Dartmouth College and the Outdoor Programs Office (OPO). The Associate Director contributes to the development and attainment of departmental goals and objectives with special emphasis on outdoor experiential education for the Dartmouth College community. The Associate Director is responsible for management of several Dartmouth Outdoor Programs facilities: Oak Hill (Challenge Course, Nordic Ski Center, mountain biking trails), DOC House skate and ski programs, and Dartmouth Outdoor Rentals.
Student Advising: (20%)
Builds positive, productive, professional relationships with student leaders.
Fosters an educational environment for students and staff.
Serves as advisor to Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC) sub-clubs (and individual student leaders), as assigned.
Departmental Leadership and Program Administration: (45%)
Manages OPO programming staff, including full-time, part-time, and student staff.
Participates in all risk management activities within Dartmouth Outdoor Programs.
Supervises programs at on- and off-campus college properties.
Manages year-round educational use of the Dartmouth outdoor training facility at Oak Hill, including:
Cross Country Ski Center – in consultation with other OPO staff, the Dartmouth Ski Team coaches, and community stakeholders.
Challenge Course – high and low ropes courses, orienteering course.
Mountain biking trails.
Develops and implements policies and use of the other Outdoor Programs educational facilities, including managing professional and student staff.
In collaboration with OPO staff, provides opportunities for Dartmouth students to work as coaches, mentors, and volunteers in the local community.
Partners with other College programs including community service, athletics, and College departments.
Assists in the formulation, review, and communication of departmental and divisional policies.
Serves on various standing College committees.
Assists the Director with staff internal and external relations and marketing efforts of Outdoor Programs including publications, web pages, annual reports, mailings, and mass internal and external communications.
Program delivery (25%)
Designs and implements outdoor programming and instruction.
Ensures program standards are aligned with industry standard practices.
Conducts program assessments to ensure programs are aligned with departmental and College goals and are achieving desired outcomes.
Fiscal Management, in collaboration with the Director and other OPO s
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent.
Master’s Degree in related field.
Skills & Knowledge:
Commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness and to serving the needs of a diverse population.
Demonstrated organizational and supervisory skills.
Proficiency in program design and implementation.
Ability to communicate effectively with students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and others.
Technical expertise in outdoor programming/sports.
Must have at least 7 years of experience in outdoor programming or a related field, or the equivalen
Master’s Degree in related field.
Experience working in higher education, especially in roles involving student advising.
Outdoor instruction certifications, such as:
Rock climbing certifications, such as AMGA Single Pitch Instructor or above
Paddling certifications, such as:
Swift water rescue
ACA Level 3 (river/flatwater) or Levels 4 or 5 (whitewater) in a particular paddling discipline
Avalanche safety certifications, such as a Level 1 Pro or above from an AAA-certified training
About Dartmouth College Outdoor Programs Office
The Dartmouth College Outdoor Programs Office facilitates transformational educational experiences out-of-doors for the entire Dartmouth community. The office offers institutionally-sponsored programs in a variety of outdoor activities, supports the student-run Dartmouth Outing Club, and manages a broad portfolio of facilities.