Overview

Powder Term CEO Job Description
About Powder Term:
Powder Term is a three-month adventure for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that’s physically, academically, and emotionally rigorous and fun, where teens can escape the strains, pains, and distractions of everyday life and take part in an electronic-free alternative education program designed around accelerated learning, developing mastery on the ski mountain, building self-awareness, confidence, leadership skills, and forming personal relationships that will last a lifetime.
We offer teenagers a space to breathe, where unnecessary distractions (cell phones, video games, junk food, tv/computer, internet, social media, lectures) are cut from the environment and replaced with: 72 days of skiing, 8 days of surfing, 2 grade levels of math, 6 classic books, 10 essays, 3 science projects, 1 leadership course… and life-long friends.
We provide the essential tools, experiences, relationships, rigor, and fun that offers teenagers an opportunity to find out more about who they are, what they care about, and what they’re capable of in life.
Title: Program Director or CEO
Responsibilities:
During the “Off-season” (May to December) you’ll:
● Lead monthly meetings with Powder Term Founders (virtual and in-person)
● Field applications of prospective students for committee review
● Serve on the Admissions Committee
● Help coordinate logistics with deliveries to/from the campus from various suppliers
● Assist in hiring/firing staff, suppliers and interns (1 chef, 2 academic guides, 4 counselors,
4 ski-instructors, and prospective field trip suppliers)
● Assist in sales and marketing efforts to attract future students
During the “In-Season” (January 2022 to April 2022… on site in Durango, CO) you’ll:
● Oversee and direct the 4-day training events with Powder Term staff before the students
arrive
● Responsible for the daily physical well-being of Powder Term participants
● Lead weekly meetings/reports with Powder Term Founders (virtual and in-person)
● Lead and work alongside a staff of 6, on-site at Silverpick Lodge and Yurt Village, to
implement the Powder Term experience for 24 teenagers (84 days on-site at Silverpick
Lodge near Purgatory Resort)
● Be one of the Socratic guides that facilitates the project-based learning for our students
● Help implement the culture as defined by all stakeholders
● Communicate and make adjustments with Powder Term suppliers (food purveyors, Purgatory ski school directors, equipment suppliers in Durango)
Required Skills/Characteristics:
– Must love working with kids ages 11-14
– Experience coaching, teaching and/or mentoring teenagers and kids
– Evidence of creative problem solving experience
– The ability to sit in ambiguity, be patient, ask questions, and then take action

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Camp Staff, Instruction and Guiding, Ski Industry, Teaching/Education

Qualifications:

Preferred Skills/Characteristics:
- Summer Camp Counselor/Director, Alternative Education or Outdoor Program Teaching/Guiding (ex: NOLS, Outward Bound, etc.), Non-profit Director, Hospitality Management and/or Entrepreneurial experience in a small business environment
- Embody an active, healthy and curious spirit and lifestyle
- Experience as a Socratic guide or have taken part in a Socratic learning environment

Required Skills:

Required Skills/Characteristics:
- Must love working with kids ages 11-14
- Experience coaching, teaching and/or mentoring teenagers and kids
- Evidence of creative problem solving experience
- The ability to sit in ambiguity, be patient, ask questions, and then take action

Preferred Skills:

Compensation:
- Room and Board included at Powder Term campus every ski season from early January to mid-April (1-mile down the street from the ski lifts at Purgatory Resort in Durango, CO)
- Health insurance stipend
- Purgatory season ski pass
- Yearly salary $50k-$75k (depending upon experience), plus bonus plan based upon
student and staff ratings/reviews

About Powder Term (www.powderterm.com)

About Powder Term:
Powder Term is a three-month adventure for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that’s physically, academically, and emotionally rigorous and fun, where teens can escape the strains, pains, and distractions of everyday life and take part in an electronic-free alternative education program designed around accelerated learning, developing mastery on the ski mountain, building self-awareness, confidence, leadership skills, and forming personal relationships that will last a lifetime.
We offer teenagers a space to breathe, where unnecessary distractions (cell phones, video games, junk food, tv/computer, internet, social media, lectures) are cut from the environment and replaced with: 72 days of skiing, 8 days of surfing, 2 grade levels of math, 6 classic books, 10 essays, 3 science projects, 1 leadership course... and life-long friends.
We provide the essential tools, experiences, relationships, rigor, and fun that offers teenagers an opportunity to find out more about who they are

Application Instructions

Please contact Jamie Matthews ([email protected]) and Garrett Weber-Gale ([email protected]) if you are interested. Tentative start date is this fall.