The purpose of the Associate Director for Outdoor Programs and Leadership is to provide leadership and supervision for the Outdoor Center operations and student-led adventure-based off campus experiences. This includes training and mentoring student trip leaders, onboarding and maintaining a robust field instructor community, managing the weekend trip program, coordinating SPOT (adventure based new student pre-orientation program), and providing direct supervision for the Manager of the Outdoor Center and the Coordinator of Experiential Programs. This position will hold a teaching specialist title within the DAPER Academic Program and teach within the OUTDOOR academic portfolio.
Your responsibilities will include:
– Develop, train, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students to lead adventure-based experiences.
– Plan and implement student led adventure-based weekend trips including maintaining permits and land management relationships.
– Review field experience documentation (i.e. trip binders, LOPs, incident reports, etc.).
– Coordinate the planning and implementation of the large, multi-site, Stanford Pre-Orientation Trip (SPOT) program.
– Provide direct supervision for full time staff
– Provide direct supervision of student trip leader staff and create opportunities for their continued leadership development
– Responsible for the instruction and administration of academic courses within the Outdoor Education portfolio (10-12 units per year).
– Provide leadership in Risk Management for student led programs and Outdoor education courses
– Train field instructors for Outdoor Education leadership courses.
– Engage in critical analysis of student performance based on course outcomes.
– Assist with budget development and the monitoring of expenditures.
– Work with campus partners in supporting student outdoor leadership and education
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Education and Experience
- Bachelor's degree and 5 years of employment experience in the field of campus recreation/outdoor education or a combination of education and relevant experience in campus recreation/outdoor education, leadership and team development. Advanced degree preferred.
- Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification.
- Professional experience with outdoor education field programs
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Strong communication skills to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences, client groups, and management.
Knowledge of current risk management practices in recreation and outdoor education settings
An advanced understanding of recreation and adventure programs
An understanding of student development theory and practices
Ability to operate a vehicle for university purposes while possessing and maintaining an appropriate license.
About Stanford Adventure Program
Stanford’s Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (“DAPER”) is the premier intercollegiate athletics and recreation program in the country. We are the proud Home of Champions and support the university’s physical education, recreation and wellness initiatives.
Aligned with the pioneering spirit of Stanford University, Stanford Recreation and Wellness is committed to bold and purposeful engagement. We ignite a culture of belonging and wellbeing through movement, adventure, play, and learning. Our fifty-two full-time staff and over 400 part-time staff manage eight recreation facilities at one of the world’s most beautiful universities.