The full-time Assistant Director for A.W.E. is responsible for supporting The Athenian Wilderness Experience (A.W.E.) program. A.W.E. is a graduation requirement for all students and a distinctive feature of the Athenian School curriculum. This 26-day, remote wilderness backpacking program is designed to promote personal growth, to instill a sense of community and develop a connection to the natural world. The field courses represent a dynamic and concentrated reflection of the Athenian School’s values and mission, with experiential education at their core. Normally completed in the junior year, A.W.E. courses are offered during the spring in Death Valley National Park and during the late summer in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The Assistant Director will model Outdoor Education field leadership, promote student development, advance the objectives of the program, and hold a high standard of personal responsibility. This is a physically demanding job and requires flexibility in schedule.


Campus Based
o Oversee the planning, inventory, purchase and packing of course foods.
o Oversee the upkeep, repair, inventory, inspection and purchasing of all program equipment
o Schedule and track maintenance of A.W.E. vehicles and trailers
• Support students in preparation or follow up related to field courses
• Mentor and assist with supervision of volunteer student leaders to support A.W.E. work on campus and during field courses
• Assist Program Directors with regular reviews and updates of A.W.E. policies, risk management protocols and course curriculum
• Support Program Directors in ongoing recruitment and supervision of temporary staff to ensure consistency of program practices
• Actively pursue personal and professional growth as an educator and program administrator within the scope of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice (DEIS).
• Pursue training and possible certification to support climbing site management

Field Based
• Serve as a Course Director for two field expedition periods per year (typically March and August).
• Operate Athenian School vehicles:
o Possess a valid driver’s license and safe driving record
o Observe all California State driving laws, Athenian School, and A.W.E. vehicle policies at all times

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Backcountry Skills, Climbing Skills, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Mountaineering Skills, Teaching/Education, Trail Supervisor, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders


• Significant experience (4-5+ years) leading adolescents in outdoor education programming for extended periods in remote wilderness settings
• Previous experience providing programmatic oversight for wilderness-based outdoor adventure education courses (eg: Course Director/Program Coordinator/Logistics/etc.)
• Current or previous Wilderness First Responder or a higher level training, Epinephrine Injection and CPR/AED certification. Willing to maintain certification.

Required Skills:

Perform physical tasks generally associated with an outdoor program (e.g. lift equipment, stoop, hike with 50lbs+ backpack, rock climb, etc.)

Preferred Skills:

• Deep understanding of standards and risk management protocols for leading youth in remote wilderness environments
• Genuine interest in the welfare of students and ability to work with adolescents in remote wilderness environments while prioritizing their physical and emotional safety
• Judgement and decision-making skills developed through outdoor adventure experiences
• Excellent organizational and time management skills & able to manage complex logistics
• Strong interpersonal skills; open to feedback

About The Athenian School

The Athenian School is a distinctive independent school that prepares its students for college and for lives of meaning and purpose. Athenian encourages students to become life-long learners and infuses them with confidence, independence, personal responsibility and a sense of community. Enrollment in grades 6-12 is 536 students, including 60 boarding students, the majority of whom are international students. We ask that applicants take time to read about Athenian’s history and philosophy (visit our website: www.athenian.org). The Athenian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, faith, sex, gender or gender expression, age, ability, sexual orientation, familial or marital status. The Athenian School is actively seeking to create a more culturally diverse school community and as such, we encourage people of color and members of the LGBTIQ community to apply.

Application Instructions

HIRING TIMELINE Priority consideration will be given to applications received by October 8, 2021. Anticipated start date is January 2022. Please visit the Athenian Career page (https://www.athenian.org/about/get-involved/careers) to submit your cover letter and resume.