Founded in 1915, the Williams Outing Club (WOC) is the largest student organization at Williams. The Williams Outing Club has a deep history of offering students the opportunity to explore and connect with the nature that surrounds the campus and beyond. WOC offers a wide variety of all campus events, trips, and activities throughout the year, including regular day hikes, backpacking, canoeing, whitewater kayaking, downhill/cross country skiing, trail maintenance indoor/outdoor climbing, and a variety of outdoor skill PE classes–as well as several overnight trips and longer expeditions during college breaks outside of New England.

Responsibilities include overseeing a student board, supporting and training student instructors, supporting an inclusive club, planning of trips and events, overseeing the First Year Orientation Program (WOOLF), Mountain Day, and Winter Carnival, teaching Physical Education classes, oversight of WOC vehicles, working closely with an assistant director who manages the WOC equipment room and helps in other areas with the club, and other duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics

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


The new director will be trained and mentored on the job by the current director, who will remain active as a full-time senior associate of the club during the 2023-24 academic year. This period of transition is meant to ensure continuity and orientation to the full calendar of Outing Club events and activities, as described below. Starting in year two, the new director will then take on sole responsibility for the job.

Required Skills:

The department invites applications from candidates with a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree in related field preferred. Previous college outing club experience including skills in wilderness leadership development, possessing at least a Wilderness First Responder certification or greater, familiarity with a wide range of outdoor skills preferred.

About Williams College

Williams College is a liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. The college has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students. Please visit the Williams website (http://williams.edu).
Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.

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