Whole Earth Nature School is looking for an Outdoor School Director who thrives in a dynamic, collaborative work environment to support our mission of youth development through mentored outdoor experiences. All staff work as valued members of our community in service of local youth and their families.
Whole Earth is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome the unique contributions that you bring to Whole Earth including your culture, ethnicity, race, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran status, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and beliefs. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment for all students, volunteers, and employees. Visit our about and employment pages to learn more. Some ways we commit to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion include:
ABOUT COYOTE OUTDOOR SCHOOL
Coyote Outdoor School (COS) is a program of Whole Earth that provides state-funded, overnight outdoor learning experiences to 5th and 6th graders during a week of school. Outdoor School is for everyone. We are committed to creating an environment where each person can be themselves and belong. We strive for every student to develop curiosity; inquiry and observation skills; ecological understanding; gratitude; and an enhanced connection to self, community, and nature. Learn more at coyoteoutdoorschool.org.
To better accommodate student, partner, and staff needs, Whole Earth has divided the original responsibilities of this position into two roles: 1. Outdoor School (ODS) Director and 2. Equity and Engagement (EE) Director. The person currently working as the ODS Director will move into the EE Director role and continue to lead Outdoor School projects, including partnerships; school contracts and recruitment; family and teacher communications; student accommodations; and equity trainings as well as training the new ODS director.
The ODS Director shapes the COS program while making decisions that prioritize equity and inclusion and practicing collaborative decision making with partners, staff, and volunteers. The new ODS Director will be responsible for: managing projects and logistics; leading overnight programs on-site; developing curriculum and program policies; hiring, training, and supporting staff; and creating budgets and pricing. The position responsibilities may change due to public health recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
OUTDOOR SCHOOL DIRECTOR JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
Note to potential applicants: Research shows that BIPOC folx, trans and non-binary folx, and women are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe that they meet every qualification listed in a job description. Your skills, experience, and education can come from personal interests, self-directed learning, community roles, and life experiences. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are interested in the position, even if you do not believe that you meet all of the qualifications.
REQUIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
OTHER DESIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS (NOT REQUIRED)
To apply: Complete our application: forms.gle/mQNHDwDSwxdKiQyGA to be considered for this position.
Reports to: Executive Director
Hiring timeline: The priority deadline to apply is Sept. 19. The anticipated start date is between Oct. 25 and Nov. 1. We will review applications until the position is filled and consider later start dates for qualified candidates.
Work Schedule: This is a full-time, salaried position with flexible work schedules. The ODS Director will be on-site managing overnight programs during the program season (March-June), working 1-4 nights a week and some weekends. This position is not eligible for overtime, but the ODS Director can use “exchange” time to offset high work periods by working fewer than full-time hours in the summer.
Job location: Off-season work will be done remotely from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Occasional staff trainings, interviews, and meetings will be held in-person, primarily outdoors, beginning in January 2022. All in-person work gatherings will meet or exceed all public health recommendations. From mid-February or early-March to mid-June, work is performed primarily at our Outdoor School site: Camp Lutherwood Oregon.
Type of work required: Work is primarily sitting or standing at a desk while typing on a computer or using a mobile device to communicate (70%), gathering in-person or remotely for meetings and trainings both indoors and outdoors (15%), moving around the program site to support staff and students outdoors in non-hazardous conditions (10%), and visiting Outdoor School sites and attending conferences indoors and outdoors (5%). We will make reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants to perform job functions. The Director may have occasional in-state travel and may visit local schools and volunteer fairs when other staff are unavailable.
Other Details: Finalists will complete a criminal history background check, and candidates with disqualifying criminal history set by the Oregon Department of Education will not be eligible for this position.
Whole Earth Nature School is looking for an Outdoor School Director who thrives in a dynamic, collaborative work environment to support our mission of youth development through mentored outdoor experiences. All staff work as valued…