Dartmouth College — Director of Outdoor Programs

Founded in 1769, Dartmouth College is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the world’s greatest academic institutions. As an R1 institution with high research activity, Dartmouth has forged a singular identity for combining its deep commitment to outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education with distinguished research and scholarship in the Arts and Sciences and its four leading graduate schools—the Geisel School of Medicine, the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business. The College serves 6,761 students and encompasses over 161 administrative, academic, residential, and athletic buildings. With its quarter-term academic calendar, Dartmouth’s highly residential 269-acre main campus remains a very active 24/7 environment year-round. The College is located in the small town of Hanover, New Hampshire, judged one of the best places to live due to its strong sense of community, rich cultural life, and regional resources that include major teaching hospitals, a burgeoning high-tech sector with global connections, and extensive recreational opportunities. Influenced by its distinctive New England setting and heritage, Dartmouth embodies a pioneering commitment to “making a difference” in a community whose members work together to create knowledge, connect to the world, and further their sense of identity and direction.

The Outdoor Programs Office is a part of the Student Life area in the Student Affairs Division. It exists to further the educational objectives of Dartmouth College by facilitating transformational educational experiences outdoors for the Dartmouth community.

Dartmouth’s sense of place in northern New England provides its students with a unique learning environment. The Outdoor Programs Office’s (OPO) mission is to find inclusive ways for all students to engage with the outdoors to better understand the natural world, themselves, and others. OPO accomplishes this through three main endeavors: supervising the Dartmouth Outing Club (the oldest and largest collegiate outing club in the country), facilitating transformational educational & community programs, and managing a wide variety of outdoor facilities across the State of New Hampshire. This position directs all internal aspects of the Outdoor Programs Office, including program development, oversight of staff, operations, and facilities. Reporting to the associate dean of student life, the director is a member of the Student Life management team and collaborates with colleagues to establish a vision, mission, and goals for Outdoor Programs.

The director assures all programs are properly vetted for alignment with the mission of Outdoor Programs–managing risk appropriately, having proper leadership in place, are well-prepared, and adhere to the highest industry standards, and directs the development, implementation, and ongoing planning for departmental vision and direction, including participation in facility development and renewal planning, staff retreats and professional development, educational and recreational program planning, and fiscal planning. In addition, the director will supervise the Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC); implement policies and procedures assuring compliance with College policy; develop and manage all operating budgets with input from staff; and is responsible for financial resource development such as grants, endowment, and annual giving.

This position directs the management of a variety of Outdoor Programs, including student-focused outdoor education such as team building and leadership development programming, ropes courses, physical education classes, workshops, and experiential learning opportunities; outdoor facilities/programs such as Cross Country Ski Touring Center, Moosilauke Ravine Lodge, Ledyard Canoe Club, rental cabins, equipment rental service, a climbing gym; and departmental risk management protocols and programs, including those regarding wilderness medicine, transportation, chainsaw, and other tool use.

The successful candidate will have a master’s degree with seven years of experience administering outdoor programs or the equivalent combination of education and experience. The director will be familiar with the skills, language, central issues, and concerns of outdoor disciplines, including knowledge of programmatic risk management. Additionally, the new director will have a demonstrated commitment to the ideas of a liberal arts education and to promoting pluralism and intercultural understanding; strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to relate to a diverse population including students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and other stakeholders; and outstanding communication skills, including public speaking, and ability to communicate effectively with all constituencies in the campus and greater community. The successful candidate will have the ability to address complex issues that include a wide variety of subject matter and a multi-faceted mission; the ability to develop a multi-year vision while maintaining annual focus; conceptual skills necessary to view the department holistically and make decisions for its overall welfare; and solid organizational, budgetary, and financial management skills. Demonstrated success in leading and developing a professional staff/team, including volunteers and students, and shown experience working both independently and collaboratively, with outstanding proficiency in teamwork, collaboration, flexibility, and organizational problem-solving are required attributes of the new director.

Review of applications will begin May 3, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at hjl@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email info@spelmanjohnson.com.

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Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

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