Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.
Founded by abolitionists in 1855, Bates has been coeducational and has welcomed students regardless of race and ethnicity since its founding. The college’s commitment to academic excellence, intellectual exploration, inclusivity, and engaged citizenship defines its character.
Bates offers a rigorous and highly personalized education that centers on deep and sustained interactions among students, faculty, and community. Bates engages the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.
Bates has approximately 2,000 students from a wide variety of backgrounds. The student body represents 44 states and 53 countries; approximately 23 percent are domestic students of color, 7 percent of students are international, and 13 percent of all students are first generation to college.
The College has 210 faculty members and 750 staff and administrative employees. As one of the top employers in the state, Bates recruits its faculty and staff nationally, regionally, and locally. They consist of diverse individuals with a broad range of intellectual, professional, and personal experience.
Bates is proud of its deep roots in the Lewiston/Auburn community, an urban center with a demographically diverse population of approximately 65,000 people. With a rich industrial past, Lewiston/ Auburn has seen great transition in the last 30 years and offers opportunities for cultural enrichment and meaningful community-engaged learning and leadership. Bates is located on a beautiful, 109-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, a small city enjoying an exciting economic and cultural revitalization. Bates is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 340 miles north of New York City.
The Bates College Offices of Campus Life and Residence Life and Health Education are searching for a dynamic, self-directed, extremely organized, and personable individual to join our team as Coordinator of Outdoor Education and Programs. The Coordinator of Outdoor Education and Programs is a temporary, 12-month position that works part-time hours, ranging between 20 – 30 hours per week. This position may be extended for an additional year at the discretion of the college and the successful candidate. Schedule is flexible and negotiable, including the summer months (the successful candidate may negotiate the number of hours/days per week they work and the number of hours/days per week may vary from week to week). The successful candidate may alternate their schedule based on their need for flexibility at any given time as long as the needs of the program are being met. The salary range for this position is $22 - $25 per hour.
The Coordinator of Outdoor Education and Programs works collaboratively with professional staff and students in assessing and developing best practices in teaching technical outdoor skills, wilderness medicine, risk management and crisis response, and other best practices in outdoor education to student programs, clubs and organizations, specifically, but not limited to, the Bates Outing Club (BOC) and the Annual Entering Students Orientation Program (AESOP). The Coordinator of Outdoor Education and Programs will also assist professional staff and student leaders in creating an inclusive culture on campus in which all identities are provided the resources to thrive. This includes developing/implementing curricula and other systems that reflects a proven commitment to racial equity and social justice.
Key accountabilities include:
Assist students in further developing outdoor leadership skills for all levels and interests. This includes, but is not limited to, developing outdoor skills via trainings and workshops on entry-level and advanced skills such as:
Paddling and water sports
Develop, implement and oversee risk management strategies. Specifically:
Risk-mission alignment and activity/trip selection.
Procedures for trip leader selection and training.
Trip planning documentation and support services for routes, transportation, and equipment.
Emergency response systems, crisis planning, and training management. This includes providing response and training in dealing with challenging and emergency situations, such as:
Wilderness first aid and first responder.
Gear assessment and repair.
Expedition planning, including stream and river crossings, climbing, steep terrain management, white water canoeing, kayaking and rafting, avalanche training and various, more extreme adventures.
Provide guidance to, and assistance with, key administrative functions such as:
Purchasing, maintaining, and assessing equipment.
Documenting and archiving information such as trip plans, meeting minutes, incident reports, training, and contracts with third-party vendors.
Support the AESOP Coordinators concerning the organization and implementation of the AESOP trips for Orientation.
Develop, implement, and oversee student leadership programs that include:
Creating curricula for creating and maintaining an inclusive culture on campus and for all AESOP and BOC trips.
Curricula should reflect racial equity and social justice in all training, workshops, programs, trips and selection processes.
Evaluate trip leveling for AESOP and BOC trips. Make sure this information is shared widely and that it is consistent for both AESOP and the BOC.
Evaluate and provide guidance to AESOP and the BOC concerning systems, structures, and traditions that may serve as barriers to student participation and create an exclusive culture.
Review and provide guidance to AESOP and the BOC concerning selection processes for trip leaders and other positions within each respective program and club.
The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree, preferably in Outdoor Studies or related field and 2+ years of experience in the field of outdoor education with adults 18 and older.
The ideal candidate will have:
Possession of or ability to obtain current First Aid, CPR/AED certificate within 30 days of hire.
A valid driver’s license and safe driving record.
Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification.
Strong skills and experience in outdoor recreation and wilderness crisis response and management.
Familiarity with the academic environment and higher education, preferably the liberal arts.
Combination of experience and training which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, ability, maturity, and professional judgment to perform the above-described duties.
Excellent communication (written, verbal and presentation) skills.
Ability and willingness to provide training and guidance in the field as well as on campus.
Strong presentation skills and the ability to develop dynamic presentations.
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to synthesize complex or diverse information.
Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities with minimal supervision.
Impeccable organizational (time, task, project management) skills and ability to coordinate resources and staff within the college community.
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships. Must be flexible, collaborative and have a positive attitude.
Proficiency in basic data management systems and basic computer applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Willingness and ability to learn additional applications as needed.
Ability and willingness to travel (by car, air, train or bus) domestically and internationally as needed.
Ability and willingness to work weekends, evenings and other non-traditional schedules.
Personal and professional commitment to outdoor education and student leadership.
Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse student body committed to building inclusive communities.
Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume for consideration.
Bates College offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits (health, dental, 9% retirement contribution with potential for an additional 3% match, paid sick, vacation, and holiday as well as free parking, access to library and athletic facilities & more) and a supportive, collegial environment in a drug- and smoke-free workplace.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. This position requires the successful completion of a pre-employment background screening. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. (References will not be contacted without your permission.)
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Bates College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status and other legally protected statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its education policies and programs, or in the recruitment of its faculty and staff. Bates College adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations. All college faculty, staff, students, contractors, visitors, and volunteers are responsible for understanding and complying with the Non-Discrimination Policy.
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About Bates College
Founded in 1855, Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.Since its inception, Bates has been a coeducational, nonsectarian, residential college with special commitments to academic rigor and to programs and opportunities by qualified learners of all backgrounds. Historically, Bates students and graduates have linked education with service, leadership, and obligations beyond themselves.Bates has highly competitive admission, graduates over 90% of its entering students, and over half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates has 1,700 students, 200 faculty members and 550 staff and administrative employees.The College is proud of its strong involvements in the Lewiston-Auburn communities, Maine’s second largest urban area, with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 109-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, Maine, a lively small city enjoying an exciting economic and cultural revitalization. With an engaged citizenry, lively arts scene, and historic downtown, this walkable city is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 340 miles north of New York City.