Experiential Education Program Coordinator

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Address:

Morgantown, WV
United States

Job Category:

Job

Job Type:

Full-time

Job Description:

The Experiential Education Coordinator is a role that encompasses providing support to the Science Adventure School (SAS), training and supervising Outdoor Education Guides, delivering positive youth development curriculum, and supporting projects. The EEC contributes to program planning, staff hiring, preparations, and execution. The EEC will be expected to coordinate SAS program from field locations. Offices are in Morgantown, but regional remote work may be arranged outside of program season.

Duties and Responsibilities

Science Adventure School Program Support 

  • Serve in a lead trainer role during SAS staff training.
  • Assist in development and delivery of staff training modules and materials for Outdoor Education Guides.
  • Coordinate with external program partners, organizations, and staff to facilitate a cohesive experience.
  • Fill leadership roles in the absence of the SAS leadership team.
  • Work with SAS leadership team to oversee the implementation of the positive youth development curriculum for social and emotional development of participants. 
  • Provide primary oversight to experiential educational initiatives.
  • Collaborate with university, community, and business partners to advance SAS mission.
  • Work with associate director to manage hiring for seasonal guide team, interns, student workers, graduate students, VISTAs, or other members of the SAS team.
  • Create and deliver presentations about a variety of topics including program goals and outcomes to funders, conferences, etc. 
  • Be independently responsible for administrative tasks such as reconciling receipts, logging/approving hours for staff, tracking mileage, etc.
  • Project manage both experiential education-specific projects and larger SAS program-wide projects. 
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned when needed to support SAS operations at large which may include logistical support, organization of equipment, and similar program support tasks. 

Site Supervision 

  • Serve as an on-site administrator during operating season.
  • Be responsible for creating recurring professional development programs for staff.
  • Cultivate a culture of support during programming sessions for guides, students, and teachers.
  • Be able to support team members’ growth by auditing their lessons and providing feedback.
  • Independently handle stressful situations and make quick, informed decisions under pressure.
  • Vet and approve of seasonal staff program curriculum changes, operating location changes, and other variable aspects of the program.
  • Be diligent about insuring staffs’ adhesion to policies, procedures, and quality of program.
  • Take initiative to do whatever is necessary to deliver a very high quality of program.

Curriculum Development 

  • Develop positive youth development and experiential education curriculum.
  • Collaborate with lead educators and other coordinators to implement a cohesive curriculum delivery across all areas. 
  • Identify and fill in gaps in programming.

OEDC Support and Institutional Involvement 

  • Work with larger OEDC department to determine and advise on programming opportunities
  • Support OEDC efforts that are congruent with SAS mission.
  • Support other WVU programs, courses, and initiatives by partnering on projects and events.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with preference for specialty in outdoor education, recreation, STEM education, experiential education, or related field, or equivalent practical experience.
  • Master’s degree in relevant field preferred.
  • Have a minimum of three (3) years of professional in-field experience in at least one of the following: 1) Challenge Course Group Facilitation, 2) Expeditionary Trip Guiding, 3) Outdoor/Experiential Camp Leadership, 4) Other similar program management 
  • Expertise in delivering high-quality structured curriculum in a program setting.
  • Experience with middle school aged students.
  • Supervisory and staff training experience.
  • Familiarity and comfort with living and working in the outdoors in a variety of conditions and seasons and for an extended period of time.

Preferred Experience:

  • A minimum of two (2) years of in-field experience with middle school aged youth.
  • Experience working with public schools and students. 
  • Experience creating and coordinating logistics for outdoor education programs.
  • Thorough understanding of experiential education program models, theories, and practices with emphasis in group facilitation.
  • Have experience in developing and facilitating training and staff development.
  • Demonstrated experience in communications with a wide range of people, including adjusting communication to meet the level of the individual.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong organizational skills, good ability to prioritize and manage time, and capacity to manage multiple projects.
  • Ability to supervise and support multiple teams of staff members.
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt quickly under pressure.
  • Highly organized, completes administrative tasks on time, and willing to create new systems where needed.
  • Ability to work independently and very closely and collaboratively with SAS team members for extended periods of time.
  • Have familiarity with LNT Principles.

 
Requirements 

Required:

  • Hold a WFA and CPR certification.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Preferred:

  • Valid driver's license and comfort driving large vehicles (12-15 passenger vans or large trucks) and hauling trailers.
  • Holds or willingness to obtain any of the following certifications: Bike Instructor Certification Program Level 1, AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor and/or Single Pitch Instructor, Swift Water Rescue, ACA National Paddlesports Instruction in Canoeing or SUP, Bowhunters Safety Course, ACCT Level 1 Challenge Course.
  • Demonstrated proficiency maneuvering a trailer behind a pick-up truck for transport of program materials.

How to Apply:

Please visit WVU's hiring page to apply: https://wvu.taleo.net/careersection/staff/jobdetail.ftl?job=18438&tz=GMT-05%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York

Review for the position will begin 1/7.

Job Compensation:

Salary

Compensation Information:

Salary begins at $50,000.

WVU benefits include:

  • 13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar)
  • 24 annual leave (vacation) days per year
  • 18 sick days per year, and the flexibility to use that time to care for immediate family members
  • WVU offers a range of health insurance and other benefits  
  • 401(a) retirement savings with 6% employee contribution match, eligibility to continue health insurance, and other retiree perks.
  • Wellness programs

Contact Email:

alice.morgan@mail.wvu.edu