Outdoor Academy Director

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Pisgah Forest, NC
United States



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The Outdoor Academy of the Southern Appalachians (OA), a unique academic, experiential, interdisciplinary, residential semester program for tenth-grade students, is seeking an experienced Director.

Our co-educational semester school, located in the mountains of Western North Carolina, opened in 1995 under the direction of the Eagle’s Nest Foundation, a nonprofit chartered in 1950.  Arising from over 90 years of experiential learning at Eagle’s Nest Camp and Hante Adventure programs, our academic college preparatory school focuses on community and leadership skill building in a wilderness setting as well as environmental and outdoor education and the natural and cultural history, arts, and music of the Southern Appalachians.  In fulfillment of Eagle’s Nest Foundation’s mission, the OA community promotes personal responsibility, self-knowledge, the betterment of human character and a deep connection to the natural world.

The Outdoor Academy accepts high school sophomores, as well as select juniors, from over 300 accredited schools, both public and private.  Enrollment is based on the applicant’s academic record, intellectual curiosity, and commitment to hard work.  We seek students who are highly motivated and above the academic average.  Our students desire a unique experience of living and learning in a community-centered environment within the rich natural world of the Southern Appalachians.  Each fall and spring semester lasts 17 weeks. Since 1995, we have served over 1000 students.  Maximum enrollment is currently 28 students per semester.

Reporting to the Eagle’s Nest Foundation Executive Director, the OA Director will have day-to-day responsibility for the management, marketing and finances of the school.  Position responsibilities include implementing the established experiential and integrated academic curriculum; recruiting students and feeder schools; fundraising; dynamically representing the school to the public and to the educational community; recruiting and developing faculty; developing the alumni network; and instructing, as time permits.  Candidates should have a minimum of 5 years of experience in secondary school administration and teaching, boarding environment supervision, experiential and outdoor education including risk management, community building, and team playing, a visionary approach to “whole education”, and an innovative spirit of service.  Job qualifications include a minimum of an MA or MS degree and ability to live on campus and lead outdoor programming.

The salary for this position is commensurate with experience. Benefits include housing and meals on campus, contributory health and dental insurance and retirement.  Applications are being accepted immediately with questionnaires and interviews to follow.


For more information, visit www.enf.org.

How to Apply:

Please submit cover letter, resume and educational philosophy statement via e-mail to Noni Waite-Kucera​, Executive Director at noni@enf.org.