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Assistant Director Davidson Outdoors

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Categories: Staff
Department: College Union

Davidson College seeks a skilled and experienced candidate for Assistant Director for Davidson Outdoors. This dynamic extra-curricular outdoor recreation program relies on well-trained student leaders to provide quality outdoor experiences to the college community. We welcome candidates who possess strong technical skills, field experience and a strong interest in student development, who are ready to help us build a more inclusive and diverse community on campus.  Additional information about DO is available at


The DO Assistant Director is a year-round position. She or he assists the program Director, staff, student leaders and student employees in delivering a broad range of adventure-based programs. This position will be involved in managing all aspects of the DO program including:

  • The summer Odyssey pre-orientation program
  • Initial training, supervision and evaluation of up to 60 student leaders and 12 student employees
  • Delivery of advanced leader trainings, including rock climbing, paddling skills, backcountry travel, mountain biking and caving
  • Actual leadership of wilderness trips and local programming during the school year
  • Management of the Challenge Course including facilitator training and scheduling, and booking groups

This position will also collaborate with other Student Life offices to promote well-being, inclusion and connection for all members of the campus community.

Minimum qualifications:

Bachelor's degree

At least two years of professional work experience with a leadership role in outdoor recreation in a wilderness environment

Experience as a guide or instructor in at least two of these activities:  rock climbing, paddle sports, caving, mountain & road biking, backpacking


Preferred qualifications:


Master's degree in higher education administration, student development or similar field

Three or more years of professional experience working in a leadership role in a wilderness environment

Experience in student counseling or student development in a liberal arts institution

Outdoor recreation program management experience

Instructional experience with Outward Bound, NOLS or other major program

PCIA Base Managed or AMGA Single Pitch instructor certification

Wilderness First Responder certification or ability to obtain this after hiring

This is a full time position with regular college benefits.  The job is open until filled.  Apply online at http://employment.davidson.edu and attach a resume and cover letter.

Davidson College is a highly selective, independent liberal arts college with approximately 1,950 students located in Davidson, North Carolina, that has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked in the top ten liberal arts colleges in the country. Davidson is strongly committed to achieving excellence and cultural diversity, and welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the college's mission.

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