Riverdale Country School is a preK - 12 day school in New York City that combines both traditional and innovative practices to provide an excellent Liberal Arts learning environment. Through our guiding principles - developing minds, building character and creating community - we aim to shape disciplined and flexible individuals who will change global and local communities for the good.
Riverdale seeks an experienced, enthusiastic Director of Outdoor Education. Responsibilities of the position include:
Building outdoor leadership capacities and outdoor education experiences for students in the Middle and Upper Schools;
Leading an outdoor leadership program for Upper School students interested in outdoor education;
Serving as the lead for trip management, including planning trips and creating emergency action plans, managing risk and medical forms, securing necessary permits and coordinating with vendors where appropriate;
Recruiting, training, and managing faculty leaders in leading effective outdoor education and leadership experiences;
Following Riverdale’s established risk management protocols and working with the Director of Experiential Education to make sure we are using current best practices;
Working with Director of Experiential Education and Deans of Students to both develop new gradewide experiences and improve already existing ones, including outdoor center retreats and outdoor adventure and leadership experiences;
Liaising between all three divisions and helping to create special programming utilizing the outdoors that will seek to support student life and faculty and staff professional development;
Maintaining budgets and managing all outdoor equipment and equipment loans;
Supporting faculty to create meaningful curricular tie-ins between academic courses and outdoor education;
Teaching one section in one’s academic discipline;
Being available to lead weekend, vacation, and summer trips. Because of the nature of the workload, the successful candidate’s work schedule will be adjusted accordingly so that they have time off that roughly is in accordance with other faculty members.
All candidates for employment at Riverdale should demonstrate interest in engaging students in an environment that is both supportive and rigorous, and will participate in community activities including advising groups, service opportunities, or other co-curricular programs. Our Middle School and Upper School are located together on the Hill Campus; our Lower School is approximately a mile away on the River Campus. The position will be housed on the Hill Campus and that’s where the majority of the Director of Outdoor Education’s work will take place. The position will report to the Director of Experiential Education. A wilderness first responder certification and Bachelor's degree are required. Successful applicants will have significant experience leading outdoor adventure trips in the backcountry and in developing successful outdoor education and leadership curriculum.
Riverdale is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all federal, state, and local laws which prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national and ethnic origin, alienage or citizenship status, marital or partnership status, caregiver status, predisposing genetic characteristics, disability, active military or veteran status, actual or perceived status as a victim of domestic violence, or any other basis protected by applicable law.
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About Riverdale Country School
Riverdale Country School is a Pre-K through grade 12 independent school in New York City committed to empowering lifelong learners by developing minds, building character, and creating community in order to change our world for the good. Riverdale seeks to reflect the diversity of the New York metropolitan area in its students, faculty, and staff. The school enrolls about 1,100 students who collectively reside in 104 different zip codes. Approximately 37% of our student body are students of color. The school spans two separate campuses that comprise 27.5 acres in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.