Assistant Director for Outdoor Leadership and Club sports
Applications accepted through: 06/04/2021 Pay Type: Exempt (salaried) Department: Student Engagement and Leadership Education Reports to: Assistant Dean of Student Engagement & New Student Programs Appointment Type: Continuing Full-Time Hours Per Week: 37.5 Work Schedule: 52 weeks per year Benefits Eligible: Full Benefits Qualifies for relocation reimbursement: Yes
Job Summary: Connecticut College is conducting a national search for an Assistant Director of Student Engagement and New Student Programs to develop, implement, and supervise outdoor adventure-based programs, the club sports program, campus leadership/teambuilding initiatives, and providing departmental support for the comprehensive program offerings of the Office of Student Engagement. Compensation includes live-on housing and a meal plan. The salary is competitive and is complimented by an excellent benefits package.
General Duties & Responsibilities: The Assistant Director of Student Engagement and New Student Programs is a critical member of the Office of Student Engagement and New Student Programs team that includes an assistant dean, associate director, and a budget coordinator. Outdoor adventure-based programming has received overwhelming excitement and participation by the students of Connecticut College over the last few years. The Assistant Director will have the opportunity to build and implement a strategic vision for outdoor adventure-based programming for the Connecticut College Community, including supervising Outdoor Adventures (a student led trip program), developing outdoor on- and off-campus recreation opportunities, and facilitating teambuilding and leadership workshops.
Connecticut College provides a unique platform for a robust outdoor experiential education program. A signature feature of the College campus is the 750 acre arboretum with its numerous natural environments including a bog, restored meadows, oak/hickory forests, a wooded island, and a salt marsh. With its many miles of trails it serves as an outdoor classroom for numerous courses and is the focus of several long-term research programs. Connecticut College's arboretum campus extends to the waterfront along the Thames River (a tidal estuary of the Long Island Sound) and sitting atop a hill has views out to the Long Island Sound only a few miles away. The on-campus natural resources that can support hiking, camping, kayaking, and natural rock-climbing provide a unique launching pad for exploring New England's abundance of recreation opportunities from the water to the mountains.
The Assistant Director will also lead and provide a vision for the vibrant club sport program. Club sport program supervision includes the oversight and coordination of 11 club sport teams, risk management oversight, club president development, oversight of league/sport compliance, club coach supervision, club sport trainer supervision, club sport policy development, and coordination of team travel. The Assistant Director will collaborate with the Department of Athletics to help foster and create recreation opportunities for the student community including but not limited to, club sport management/scheduling, intramural events, and use of the indoor climbing wall.
The Office of Student of Engagement is part of the Division of Student Life under the supervision of the Dean of Students. The Division of Student Life works collaboratively to maximize the student experience on campus with our partners in the divisions of the Dean of College and Institutional Equity and Inclusion (collectively known as the Student Experience Group). The successful candidate will join Connecticut College at a dynamic time as the division implements a residential curriculum based on the student learning aims developed by the Student Experience Group.
The mission of the College is to “educate students to put the liberal arts into action as citizens in a global society.” In addition, Connecticut College's core values are academic excellence, diversity, equity and shared governance, education of the entire person, adherence to common moral and ethical standards, community service and global citizenship, and environmental stewardship. We are interested in candidates who are highly motivated to help the College community realize the institutional mission and, in particular, who have a demonstrated commitment to providing leadership in building equitable, diverse, and inclusive environments.
Other responsibilities include participation in the on-call rotation of the college, providing periodic campus event staffing, serving on campus-wide committees, and being deeply involved in facilitating annual Orientation and student organization training. The Assistant Director has a 12-month contract reporting to the Assistant Dean of Student Engagement and New Student Programs. Compensation includes live-on housing and a meal plan. The compensation is competitive and is complimented by an excellent benefits package.
Qualifications: A Master's degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, Recreation, Experiential Education, or similar discipline is preferred. Some experience working at a residential, liberal arts institution is also preferred. Candidates should demonstrate qualities that contribute to a setting where teamwork is highly valued with the ever-present goal of student learning and development. Candidates should be prepared to contribute to a setting where innovation and creativity help foster vibrant and engaged residential college experience. Applicants must be student-centered and demonstrate a commitment to their own personal and professional growth. Must be committed to working with a diverse environment and interacting collegially with individuals of different backgrounds. Click the link to review the college's Equity and Inclusion Action Plan.
Required Documents: Cover Letter, Resume
Applicant Credentialing: Thorough applicant credentialing, including criminal records check, will be conducted on the selected candidate. As part of the College's commitment to keep our campus community safe, all members living, learning, teaching and working on campus participate in free, weekly, on-campus COVID-19 testing.
As a highly selective residential liberal arts college, Connecticut College is committed to creating a vibrant community enriched by diverse perspectives, talents and experiences. We encourage applications from candidates who share this commitment and will contribute to the diversity of our college community, especially members of historically under-represented groups. AA/EOE