St. Michael’s Episcopal School seeks a qualified Outdoor Education Coordinator for the 2017-2018 academic year. This is a ten-month position beginning in August. This position will accompany a full-time middle school teaching position and is intended as the Coordinator’s main co-curricular responsibility, similar to an athletic director.
The Coordinator’s primary responsibilities will be as follows.
Direct the School’s outdoor education programs, which currently include on-site mountain biking and canoeing as well as off-site camping and ropes course activities, all for middle school students.
Pursue opportunities to grow and strengthen outdoor education at St. Michael’s into a cohesive K-8 program which leverages the School’s unique setting to serve its mission. These opportunities may include, but are not limited to:
including lower school students in the program,
weaving outdoor education into the core curriculum,
partnering with vendors and organizations to enhance the program,
building out and helping to oversee the School’s outdoor education infrastructure, and
developing outdoor education summer programs.
In pursuit of these responsibilities the Coordinator will also do the following.
Work with the Headmaster and Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment to hire, train, and support faculty and staff involved in the outdoor education program.
Manage staff and vendors to ensure the outdoor education program serves the School’s mission, supports its curricular objectives, and meets its standards.
Communicate effectively with students’ families and faculty regarding program details and individual student needs.
Manage the outdoor education capital and operating budget to promote a vibrant program.
Opened in 2008, St. Michael’s unique 70-acre Singleton campus is located at 10550 Hobby Hill Road in Richmond and represents nearly boundless and largely untapped potential. Among its assets are:
a classroom building housing a library, cafeteria/performance space, 12 classrooms, and offices;
a gymnasium housing a regulation size basketball court and additional spaces;
a full-scale playing field plus auxiliary flat land totaling 1.75 acres;
an outdoor classroom;
a lake fed by two cascading streams;
a dam draining to the James River approximately ¾ of a mile from campus;
small-scale rock face; and
largely wooded terrain with topography ranging from 190 feet to over 300 feet above sea-level.
have a minimum of 10 years of experience as a teacher/coach/guide in outdoor education;
possess excellent verbal and written skills as well as the ability to communicate effectively with students, parents and colleagues;
be prepared to teach classes in a middle school which employs the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, emphasizing interdisciplinary learning to assist students in making practical connections between their studies and the real world; and
a bachelor’s degree in education or related field. An advanced degree is preferred, though not required.
The ideal candidate will have…
a love of working with children and those who work with children;
a clear understanding of best practices in the area of outdoor education;
a deep understanding of, and experience with, outdoor education program design & implementation;
an educational philosophy which places students at the center of the learning process, fostering students’ curiosity, love of learning, and character development;
the skills and experience necessary to effectively manage staff and vendors;
a vision for what St. Michael’s outdoor education program can be in the years ahead; and
the entrepreneurial spirit, creative mind, and organizational skill to make this vision a reality.
Additional Salary Information: Across all years of experience, St. Michael’s salaries are at/above the median for Virginia Association of Independent Schools.
Full-time employees get 100% tuition remission for all children attending St. Michael’s as well as 50% tuition remission for all children attending Trinity Episcopal School.
In addition to salary and beginning in the third year of service, the School automatically contributes to a 403(b) as a percentage of the employee’s salary according to the schedule below. No employee match is required and 100% vesting begins immediately.
3-5 years = 3% 6-10 years = 5% 11-14 years = 8% >15 years = 10%
All full-time employees may elect to contribute to the school-sponsored tax deferred annuity program through TIAA-CREF. Employees can defer (up to $18,000 in 2016) salary pre-tax into a 403(b).
In addition to salary, the School allocates funds ($5,000 in 2016-17) which employees can allocate across the variety of options listed below based on personal circumstances.
• vision pan
• dental pan
• 403(b) retirement account
• flexible spending account (health and/or dependent care)
• salary (post-tax, other options are pre-tax)
The School provides 100% coverage for attendance at non-credit courses/conferences, and 50% reimbursement for graduate level courses.
As Richmond’s oldest independent school south of the James River, St. Michael’s Episcopal School strives to provide children with superior academic instruction in an environment that acknowledges and develops Christian values.Our academic community is small enough for adults and children to know one another, but large enough to provide exciting opportunities in the arts, sports, clubs and robotics.... We are proud of our graduates who are praised by high school guidance counselors and admission directors for their academic achievement and enthusiasm for learning. Our K-8 co-educational school draws students from Richmond City and the surrounding counties of Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, Chesterfield and Powhatan. St. Michael’s offers two classes per grade with a faculty ratio of 1:11. Most classes average 20 students.The Lower School, which serves approximately 240 kindergarten through fifth graders, is located on the fourteen acre Bon Air Campus in Chesterfield County. The Middle School, which serves approximately 135 sixth through eighth graders, is located just 10 minutes away on the scenic thirty acre W.E. and Dale Harman Singleton Campus. Established in 1957 by St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, St. Michael’s is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) and a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).