The Storm King School: Director of Experiential Education & Service Learning
The Storm King School is located in the Spectacular Hudson Valley, on the shoulder of Storm King Mountain above the Hudson River. We are surrounded by 6000 acres of green space comprised of Black Rock Forest and The Storm King State Park. We are a co-ed, 8-12 college preparatory school with 183 students. Next year we will be 150 years old. To learn more about the school go to our website www.sks.org. We have an opening for a Director of Experiential Education and Service Learning. This individual would teach two sections in an appropriate discipline, help in the residential life program and direct the program as outlined below. Housing is included.
The Director of Experiential Education and Service Learning is responsible for developing and implementing an experiential education program at the school, with a general goal of integrating experiential learning into all aspects of the school. The Director would be responsible for leading some aspects of the program and for coordinating, managing and/or supporting faculty and staff in delivering the program. Outdoor education includes those aspects of the program which are largely curricular in nature. Outdoor activities include elements of the required after-school program and optional weekend opportunities such as hiking, canoeing or kayaking, rock climbing, camping, Mountain Biking, skiing, and similar activities. This individual is also responsible for coordinating service learning opportunities, tracking student hours, and developing key faculty to lead these opportunities. The Director coordinates with the Deans, the Athletic Director and Department Heads in establishing and running various elements of the program.
- Philosophy and ethos
a. The Director should establish and general philosophy for the position and program with the following elements in mind
a. The location and history of the school and the region make the elements of outdoor activities and culture and service natural “fits” to our school
i. The place of the Hudson Valley and region (Catskills, Adirondacks, New England) in the history of the outdoors and other disciplines such as the arts, literature, sciences
ii. The history of the school’s namesake, Storm King Mountain, in environmental and legal history (The Scenic Hudson Decision)
b. Experience in the outdoors and service enhance and enrich the education and maturation of young people
c. Building curriculum in all disciplines that draws on experience and problem solving using real world problems makes learning more engaging and enduring
d Develop an experiential program which is a signature part of a Storm King education is a general goal of this program
2. Global Education
a. Everyone at the school should have at least one international experience during their time at SKS. (Coming to the US is an international experience for over half of our students: expanding and enhancing that experience is a goal.)
b. Service learning, outdoor education, and international travel
Capstone & Cornerstone project, Q-terms, and other Curricular initiatives
Work together with Deans and Department Heads to support capstone/ cornerstone projects, Q-terms and other curricular initiatives and ideas as a platform for delivering
Director of Experiential Education & Service Learning would work together with other administrators including the Head of School, Assistant Head for Finance, Assistant Head for Residential and Student Life, Athletic Director and others to address risk management as it applies to aspects of the position and other key areas of school life.
The Director of Experiential Education & Service Learning would be responsible for planning and providing professional development for faculty and staff in areas directly related to Experiential Learning (outdoor education, after school activities, trips, service learning) and working with other administrators and faculty in other related PD.
Marketing and Promotion
The Director should work closely with admissions, marketing and communications to promote the experiential education program as an effective recruiting tool for potential students.