The Orchard School is seeking an innovative, dynamic, and collaborative Outdoor Education Coordinator to join our faculty community beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year. This individual would oversee outdoor and environmental education relative to the mission and academic needs of the school.
Orchard seeks educators who provide nurturing guidance through modeling and through essential teacher-student relationships. This is possible when teachers know their students, care about them, and see them each as individuals. It is in this essential teacher student relationship that profound learning and great aspirations take root and blossom.
Orchard expects teachers to put children at the center of their own learning, facilitate engaging hands-on project-based learning, and have a deep understanding of child development and learning differences. Orchard seeks to hire educators who possess a passion for equity and social justice, and who desire to grow personally and professionally in the field of education.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Teaches outdoor and environmental education to students from early childhood through grade 8.
Develops creative, interdisciplinary lesson plans utilizing nature as teacher.
Coordinates the performance of outdoor education assistants, interns, and part-time teachers.
Maintains outdoor education equipment and resources.
Develops and implements hands-on student construction projects in the woodshop and other areas of the campus.
Coordinates with the Grounds crew regarding maintenance of educational spaces on campus
Develops the annual outdoor education budgets, monitors usage, and confers with the Assistant Head of School relative to needs.
Oversees and supervises the performance of independent contractors who are retained to provide specific services related to outdoor education.
Confers with the Parents’ Association and other groups relative to programming and site needs for events.
Attends the Buildings and Grounds Committee meetings to make reports, as needed.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities
Insures the challenge course is re-certified each year and is responsible for ongoing training of faculty facilitators.
Meets, greets, and provides prompt and friendly customer service to parents and visitors, as required.
Represents the school and Outdoor Education program in a positive professional manner to the broader community
Other related duties as assigned.
At least five years of experience in providing significant environmental educational programming.
BA or BS in education, science, environmental science or related fields from a 4-year accredited college or university.
Must be able to travel in and out of town from time to time for training and education.
Must possess a valid and current Indiana driver’s license to utilize Orchard School vehicles on a frequent basis.
Supervisory experience is preferred.
Talking, listening, and vision
Mobility to roam 44-acre site and hand dexterity to utilize various maintenance tools
Occasional lifting up to 50 lbs
Climbing to set up and maintain the school’s challenge course
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Excellent organizational and planning skills related to schedules, resource allocation, and long-range planning
Must protect confidential information and establish credibility
Excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to get along with diverse personalities
Judgment that is consistent with standards, practices, procedures, regulation or governmental law while recognizing and supporting the organization’s preferences and priorities
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, and make recommendations to senior leadership
Ability to read, analyze and interpret legal and other technical documents, such as contracts
Ability to write effective reports, spreadsheets, and other business correspondence and to present information to applicable constituencies
Working knowledge of environmental science and best practices
Excellent intellectual flexibility and adaptability in response to changing environmental conditions and other events that necessitate schedule changes
Candidates should apply by sending a resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Please place “Outdoor” in the email subject line.