Lakeside School, an independent coeducational day school located in North Seattle, is currently recruiting for a Director of Experiential Education. This 1.0 full year position will create and manage an integrated and innovative experiential education department that connects meaningfully to classroom learning for students in grades 5-12. The Director of Experiential Education is responsible for continual improvement of all experiential education programs, for strengthening connections between those programs, and for developing new programs that align with the school’s mission and vision.
Oversee all experiential education programs and program coordinators at Lakeside School in grades 5-12, including supervision of:
5-12 Global Education and Study Away Program
Director of Global Education and Study Away (1.0), who supervises:
Associate Director of Global Education (1.0)
Middle School GSL Manager and Middle School service learning (0.25)
5-12 Outdoor Education Coordinator(s)
Middle/Upper School Outdoor Program Coordinator (1.0)
Upper School Outdoor Program Coordinator (.25)
5-12 Service Learning Coordinator(s)
Upper School (1.0)
Middle School GSL Manager and Middle School service learning
Internships Coordinator (when created)
Be a visionary in experiential education who creates a cohesive 5-12 program that reflects the mission of the school and enhances and extends student learning.
Create a vision for experiential education at Lakeside that connects the experiences students have in the field to their classroom experiences.
Lead the school’s continuous improvement in managing and mitigating risk related to off-campus programs.
Create systems that integrate the experiential education program across divisions to ensure shared, articulated practices around safety, equipment use, leader training, hiring, feedback collection, evaluation, and other policies and practices in all experiential education programs.
Collaborate with program coordinators and the business office to develop a budgetary framework for the school’s travel programs that ensures all programs operate sustainably and within their approved budgets.
Perform site visits to locations in all programs to ensure quality, institutional fit, and safety of sites and to evaluate the student experience.
Coach faculty to make use of principles, shared language, and pedagogy of experiential education in courses, as appropriate.
Support faculty in developing projects and performance-based assessments that connect academics to real-world contexts and engage students outside the classroom.
Collaborate with divisional directors and assistant directors to shape and lead an extended intensive session during the school year for experiential and academic programs.
Lead regular meetings for all members of the experiential education department where members build cohesion, share and generate ideas and problem-solve together. This is a new department of high functioning sub-departments.
Create systems that integrate diversity, inclusion, and social-emotional learning into experiential programs.
Attend middle school and upper school department heads meetings to ensure a connection between experiential programs and the academic curriculum 5-12.
Research and identify new sites and experiences as student needs and interests change and as environmental factors change.
Model experiential education by leading outdoor trips, GSL trips, and service learning activities in both middle school and upper school.
Promote Lakeside’s experiential programs through writing articles and presenting at conferences.
Participate as a member of the director’s group.
Lead professional development for 5-12 faculty and staff.
Serve as a co-advisor in middle school and upper school.
Continue to participate in and develop one’s own professional skills through connecting with other independent school and college experiential education programs and national organizations and associations.
Requirements and Qualifications:
Possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written.
Proven track record of successful leadership, collaboration, and innovation as well as a highly collaborative style that leverages the talents of others.
Knowledge of best practices in risk management for field-based work.
Understanding of the various approaches to experiential education learning.
Philosophical alignment with the Lakeside mission.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, and have experience working with a diverse student population.
Strong organizational and time management skills
Ability to work year-round during school breaks to lead or be on call for student trips.
Satisfactorily complete two background checks
Bachelor’s degree, MA preferred.
Three or more years of relevant experience in developing and leading multi-day global or wilderness expeditions with middle and/or upper school age children.
Significant program and budget management experience.
About Lakeside School
Lakeside School was founded in 1919, and currently enrolls 858 students in grades 5 through 12 from diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and economic backgrounds.
The School’s Mission and shared commitment of all Lakeside employees is to develop in intellectually capable young people the creative minds, healthy bodies, and ethical spirits to contribute wisdom, compassion, and leadership to a global society. We provide a rigorous, dynamic academic program through which effective educators lead students to take responsibility for learning. We are committed to sustaining a school in which individuals representing diverse cultures and experiences instruct one another in the meaning and value of community and in the joy and importance of lifelong learning.