Are you looking for a role in which you can take outdoor leadership to the next level? What would you do with 500 wooded lakeside acres managed for wildlife habitat and freely open to the public as a basecamp for Great Lakes adventure?
You know and thrive in the outdoor scene, resilient in associations such as AORE, AEE, OIA, LNT, etc. You excel as part of a small, flexible, and innovative team. Do you believe in the power of the outdoors to create social good? Do intuitively get others outside? Are your preferred hobbies include outdoor living skills like climbing, paddling, or backpacking? You’re comfortable taking initiative with minimal supervision. You can organize, coordinate, prioritize, and managing multiple-level tasks. You’re an achiever, skilled at grasping concepts, creating solutions, and delivering results quickly. You’re not afraid of a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment.
The Education & Program Director will be responsible for developing outdoor recreational programs, implement high adventure activities, and support hosted events. Employee will work in partnership with the Director of GOREC to implement engaging and meaningful outdoor education events and support hosted programs.
Employee’s primary duties will include:
Managing and directing staff to ensure employees are developing education and programs, including calendar scheduling, instructor and contractor procurement, provider agreements, event planning, trip logistics, participation packets, acknowledgements of risk, gear management, directing event set-up, etc.;
Managing and directing staff to manage the planning, organization, and implementation of recreational outdoor programs including but not limited to climbing wall operations, instructional classes, and team building, outings and back shop operations.
In addition to the primary duties, Employee will:
Ensure all programs and services adhere to organizational, industry, and governmental policy, regulation, risk management, and standard of care, such as GOREC and Rotary Camps & Services, PCIA, ACA, NOLS Risk Management, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and Association of Experiential Education, etc.
Collaborate with outdoor industry professionals, brands, and vendors in order to educate participants and organize events.
Instructs in the field and serves as lead instructor.
Accountable for the fiscal management and reporting on budget goals, expenses, and revenue.
Assists Communications & Development Director with promotion, registration, and the GOREC brand.
Collaborates with Facilities Ranger to oversee the operation of guest services and facilities, especially to support education and programs.
Communicates and coordinates with staff about program plans, changes, needs, and ideas.
Other duties as assigned.
Minimum of 3 years’ demonstrable experience in outdoor education with experience teaching and/or guiding outdoor experiences in the backcountry.
Demonstrated logistical expertise in outdoor program planning, including excellent organization, event logistics, group facilitation, experiential teaching, and leadership abilities.
Familiar with working, networking, and collaborating with community partners and customers of definitive industry organizations such as OIA, AORE, AEE, etc.
Strong outdoor skills knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment to apply to outdoor activity events or outdoor recreational pursuits.
Ability to deliver results in a fast paced, innovative environment.
Certification in Wilderness First Aid and CPR. Experience as a Wilderness First Responder and additional certifications preferred (i.e., AMGA, ACA, LAB, NOLS Risk Management, etc.).
Bachelor’s degree in outdoor education, experiential education, recreation, or a related field from an accredited college or university. Master’s degree in a related field a plus.
Demonstrated ability to manage a team and build individual capacity through effective employee engagement, training, and communication.
Adept in multiple environments and outdoor skills.
Prior responsibility managing a budget over $20,000.
Natural ability for extraordinary customer service and conflict resolution.
Valid driver’s license with no negative incidents.
Computer skills using Google Apps Suite and the Internet.
Ability to work in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
Additional Salary Information: plus benefits including paid time off, health insurance, 401k plan.
About GO•REC / Greilick Outdoor Recreation & Education Center
GOREC is Greilick Outdoor Recreation & Education Center just outside Traverse City, Michigan. Our 500 wooded lakeside acres managed for wildlife habitat is freely open to the public and a basecamp for adventure with hiking and biking trails adjacent to public land. Ours is a fast-paced, fun, and innovative team. The team is outdoor enthusiastic: skiing and snowshoeing, mountain biking, hunting and fishing, backpacking, and an adventure runner. We are working toward becoming a leading community resource over the next 4 years: getting people outside and teaching best practices for outdoor recreation.
MISSION STATEMENT: To create passion for our natural world through outdoor experiences.
VISION STATEMENT: GOREC will be a leading community resource promoting outdoor recreational and educational opportunities for youth and adults.