Assistant Director of Campus Life and Director of Outdoor Education

Assistant Director of Campus Life and Director of Outdoor Education - POSITION FILLED
Department:  Campus Life
Date:  09/25/2013


Founded in 1813, Colby College in Waterville, Maine, is one of the nation's oldest and best independent liberal arts colleges, enrolling approximately 1,825 students. Colby is a national leader in research and project-based undergraduate learning, and the depth of student-faculty interaction and collaboration is unparalleled. Colby embraces and honors a 200 year tradition of fostering intellectual and personal growth with graduates emerging as conscientious, committed, courageous and inspired leaders ready to make a profound impact on their world. Colby is a national leader in environmental sustainability and education with award-winning campus greening initiatives and academic program. Colby invites applications for the position of:


Assistant Director of Campus Life and

Director of Outdoor Education

 Full-Time, Twelve Month Appointment


FUNCTION: The Assistant Director of Campus Life and Director of Outdoor Education (Director of OE) is responsible for the oversight, development, and risk management of Colby's outdoor programs.  The Director of OE works collaboratively with student leaders to expand and grow Colby's outdoor education program for all students. The primary responsibility will be to oversee COOT (Colby Outdoor Orientation Trips), Colby's First-Year Orientation program that allows all incoming first-year students to engage in an outdoor education experience. Responsibilities also include the advisement of the Colby Outing Club and other outdoor oriented student clubs, as well as the development and implementation of protocols and procedures to assure compliance with College safety policies and industry best practices. The Director of OE reports to the Senior Associate Dean of Students/Director of Campus Life, and will partner with their supervisor to foster an outdoor education curriculum that supports and complements Colby 360, the stratgic plan for the Division of Student Affairs.



65% COOT (Colby Outdoor Orientation Trips)

  • Design, implement, and manage the COOT (Colby Outdoor Orientation Trips) program as part of Fall first-year orientation
  • Hire, train, and supervise 150+ member student staff, including student coordinators, COOT trip leaders, logisticians, and assorted volunteers
  • Plan logistics and operations for approximately 60 off-campus trips for the entire incoming first-year class
  • Balance the needs of the program within the allotted budget
  • Regularly review and revise the risk management standards set forth in the COOT Accepted Field Practices Manual
  • Coordinate, recruit for, and facilitate skills development workshops and training sessions for coordinators, leaders, and logisticians
  • Work with coordinators to educate leaders on topics such as Colby policies and resources
  • Serve as on-call point person for all trip-related emergencies, organize emergency response team, and assist with on-site evacuations or other urgent logistical support
  • Conduct site visits and maintain communications with all COOT site personnel
  • Finalize all travel plans and arrangements for rental vehicles, buses, and other forms of transportation
  • Further develop and implement assessment efforts of the COOT program
  • Prepare, organize, distribute, and coordinate post-season cleanup and storage of COOT equipment, including tents, cooking gear, water filtration systems, etc
  • Launch online COOT registration for incoming students and work with Information Technology Services to ensure a smooth registration process
  • Respond to questions and concerns from incoming students and parents/guardians via phone, email, and social media
  • Coordinate Iced COOT, Colby's January Outdoor Orientation program for students who spend their first semester abroad, transfer students, and other mid-year incoming first-year students (approximately 50 students per year)

35% Colby Outdoor Education Programs

  • Oversees the Colby Outing Club (COC), the Colby Mountaineering Club (CMC), and the Colby Outing Club Cabin
  • Work with club leaders, members, and advisors, to create risk management policies and procedures for outdoor recreation activities and manage compliance with those policies and procedures
  • Manage Colby's Climbing Wall; supervise student staff and volunteers
  • Develop and implement outdoor opportunities with the residential life system
  • Oversee equipment purchasing, maintenance, and use by COC and CMC
  • Oversee the iBike program, Colby's free bike rental service
  • Develop and maintain an equipment inspection, maintenance, and recordkeeping program for all outdoor equipment
  • Facilitate instruction and present opportunities in canoeing, kayaking, camping, whitewater rafting, sailing, hiking/backpacking, mountain biking, cross-country skiiing/snowshoeing, and other outdoor activities
  • Develop and facilitate bi-monthly outdoor related seminar offerings to all Colby students
  • Organize 2-3 weekend outing offerings to first year students in collaboration with the first year experience component of campus life
  • Research and plan for the construction of low ropes course in spring 2014, to include plan for training and usage of the course
  • Develop and facilitate outdoor risk management and first aid training programs
  • Maintain programmatic and operational budgets
  • Work collaboratively as a member of the Office of Campus Life team (which includes Residential Life, Student Activities, Leadership Development, and Outdoor Education), within the Division of Student Affairs
  • Perform other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor's Degree is required; Master's Degree in Outdoor Education or Recreation, Experiential Education, Environmental Education, or other related degree preferred. WFR & CPR certification at minimum required.
  • Three years of experience in outdoor recreation, education, or comparable field required; experience and/or certification in a broad range of outdoor activities including, but not limited to, canoeing; kayaking; camping; whitewater rafting; sailing; hiking/backpacking; mountain biking; and cross-country skiiing/snowshoeing, preferred
  • Significant technical experience (able to train student instructors) in three, or more, of the following areas: rock climbing, canoeing, backpacking, mountaineering, indoor climbing wall, whitewater kayaking, whitewater rafting, swiftwater rescue, sea kayaking, ropes course facilitation, LNT. Please include copies of your certifications and/or field logs with your application
  • Expertise in risk management strategies and implementation required
  • Excellent relationship management skills and written and oral communication skills required
  • Valid driver's license


Varied conditions including general office, outdoor campus environment, and remote field conditions with a range of extreme weather conditions. Duties require that employee be able to communicate verbally and in writing with students, faculty, staff, and other persons. Position requires ability to walk, climb, bend, stand, sit, see, and to lift up to fifty pounds.


The normal work schedule is Monday through Friday, but frequent evening, weekend, and overnight hours are required. Extensive travel within Maine and beyond may also be required.

Interested candidates may apply electronically by clicking the "Apply Now" button below and should address your letter of interest, resume and the names and telephone numbers of three professional references to:


Search Committee - Outdoor Education
Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8855


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A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran’s status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college.

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