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Director of Outdoor Leadership & Education

Lycoming College
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Date posted
Mar 22, 2024

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
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Employment Type
Full Time

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Lycoming College is hiring a Director of Outdoor Leadership and Education. Lycoming College provides a first-rate undergraduate experience for an increasingly diverse student body that comes from across the United States and the globe. Toward that end, as outlined in its 2021 Strategic Plan, the College commits to fostering an inclusive and equitable campus community that supports all students, faculty, and staff. 

To help us become more inclusively equitable, the Director will facilitate co-curricular leadership and educational opportunities for all students through the College’s Outdoor Leadership and Education (OLE) program. Fulfilling this expectation requires that the Director be exceptionally attuned to the needs and experiences of all members of Lycoming’s diverse community and be adept at supporting and enhancing the campus experience of all with whom they work. Additionally, to create authentic relationships with students, faculty, and staff, the Director will acknowledge and appreciate each individual's unique identity, characteristics and lived experiences. 

To this end, the Director, while working independently and collaboratively, will be the primary coordinator of a vigorous program of outdoor leadership and educational pursuits for students. Equally, the Director will be a resource for and collaborator with faculty and staff using outdoor pursuits to accomplish faculty and staff programming goals and objectives. 

This position is a full-time benefits eligible position.  

Who We Are: 
Founded in 1812, Lycoming College is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected residential liberal arts and sciences colleges and is becoming increasingly recognized for the quality of its experiential programming and for students gaining the skills needed upon graduation in today’s world. Students partner with faculty in doing original research, thrive in a robust program of internships, study abroad in more than two dozen countries, and compete in 19 NCAA Division III sports. Lycoming College’s strong endowment per student provides the foundation to support a first-rate undergraduate education. The College offers more than 100 majors, minors, and concentrations to about 1,000 active learners, including 37% international and domestic students of color. Students represent 31 states and territories as well as 16 countries.  

The College proudly celebrates and values the principle of inclusive excellence. In support of its commitment to establishing an inclusive and equitable campus, Lycoming College seeks to recruit more faculty and staff from historically underrepresented groups with the recognition that doing so advances institutional excellence. 
Lycoming College is an equal opportunity employer.  
What will I do in this role? 

Leadership and Administration 

  • Serve as a member of the Student Life Leadership Collaborative that focuses on student leadership development
  • Provide administration, management, and field instruction of outdoor leadership and education programming that respects and supports all students  
  • Develop and implement risk management standards and practices as well as function as the chief risk management officer for all OLE operations 
  • Monitor programs for conformance with accepted industry standards, federal and state regulations, and land management permits 
  • Supervise student employees including student assistants (work study), student instructors (trip leaders), and manages any program subcontractors 
  • Select and purchase equipment while negotiating best pricing from suppliers/manufacturers 


  • Lead, or facilitate with student instructors, an annual number (~18-20) of predetermined field courses/trips that will appeal to all students of unique identities and lived experiences; these learning opportunities include  (but are not limited to) weekday experiences, weekend trips, alternate spring break, College’s First-Year Outdoor Experience (summer) program, Winter Experience, May Term (in collaboration with faculty)  Partner with students, faculty, and staff to deliver campus-wide programming that strives to be inclusive and creates a sense of belonging (e.g., Open Houses, Warrior Days, First-Weekend, Involvement Fair, Leadership programming, campus-wide programs, etc.) 
  • Oversee all aspects of the operation of the climbing/bouldering wall, gear/pack out room, and bike/ski shop 
  • Advise (or identify advisers for) student groups with outdoor interests such as the Lycoming Marathon Canoe Team and Climbing Wall Club 
  • Develop or approve course curriculum/content and formats as well as teaching progressions and guidelines for all activities offered by OLE (e.g., programming offered by temporary or contract staffing) 

What are we looking for? 

  • Master’s Degree in outdoor education, recreation, or related field; 5 years of program management experience with progressively increasing levels of responsibility 
  • Current WFR or WEMT certification 
  • Professional instructor certification in at least one of the following areas: Wilderness medicine, AMGA SPI/CWI, ACA SWR, ACA Canoeing/Kayaking 

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience 

  • Prior experience with fostering an inclusive environment in support of all students 
  • Significant wilderness leadership experience in all seasons 
  • Significant program design, management, and administration experience 
  • Excellent communication and group facilitation skills 
  • Risk management experience at both the field and programmatic levels 
  • A high level of technical and instructional proficiency in several outdoor pursuits including some or all of the following: Rock and ice climbing, mountaineering, expedition canoeing, backcountry skiing, and whitewater kayaking, preferably at the instructor trainer level 
  • Knowledge of student development, outdoor education/leadership, and recreation theories 
  • Active member of one or more of the following: AEE, AORE, ACA 

What We Offer. 

Lycoming College has an excellent benefits package that includes: 

Health & Wellness Benefits: 

  • Health insurance – Lycoming College offers a wide variety of health plan options available 
  • Dental insurance, including orthodontia coverage 
  • Vision insurance 
  • Flexible spending accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses 
  • Life & accidental death and dismemberment insurance 
  • Long-term disability insurance 
  • Short-term disability insurance 
  • Cancer insurance 
  • Personal accident insurance 
  • Wellness program 
  • Employee assistance program 

Retirement Benefits: 

  • 403(b) retirement plan with up to 9% contributions from the College 

Tuition Benefits: 

  • Free tuition for employees, spouses, and eligible dependents at Lycoming College 
  • Free tuition for eligible dependents at over 600 colleges nationwide through Tuition Exchange, Inc. 
  • Free tuition for employees, spouses, and eligible dependents at the Pennsylvania College of Technology 

Paid Leave Benefits: 

  • Generous paid time off (PTO) 
  • Paid Parental Leave 
  • 14 holidays per year 
  • Summer hours 

Employee Perks: 

  • 15% discount at the campus bookstore, excluding textbooks and snacks 
  • Reduced rates for meal packages for on-campus dining facilities 
  • Use of the campus recreations center and gym facilities for employees and household family members 
  • Use of the campus Library 

How do I Join the Warrior Team? 
To be considered for the position, apply directly online by submitting your resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three professional referencesWithin the cover letter, please address your interest in serving as the Director of Outdoor Leadership and Education at Lycoming College, your field experiences and certifications, and commitment to provide programming and support for all students with diverse identities and lived experiences. Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Post-offer motor vehicle record and criminal history background checks will be conducted. 
Lycoming College Proudly Celebrates and Values Diversity. 
We are committed to fostering an inclusive campus community supporting all faculty, staff, and students. We encourage applications from candidates with diverse identities and all who are interested in supporting and contributing to our mission and strategic plan. Lycoming College is an equal opportunity employer. 


Lycoming College

At Lycoming College, classic meets cutting edge, and tradition meets progress. A liberal arts and sciences college with a distinguished past and an exciting future, Lycoming is dedicated to providing a 21st-century education in a supportive, residential environment that fosters individual growth and a tight-knit community of learners. Founded in 1812, the College helps students discover their passions and how to become meaningful members of their communities.

Lycoming is ranked as a Tier 1 National Liberal Arts and Sciences college by U.S. News & World Report, where it has risen 17 spots in the last two years. In addition, Lycoming is listed as one of “The Best 382 Colleges” by The Princeton Review and has been named a leading national liberal arts college by Washington Monthly.

All of Lycoming’s resources and faculty are dedicated to the undergraduate education of just 1,200 students. With a 12:1 ratio of students to faculty, classes of five or ten students are not uncommon, while larger introductory courses average just 30 students. This means abundant opportunities for individual attention by exceptional faculty members who are truly committed to teaching.

The faculty at Lycoming College are active teachers, committed mentors, and scholars who produce knowledge and creative work. They draw students into learning and prepare them with the skills needed to succeed in a world characterized by rapid change and intense competition. Lycoming students are superbly prepared to meet the challenges of life through an academic program that includes both breadth of study in the arts and humanities, math and languages, social and natural sciences and depth of study in at least one area of concentration. The College grants Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees and offers 41 academic programs.

Lycoming students, who come from as nearby as Williamsport and as far away as Africa and Asia, embrace the entire student experience. High-impact opportunities can be found in abundance. For example, students conduct research with faculty, complete internships and service or community-based learning projects, teach in the local schools, and study abroad.

Lycoming offers students opportunities to participate in faculty-led research, giving undergraduates a taste of what research is like at a professional level, as well as helping them prepare for graduate studies.

Lycoming’s campus lies near historic downtown Williamsport, a city best-known as the birthplace of Little League Baseball and the site of its annual Little League World Series. The rolling hills and forestlands of north central Pennsylvania provide some of the state’s best scenery, as well as hiking, camping, kayaking, and other outdoor recreation, while the Williamsport greater metro area has a population of approximately 100,000 people. Lycoming is less than four hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Pittsburgh.

The College enjoys a relationship with the United Methodist Church and supports its tradition of providing an education to persons of all faiths. The College is firmly committed to a policy of cultural diversity and expects its students to work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect and inclusivity.

Lycoming College prepares students for a lifetime of success at one of the best liberal arts and sciences colleges in the country.

Lycoming College is an equal opportunity employer. Job openings for faculty and staff can be found on the Employment Opportunities page.

Lycoming College offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, a retirement plan, tuition benefit programs, life and long-term disability insurance, several paid-time-off plans (e.g. holidays, vacation, sick leave, etc.) and a variety of additional voluntary benefit programs (e.g. dental, short-term disability, etc.) for employees to choose from.

Come see why Lycoming College has been named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top publication for colleges and universities.

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