Coordinator of Outdoor Experiential and Ecological Education

Meadowridge School
February 5, 2018

Coordinator of Outdoor Experiential & Ecological Education (OE3)
Summary:
Meadowridge is an independent, co-educational day school offering an IB education to 600 students ages 3 to 17 (JK to 12), in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. We are accredited by many agencies (provincial, national and international) and we work rigorously to provide a world class education.  More importantly, we seek to help children reach their potential in an environment of care where they are dignified and treated with kindness. Our mission is to “live well with others and for others in a just community”. 
We believe that learning by doing is a powerful tool and that a complete education involves the head, hands and heart of each student.  The role of OE3 is relatively new to the school, but we have supported Outdoor & Experiential Education since our beginning through the Duke of Edinburgh Programme, Out-Week Excursions and international trips.  Recently, our school added a 10-acre ecological reserve to our existing campus. A trail network connects the land, which has provided a living laboratory to support student investigations, ecological care projects and community events.  Our school is well-placed to offer exemplary OE3 Programming within an IB-context on one of the most beautiful properties in Canada.
Meadowridge School seeks a visionary, passionate, organized and hard-working leader to support, promote, develop and connect instructionally OE3 Programming across the grades and within our extended school community. The position is salaried and full-time (1.0 FTE).  Remuneration is superior for this position and working conditions are as well.  You will find our students, staff and parents to be fun, friendly and supportive of your efforts.   The Coordinator of OE3 reports directly to the Deputy Head of School. 
Duties:
• Oversee and direct experiential learning excursions, including WOW Week Trips (Grades 6 to 12) & PYP Out-Week Experiences (Grade 3 to 5) to enhance curricular connections and ensure programme quality.
• Inform and support staff on curriculum connections to outdoor pursuits so that learning is purposefully connected to instructional objectives, mission, vision and the IB Learner Profile.
• Provide guidance and lead others in the development of outdoor spaces to support learning, including an on-campus campsite, outdoor cooking facility and projects yet unrealized. Ensure all spaces are adequately used for learning, recreation and community engagement.
• Support and further development Duke of Edinburgh Programme in collaboration with teacher sponsors and the Director of International Trips.  Specifically, develop two gold level trips.
• Review all risk management policies and procedures, including risk management training for all excursions and experiential learning opportunities that take place on and off campus.  Develop policy to ensure adequate safety measures are in place for all programme experiences.
• Work closely with teachers, staff, students, parents and administration to ensure OE3 is known, celebrated and becomes a cornerstone of excellence within the school. Regular promotion of OE3 activities through bulletin boards, digital displays, website and associated media streams.
• Capture and complete a scope of sequence of OE3 pursuits across the grades and make this visible through bulletin boards and website.  Ensure each grade level has an on-campus OE3 curricular connection.
• Coordinate and maximize use of on-campus natural spaces to support learning, school spirit and community amongst all constituents.
• Develop service opportunities that account for the maintenance of the ecological reserve while simultaneously using this space to support learning about nature.
• Participate and support OE3 CAS clubs
• Attend grade-level meetings to discuss OE3 on-campus curricular opportunities.
• Develop and coordinate inclusion of OE3 into all school assemblies and staff meetings.
• Report regularly on the activities of OE3, including yearly plans, monthly dashboard reports and regular contributions to meetings for IB Coordinators and Educational Leadership Team.
• Some partial teaching duties may be assigned.
Qualities:
• Self-motivated & solution-oriented
• Organized, timely and attention to detail
• Ability to identify issues before they arise
• Flexible, friendly and enjoys working in teams
• Hard-working and action-oriented
Qualifications:
• Bachelor of Education
• 5 years minimum of classroom teaching experience
Assets:
• Experience in OE3 Programme coordination
• Experience teaching in an IB setting
• BC Class 4 driver’s license
• Current and advanced Wilderness First Aid (40 + hours)
• Master’s in Education

We are an exemplary employer – providing a fun, engaging and supportive place to work!  Applicants should submit their cover letter, resume and teaching certificate, along with the names of at least two references, to employment@meadowridge.bc.ca .