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Outdoor Experience Director

Job Title
Outdoor Experience Director
Job ID
27126355
Location
HOUSTON,  TX 77098-4508
Other Location
Description

Imagine having the opportunity to create a meaningful employment experience, one that meets your career goals and your desire to do socially responsible work.

What type of organization would you choose?

For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has helped girls develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed in every area of life. From the youngest Girl Scout to our graduating high school seniors, we believe in the power of the girl to become a G.I.R.L (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader). Through our programming, girls are exposed to a vast array of educational topics such as the arts, entrepreneurship, the outdoors and STEM. In Girl Scouts, girls learn what it takes to be a leader. The leadership program for girls is based on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience model, which allows girls to discover a positive value system and a strong sense of self, connect with others, build healthy relationships, identify causes that are meaningful, and take action to make the world a better place.

Outdoor Experience Director

The Outdoor Experience Director is responsible for ensuring girls and volunteers have ample opportunities to experience outdoor adventure, develop life skills and learn about the environment, nature and adventure, based on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Implements strategies to achieve council goals and objectives for outdoor programming and camp utilization. Partners with Volunteer Experience and Girl Experience to ensure that girls and volunteers in all pathways have access to high-quality outdoor experiences. Ensures high-quality marketing and communication strategies to support outdoor experience opportunities leveraging Council and other resources.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership to a broad portfolio of outdoor experience programs including: camping (resident, day and weekend), equitation, aquatics (swimming, canoe, kayak, SUP, etc.), sailing, shooting sports (archery, riflery, etc.), backpacking, challenge and adventure course, fitness (cycling, hiking, etc.) and new program development.
  • Develop and execute strategies for, and oversees the administration of high-quality resident, day and twilight camps and year-round outdoor programs and camping experiences that support girls and volunteers throughout the Council and implement the national program portfolio.
  • Lead and supervise Outdoor Experience Managers and camp staff.
  • Partner with volunteers, girls and staff across the Council to develop program and facility strategies that effectively support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and Council goals and objectives.
  • Develop partnerships that increase the quality and progression of experiences available to our members.
  • Ensure Outdoor Experience programs are delivered by well-trained staff, volunteers and partners based on outcome and achievement driven curriculum to a growing and diverse Girl Scout membership. Support volunteers in delivery and leadership of Council programs, and ensure programs provide leadership development opportunities for girls.
  • Develop and implement a risk management plan for all outdoor program operations ensuring safe and high-quality programs are offered to members while complying with all safety standards. Develop, promote and ensure direction and administration of ACA accredited camp programs at each resident camp. Provide risk management oversight for all outdoor experience initiatives. Ensure that outdoor program offerings are consistent with GSUSA and GSSJC policies, procedures, guidelines, health and safety standards, local, state and federal laws and other relevant governing or advising bodies.
  • Implement continuous quality improvement practices including outcomes measurement, evaluation and program improvement and business process improvement to increase member satisfaction and deliver WOW moments and impactful programs for girls and volunteers.
  • Collaborate with Marketing and Communications to develop and implement strategies to educate stakeholders of the importance of outdoor experiences, as well as increase participation in outdoor program opportunities and camp utilization.
  • Collaborate with Development team to increase resources for Girl Scout outdoor education and leadership.
  • Collaborate with Facilities, Customer Service, Girl Experience, Volunteer Experience, Outreach and Community Engagement to ensure that girls and volunteers in all pathways have access to high-quality outdoor experiences.
  • Develop programmatic templates and modules for volunteer implementation that align to the GSLE outcomes and national program portfolio.
  • Partner with staff, volunteers and girls across the council to find, leverage and share stories about how Girl Scouting changes girl’s lives – and how girls change the world.
  • Responsible for development of budgets and monitoring of cost centers.
  • Develop and execute a written plan for assigned areas for achieving Council goals and objectives related to camp utilization, program participation, outcome achievement and girl retention.
  • Assist in the development of strategies and provide leadership, direction and support to special assignments in order to reach Council goals and objectives. Perform all duties and requirements for the success of the assigned project.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using Council resources and technologies. Leverage Council technologies to enable department strategies.
  • Responsible for Council relationships with outside vendors, partners, contract negotiations and collaborative partners.
  • Advise the Properties Committee.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Embrace and promote pluralism as an integral part of every activity and plan of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council.
  • Create a culture of Customer Service Excellence by treating each interaction as an opportunity to provide courteous, timely and quality service, and by exhibiting professional behavior becoming of the Girl Scout brand, Promise and Law.
  • Maintain Girl Scout uniform.
  • Maintain GSUSA membership.
  • Support a culture of philanthropy and consider a personal gift to GSSJC and United Way.
  • Prepare for and participate in supervisory conferences and staff meetings.                                                                        

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from a 4 year college or university; and 7 - 10 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints; Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style; Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups and/or boards of directors.
  • Must be proficient with Council technology platforms, Microsoft Office (i.e. Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word), online resource and knowledge sharing tools, etc.
  • Valid Texas driver’s license and proof of insurance. First Aid, CPR/AED. ACA visitor certification and other outdoor program certifications. Annual child abuse prevention certification.

Benefits:

We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive salary and extensive benefits package and future growth opportunities within the company. Plus, we work to maintain the best possible environment for our employees where people can learn and grow with the company. We strive to provide a collaborative, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning, and culture.

Pluralism Statement:

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is a pluralistic movement, committed to understanding our similarities and differences, building relationships and promoting a dialogue of acceptance and respect. Each individual involved must uphold the tenet that Girl Scouting is for all girls.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.