Senior Instructor of Outdoor Recreation Industry Business & Leadership

Boulder, Colorado
Sep 19, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
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Four-Year Institution
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17-Sep-2020 Close All Job SummaryThe Masters of the Environment professional graduate program (MENV) at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a Senior Instructor of Outdoor Recreation Industry Business & Leadership in its new Outdoor Recreation Economy specialization (ORE). MENV is an interdisciplinary professional master’s degree that equips students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to address complex environmental challenges. MENV prepares students to become leaders in a wide range of careers in the environment, energy, natural resources and sustainability sectors. ORE creates impact for the broader outdoor industry through applied research and project delivery for organizational partners, the development of strong and productive external partnerships, and the cultivation of innovators and inclusive leaders.
As part of our new ORE specialization, we are committed to supporting the entire outdoor recreation economy through innovative approaches to economic development, the management of resilient public lands and waterways, the creation of inclusive spaces, and the promotion of sustainable business practices. We are seeking an individual to design and teach the Outdoor Recreation Industry Business & leadership course who:has experience across a range of business functions that can be applied to the outdoor industry sector.
  • is passionate about mentoring and teaching the next generation of students who will create real impact in this industry.
  • is committed to accessing and developing educational pathways for all students.
  • is determined to create learning and career opportunities for students.
  • is visionary in creating opportunities for learning and career pathways for diverse professional learners.
  • is excited about creating a flagship program in the outdoor recreation economy.
We are looking for a person with vision, leadership, and an entrepreneurial spirit. The successful candidate will possess professional experience that includes the outdoor industry, but could include other industries and sectors.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Who We AreThe Masters of the Environment (MENV) Graduate Program in the University of Colorado Boulder’ Environmental Studies Program is an interdisciplinary professional master’s degree that equips students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to address complex environmental challenges. ORE sits within the MENV program. Through our comprehensive approach to professional education, MENV students receive a graduate degree from one of the world’s top universities in environmental and natural sciences, while simultaneously gaining valuable professional experience with an external client organization. The Masters of the Environment Graduate Program values diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. More information here: Masters of the Environment.What Your Key Responsibilities Will BeThis position is comprised of a nine-month academic-year Senior Instructor appointment and includes a summer appointment. We seek a candidate to help develop curriculum and teach in the ORE program, make substantive contributions in thought leadership, as well as participate in innovative and impactful professional activities. The position includes teaching, advising, administrative duties, and research/professional work. The position includes a mix of the following primary responsibilities:
  • Engaging with industry. This involves developing and facilitating relationships with external organizations and serving as a resource for the outdoor industry.
  • Teaching. The candidate will develop and teach both in-person, as well as online professional graduate courses.
  • Capstone Advisor. The faculty member will advise MENV students in experiential learning projects.
  • Working with existing faculty to develop evidence-based strategies for program growth (e.g., marketing and student recruitment) is expected, including the expansion of ORE initiatives to remote-based students, as well as those who are underrepresented in the outdoor industry.
  • Dependent on the candidate background, this position may also include engaging in research or creative work related to professional practice. This involves a) demonstrating a deep understanding of professional practices in the outdoor recreation economy b) developing, facilitating relationships with, and serving as a resource to external organizations and communities; c) demonstrating impact and innovation within the professional practice; and d) engaging in research and thought leadership in the outdoor recreation economy.
  • There is also the potential that this position will serve as the faculty lead for ORE specialization. This will include overseeing the curriculum and ORE faculty and advising students.
What We Can OfferStarting salary is $90,000.BenefitsThe University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.Be StatementsBe Challenged. Be Unique. Be Boulder.What We Require
  • A PhD, EdD, DBA, MBA, or other advanced degree.
  • Candidates will have at least 5 years of significant relevant experience through innovative professional practice directly related to the outdoor industry.
What You Will Need
  • Ability to contribute toward program efforts to address dimensions of underserved communities, justice and equity, and race, gender, and/or class influence as it relates to the outdoor industry.
  • Personal qualities should include a spirit of collaboration, a passion for learning and the requisite humility that is required when working in an emergent field with creative, professional students. Strong interpersonal skills and self-directedness are a must for this team-based program with a startup mindset.
What We Would Like You To Have
  • Three (3) or more years of experience of teaching, developing curriculum for professional or higher education learning, extension, and/or facilitation and technical assistance and/or eight (8) years of professional experience directly related to the outdoor industry, holding positions at the director level or above.
  • Strong connections with the outdoor industry to facilitate student opportunities.
  • Experience dealing with complex issues, multiple business functions and/or stakeholders with varying interests.
  • Evidence of engaging diverse communities and creating strong partnerships.
  • Experience in creating innovative learning experiences.
  • A passion for student mentoring.
Special InstructionsTo apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Cover Letter, which includes a thorough description of teaching and professional experience in the outdoor industry.
  • The cover letter should also include a description of how the candidate will support and encourage a diverse and inclusive learning environment that includes mentorship, classroom, professional, and experiential and project-based learning.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for three references and we will request letters of recommendation and additional materials if needed, as the search progresses.
    Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2020; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
    Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs. Posting Contact InformationPosting Contact Name: Ben Webster

    Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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