Robert Gordon’s College, winner of the Scottish Independent School of the year 2017, is seeking to appoint an inspiring and experienced Head of Outdoor Education to further develop and manage our progressive and stimulating programme of Outdoor Education. The College is committed to the development of Outdoor Education and seeks to further integrate this into the breadth of the educational experience available to our pupils from the ages of 3 to 18 years.
The Head of Outdoor Education works across the College from Nursery to S6 to develop and manage a variety of Outdoor Education initiatives and activities; central to this role is the ability to develop and deliver a strategy for the continuing development of Outdoor Education. The Head of Outdoor Education is tasked with planning, organising and resourcing the annual calendar of events. This includes reviewing the relevant College policy and procedures and ensuring that approved activities are safe and have educational merit. The ability to prioritise tasks, meet deadlines and to work flexibly is fundamental due to the busy and demanding focus of this role.
Good organisational and well-honed communication skills are essential as the Head of Outdoor Education will work closely with colleagues and departments across the College, including CCF officers, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Manager and Assistants, the Educational Visits Coordinator, Parents, Pupils, Staff and Trip Leaders, as well as key external providers. Therefore, the ability to forge and maintain successful professional relationships is essential.
To be successful applicants must have substantial experience in managing and participating in a variety of Outdoor Education activities, and should ideally possess appropriate qualifications in such activities; for example, Mountain Leader certificates, Kayaking and Water Skills amongst others. Knowledge of the Outdoor Education Sector and experience of working within an educational setting are essential. Strong IT skills and experience in managing budgets and resource inventories are desirable.
This exciting and pivotal role which ensures that a diverse programme of Outdoor Education is offered and that the College delivers a well-rounded and first class education to each of our pupils will be available from January 2018. Salary is competitive and will be determined by the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.