Since 2010, Waypoint has been leading adventure education programs for youth and adults with disabilities. Adventure types include rock climbing, kayaking, hiking/snowshoeing, ropes courses, backpacking, and teambuilding. These programs are more than just experiencing an adventure and having fun; they are about personal growth and the exploration of life’s potential. Waypoint collaborates with teachers, social workers, therapists, parents, and individuals to custom design adventures that have social and/or character goals in mind. At the intersection of challenge and support is where we believe true learning happens.
A successful Program Coordinator (PC) will be, first and foremost, passionate about the mission of Waypoint. He/She will whole-heartedly believe that the power of adventure-learning experiences creates positive change in individuals and groups and will continually champion this belief.
He/She will also have an outgoing nature that desires to obtain and strengthen relationships with people, recognizing that this is the core of our work. He/She should be warm, inviting, trustworthy, honest, loyal, flexible, able to accept critique, and have excellent written and verbal communication skills (both in person and over the phone). He/She should be able to ask for clarification and/or assistance from co-workers to ensure the best possible outcomes. When working with participants, He/She should be able to gracefully strike a balance between the patience and high expectations necessary to bring out the best in people – having the courage to push people out of their comfort zones, but the knowledge to know when to hold back.
Have experience and be comfortable working with people with varying levels of intellectual and physical disabilities.
Have the technical skills (“hard skills”) and program facilitation (“soft skills”) necessary for, not only safely executing each of Waypoint’s program types, but also framing them to meet individual and group goals.
Extensive experience in ropes course facilitation, rock climbing, and backpacking preferred.
Have an understanding of the dynamics of a school and/or Special Education department. Much of Waypoint’s programming consists of partnerships with schools and social service agencies where sensitivity to teachers, students, parents, and administrators is necessary.
The Program Coordinator is a full time position responsible for developing, coordinating, and facilitating all aspects of Waypoint Adventure’s programming. Some programs take place on weekends and/or evenings
The job of the Program Coordinator (PC) is multifaceted. From the day-to-day work and throughout the year, the PC wears many different hats. It is integral to the job to be well organized, flexible, and creative. The PC is a trip leader/facilitator, an event planner, an educator, a curriculum writer, and a trainer. This makes the job ever changing and never boring. But, no matter what hat the PC is wearing at the time, their job is to look out for the best interest of the participants and to stay true to the mission of Waypoint Adventure. The PC is continually working to move Waypoint toward a sustainable future as a leader in accessible and transformational adventure and experiential education.
Essential Duties - Program Coordination, Curriculum Development & Facilitation:
Design program lessons and itineraries in alignment with group and individual participant goals.
Act as lead trip facilitator in collaboration with other staff and solo when appropriate.
Perform all technical aspects of Waypoint programming as outlined in the Program Manual (anchor building, rescue techniques, teaching universally designed lessons, etc.).
Understand and follow all of Waypoint’s policies and procedures.
Increase program effectiveness through implementation of new and cutting-edge forms of adaptive accommodations and supports for people with physical and intellectual disabilities.
Administrative Tasks for Programs
Coordinate program site and group logistics prior to each program and execute the program close-out process.
Appreciate and thank site/venue hosts, group contacts, volunteers and participants in a meaningful way.
Represent Waypoint at various events, fairs, or conferences throughout the year that seek to inform the community of opportunities for people with disabilities or volunteers.
Group contacts will report that the PC is designing effective program lessons and curriculum in line with the goals identified.
Group contacts, volunteers, and participants will report that communication of program goals and logistics are clear and thorough.
The program coordination process will be run in a manner that’s efficient and effective - allowing more time for the creative development of cutting edge adventure programming.
PC’s facilitation style and skills will continue to evolve. He/She would seek out and welcome critique of facilitation in the spirit of personal and professional growth.
Waypoint’s programs will utilize the latest researched methods for adaptive accommodations and supports.
Participants, parents, and groups will report that Waypoint’s programs have positively impacted their lives and/or the lives of their children, clients, and students.
Education & Work Experience:
3 or more years of experience in the outdoor adventure, experiential learning, or special education field or any similar combination of education and experience.
Experience Managing groups and/or projects is preferred.
Bachelor degree or higher is preferred.
The PC should have, or be willing to acquire a Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification prior to starting position.
Other skill-based certifications are also preferred (i.e. PCIA, ACA, AMGA, ACCT Level 2, Lifeguard, etc.), but not required.
Ability to participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity including but not limited to running, swimming, rock climbing, kayaking and backpacking.
Ability to lift and move a minimum of 50 pounds.
Ability to sit at a desk or computer 80% of workweek or greater.
Familiar with and able to use Microsoft Office suite.
Competitive salary in line with industry standards and position holder’s experience.
Work will be done out of Waypoint’s office at 453 Concord, Ave. Lexington, MA.
Applicant must be able to commute to and from this location 7 days a week.
Please send a resume and cover letter to Waypoint’s Program Director, Julia Spruance at email@example.com.
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About Waypoint Adventure
Waypoint Adventure is a dynamic and active non-profit in Lexington, MA custom designing adventure-education programs for groups and individuals with disabilities. We work with people of all ages and anyone with any type of disability is welcome to participate. It's a fast-paced, cutting-edge organization with a growth mindset. It's a small, humble, flexible team of people who wear a lot of different hats and have a variety of responsibilities. Our goal and focus is challenging people with disabilities to discover their purpose, talents, and strengths through the transforming power of adventure.