Director of Outdoor Education at Chadwick International  in Korea
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Director of Outdoor Education
Chadwick International (Korea)

Mar 3, 20
Mar 19, 20



Chadwick International is a PreK- G12 international school that serves 1300 students in a state-of-the-art facility in the Songdo International Business District, Incheon, Republic of Korea.

Chadwick International is the sister campus of Chadwick School, a K-12 school founded by Margaret Lee Chadwick in the South Bay area of Los Angeles in 1935. The two campuses share the same Mission and Core Values.

Chadwick International emphasizes experiential and inquiry-based learning both in and outside the classroom, including extensive outdoor education, service learning, athletics, arts, and global programs. Outdoor education allows students to develop conflict-resolution abilities and leadership skills in Grades 4 - 12. The service learning program teaches students about both their local and international communities.

Chadwick International achieves its ambitious Mission through recruiting and supporting highly dedicated and diverse faculty and staff members from around the world. Chadwick International’s teacher to student ratio is 1:8.

Chadwick International’s superior educational facilities include an aquatic center, two gymnasiums, two performing arts indoor theatres, a television studio that allows production up to eight channels, a working garden, purpose-built science laboratories, and three design/maker spaces. These facilities permit the students to cultivate their intellectual, artistic and physical abilities through Chadwick International’s experience-based curriculum.

Chadwick International offers four IB programs: PYP, MYP, DP and, beginning in 2019-2020, the Career Preparation Programme. Chadwick International is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS).



Chadwick Schools develop global citizens with keen minds, exemplary character, self-knowledge, and the ability to lead.

All members of the school community strive to think, speak, and act in keeping with our Core Values of Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Fairness, and Compassion.



Outdoor Education is an integral component of a Chadwick education. The mission of the program contributes toward the school mission by empowering students’ sense of self and sense of place through a progression of outdoor competencies. Participation in the program is compulsory for students in grades 4-12. There are two outdoor education seasons, fall and spring. Grades 4-7 are basecamp style courses; grades 8-11 are paddle and backpack expeditions. Grade 12 is the capstone, rite of passage expedition in which students lead themselves just before graduating. Courses are led by professional outdoor educators from around the world, and take place in remote locations throughout Korea. The program is accredited by the Association for Experiential Education (AEE).



Position Title: Director of Outdoor Education

Reports to: Assistant Head of School

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Responsibility for the design, planning, and the delivery of CIOE courses

  • Oversees the strategic selection and development of prospective course areas including: researching, scouting, and obtaining access permission in coordination with the External Affairs Department
  • Responsible for the development and delivery of the OE curriculum
  • Responsible for the creation and selection of course dates, itineraries/routes, coordinating group movement in course areas, and in aligning curriculum and teaching plans for field courses
  • Collects, debriefs, analyzes, and follows up from course records including Trip Logs, Incident Reports, and feedback from staff, faculty chaperones, and students
  • Responsible for program evaluation, including compiling regular reports for stakeholders and senior administrators.
  • Responsible for annual program budget, expenses, and budget projections.

Responsibility for all aspects of OE Independent Contractor Staff

  •  Under the direction of the Human Resources, Finance, & Technology departments, recruits, hires, contracts, and pays OE staff (course directors, instructors, & logistics staff)
  • Oversees and implements recruiting, hiring, contracting, training, supervision, and evaluation of OE staff (course directors, instructors & logistics staff)

Responsibility for Operational Risk Management

  • Develops and implements risk management plans, policies, and procedures, including:
  • Operations and activity specific policies & procedures, protocols, and best practices
  • Risk assessments
  • Emergency response
  • Serves as the primary risk holder for the OE program, and represents risk to the institution
  • Maintains AEE accreditation

Other Responsibilities:

  •  Responsible for climbing wall facility maintenance and risk management. Coordinates staff and faculty training with other department leads
  • Responsible for bike maintenance and risk management. Coordinates staff and faculty training with other department leads
  • Collaborates with divisional leadership to design and support off campus experiential programs and trips

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • Experience with CIOE operations in Korea as an instructor, preferably as a course director
  • Strong and diverse background in Outdoor/Adventure Education, 5-10 years experience as a field instructor, logistics coordinator, and course director. Preferably program management experience.
  • Currently active in the professional field of OE/AE
  • Holds a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Outdoor Education, or related field.
  • Holds relevant medical and technical skills certifications, including WFR and CPR. Certifications applicable to course activities; equivalent to: single pitch rock, swiftwater rescue, sea or river paddle instructing; extensive outdoor guiding and instructing experience
  • Experience in course and program management, including leading, training, and directing staff
  • Experience and interest in cross cultural communication is essential - interest in, and ability to learn written and spoken Korean
  • Ability to be organized, work independently and self motivated, strong attention to detail
  • Computer proficiency in Google Drive, word processing and spreadsheet programs, email
  • Preferably holds a current and valid teaching certification, MA degree, or previous program directing experience


Chadwick International offers an initial contract term of two years (renewable). The salary for this position is commensurate with the significant responsibilities of the position and is  competitive within Asia. The School pays the salary in net payment. Other benefits for the position include worldwide medical insurance coverage for the employee and his/her dependents and AD&D insurance for the employee. In addition, the school offers 13% of the salary as an annuity, an end-of-service reserve, professional development allowance, flights home annually, relocation & settlement allowance, meal allowance, cell phone subsidy, comfortable furnished housing, allowance for utilities, discretionary leave of 5 days, and other benefits.

Contact Information

If you are interested in this position, please send your resume and cover letter to Human Resources at Please contact Mr. Bobby Fagogenis for inquires, at Application closing is March 19, 2020.

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