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Alumni Trip Leader

Westminster University
New Wilmington, PA, USA
The Alumni Trip Leader is expected to work closely with directors and their leader team to plan, prepare for, and implement their trip. Leading trips requires a great deal of responsibility as it involves driving vehicles, making safety and risk management decisions, and being faced with nuanced situations in the field – mostly independent of outside guidance. It also requires training, certifications, and experience.

Leaders always work in teams and the team is expected to support one another, give, receive, implement feedback, and debrief after the experience to highlight learning and next steps. Trip leaders are also expected to be inclusive and allow the space and opportunity for anyone who wants to be involved to get involved. Alumni trip leaders are a key part of our peer-mentor training system and elevate the trips program.

Primary Responsibilities

  •  Design, plan, prepare, implement, and debrief outdoor trips for the campus communityKnow and implement emergency and incident procedures
  • Maintain frequent and effective communication with other leadersSupport a safe learning environment both physically and emotionally
  • Support the goals of the program, trip, students, and co-leadersImplement group management skills including conflict resolution, group inclusiveness, team building, etc.
  • Actively manage inherent risksRole model outstanding outdoor skills, self-care, professionalism, and respect
  • Drive vehicles with students as passengers when necessary and adhere to college van policies
  • Positively represent Westminster as an ambassador for the school
  • Debrief each trip with directors and leader team
  • Create and maintain overall vision for the trip including necessary logistical planning, progression, basic itinerary, and curriculum with input from other trip leaders
  • Coordinate and facilitate pre-trip meetings
  • Delegate appropriate responsibilities to co-leadersMentor new leaders in a growth-oriented way
  • Facilitate conversations with co-leaders about roles specific to each leader’s strengths and experience
  • Ensure that all paperwork is complete and returned to program directors (logs, incident reports, etc.)Ensure all equipment is accounted for, operable (or repairs needed are reported), clean, dry, and returned to the designated area.
  • Rely on co-leaders and program directors to make significant decisions. All leaders need to be a part of those decisions and support each other in their creation.

Organizational Responsibilities

  • Promote an Inclusive Westminster through demonstration of the commitments included in the Westminster University Diversity Statement. 
  • Participate in developmental activities to increase understanding and awareness of issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion both individually and as related to my field of work, profession or discipline.
Additional Requirements
  • Regular travel throughout the year and/or at specified times of the year will be required., 
  • Valid drivers license and successful DMV check required., 
  • Ability to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, and crouch required., 
  • Ability to regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds required.

Required Qualifications
  • Recent graduate, or at least 1 year of experience in the field.
  • Field experience to effectively mentor a student leader; able to assist with equipment planning and prep, group management, transportation, and can effectively teach most of the field topics with lead time and coaching
  • Industry standard training/ certifications and/ or experience to independently manage a group in the terrain (for example, SPI for single pitch climbing or top-roping).Mentoring skills· Leadership skills.
  • Hold a current U.S. driver’s license
  • Hold a First Aid certification – Be familiar with first aid kit contents and their use within scope of practice and certification level.
  • Lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
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