Current Employment Opportunities

Part-Time Faculty Member, Rhetoric

Wyoming Catholic College (WCC) in Lander, Wyoming, invites applications for a part-time faculty position teaching sophomore rhetoric courses this Spring as part of the College's Trivium sequence.

Trivium 202, Political Rhetoric and the Common Good, is described this way in the College's Catalog: "Having mastered the foundational skills of written rhetoric, students advance in this semester to the study of great orations. Drawing especially from the speeches of statesmen from ancient and modern republics, the course requires the students to craft and deliver speeches of their own. In doing so, they practice the arts of memory and delivery. As they encounter the speeches of statesmen who turn the course of critical events either within their countries or in the world, they also necessarily reflect upon the close tie between rhetoric and the preservation of political liberty. Pericles, Cicero, Lincoln, Shakespeare’s Henry V, Churchill, and Washington powerfully used their words to stir their countrymen to improbable victories. A major emphasis of the course is the tradition of rhetoric in the American republic."

Applicants are required to hold at least a Masters Degree in one of the relevant disciplines, such as the Liberal Arts, Literature, or English. Teaching experience of college level courses is preferable.  Salary will be $1,200 per credit hour. (Wyoming Catholic College is an Equal Opportunity Employer).

Applications should be received by December 20th, 2016. Please submite a Letter of Interest, including a 500 word response to our Philosophical Vision Statement (found HERE ), a CV, and contact information for two professional references to:

Dr. Thaddeus J. Kozinski, Academic Dean

tkozinski@wyomingcatholiccollege.com

COR Expeditions Instructor

Job Title:  COR Expeditions Instructor                               

Department:  Outdoor Leadership Program
Reports to: Director of the Outdoor Leadership Program
Benefits: Full employee benefits
Start Date: December 1, 2016

Position Summary: Wyoming Catholic College is a small Great Books Liberal Arts college located in Lander, Wyoming. Every student at the college follows a specific curriculum which includes 13 required credits in the Outdoor Program. The purpose of these outdoor trips is to grow in faith, imagination and wonder by being immersed in God’s First Book as well as develop and improve each student’s leadership, character, virtues and other lifelong skills. The college also provides outdoor trips for its high school recruiting program called PEAK.In addition to the outdoor programming provided to the college students, WCC is now offering these outdoor adventure trips to organizations and participants who are not WCC college students. This program is called COR Expeditions. While COR Expeditions is now formally offering trips beyond the WCC college students, WCC has been offering these types of trips for 3 years which have included trips for seminarians, youth groups, a graduate program, and other Catholic organizations. This position will primarily be responsible for promoting, organizing, planning, and leading the COR Expedition trips. As a brand new program, this position will be key is spreading the word and promoting the program and specifically selling and designing trips to organizations and open enrollment trips for individuals. In addition to promotion, this position will include designing course curriculum, route plans and administrative responsibilities such as managing participant registration paperwork, applying for backcountry permits, creating documents for trips, budgets and more. Fundraising is also a key component to this job. This person will be responsible for acquiring and maintaining a support team and well as reaching out to program donors and benefactors who will support COR Expeditions.A secondary responsibility of this position is to support and assist the college outdoor program when needed. For approximately 10 weeks of the year the college is very busy running outdoor trips for its students or discerning high school students. During these busy times of the year the COR Instructors will be planning and leading trips for WCC students. This includes Head leading the freshmen 21-day trip, leading technical aspects of the PEAK high school program, leading the Winter trip, leading up to 5 Weeklong trips each year, leading the outdoor leader course and freshmen expedition instructor course, assisting in specific trainings and weekend trips such as the climbing instructor course, assisting certain retreats such as the Sophomore and Senior retreat, and other specific needs for the college. Ultimately, the COR Instructors will spend about 75% of their time specifically working for COR Expeditions and 25% of the time supporting the college’s outdoor program.

 

Specific Responsibilities Include:

  • Attend a two day fundraising seminar to learn how to effectively acquire and maintain a support team. After this seminar this person will need to spend 6 weeks towards fundraising efforts.
  • Promote COR Expeditions to Catholic organizations, home school programs, youth groups, parishes, private Catholic schools, seminaries, diocese, and individuals around the country. This may include extensive travel around the country.
  • Plan and organize outdoor trips for various groups which include planning the route, applying for backcountry permits and camping reservations, organize any rental equipment, plan travel for students and instructors, plan food menus, designing curriculum specific to each trip, and more.
  • Be a direct liaison to organizations that contract courses through COR and work directly with youth directors and any leader of any COR trip to help them facilitate registration paperwork, health forms, payment methods, travel plans, and other logistics.
  • Lead various outdoor trips for COR Expeditions. The summer months may include 3 months of intensive backcountry trips and the rest of the year will have more time in the office. This position may consist of over 150 days in the backcountry.
  • Conduct various administrative duties including but not limited to: designing and updating website content, social media content, creating promotional material, managing and updating trip paperwork such as registration and payment forms, reviewing participant health forms, creating and managing budgets for trip proposals and actual trips, and more.
  • Supporting the college outdoor program by leading various college trips, supporting student leaders before weeklong trips, providing technical trainings for students, assisting during various college retreats and special events, and more.
  • The ability to lead a variety of trips including backpacking, canyoneering, rock climbing, whitewater rafting and kayaking, canoeing, sea kayaking, mountain biking, winter backpacking, backcountry skiing, ice climbing and more.
  • Assist in promotional events and fundraising events which may include travel around the country to establish new donors and benefactors for COR Expeditions and the college.
  • This is not a typical Monday through Friday, 9-5 position. Evening, weekend work, travel around the US and extensive time in the backcountry are required.

Candidates must have, as a minimum:

  • This instructor primarily provides trips for Catholic organizations and Catholic clientele. Therefore, it is imperative that this person not only lives his or her Catholic faith but is able and excited to share his or her faith with others. Many of these trips are designed to evangelize the Catholic faith with its participants through God’s First Book. A background and previous coursework in Catholic theology is recommended for this position.
  • Bachelor’s degree including involvement with Outdoor Education & Leadership.
  • 3 years of experience working with outdoor recreation programs. This includes leading trips in various activities such as water based, land based, rope based, snow based, etc., renting gear, gear maintenance and repair, planning and packing backcountry food rations and more.
  • Current WFR (Wilderness First Responder) and CPR certification, and ability to teach and run WFR scenarios.
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated ability to lead and teach various outdoor adventure courses including at least 6 or more of the following: backpacking, canyoneering, mountaineering, canoeing, sea kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and kayaking, winter backpacking, cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing, ice climbing, fishing.
  • 2 years experience training trip leaders in the previously mentioned outdoor activities, and a working knowledge of wilderness safety, risk management, and industry standards in those activities.
  • 2 years experience in planning and organizing a variety of different outdoor trips previously mentioned. This includes route plans, technical knowledge of the route, emergency and evacuation routes/plans, choosing and finding qualified leaders/instructors and more.
  • The ability to acquire and maintain permits with state and federal land and river management agencies.
  • Logistic, budgeting and computing experience.Flexible, creative, and a problem solver. This program is a new program and needs someone that can not only do a variety of responsibilities but adapt to the unique program and its goals. It is essential that this person is creative with time management; self motivated, can adapt to changes and is excellent at working with a team and solving problems.
  • While training is provided, this person needs to have the motivation and energy to fundraise support for the program as well as acquiring and maintaining a personal support team.

Preferred:

  • Experience with programs similar to NOLS, Outward Bound, SROM or other reputable outdoor program/s. -Familiarity with AEE accreditation standards and its programming.
  • Outdoor Certifications (or the ability to get these certification within a year) such as AMGA SPI instructor, ACA Swiftwater Rescue training, Avalanche certifications, Backcountry Instructor Certification from a reputable program, WFR instructor certification, etc.
  • Experience with various trip and route opportunities in Wyoming and its adjacent states.
  • Previous fundraising experience.

Application Procedure:  Candidates must apply for this position by emailing April Pendleton with a letter of application, current résumé, any applicable river or climbing log/backcountry log, copies of certifications, and the names and current phone numbers of three professional references (one must be, or have been an immediate workplace supervisor).

Application Deadline:  For best consideration, November 15th, 2016. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Start Date:  This year round position will start around December 1st, 2016. This person will attend a fundraising seminar in mid-January and spend the following 6 weeks acquiring a support team.

Compensation: This full-time position requires 40 hours per week. While the position pays a minimum or $12 per hour, the actual wage is based on the person’s ability to acquire and maintain a support team. Higher wages are determined by the success of one’s support team.

For More Information: Call the Director of the Outdoor Leadership Program, Tom Zimmer at 719-648-1574.