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LeapYear Group Leader

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LeapYear Group Leader in Multiple Locations

  • LeapYear
  • Full time
  • Email
  • Multiple Locations
  • May 21, 2019
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To apply, please visit the Naropa University Employment site.


Position Title: LeapYear Group Leader  

Job Code: AD275  

Department or School: LeapYear  

Reports to: International Education Administrator  

FLSA Classification: Exempt  

Status: Full-time   

Pay Rate: $4,000 - $8,000/term DOE  

Diversity and Inclusion: Tier I  


Job Summary: The LeapYear program provides an international travel learning experience for groups of up to fifteen young adults ages 17 and older, traveling to Latin America, or Nepal and India. The Group Leader, as part of a two member team, plans, directs, and leads the international travel designed to provide language immersion, cultural exploration, and environmental service learning for the group. Together, the group leaders foster opportunities for personal growth in participants, acquisition of the skills required to be a smart and safe traveler, and ability to adapt to a culture that is not their own.   


Job Duties:  

  • Create and maintain a positive team environment and behave professionally with everyone encountered in the course and scope of the job duties.  
  • Design and run a safe, conscientious, and professional program which dynamically responds to student’s needs, interests, and goals, and the needs and issues of local communities.
  • In collaboration with another leader, manage the trip logistics and spending plan for the group.
  • Provide formal and informal instruction during the course on subjects relevant to the area including history and culture, geology and weather, language, politics, development and ethical wilderness travel. Offer information in a fashion sensitive to students’ needs as they process their experiences and observations.  
  • Cultivate in students a sensitivity to the host country and respect for oneself and others, which results in a successful course.
  • In conjunction with another group leader, facilitate successful group dynamics, build community, and nurture growth and learning for each student.  
  • Clearly communicate and enforce program rules and expectations to students.  
  • Solve problems creatively in constantly changing situations.  
  • Maintain the physical and emotional safety and well-being of the student group while traveling abroad.  
  • Maintain high standards of safety and risk management throughout the course.  
  • Build and maintain relationships with sponsors and communities abroad, including communicating proficiently in the host language.
  • Maintain regular and clear communication with headquarters at Naropa University.  
  • Other duties as assigned.  


Minimum Qualifications:  

  • Minimum age of 25. (Due to international travel and insurance requirements)
  • Bachelors’ degree in a directly relevant field.
  • Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification or ability to complete certification prior to the trip departure.  
  • Ability to create and maintain a positive team environment and be professional with everyone encountered in the course and scope of the job duties.  
  • Proficient Spanish language skills if applying to lead Latin America group.
  • Able to provide evidence of experience in two or more of following areas:
    • Group leadership and facilitation  
    • Working with teens and young adults  
    • Creating and instructing safe, educational, dynamic and engaging courses  
  • Demonstrated ability to travel independently and possess direct in-depth experience living or traveling in the relevant geographic region.  
  • Demonstrate unique in-country experience, regional fluency, and strong contacts in the countries where the LeapYear programs run (Nepal, India, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica).
  • Ability to perform well under constantly changing conditions, appropriately address situations as they arise, and confront challenging behavior.
  • Skill in establishing clear guidelines and boundaries and assisting others with honoring them.  
  • Willing to be available to students during travel times 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.  
  • Great flexibility, dedication and commitment.  
  • Strong interpersonal and risk management skills.  
  • A demonstrated understanding of the dynamics of privilege and oppression, and the impact these have on equity, access, and opportunity in higher education/the workplace.
  • Commitment to co-create an inclusive community and actively participate in related professional development, including openness to feedback and ongoing self-examination.


Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Masters’ degree in a directly relevant field.
  • Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) certification.  
  • 300+ days of relevant experiential education experience.  


Applications: Application review begins immediately and continues until position is filled. Qualified candidates should apply online and include:  

- Letter of interest  

- Resume highlighting the following:

  • Group leadership experience with ages 17 – 24.  
  • Experience traveling and living in different geographic regions.   
  • Significant relevant experience in related fields.   

Naropa University is actively engaged in creating an inclusive, diverse community and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. In keeping with our diversity initiatives, we encourage applications from persons of historically under-represented groups and those who support diversity.  


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$4,000 - $8,000/term DOE


Bringing together international experiential learning with a program of self-inquiry, LeapYear creates a "bridge year" to support students’ conscious transition from high school to college and development from adolescence into adulthood.

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