Instructional Specialist, Senior #604403

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

Job Description:

The Road Scholar program operates week-long educational travel programs targeted to participants over the age of 50 as well as younger adult familiy members and children, ages 9-13 from all parts of the United States.  The Sedona-based programs operate approximately 35 weeks per year.  This position provides the managerial, administrative, and instructional oversight of these programs.  The successful applicant will also serve as the group leader for many of these programs as well as supervise staff and content for programs led by others.


Duties and responsibilities:

Represents the Road Scholar operation in Sedona – recruiting presenters as needed and acting as the liaison between lodging and dining facilities, the Road Scholar participants, and the NAU Road Scholar office.

Extensive field-based leadership of approximately 18 weeks/year for groups up to 40 people in size, providing educational content and leading field excursions as needed to the region’s scenic and educational attractions.

Conducts natural history programs in the field, at National Parks, etc.

Speaking in front of large audiences on a regular basis.

Maintains and develops the educational content and itineraries for Sedona based Road Scholar programs.

Schedules instructors, field trips, and works with the Flagstaff Road Scholar office to coordinate and confirm logistical details.

Supervises and trains team members in subject matter and effective interpretive presentation methodologies utilizing specialized knowledge and skills.

Writes weekly post-program reports and reviews participant evaluations to determine potential corrective actions..

Proofs and edits Road Scholar program catalog copy, information letters, and weekly schedules.

Drives participants in University passenger vans to program itinerary destinations.  For motor coach programs, provides interpretive duties of the geography and national history of the region.

NAU is currently engaged in an Organizational Growth and Effectiveness Initiative, which focuses on positioning the University for future success of its operational practices. As a result, some aspects of this position may be subject to change, such as, but not limited to:  duties, titles, reporting structure, etc.


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND one year instructional or subject work experience; OR,

Three years of progressively responsible instructional or subject work experience; OR,

Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education. 


Preferred Qualifications:

Must have a valid State of Arizona driver’s license.

Must be certified in first aid and CPR. Applicant can attain this post hire and the program will pay for all subsequent refresher courses as needed. 

Employee must be well versed in the natural history, human history,  geology, geography, and native culture of the southwest.

Please see for full job descriptions and details on how to apply online!  NAU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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