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Job reference: 016512
Closing date: 16/04/2023
Department: Learning Support Services
Location: Collège Beau Soleil, Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland
Employment type: Full Time

Job Description

College Alpin Beau Soleil is seeking to recruit a

​​​​​​​Head of Outdoor Education and Expeditions

From September 2023


At Beau Soleil, we believe it’s what you do that counts. This philosophy holds true in all that we do as staff and for our students. We are a community that believes in the power of action, engagement and participation, inside and outside of the classroom.

Our unique holistic education is built around four core values: Respect, Responsibility, Ambition and Determination, which provide a framework to community life for our international student body. Our students come from over fifty different countries, with diverse academic backgrounds and a wide range of future aspirations.

With curricular programmes in both English and French, students graduate with an IB or Advanced Studies Diploma. Within this framework, small class sizes allow for a flexible programme and staff are encouraged and supported to bring new ideas to all that they do.


Our location in the heart of Villars-sur-Ollon, offers an enviable lifestyle with access to skiing in the winter months and a multitude of outdoor and sporting activities throughout the year. Montreux, Lausanne and Geneva are all within easy reach for cultural adventures and inspiration.

The Beau Soleil campus is an inspiring place to work with facilities that are second to none. Our ongoing campus development and maintenence programme ensures that our students and staff thrive in an environment of which they can be rightly proud.


Are you an ambitious, strategic thinker with a passion for working in the outdoors with young people? Do you have extensive personal mountaineering experience and the ability to lead a team? Are you proficient in outdoor sports, such as skiing and climbing? --If so, you could be the ideal candidate to join our school as our Head of Outdoor Education and Expeditions.

You will have the opportunity to define various outdoor experiences which will contribute to the holistic education of our students. You will have the vision and determination to develop and execute our outdoor education and expeditions programs, ensuring they are safe, stimulating, and motivating for our students.

If you are an enthusiastic outdoor educator who is eager to lead a vibrant program, don’t hesitate to apply for this remarkable opportunity.

What are Beau Soleil expeditions? Please have look of our winter term video by clicking here


  • Develop and implement a strategic plan for the outdoor education department and expeditions, including vision, mission, and goals. Inspire confidence and belief in the student body to engage in outdoor and adventure experiences
  • Plan and execute outdoor expeditions, trips, and activities that provide students with opportunities for personal growth, skill development, and team building
  • Work closely with the sports department to coordinate “crossover sports” such as biking, climbing, skiing, and school challenges
  • Collaborate with the Director of Boarding to coordinate weekend activities that support student awards and recognition
  • Manage the detailed planning of the outdoor education department, including budget, staffing, and equipment needs
  • Communicate effectively with students, parents, and other stakeholders to promote the benefits of outdoor education and expeditions


  • Bachelors degree in outdoor education, adventure education, or a related field. Or a proven career history of equivalence in the outdoor industry
  • An individual with a broad base of outdoor education skills and qualifications to match in relevant activities


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in outdoor education and expeditions, with a track record of successfully leading programs.
  • Personal mountaineering experience and skiing with a high level of proficiency in two or more other outdoor sports supported by relevent qualifications
  • Experience leading and managing a team of staff members
  • Experience of high mountain environments around 6000m


  • English native speaker or high level of English comprehension. Good level of French is helpful but not essential
  • Knowledge of private schools is an asset
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational, leadership, and management skills
  • A sense of humor and a passion for using outdoor experiences to contribute to the holistic education of students
  • Commitment to safety, risk management, and environmental sustainability.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and travel as needed


Applications should be made via Beau Soleil recruitment website at and should contain a CV, letter of application and the details of two professional referees.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 16th April 2023.

Successful short listed candidates will be contacted straight away with initial discussions conducted remotely by telephone or video call.

Collège Alpin Beau Soleil is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. A police check is required prior to appointment.

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