What makes you qualified to do this?
That's a great question, and one I asked a lot when I worked at universities and we'd hire consultants or contractors. My unique skillset is that I'm fluent in both academia and the outdoor industry. I understand the unique opportunities and limitations of both landscapes and the gaps that exist between the two.
I firmly believe that the future of higher education is in industry-informed educational programs, especially when it comes to the outdoor industry + outdoor recreation economy. But often, industry outpaces education, leaving companies questioning the value and relevancy of those programs. My experience and connections in both higher education and the outdoor industry allow me to support educators and their institutions in developing curriculum that is industry-aligned, readily iterated-upon, and supported by co-curricular and experiential learning programs.
What is your pricing?
No two educational institutions are the same so I don't use one-size-fits-all pricing. This allows me to be flexible and creative when working with institutions who have varying needs and budgets. If you have a project in mind, let's talk!
Wouldn't it make more sense to just hire a full-time staff member?
I take a contract/consultant approach to my work for three key reasons:
With many schools under FTE hiring freezes due to COVID-19, contract/consultant roles are, for some institutions, the only hiring option available right now, or in many cases are easier to get an exception for due to their short-term, fixed-cost nature. Contract/consulting roles allow me to provide support to schools who might otherwise be unable to access additional staff right now.
My background and experience mix is unique, and may be hard to find in other candidates, especially when hiring for manager or coordinator-level roles, which universities tend to favor for new or young programs.
Contract/consulting roles usually minimize overhead costs to your department or school, leaving more dollars available to do the important work of building and improving your programs.