Other Outdoor Oregon Associate Program Director
Title: Oregon Associate Program Director
Reports to: Oregon Program Director
Location: Redmond, OR
Status: Full-Time, Partial-Year (10 months); Exempt
Salary: $2,667 – $3,417 per month
Priority Application Deadline: February 12, 2021
With over 50 years of innovation in experiential and outdoor education in the Pacific Northwest, Northwest Outward Bound School (NWOBS) continues to change lives through challenge and discovery. Our students test their strengths, challenge their fears, and discover that they are capable of far more than they ever thought possible. They learn how to bring out the best in themselves every single day and to apply that goodness back to their world. By bringing their Outward Bound experiences back to their families, schools and communities, our students are the leaders who will help create the peaceful, equitable, and sustainable world we all yearn to have.
Our transformative and educational wilderness courses are set in some of the most dramatic and stunning parts of the United States. NWOBS, founded in 1965, facilitates wilderness-based programs in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, and serves urban youth and schools in the Portland metropolitan area. As an Outward Bound School, we are committed to the core values of compassion, integrity, excellence, inclusion, and diversity, and strive to achieve the following outcomes: building character, developing leadership skills, and creating an ethic of social and environmental responsibility.
Our administrative team consists of 20 dedicated, fun, and supportive leaders spread over three locations, a virtual administrative hub in Portland and base camps in Central Oregon and Northern Washington. We also employ phenomenal instructors steeped in youth development, social and emotional learning, technical outdoor skills, and expert facilitation.
We are a family and adventure-friendly employer. A number of our Admin staff work less than full time to balance family relationships/responsibilities or to allow for adequate time to travel, adventure, or otherwise pursue personal goals. This role is expected to be 1.0 FTE.
The Oregon Associate Program Director (APD) provides leadership and management for the day-to-day operations of the Odin Falls programs. Areas of oversight and management include: ensuring program and course outcomes are in line with the Outward Bound mission, risk management oversight, staff development and training, curriculum development, course paperwork reporting system, basecamp management, and new program planning and development. The successful candidate will be expected to have past training and experience in equity, inclusion, and diversity work, ideally pertaining to youth education and partnerships with culturally specific organizations.
Primary Roles and Responsibilities
• Work with the Odin Falls Leadership Team (OLT) in addressing and implementing strategies to meet program and school needs, goals, and directional strategy.
• Participate in supervisory course visits to provide mentorship and oversight of staff in the field.
• Collaborate with OLT to ensure the smooth operation and maintenance of the Odin Falls facilities, systems, and resources.
• Maintain a healthy and collaborative relationship with all land managers.
• Assist the PD with annual land use reporting and post-use reports.
• Collaborate with staff members across the Outward Bound USA network as an NWOBS representative.
Program Quality and Safety Oversight
• Collaborate with the PD to develop and refine program policies and procedures as well as contribute to national policy and procedure edits.
• Work with the PM to develop course area resources and guides.
• Facilitate course safety briefings and debriefings.
• Participate in on-call systems. Respond to emergency and non-emergency course needs/issues. May be required to fulfill the role of local Incident Commander in the PD’s absence.
• Participate in safety reviews as assigned and in internal investigations of significant incidences.
• Review and provide oversight for all incidents in the incident report database.
• Uphold and follow all policies. Ensure that all Oregon staff uphold and follow all polices and work with PD to hold them accountable.
• Participate in national safety working groups as assigned.
• Collaborate with the PD, LM, and PM to create a seasonal training plan. Participate in national training group meetings.
• Facilitate trainings as assigned.
• Collaborate with the Washington PD on staff rehire and work agreements. Send out work agreements to returning staff in line with rehire timeline.
• Collaborate with the Hiring Manager (HM) on the hiring of new staff.
• Staff all Odin courses, including custom courses.
• Collaborate with OLT to actively develop basecamp culture in support of Outward Bound values.
• Support staff development – facilitating on-base staff check-ins, feedback, and annual Individual Development Plans (IDPs).
• Collaborate with the PM to create and oversee a program-level, mentoring program.
• Supervise CDs and assist the PM with CD management.
• Work with the PD to address staff performance discussions.
• Drive Oregon Program innovation, including development and continual improvement of course curricula and development of new and innovative course types and course areas.
• Assist the PD and Development Team with programming to support equity efforts.
• Collaborate with the Washington APD to align curriculum and policies, share resources and perpetuate best practices.
• Supervise courses as assigned.
• Coordinate with local community members on service opportunities for basecamp and courses.
Secondary Roles and Responsibilities
• Cross-train other administrative staff in job tasks.
• Meet standards for NWOBS driver certification and ability to drive when necessary.
• Participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity including, but not limited to: running, swimming, mountaineering, and paddling.
• Sit at a desk or computer 70% of the time or greater.
• Work in the field as a trainer, instructor, and course director as needed.
• Participate in other duties as assigned.
Knowledge and Skills
• 2+ years with Outward Bound or other wilderness expeditionary experience required. Strong knowledge of Outward Bound history, standards, and programs is highly preferred.
• Personal and professional values consistent with NWOBS mission, values, and principles.
• Proven leadership, organizational skills, and attention to detail.
• Strong personal motivation, initiative, commitment, follow-through, and passion for NWOBS mission.
• Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment with field staff, program management staff, and organizational leadership.
• Ability to have open, honest, and difficult conversations, including the ability to give and receive feedback with direct reports and colleagues.
• Able to multi-task and prioritize effectively.
• Effective communicator both written and oral.
• Able to work effectively in a dynamic environment. Flexible, adaptable and open to change.
• Minimum current WFR and CPR required or willing to acquire prior to beginning work.
• Proficient with PC in Windows environment with Microsoft Suite ©.
This position reports to the Oregon Program Director. The Oregon Associate Program Director directly supervises the Oregon Course Directors and Instructors.
• This is a full-time, 10-month, salaried position with the potential to be year-round when combined with other roles.
• Salary is commensurate with experience within NWOBS’ Associate Program Director’s monthly range of $2,667 – $3,417.
• Full-time, benefits-eligible position; benefits package includes medical, vision, and dental insurance and paid time off.
• All positions qualify to participate in our gear discount program and course tuition discounts.
NWOBS recognizes that there are barriers precluding people with marginalized identities (e.g., black, indigenous, and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, genderqueer, trans, people from low income communities, rural communities, people with disabilities, and more) from being able to access transformative and inclusive educational experiences. These barriers also prevent people from accessing and having inclusive and culturally relevant experiences in the outdoors. NWOBS believes it has the responsibility, as an educational institution, to dismantle these barriers so that it can full its mission of changing the lives of all who desire a quality outdoor education experience, and not just the lives of those with the privilege of being able to access NWOBS today. As such, NWOBS aspires to be more reflective of and relevant to the communities in the Pacific Northwest, both within its staff and leadership body as well as its student body.
NWOBS is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of NWOBS to provide equal employment opportunity in accordance with applicable law to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, political opinion, national origin, familial status, mental or physical disability, source of income, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law, in all personnel actions.
How to ApplyTo Apply To apply, please email a cover letter and resume in PDF format to: firstname.lastname@example.org. In your cover letter, please describe what motivates and excites you about this position and how it connects with your longer-term goals. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. We encourage interested candidates to apply as soon as possible. Review of applications will begin on February 5, 2021, with priority given to applications received by February 12, 2021. The position will remain open until filled with a desired, but negotiable, start date of April 2021. No other emails or phone calls, please. We appreciate all responses, but due to the expected high volume of resumes received, we can only contact those applicants whose qualifications best match the position requirements.
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