Associate Program Director
Reports To: Program Director
FLSA Status: Seasonal/Exempt
Location: Cedar Rock Basecamp - Near Brevard, NC
Time Frame: April – November 5, 2019
Supervision: Course Directors, Instructors, & Interns
Founded in 1967, North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS) is a charter member of the leading outdoor education network in the world. Our wilderness courses, from the mountains of North Carolina to the shores of South Florida to the peaks of South America, deliver our mission to change lives through challenge and discovery.
The Associate Program Director (APD) is a base camp leadership role that supports the Program Director (PD) in setting a high standard of excellence in regards to the development, leadership, and management of the program and base camp. The APD course directs open enrollment and group education program courses throughout the mountain season and supports training and development as needed to support the delivery of the mission of the North Carolina Outward Bound School. The long-term vision of the APD role is to progress into the PD role.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Program & Safety Management:
- Assist to manage all NCOBS courses conducted out of the base, and ensure they remain true to the mission, values, and principles of NCOBS.
- Assure all programs adhere to the OBUSA and NCOBS safety policies and procedures as well as Local Operating Procedures (LOP) and administrative directives. Support the update of LOP’s annually.
- Manage and share on-call system and fill role of Base Camp Incident Commander for emergency response as assigned. Assume the responsibility for quality and safety of programs in absence of Program Director.
- Assist in conducting and documenting all internal investigations with the support of the Education & Safety Coordinator, HR Manager or designee.
- Assist in creating course schedules, instructional pairings, and other program quality duties.
- Support the development and management of all facilities, systems and resources at the base. This includes supporting the opening and closing of the base.
- Assist to maintain positive relationships with local land managers and public agencies and ensure permits are in order. Maintain relationships with service providers.
- Ensure environmental and community stewardship of course areas and activity sites.
- Assist the PD in working with Student Services and Management Team to address student issues as they arise.
- Review and respond to course paperwork. Ensure Course Reports are completed and reviewed, expedite Incident Reports that are Near Miss or Worker’s Comp. related.
- Conduct field visits to assure the quality of programming.
- Course Direct (CD) for single or multiple crews, and as needed, instruct.
Staff Development & Management:
- Assist the PD in maintaining a positive and professional work environment and living community at basecamp.
- Assist the PD in creating course schedules, instructional pairings, and other program duties.
- Collaborate with the PD to ensure supervision, mentorship, and evaluation of instructional staff.
- Assist in maintaining a positive and professional work environment and living community.
- Support and act as a resource for Residential Course Directors and Course Directors.
- Collaborate with the PD and CD’s to ensure supervision, mentorship, and evaluation of instructional staff and CD’s.
- Manage all interns assigned to the base with scheduling, mentoring and training to assure a quality educational experience.
- Assist with the planning and implementation of staff training on the base.
- Act as a representative of the School’s administration to field staff.
- Serve as a member of the NCOBS Mountain Program Team and provide input and drive projects to achieve school-wide objectives and goals.
- Work with the Program Director to create vision, goals and strategic direction for base.
- Support the Program Director to manage the budget, give input on product mix and new and existing program development. Oversee all base expenses with an eye for fiscal responsibility.
- Coordinate with all school departments to ensure a cooperative and supportive system.
- Assist as a point person for special offerings (Board events, WFR, etc.) and coordinate facility and personnel needs for trainings, meetings and events.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Able to lift 75 pounds.
- Irregular work schedule.
- May be asked to be out on course for multiple days.
- Minimum of four years’ experience working Outward Bound or related programs.
- Personal and professional values consistent with the NCOBS mission, values and principles.
- Strong knowledge of Outward Bound history, standards and programs.
- An outstanding record as an instructor, trainer, and course director.
- Wilderness skills and experience appropriate for all courses conducted in the program area.
- Experience with community living.
- Able to participate in all base activities. Able to lift 75 pounds.
- Current WFR and CPR and program technical skills specific certifications and training.
- Able to give and receive timely, effective oral and written feedback.
- Effective leadership, supervisory, organizational and interpersonal skills.
- Strong personal initiative, motivation and resourcefulness.
- Business management skills including basic accounting, budget planning and management.
- Strong presentation, writing and computer skills.
- Cooperative attitude and ability to be flexible.
- Must have a valid driver’s license and pass NCOBS vehicle and trailer test.
- Be able to clear all background and motor vehicle screening.
Compensation and Benefits:
- Pay rate based on NCOBS pay matrix for both administrative and course director work.
- Access to seasonal benefits program.
- Room and board during the agreement.
At the North Carolina Outward Bound School, we are dedicated to the goal of building a diverse community of staff who are committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. In this effort, we strongly encourage women, people of color, people with disabilities, and veterans to apply.
- Apply through our website at https://www.ncobs.org/connect/careers/
- Provide a cover letter and upload a resume with three references.
- Qualified candidates will be contacted to set up an interview.
- Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.
- The position will remain open until filled.
North Carolina Outward Bound School prohibits discrimination against, and harassment of, any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, age, religion, sex, gender, pregnancy, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, military or veteran status, qualified individuals with a disability on the basis of the disability, or any other category which may be protected under applicable local, state or federal law. NCOBS promotes respect for all people, and will not tolerate harassment based on any of these characteristics nor on differences based on gender identity or expression.