Job Title: Course Director – At Risk
Anticipated Start Date: May 2018
FLSA Status: Exempt – Full Time
Location: Scottsmoor Basecamp, Scottsmoor, Florida
The At-Risk Course Director is responsible for setting a high standard of excellence in regards to the development, leadership, and management of the courses running out of the Scottsmoor basecamp to ensure that the North Carolina Outward Bound School conducts safe, meaningful, and high-quality programs for its students, families, and staff. This position works full-time at our Basecamp in Mims, Florida with courses, students, and families to assure a quality educational experience and fulfill the mission of the program and the school.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Ensure the physical and emotional safety of all students and staff.
- Serve as a program liaison between Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Children and Families, and families of the FINS and Struggling Youth Programs.
- Plan and lead staff training and pre-course orientations as appropriate.
- Facilitate the planning of courses with instructors.
- Facilitate evacuations and early departures with instructors, logistics, PD, parents, and agencies.
- Serve in the base staff on-call rotation with the ability to manage multiple student groups and all emergencies.
- Develop strong relationships with students and staff, and monitor staff and student morale.
- Supervise the development and evaluation of instructors, assistant instructors, and interns.
- Coordinate and review all required paperwork involved in course and program, ensure required reports are turned into the appropriate office personnel.
- Receive and document student medication at course start, dispense student medication when needed.
- Review all field related medical documentation for accuracy and appropriate care throughout course.
- Ensure that reportable incidents are reported to the appropriate agencies as needed and within the mandated time frames (DCF, CCC).
- Ensure reportable incidents are documented in the field in a timely fashion, entered into the OB Incident Reporting Database, and Incident Analysis’ are completed within the required time frame.
- Maintain an up-to-date chronological log of all pertinent communication with student, parents, medical professionals, school personnel, and counselors.
- Visit the students and the instructional team in the field on a regular basis to conduct individual check-ins with students, review all paperwork, receive student updates from instructors, to assist instructors with reasonable requests of daily course needs, and help prepare students for transition .
- Instruct courses in the event of the lead instructor needing to leave course or go into the field to support teams for up the to the length of the course, to assure safe and quality programming.
- Facilitate Parent Meetings during the course.
- Coordination and primary facilitation of all phases/aspects of 20-34 day follow-up component of the program including:
- Manage instructional team involvement in the follow-up activities for the first eight days including successful completion recommendations from the team .
- Act as point of contact and resource for youth and families.
- Participate in visits: home, school, other as needed.
- Determine the scheduling of the follow-up activities.
- Be a mediator to begin the follow-up phase after wilderness.
- Design and conduct the follow-up schedule and activities from after the team leaves until student graduation or dismissal.
- Maintain student files, adhering to DJJ QI standards, to be turned in to Program Director upon course completion.
- Update counselors and families on student progress in wilderness and follow-up and make recommendations as appropriate.
- Conduct public relations visits to community agencies that can be used as a resource to students and families after their NCOBS experience as needed.
- Maintain correspondence with all agencies as it relates to FINS families.
- Ensure the development of program activities as needed.
- Facilitate ropes course with students and instructional teams according to LOP’s .
- Serve as a Trainer for New Staff, Return Staff, and All Staff training as assigned.
- Other duties as assigned by the Program Director to contribute to the success of the program.
- Bachelor degree in related field with particular emphasis on work with families or any similar combination of education and experience.
- Minimum 3 years experience in Outward Bound or equivalent wilderness expedition program working with at-risk youth/families preferred.
- Demonstrate ability managing multiple priorities.
- Have competence in teaching, counseling, and family systems.
- Demonstrate competence in policy interpretation and implementation.
- Demonstrate sound judgment the ability to manage a group effectively under stressful conditions.
- Competence in flat water canoeing and navigation in the course area.
- Relate well to others and work effectively with a variety of people.
- Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the methodology and philosophy of Outward Bound.
- Valid Driver’s License: complete NCOBS Driving Test.
- Computer literate.
- Certification in WFR, CPR, and NCOBS Emergency Water Safety Training or equivalent.
- Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends as needed.
Compensation and Benefits:
- Competitive full-time salary based on previous experience: $28,600 - $38,740
- Robust full-time benefits available.
- Apply through our website with a cover letter, resume (including three references), and a technical experience log.
- Apply here: At Risk Programs Course Director Position
- Qualified candidates will be contacted to set up an interview.
- Applications are due by April 6th, 2018.
The North Carolina Outward Bound School prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or parental status, mental or physical ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local law.