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 Program Director (PD) position is a base camp leadership role that is responsible for setting a high standard of excellence in regards to the development, leadership and management of the program and base camp to ensure that the North Carolina Outward Bound School conducts safe, meaningful and high-quality programs for its students and staff.
At the North Carolina Outward Bound School, we are dedicated to the goal of building a vibrant, culturally diverse community of staff who are committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. In this effort, we strongly encourage people of color and veterans to apply.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Program & Safety Management:
- Manage all NCOBS courses conducted out of the base, and ensure they remain true to the mission, values, and principles of NCOBS.
- Ensure all programs adhere to the OBUSA and NCOBS safety policies and procedures as well as Local Operating Procedures and administrative directives. Update LOPs annually.
- Manage and share base on-call system and fill the role of Base Camp Incident Commander for emergency response. Ensure base management team is prepared and trained in incident response and investigation.
- Participate in, support and document internal investigations under the direction of their supervisor, Education & Safety Coordinator, HR Director or designee.
- Create course schedules, instructional pairings , and other program quality duties.
- Develop and manage all facilities, systems , and resources at the base. This includes overseeing the base opening and closing.
- Ensure maintenance of gear, safety equipment , and base-used sites occurs regularly and as needed. Work with Program Resource Manager to assure all necessary purchases are made prior to each season.
- Manage relationships with local land managers and public agencies and work with Program Resource Manager to ensure permits are in order. Maintain relationships with service providers.
- Ensure environmental and community stewardship of course areas and activity sites.
- Work with Student Services and Director of Program Operations/designee 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.
- Design and implement plans for oversight and use of base during the offseason . (if applicable)
- Conduct field visits to assure quality and safety of programming.
- Regularly communicate safety and quality information to supervisor, Program Team , and other appropriate administrative staff.
- Course direct and as needed, instruct.
Staff Development & Management:
- Lead hiring, development and performance decisions on all basecamp leadership staff (homefolk). Work with the Human Resource department on issuing agreements, and addressing performance, development and pay issues.
- Supervise the Associate Program Director, Resident Course Director (if applicable), Course Directors, Logistics Manager, Site Manager, and Kitchen Manager.
- Review all staff evaluations and assure communication on performance. Organize and participate in the mentoring system, which includes completion of professional summaries.
- Assist Staffing Manager with hiring, onboarding , and scheduling as needed.
- Assist in the development of trainings and participate as a trainer during base training season. Develop and deliver Base Training in coordination with other NC mountain PDs.
- Serve as a member of the NCOBS Program Team; provide input and assist with projects to achieve school-wide objectives and goals.
- Work with the basecamp leadership team to create vision, goals and strategic direction for the base .
- Provide input to school administration on the budget , annual calendar, product mix, and new and existing program development.
- Oversee all base expenses with an eye for fiscal responsibility. Responsible for budget forecast/tracking.
- Assist Advancement Team with a review of marketing materials.
- Coordinate with all school departments to ensure a cooperative and supportive system.
- Report monthly calculation of SPDs and other program key indicators.
- Serve as point person for special offerings (Board events, WFR, etc.); coordinate facility and personnel needs for trainings , meetings , and events.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Minimum five years working for 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, course director, and/or administrator.
- Experience with community living.
- Able to participate in all base activities. Able to lift 50 pounds.
- Current WFR and CPR, and other pertinent certifications and training related to the position .
- Able to give and receive timely, effective oral and written feedback.
- Strong and effective leadership, supervisory, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
- 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; good team player.
Compensation and Benefits:
- Competitive salary ($121 - $145 / day)
- Full-time benefit package
- Room and board during agreement .
- Upload a cover letter, resume, and three references to:
- Qualified candidates will be contacted to set up an interview.
- Applications are due by November 27th, 2017.
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.