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Program Director

Company: North Carolina Outward Bound School
Location: Beaufort
Posted on: April 8, 2021

Job Description:

Department: Program

Reports To: Director of Program Operations

FLSA Status: Seasonal Exempt

Timeline: Mid-April to mid-August

Location: Outer Banks, NC, near Beaufort (OBX)

Supervision: Course Directors, Instructors, Logistics

ACA Position Category: Variable


For over 50 years, North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS) has been delivering challenging outdoor adventure programs for people of all ages and walks of life. Every Outward Bound course is built around a progression that delivers powerful life lessons by encouraging participants to safely and confidently step outside their comfort zones while traveling in spectacular wilderness areas, interacting through virtual team building sessions, or problem-solving at an urban challenge course. No matter where or how it's delivered, our mission is to change lives through challenge and discovery.

The Program Director (PD) position is responsible for setting a high standard of excellence in regards to the leadership, management, and development of the program to ensure that the North Carolina Outward Bound School conducts safe, meaningful, and high-quality programs for its students and staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Program & Safety Management:

  • Manage all NCOBS courses conducted in the OBX, 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 fill the role of Base Camp Incident Commander for emergency response.
  • Participate in, support, and document internal investigations under the direction of their supervisor, Safety & Training Director, 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 the 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 the 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.
  • Conduct field visits to assure the quality and safety of programming.
  • Regularly communicate safety and quality information to supervisor, Program Team, and other appropriate administrative staff.

    Staff Development & Management:

    • Work with the Human Resource department on addressing performance, development, and pay issues.
    • Assist Staffing Coordinator with hiring, onboarding, and scheduling as needed.
    • Supervise Course Director(s) (if applicable), Logistics, and Instructors.
    • Review all staff evaluations and assure communication on performance. Organize and participate in a mentoring system that includes completion of professional summaries.
    • Assist in the development of training and participate as a trainer during base training season.
    • Course Direct up to 95% of the time and, as needed, instruct.


      • Serve as a member of the NCOBS Program Team; provide input and assist with projects to achieve school-wide objectives and goals.
      • Work with supervisor to create vision, goals, and strategic direction for the OBX program.
      • Provide input to school administration on budget, an 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 the review of marketing materials, Web site design and donor leads.
      • Coordinate with all school departments to ensure a cooperative and supportive system.
      • Report monthly calculation of Student Progam Days and other program key indicators.
      • Serve as a point person for special offerings (Board events, etc.); coordinate facility and personnel needs for training, meetings, and events.
      • Other duties as assigned.

        Working Conditions:

        • Must be able to lift 75 pounds and participate in vigorous to moderate physical activity including but not limited to paddling.
        • Irregular work hours as necessary.


          • Strong personal and professional sea kayaking experience.
          • ACA Level 3 or higher coastal kayak instructor certification or BCU Level 2 Coaching + 3 Star Sea Assessment preferred.
          • 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 program director.
          • Current WFR and CPR.
          • 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:

            • Per-diem of $150 a day for an estimated 22 days per month during the length of the agreement.
            • Select benefits applicable based on the number of days worked. Must be a minimum of 196 days to trigger health benefits.
            • Pro-purchase.
            • Room and board during agreement.

              Application Instructions:

              • Applicants should upload their resume (including sea kayak experience log) and cover letter through the NCOBS careers website.
              • Applications are due by March 12, 2021
              • Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled.
                The North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS) 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.

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