4 Month Southwest Program Manager
The Colorado Outward Bound School is a non-profit adventure-based education organization that emphasizes personal growth through challenge and experience. For over 50 years our wilderness courses have focused on inspiring responsibility, teamwork, confidence, compassion, and environmental and community stewardship.
The 4 month Program Manager (PM) position is an entry-level management position, that supports the school with a focus on enriching program quality, safety, and oversight. The position holds accountability for managing assigned courses, including safety, delivery and outcomes, staff development and performance.
The position is designed to be a stepping stone into program management and offers development opportunities in a wide range of program functions. Specifics include staff development and staff training, site management, course visits and tracking, and developing and maintaining records and resources.
The position starts the last week of April and goes through the end of August.
Responsibilities and Duties
- Supervise assigned courses to ensure safe, high-quality course experiences through delivering briefings, communicating and upholding expectations, analyzing and reviewing incidents, and providing/documenting clear and complete feedback.
- Supervise assigned field staff to ensure high-quality student experiences and alignment with school policies and procedures. Includes mentoring and developing staff, giving performance-related feedback, reviewing field staff plans, debriefing incidents.
- Oversee assigned field trainings, courses, and technical sites as scheduled.
- Support the Program Leadership Team in implementing strategies to meet program needs, goals, and directional strategy.
- Provide a consistent and professional line of communication with students’ parent and/or next of kin when required while they are on course.
- Work with assigned Associate Program Directors and others to gain skills and oversight of position focus area such as staffing, logistics, service, safety, training or facilities.
- Participate in the Emergency On-Call system. Includes responding to field calls and emergencies, decision-making, acting as the incident command for field incidents and following the Local Emergency Response Plan.
- Write and review incident reports and analyses to ensure high-quality reporting. Lead staff team debriefs on select incidents. Ensure pertinent feedback from incidents is delivered and documented to field staff and program administrators.
- Collect, review and file course end paperwork, update and/or maintain electronic records and resources. Organize and maintain staff, supervisor and program paperwork resources as assigned.
- Uphold and follow all policies and procedures.
- Conduct supervisory visits to field operation sites as scheduled.
- Fieldwork/ logistic support as assigned, including driving school vehicles and students.
- Participate in other duties as assigned.
Skills, Knowledge, and Experience
- Experience working with youth.
- Proficiency and familiarity with several of the offered program activities such as; challenge course, backpacking, rafting, mountaineering, ski and ride, canyoneering, and/or rock climbing.
- Intermediate computer skills, working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Outlook).
- Current Wilderness First Responder certification, or ability to attain before position start.
- Supervisory or field leadership experience with Outward Bound or a similar wilderness, expedition focused organization.
- Ability to demonstrate emotional regulation and balanced decision-making in stressful situations.
- High level of professionalism with strong leadership attributes both in work and community environments.
- Flexible, adaptable, and open to change.
- Strong personal motivation, initiative, follow through and commitment.
- Ability to work both independently and cooperatively as a positive team member.
- Strong and effective communicator, both written and oral. Ability to give and receive both positive and constructive feedback.
- Able to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
- Ability to participate in vigorous to moderate physical activity including but not limited to backpacking, rafting, canyoneering, and/or rock climbing. Ability to lift and move a minimum of 65 pounds
- Sitting at a desk or computer 50% of the time or greater.
Benefits and Perks
- Annual Salary $33,000 - $37,500. This would be $2750- $3125 for each month worked.
- The general schedule is 5 out of 7 days/week, Weekends and/or holiday work will be required.
- Onsite housing option.
- Access to Pro Deal purchases.
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Supplemental documents can be uploaded as appropriate
Applications accepted on a rolling basis
Colorado Outward Bound School celebrates diversity and strives to create an inclusive environment for all employees. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of a person’s LGBTQ+ identity, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is based on qualifications and business needs.