The Colorado Outward Bound School is a non-profit adventure-based education organization that emphasizes personal growth through challenge and experience. For over 60 years our wilderness courses have focused on inspiring responsibility, teamwork, confidence, compassion, and environmental and community stewardship.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
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 race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other basis covered by applicable law. All employment is based on qualifications and business needs. Outward Bound has a zero-tolerance policy for incidents of child abuse and neglect and will report any suspected abuse or neglect.
Working at the Colorado Outward Bound School means joining a growth-minded community where we are actively creating a more inclusive organizational culture. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion shows up at all levels of the organization – in our trainings, in our meetings, on our courses, and in our daily lives. This work can be challenging at times and we are committed to navigating it together to create a supportive and inclusive environment for our staff and our students. To foster a more welcoming outdoor community for all, we are working to address barriers related to race, culture, socioeconomics, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, geographic location, and mental health.
COBS Interim Safety Manager is a 4 month position tasked with supporting the school in driving safety initiatives and data analysis. The Safety Manger is responsible for supporting the Director of Programs and Safety in monitoring safety incidents, looking for trends, finding safety gaps and supporting the program teams when safety questions arise. This role will help get our Trimester Report ready and conduct our 2023 Safety Audit. During their time the Safety Manager will help also read course reports and ensure safety issues are being addressed.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
Support implementation of the National Safety Standards throughout COBS.
Monitor compliance with Outward Bound USA (OBUSA) and COBS policies and procedures.
Oversee incident reporting and the incident reporting database in line with OBUSA standards.
Conduct incident investigations as directed by the Director of Programs and Safety.
Participate in COBS emergency response system as required.
Hold the Operations Officer role when the Director of Programs and Safety is unavailable.
Update Incidents in the master incident tracking document.
Review safety incidents in the incident database and support the APD’s in regularly reviewing incidents.
Reading Course Reports and pulling important safety concerns or feedback.
Help support running a regular stress continuum survey at weekly meetings.
Conduct analysis of incidents for the Trimester 2 report.
Support COBS in their 2023 Safety Audit.
Deliver COBS training as required.
Meet with the APD’s of Safety and Curriculum on a weekly basis to review incidents, trends and safety related topics for the school.
Participate as part of the Operations Team working towards completing Ops priorities and contributing to discussions on decisions and topics for the school.
Participate in Board Safety Committee calls.
Participate in OBUSA working groups as directed by the Operations and HR Director.
Draft analysis of case study incidents for the Trimester Safety Reports for approval by the Director of Programs and Safety.
Complete additional projects as assigned.
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
Personal commitment to and working knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Understanding of and commitment to Outward Bound program structures, mission, and educational framework.
Ability to demonstrate and mentor emotional regulation and balanced decision-making in stressful situations.
High level of professionalism with strong leadership attributes both in work and community environments.
Detail oriented with excellent organizational skills.
Able to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
Strong personal motivation, initiative, follow-through, and commitment.
Proven ability to manage work projects involving multiple stakeholders and decision makers.
Ability to work both independently and cooperatively as an engaged team member.
Strong and effective communicator.
Ability to give and receive constructive feedback.
Proficiency in using the Microsoft Office suite.
Education and Experience
Minimum of 3 years of experience in the outdoor education field, including training and safety management responsibilities.
Experience in COBS activities, and an understanding of our course areas preferred.
Project management experience preferred.
Compensation and Benefits
This is a 4 month, non-exempt position with an hourly rate of $20-$22.
This position will be on a 4 day work week with supporting On-Call as needed.
56 hours of paid Sick Leave.
Please address cover letter to Amber Barnett-Director of Programs and Safety (she/her). Applications are being accepted until June 23rd, 2023.