Full Time Program Leader

Job Description

FULL TIME PROGRAM LEADER JOB DESCRIPTION

The mission of Chicago Voyagers is to empower at-risk youth through outdoor experiential adventures that foster healthy relationships and responsible behavior.

As a Program Leader, you will be responsible for leading a group of 3-10 teens, a youth agency leader, and 1-2 volunteers on single and multi-day adventure therapy programs. You will also be responsible for program support work and spend a small amount of time on fund raising work (helping with an event, etc.).

Type of position: Full time position
Work-days: various – office work is M-F, field work can be any days.
Program Location: Chicago, IL and surrounding area Pay range $35K-$45K

PROGRAM LEADER QUALIFICATIONS

  • Prefer background in counseling, social work or psychology (Master’s with license)

  • Documented 3 years’ professional youth development and experiential learning experience with adolescents

  • Two years’ experience in the following outdoor program areas:

    • Group and risk management

    • Hard skills: Canoeing, backcountry and camping

    • Caving, rock climbing, mtn biking, sailing and xc skiing skills a plus

  • Wilderness First Responder medical certification (training provided if needed)

  • At least 21 years old and be able to pass a criminal and driving background check

  • Physically fit: be able to carry a 70 lb. canoe by yourself, hike 8/paddle 15 or more miles a day and also deal with

    rain and mosquitoes in a positive manner.

  • Need to transport yourself for local programs, most of which occur at Busse Woods.

  • Minority and bilingual (Spanish speaking) candidates are encouraged to apply.

    PROGRAM LEADER RESPONSIBILITIES

    The Program Leader is accountable for all field decisions. In order to provide for the physical and emotional well-being of participants, leaders need to be prepared to make decisions affecting all aspects of their programs including behavior management. Other responsibilities include:

    Program Content and Quality

    • Facilitation and instruction using CV program guidelines

    • Ensuring program effectiveness by:

      • Planning strategies to achieve program outcomes of growth in empowerment, responsibility and inter- personal skills.

      • Identifying youth needs and planning interventions

      • Identifying and clarifying group goals

      • Assigning and managing team member roles and responsibilities

        Risk Management

    • Following Chicago Voyagers policies, procedures, and guidelines

    • Managing risk and attending to participant health by following accepted industry standards and practice

      Program Logistics

    • Coordinating pre-program communications with agency staff and volunteers.

    • Collection and review of paperwork. This includes post program paperwork for grants and research.

    • Issuing, care for, cleaning and transporting equipment for programs.

    • Planning and purchasing food for multi-day programs.

      Program Support Administration

    • Developing new programs and enhancing existing ones

    • Signing up new customers

KEY BENEFITS

  • Unlimited paid time off

  • Medical insurance

  • Incentive bonus plan

  • Paid training/professional development

  • Flexible/telecommuting work hours

  • Personal use of equipment for friends/family

  • Professional discounts on equipment

  • Limited funds for relocation

    To apply for this position, please contact Kaitlin McBane at [email protected]

To Apply

To apply contact [email protected] or visit chicagovoyagers.org

Application Closing Date: 
Not Specified
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Employment Type: 
Job Region: 
Job Location: 
Chicago, IL
Job Salary Range: 
35,000
45,000
Job Experience: 
3 - 5 years
Job Degree Level: 
Master's degree
Job Starting Date: 
ASAP

Job Details

Job Details: 
Adventure/Wilderness Therapy
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