Leadership Program Coordinator

Job Description

Founded in 1999, Outdoor Outreach (OO) is an energetic and innovative San Diego-based nonprofit organization that connects youth to the transformative power of the outdoors. We use outdoor recreation and education to promote youth leadership, health and wellness, civic engagement, and environmental conservation. The majority of our youth participants come from communities that do not have a strong connection to our region's parks, beaches and open-space areas. Our vision is that youth everywhere will be inspired by the outdoors to play, learn, serve, and share.

The Leadership Program Coordinator (LPC) leads and coordinates all aspects of the Leadership Program and Outdoor Voices Youth Leadership Initiative (OVYLI). In addition, the LPC coordinates other Youth Programs as assigned and needed during off seasons of the Leadership Program.

Leadership Program: The purpose of the Leadership Program is to provide young adults nature based job training and early work experiences by providing opportunities for them to explore their world, challenge themselves and discover their strengths as leaders.  

Outdoor Voices Youth Leadership Initiative (OVYLI): OVYLI is a component of the Leadership Program that seeks to educate, train, and mobilize San Diego youth as advocates for improving park and outdoor access for all Californians. OVYLI participants participate in environmental conservation and receive training on how to professionally communicate with key stakeholders and decision makers on local, state, and federal levels to improve equitable access to the outdoors. 


Leadership Program and O.V.Y.L.I. Coordination

  • Design and implement youth development trainings that align with program purpose
  • Administration of participant recruitment, management of participant usage data and scheduling
  • Design and implement a comprehensive Leadership Program that provides youth with tools for personal and professional growth
  • Train participants on the role of advocacy and policy change and how to communicate professionally with local and state decision makers
  • Work with internal and external partners to coordinate advocacy efforts
  • Develop and lead creative OVYLI activities to advocate for policy recommendations
  • Train participants on the essential functions of an outdoor leader and educator
  • Coordinate program evaluation, data interpretation and reporting

Youth Program Coordination

  • Coordinate daily programmatic needs including participant recruitment, program design and delivery, and outdoor recreational activity facilitation

  • Enter program and participant data in program database

  • Implement evaluation tools in the field and analyze data to inform success of programs

  • Coordinate pre and post program outing details for assigned programs

  • Building positive, supportive relationships with participants

  • Creating strong working connections with schools, partners, and third party vendors

Senior Instructor in the Field

  • Lead and facilitate outings 

  • Give and receive feedback to/from instructor staff team

  • Supervise staff, volunteers, and occasional corporate sponsors on outings

Staff Development

  • Support ongoing instructor training and development needs

  • Support OO’s fundraising and development events as assigned

  • Data and information gathering about critical needs and emerging trends around youth and diversity in the outdoors

Applicants must be a minimum of 21 years of age.  Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent, plus 1-2 years demonstrated experience supporting outdoor based field operations or equivalent. Candidates must have strong leadership skills, excellent oral and written communication skills and be able to prioritize multiple tasks. The ability to master the instruction of Outdoor Outreach’s core activities is required. Applicants must be hard working, self-motivated, team oriented and able to maintain positivity in the face of adversity. All candidates must successfully pass a federal background check at hire. Applicants must have a clean driving record, ability to obtain and maintain a California Class B Commercial Driver’s License with Passenger Endorsement including successfully passing required drug/alcohol test within the first 90 days of employment. Must possess and maintain current First Aid and Adult CPR certifications.  Wilderness First Aid or higher certification preferred. Successful candidates must demonstrate a deep commitment and passion for the mission and values of Outdoor Outreach. 

Required Knowledge/Skills:

  • Strong leadership skills and excellent oral communication skills

  • Demonstrated experience planning, scheduling, multi-tasking, and strong communication skills      

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and/or G Suite products

  • Experience working with diverse and high-need populations 

  • Spanish and/or Arabic language proficiency is a plus


  • Leadership Program Assistant Coordinator (Seasonal)


  • Solutions Focused Attitude

  • Strategic Thinking

  • Risk Management

  • Flexible

  • Detail-oriented 

  • Culturally Sensitive 

  • Youth Development Knowledge

  • Outdoor Education and Recreation Program Development

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be very active and often requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling and climbing during programs. The employee must frequently lift and/or move items over 50 pounds. This position also requires individuals to work in a variety of outdoor settings.

This Job Description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not meant to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required by this job classification.

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Inquiries will be accepted until position is filled.

Target position start date is as soon as possible.

To Apply

Send cover letter + resume to [email protected]

Application Closing Date: 
When filled
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Employment Type: 
Job Region: 
Job Location: 
San Diego, CA
Job Salary Range: 
Job Experience: 
1 - 2 years
Job Degree Level: 
High school
Job Starting Date: 
As soon as filled

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