Program Manager

Job Description

Job Title:  Program Manager

Location:  Tioman Island, Malaysia

Start Date:  February 2020

Application Deadline: December 31, 2019

Little Planet is a provider of bespoke Outdoor Education services to International Schools throughout South East Asia. Our mandate is to provide an international level of service, compliant with international standards, and as such grow as a leader in the outdoor education arena. Our recently expanded base is located in Kampong Juara on Tioman Island, 20 miles off of the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. This beautiful and relatively undeveloped area has a wealth of natural environments, a perfect setting in which to achieve the benefits of experiential learning for the student groups that we work with.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing company within an expanding industry.

Job Description:

Reporting directly to the Co-Directors, your primary role would be the planning and implementation of a wide variety of Outdoor Experiential Education Programs.

Programs are designed with a plethora of intended outcomes and objectives in mind, for an extremely broad range of student groups, in terms of numbers, age, culture and socio-economic backgrounds.

Program elements include, but are not limited to: marine and rainforest adventurous activities and expeditions, environmental and conservation education, engagement and participation in community-based projects.

Whilst these four to six-night residential programs are run primarily from our two beachfront facilities on Tioman Island there would also be the opportunity to become involved in foreign programs in various other locations throughout the region.


The following list of responsibilities is in no way exhaustive. Due to the nature of our boutique organisation, unique areas of operation and our commitment to the creation of bespoke experiences, this position is inherently dynamic and fluid.

  • Coordinate and manage the design and execution of residential Outdoor Education Programs to international standards with a focus on safety and the well-being of students, teachers and Instructors alike
  • Coordinate and manage program logistics for 4-6 night residential programs including communication and organisation with Schools, Little Planet Instructors and other staff teams (resort, kitchens & support)
  • Capture and promote the organisational values of Little Planet amongst visiting students, teachers and all Little Planet staff and Instructors
  • Plan and oversee Instructor Preparation Sessions as well as ongoing professional development of a full-time Instructor team
  • Oversight of all associated documentation, including: standard operating procedures, risk assessments and management plans, program guides, incident reports, student and teacher and instructor feedback reports
  • Maintain open lines of communication between directors, administrative, kitchen, facilities and program staff teams
  • Organise, inspect and maintain basic equipment and relevant equipment inventories
  • Be qualified, capable and willing to fulfil all aspects of the role and responsibilities of a Lead Instructor, including; lead activity programming, conduct group briefings and addresses

Essential Experience and Skills:

  • Extensive management experience in an institutional setting; be it an Outdoor Centre, Outdoor Education Department within a College or School, Summer Camp, Wilderness Therapy Provider, Guiding / Excursion Company etc.
  • Qualifications or relevant experience as an Outdoor Educator, Instructor, Guide or Coach with experience in staff training
  • Bachelor’s degree (related fields preferred but not necessary)
  • Experience working with youth in an educational capacity
  • Capable of working proficiently with Microsoft Office and Google Suite software
  • Ability to communicate fluently and produce written materials, in English, at a high level
  • Must be both physically and mentally able to meet the challenges of living and working in a remote location

Desirable Experience and Skills:

  • Project and staff team management
  • Working / living in a tropical marine and rainforest environment
  • Passion for / background in natural sciences
  • Working / living abroad in a diverse, multicultural/lingual, environment
  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid or higher (if necessary training can be given for this certification)

Personal Characteristics:

  • Self-motivated and goal oriented with a positive ‘can do’ attitude
  • Resourceful, systems-oriented and organised​
  • Highly developed world-view coupled with sophisticated interpersonal skills
  • Conscientious and community oriented
  • Capable of seeing and acting upon opportunity
  • Have a willingness to get your hands dirty when required!


The main work season is from February through until November. During this period, although there is ample opportunity for time off, it would be expected that the Program Manager be resident on Tioman Island.

December through until February is the monsoon period with ample opportunity for compensatory and earned paid time off. This is also however a vital planning and preparation period for the upcoming season. During this period you may be given the opportunity to work remotely if necessary.

Compensation and Benefits:

Competitive salary, commensurate to your level of experience and applicable skills.

Comprehensive medical insurance.

Monthly hand-phone reimbursement.

Generous paid time off.

On site accommodation throughout the year and meals provided during programs.

Malaysian work visa (to be applied for upon contract signing)


To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should send the following to [email protected]

  • Cover letter
  • Up to date C.V. / resume, including mention of any and all relevant experience and certification
  • Contact information for a minimum of two current, relevant professional references 
  • Current criminal background check
Application Closing Date: 
Not Specified
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Employment Type: 
Job Region: 
Job Location: 
Tioman Island, Malaysia
Job Experience: 
3 - 5 years
Job Degree Level: 
Bachelor's degree
Job Starting Date: 

Job Details

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