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The Program Manager (PM) is an integral part of the Joshua Tree Management Team and overall wilderness program management. This person is a role model and mentor within the Outward Bound Joshua Tree community, providing daily leadership, administrative support, and management of the Joshua Tree basecamp and programming. Responsibilities include: course supervision; ensuring quality training, programming, and community building; and some business management. This position reports to and works closely with the Southern California Program Director (PD). This opportunity is perfect for the individual looking to work as part of a small but powerful team driving the operations of our growing Joshua Tree program!
Who We Are
Outward Bound California is part of a national network of experiential and outdoor education programs for youth and adults. We use the inherent challenge of the wilderness and urban outdoor spaces to teach people of all ages to be compassionate leaders, serve their communities, and build character to ultimately reveal the full potential within all of us.
With a 50 year history in the US, we provide extended, expeditionary style rock climbing, backpacking, mountaineering, urban, and service courses, serving ages 12 and up, including adult and veteran programs. As a non-profit, more than 2/3 of our students receive partial or full scholarships to go on a course with us in the High Sierra, Joshua Tree and in the Bay Area.
Who You Are
Knowledge & Skills
Passionate about Outward Bound’s mission, programs, and course activities.
A strong leader with excellent organizational skills and a high level of attention to detail.
Flexible, adaptable, and open to change.
Self-motivated with an innate sense of initiative, follow-through, and commitment.
Knowledgeable about OB programs and skill requirements.
Works both independently and cooperatively as a team member.
An effective written and verbal communicator with an ability to give and receive both positive and constructive feedback.
Able to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
Holds a current WFR and CPR certification.
Proficient with Microsoft operating system (Word and Excel) and G Suite (Gmail, Google Docs, Drive, and Calendar).
Familiar with Southern California region and Joshua Tree
Proficient in backpacking and rock-climbing
Experienced in working with and mentoring staff around topics of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Education & Work Experience
Experienced in Outward Bound or other wilderness expeditions (NOLS multi-day course or equivalent)
Experienced in previous management role(s).
Possesses a Bachelor’s degree and/or 4-6 years’ experience in the outdoor education/experiential learning field, or any similar combination of education and experience.
Able to participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity, including, but not limited to, running, swimming, backpacking, and mountaineering.
Able to lift and move a minimum of 40 lbs and carry a pack weighing up to 60 lbs.
Comfortable sitting or standing at a desk or computer 60% of time or greater.
Bonus if you…
Have experience working in Joshua Tree
Have an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certification
Collaborate as a member of the Joshua Tree Management Team to determine and fulfill program needs, goals, and strategy.
Manage all partner relations, ensuring effective and clear communication around pre- and post-course expectations and course information.
Supervise, mentor, and develop CDs and SMs. May serve as a CD or SM for multiple courses or trainings per season.
Coordinate and ensure follow-through of the feedback system and implementation of change between the field and program team.
Role model professionalism at all times. Uphold and follow all policies. Hold staff accountable for the same.
In coordination with the PD, conduct both pre-season and end-of-season interviews with staff.
Participate in our incident command and on-call system.
When necessary, serve as the local incident commander.
Share on-call responsibilities with Management Team.
Ensure accurate and complete incident reporting for all courses.
In coordination with the PD, create the content and delivery methods for course safety briefings and support the dissemination of quarterly safety reports for all courses.
In coordination with the Management Team, support on-site students when needed and oversee the supervision and coordination of early departures.
Develop and execute effective systems to track and coordinate service projects for staff.
In coordination with the Program team, supervise and manage staff housing, including orienting new and returning staff to basecamp expectations.
Coordinate all student transports with the program team.
Participate in basecamp set-up and take-down. Participate in daily community meetings and chores. Ensure that all facilities are kept at the highest possible condition.
Coordinate the collection and proper filing and dissemination of all course paperwork. Ensure that all course paperwork is completed with excellence.
Coordinate with local vendors to maintain smooth basecamp operations.
Manage all field communication technology.
Ensure proper recording of financial transactions.
Conduct supervisory visits to field-operation sites as needed.
Document and update procedures and manuals to ensure effective delivery of OBCA mission and outcomes.
Participate in other duties as assigned.
Benefits, Compensation and Location
This is an Exempt, Seasonal position of approximately 5 months in length, tentatively scheduled November 15 - April 15.
Salary commensurate with experience.
Room and board in a communal living situation on base provided while on contract.
This position is located at our Joshua Tree program base in Twentynine Palms, CA. Experience quiet desert life in a community-oriented setting, with beautiful sunrises and sunsets and a quick drive away from world-class rock climbing.
Position benefits include eligibility for Pro Deal, an opportunity to purchase outdoor gear at a discounted price, and enrollment in supplemental insurance coverage in case of accident or injury.
Outward Bound California is an equal opportunity employer and works to include diversity among its staff. Outward Bound California values the inclusion and collaboration among employees of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Outward Bound California prohibits discrimination against, and harassment of, any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, gender, pregnancy, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, military or veteran status, qualified individuals with a disability on the basis of the disability, or any other category which may be protected under applicable state or federal law. Outward Bound California also promotes respect for all people, and will not tolerate harassment based on any of these characteristics nor on differences based on gender identity or expression.
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