Application closed. Please check back in Fall 2023 for our next round of hiring.
Please submit an ACCT Portfolio with your application so we can better understand your experience with Challenge Course programming
The Challenge Course Site Manager is responsible for overseeing risk management at the Challenge Course site and upholding consistent, high quality programs. The ideal candidate will be competent in facilitation, mentoring staff and working with a variety of group types and ages. The Challenge Course Site Manager is a mid-level position that reports to the Program Manager.
Who We Are
Outward Bound California (OBCA) is a non-profit that uses challenging experiences in outdoor settings to create social-emotional learning opportunities for our students. At the Challenge Course, we offer 1-day experiences for students aged 12+, including adults. We serve a variety of participant groups including schools, community organizations, and companies. To learn more about our course elements, check out the video tour. OBCA is deeply committed to increasing access for students and schools that have traditionally been excluded from outdoor spaces. We do this through our 40+ community partnerships and offer partial or full scholarships to over 2/3 of our students.
Equity and Inclusion Statement:
We believe that all people should have safe access to the outdoors and culturally relevant and responsive educational programming. OBCA is also striving to create an equitable and inclusive internal culture where all staff members feel represented and honored for their identities and lived experiences. We examine how power, bias, race and other aspects of identity impact our organization. We work to build a culture where we are always learning and improving toward a vision for equity and belonging for all staff. We are looking for team members who can actively join us in this process. We are also committed to reflecting the diverse communities with whom we work and strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ identifying folks, and women to apply.
Who you are...
Outward Bound California does not expect every applicant to have every skill and qualification listed here, and we are committed to the professional development of our employees. A strong candidate who is interested in growing and learning in this role will possess at least 75% of the following qualifications. If this is you, then we strongly encourage you to submit an application for consideration.
Have prior experience in experiential, outdoor, or environmental education programs
Passionate about working with youth, especially teens and middle schoolers and expanding access to the outdoors for underrepresented communities
Comfortable giving and receiving feedback
Able to frame, facilitate, and debrief course activities to promote reflection and self-discovery
Experience providing trauma informed care
Have a deep understanding and personal commitment to equity and inclusion in the outdoors
Lived experience or experience working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds including age, racial, ethnic, socioeconomic class and members of the LGBTQ+ community
Experienced in Challenge Course Facilitation
Have at least 50 days or 400 hours of facilitation on challenge course programs or equivalent *please see our ACCT Portfolio Template as a reference
Experience managing a team of instructors and serving as single point of accountability
Uses sound judgment while making decisions regarding safe use of the challenge course
Familiar with belaying and spotting low and high ropes course activities
Able to work weekends and nontraditional hours (earlier than 9am and later than 5pm)
Able to lift and transport 20-50 pounds of gear several times a day
Can be on feet most days - sometimes for up to 10 hours a day, possibly more in the case of an emergency
Comfortable working outdoors, regardless of weather or season
Comfortable climbing to height and efficiently moving own body to perform rescue and repair
Current Certifications & Licenses (Required by Start Date)
Wilderness First Aid & CPR (or higher)
Additional Requirements (Upon Hire)
Are 21 years of age or older
Able to pass a federal & Live Scan background check, MVR check, and current negative TB test results upon hire (cost of all screening paid for or reimbursed by OBCA)
Up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccines as defined by the CDC
Bonus if you…
Lived experience or experience working with communities often underrepresented in the outdoors
Speak Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese
Hold an ACCT Level II or equivalent experience
Have held a valid US or Canadian driver’s license for at least 3 years
Ropes Course Operation
Oversee planning and facilitation of one day programs, with an eye to the big picture and safety of the program
Manage a team of Instructors on course and ensure safety procedures are being followed
Assess risk and make decisions in the interest of safety of staff and students
Facilitate effective & thorough belay school for student belayers, and coach/evaluate for a safe and effective experience
Responsible for ensuring daily course inspections occur, are documented, and discrepancies are elevated.
Responsible for completing all course paperwork and logs are completed.
Program and Educational Design
Assess and mentor Instructors to support growth and development
Demonstrate cultural responsiveness and an ongoing desire to work with students from diverse backgrounds in the outdoors
Assess and adapt activities so that they are appropriate for the students’ experience level, desired group outcomes and social/cultural needs
Give and receive feedback with co-workers and supervisor to cultivate a reflective learning community
Role model inclusive and compassionate behavior that build a positive group culture for students and staff
Safety & Risk Management
Adhere to all operating procedures, safety policies and emergency procedures outlined in the staff handbook
Clearly establish limits and boundaries for student behavior and independence
Respond to or manage a student group in emergencies as needed and as appropriate
Able to safely and efficiently perform high angle rescue in training and as needed
Manage big picture and delegate responsibilities in the event of an emergency and utilize organizational communication systems Practice proper self-care and energy management while working outdoors
Uphold Outward Bound’s zero-tolerance policy for incidents of child abuse and neglect. Protecting our minor students against abuse and neglect is of the highest priority.
Benefits, Compensation and Location
Compensation & Schedule (Full Time)
Starting hourly wage is $30/hour
This is a full-time, hourly position, 5 days/week, ~34-38 hours/ week
Program operates Tuesday-Saturday, January 20, 2023 through November 3, 2023
Paid training week begins January 20 - Feb 3, 2023 (8hrs/day)
Benefits (Full Time)
All required trainings are paid
Competitive benefits package, including comprehensive health, dental and vision insurance with generous employer contribution, long-term disability, life insurance, 401K with employer match after 1 year and Employee Assistance Plan. Flexible Spending Account, Paid Time Off (PTO)( Accrue 1 hour for every 13 hrs worked), unpaid Time Off (UTO) (Accrue 1 hour for every 13 hrs worked) and paid designated holidays.
Pro Deal, the opportunity to purchase outdoor gear at discounted rates
Access to professional development funds and recertification reimbursements
Access to free youth development training
This position is located at our Ropes Course in John McLaren Park in San Francisco.
Outward Bound California is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law. Outward Bound California also promotes respect for all people, and will not tolerate harassment based on any of these characteristics.
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