The Resident Course Director (RCD) is a senior field staff position for the Outward Bound California (OBCA) Southern California program during the Joshua Tree season. The RCD reports to the Southern California Program Manager and will be responsible for supporting the highest level of program delivery to all program participants. The RCD leads and manages the safety, quality, educational effectiveness and cultural responsiveness of their assigned expedition courses. Primary responsibilities include supervising and evaluating instructional staff, as well as supporting logistical details of expedition courses in the field. The position requires commitment to and understanding of the Outward Bound philosophy, and an understanding of how to support growth around OBCA’s values of equity and inclusion, both in the field and in mentorship of field staff.
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, Southern California and in the Bay Area.
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. Passionate about OBCA’s mission.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & CHARACTERISTICS
Possess mastery-level knowledge of Outward Bound philosophy, history, and educational outcomes
Possess advanced knowledge of backcountry hazards and weather patterns, as well as Joshua Tree course area, itineraries, and terrain types
Able to facilitate institutional rock climbing activities, including belaying, rappel, and climbing, ideally at an AMGA SPI level or greater
Proficient user of Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel) and G Suite (Gmail and Google Docs, Drive, and Calendar)
Committed to equity, inclusion, cultural humility, and understanding the differing needs of our staff and students
Possess a history of positive working relationships with peers and management staff, giving and receiving timely feedback
Effective trainer, able to accurately assess the Instructional staff and inspire/teach to a variety of learners
Strong written and verbal communicator with a diverse group of stakeholders at all levels of the organization
Possess a strong sense of personal initiative, follow through
Skilled at time management
Knowledgeable of personal strengths and limitations, including implicit bias, and able to effectively manage personal stress
EDUCATION & WORK EXPERIENCE
Possess 1+ years of experience as an Outward Bound Course Director
Experience at the OBCA Joshua Tree basecamp preferred
1-3 years supervisory experience preferred
Hold a Wilderness First Responder certification, or higher
Possess a California Food Handler Card
PHYSICAL & MENTAL REQUIREMENTS
Able to sit or stand at desk or computer 20% of time
Able to carry/transport loads of up to 60 pounds several times a day
Able to participate in vigorous to moderate physical activity including but not limited to running, backpacking, climbing, and scrambling for 16+ hours a day when necessary
Able to maintain composure, exercise sound judgment, and decision-making, and assess and mitigate risk under extended periods of stress
Comfortable with general camping skills and camping in desert environments, regardless of weather
Sufficiently fit to participate in and supervise all site and course activities while maintaining ample energy, strength, and focus to aid students and instructors
Comfortable working In Field supporting staff 30% of time
Comfortable with 50% of time spent supporting staff during prep/post and directing course functions
21 years or older
Willing to undergo a federal background check, Live Scan background check, and provide current (within the last three years) negative TB test results upon hire (cost of all screening paid for or reimbursed by OBCA)
Comfortable working a non-traditional work schedule, including evenings and weekends when necessary
Bonus if you…
Have worked at the OBCA Joshua Tree basecamp
Possess 1-3 years supervisory experience
Hold an AMGA SPI or equivalent certification
Hold a Commercial Drivers License
Course and Program Support
Assess instructional staff capabilities to support staff development
Run instructor pairing meetings; help with expedition route plans and curriculum planning
Mentor staff in Charter Operating Policies and Procedures, Emergency Response Plan, and other Standard Operating Procedures
Oversee climbing gear inspection and maintenance
Support staff in incident analysis and entry in OBIR database
Guide, lead, and manage expedition courses through overall planning, implementation and debrief
Provide emergency on-call support, including coordinating evacuations from the field if needed
Ensure completion of all required course paperwork
Trainer for Joshua Tree Bridge Training and other trainings as needed
Provide active in-field leadership, training, mentoring and support for staff throughout course
Role model a commitment to equity work and ensure staff are viewing their work through an equity lens
Serve as House Manager, including orienting new staff to base, ensuring housing needs are met, supporting an inclusive basecamp culture, and upholding expectations laid out in Basecamp Living Guide
Basic property maintenance, as experience allows
Support the Logistics Coordinator(s) as needed during prep, course, and post
May be required to step into an instructional role if program needs dictate
Participate in other duties as assigned
Benefits, Compensation and Location
The Residential Course Director (RCD) is a Seasonal, Exempt, five-month position beginning November 28th and ending April 5th, with option to extend at support rate for the transition to the High Sierra.
This position is paid on a Per Diem basis, with a pay rate between $125-$165 per day. Pay commensurate with current OBCA Course Director payscale.
Contract is based on assigned course load plus an additional two floating admin days per month, or a minimum of 15 days per month, whichever is greater.
Single or Double-occupant housing (depending on availability), such as a room on the basecamp provided while on contract
Food provided while on contract
Eligible for Pro Deal, the opportunity to purchase outdoor gear at a discount
Professional Development reimbursement
Opportunity to enroll in Supplemental Accident & Injury insurance
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) access for employee and family members at no cost
Location 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.
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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