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Odin Falls Associate Program Director - Staff and Training

Northwest Outward Bound School
Northwest Outward Bound School
Job Functions:
Administration, People & HR, Operations
Employment Types:
Redmond, OR, USA
38,500 – 45,800 USD per year
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Position Summary

The Odin Falls Associate Program Director of Staff and Training (APD-S&T) works to maintain and expand programming capabilities and align course outcomes with the Outward Bound mission, through leadership and oversight of Oregon’s staff development and training systems.  This position is located in Redmond, OR at the Odin Falls basecamp. 

Areas of responsibility include staff development and scheduling, course paperwork and supervision, training design, risk management and mission delivery.  The APD-S&T serves on OSLT, works closely with other members of the NWOBS Admin Team, and directly supervises Odin Falls Course Directors (CD), Instructors and other staff as assigned. The APD-S&T reports directly to the Odin Falls Program Director (PD).  The successful candidate will be expected to have past training and experience in equity, inclusion, and diversity work, ideally pertaining to youth education and partnerships with culturally specific organizations. Compliance with our current COVID-19 Vaccination Policy is required for all NWOBS employees.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities

Program Leadership

  • In collaboration with the Program Director, supervise Course Directors, instructors, and other staff as assigned.
  • Work with the OSLT in addressing and implementing strategies to meet program needs, goals, and directional strategy.
  • Collaborate with the Student Services team and Program Coordinators in management of student course paperwork.
  • Participate in supervisory course field visits to provide mentorship and oversight of staff in the field.

Program Quality and Safety Oversight

  • Develop course briefings and debriefings and facilitate as needed.
  • Collaborate with the PD and Associate Program Director of Logistics (APD-L) to develop and refine program policies and procedures, as well as contribute as well as contribute to national policy and procedure revisions.
  • Provide oversight to multiple courses throughout the season.
  • Participate in the 24-hour on-call system and respond to incidents as needed.
  • Assist in managing incidents and incident reporting as well as participating in safety reviews and incident investigations.
  • Ensure that policies and procedures are followed, and staff are held accountable.
  • Assist in evaluation and implementation of workplace health and safety protocols.

Staff Development

  • Drive the process of creating a seasonal training plan with input from the PD and APD-L.
  • Facilitate trainings as assigned.
  • Collaborate with the Washington APD to drive the staff rehire process and work agreements.
  • Create staff schedules and ensure staff are appropriately placed on courses that are scheduled.
  • Collaborate with OSLT to develop and support a basecamp culture that is in alignment with Outward Bound values.
  • Drive the staff development process for Odin staff – facilitate staff check-ins, ensure all staff have IDPs and exit interviews.
  • Support the PD with addressing staff performance challenges.

Secondary Roles & Responsibilities

  • Participate in vigorous to moderate physical activity including but not limited to running, swimming, mountaineering, rock climbing and paddling.
  • Coordinate and host guests and events.  Examples include NWOBS participation in local events, special groups, service projects, board meetings, retreat, etc.
  • Participate in other duties as assigned.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Minimum 3-5 years with Outward Bound or other wilderness expeditionary experience is required. Strong knowledge of Outward Bound history, standards, and programs are preferred. A Bachelor’s degree (not required) in a related field can replace 1 year of required experience.
  • High performing manager with a proven track record of developing, supervising, delegating and resolving conflict.
  • A demonstrated commitment to engaging in equity, inclusion, and diversity efforts (either within a professional or personal setting).
  • Possess skills to inspire, promote, and develop a positive team culture.
  • High level of problem-solving, prioritization, and management of multiple tasks.
  • Proactive and effective communicator and collaborator.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive, productive relationships with clients, partners, colleagues and supervisors.
  • Personal and professional values consistent with the NWOBS mission, values and principles.
  • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively as part of a team.
  • Able to work effectively in a dynamic environment and be adaptable.
  • Certification requirements:  Wilderness First Responder Certification and CPR
  • Proficient with PC in Windows environment with Microsoft Suite ©.
  • Meet standards for NWOBS driver certification.


This position reports to the Odin Falls Program Director. In collaboration with the PD, the Odin Falls APD-S&T directly supervises the Oregon CDs, instructors, and other staff as assigned.


  • This is a full-time, salaried position for 11 months of the year.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience within NWOBS’ annual range of $42,000-$50,000, with an equivalent range of $38,500-45,833 for this 11-month position.
  • Full-time, benefits-eligible position; benefits package includes comprehensive medical, vision and dental insurance, 15 days of paid time off and 10 paid holidays in the first year.
  • All NWOBS positions qualify to participate in our gear discount program and course tuition discounts.

Additional Position Details

  • This position typically starts in mid-January and ends in late mid-December. Exact start and end dates are negotiable.
  • NWOBS provides optional meals and lodging at no charge for staff, so the cost is not considered taxable.
  • Access to professional development opportunities.
  • Some late season work may be done remotely.

To Apply

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume in PDF format to: hiring@nwoutwardbound.org. In your cover letter, please describe the specific skills you possess that we are looking for. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

To be considered, we encourage interested candidates to apply as soon as possible. Review of applications will be on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled with a desired start date as soon as possible.

No other emails or phone calls, please. We appreciate all responses, but due to the expected high volume of resumes received, we can only contact those applicants whose qualifications best match the position requirements.

NWOBS recognizes that there are barriers precluding people with marginalized identities (e.g., black, indigenous, and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, genderqueer, trans, people from low income communities, rural communities, people with disabilities, and more) from being able to access transformative and inclusive educational experiences. These barriers also prevent people from accessing and having inclusive and culturally relevant experiences in the outdoors. NWOBS believes it has the responsibility, as an educational institution, to dismantle these barriers so that it can full its mission of changing the lives of all who desire a quality outdoor education experience, and not just the lives of those with the privilege of being able to access NWOBS today. As such, NWOBS aspires to be more reflective of and relevant to the communities in the Pacific Northwest, both within its staff and leadership body as well as its student body.

NWOBS is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of NWOBS to provide equal employment opportunity in accordance with applicable law to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, political opinion, national origin, familial status, mental or physical disability, source of income, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law, in all personnel actions.

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