The Director of Group Programming is responsible for designing and running educational programming in partnership with secondary schools, universities, clubs, organizations, and family groups. In this role, you will work with ARCC Regional Directors, local in-country partners, and in-field leaders to design, run, and support custom group program itineraries to meet our clients’ expected outcomes.

Serve as the primary contact for ARCC’s group programming. This will include working with schools and affiliated organizations on educationally focused, service learning, cultural immersion, wilderness leadership, and adventure programming. To see examples of the types of programs we have run in the past visit the Groups section of the ARCC website.
Manage important client relationships and serve as the primary point of contact for school and organization partners.
Facilitate course-planning meetings, hosting program information events, and engaging in check-ins with partners and domestic and in-country contacts for programming.
Build rapport and trust with and between partners and in-field programming leaders through remote and in-person communication.
Attend global education conferences, host informational sessions, and manage outgoing communications to enhance awareness of ARCC’s group programming.
Supervise custom program design and implementation process for all group programming.
Organize and coordinate simultaneous program management timelines based on timing of group programming.
Working with clients and partners to create course-specific curriculum for focused group programming, including curriculum related to cultural awareness, conscious travel, environment and conservation, global relations, literacy & education, public health, and other important global topics.
Coordinate risk management with ARCC’s senior leadership and provide materials and information to partners that align with current risk management practices and protocols.
Deliver important ARCC protocol and procedural information during ARCC trainings and provide ongoing mentorship to program leaders and staff.
Manage and support program risk management response by being available to manage risk issues while courses/ participants are in the field.
Manage assessment and feedback processes for clients, partners, leaders, and staff.
Research, location scouting (virtually and physically), and vet potential partners when designing and running new programming options for custom itineraries (e.g. in-country partners, service learning partners, lodging facilities).
Create, maintain, and distribute group program resources and curriculum for leaders and staff.
Work with ARCC staff and outside vendors to manage group programming marketing materials and campaigns to increase awareness of ARCC’s brand, including supporting ARCC’s website, social media accounts, and marketing materials.
Fill other roles & responsibilities as needed for the ARCC team, e.g., being on-call for

Tagged as: Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Sales and Marketing, Support Staff, Teaching/Education


Desired Experience, Knowledge, & Skills:
Educational program development experience (e.g., program director/ management/coordination, risk management, etc.).
Experience working in a relevant field (e.g., experiential education, outdoor education, youth programming, service learning, study abroad, etc.).
Experience working across a range of cultures.
Ability to accept feedback and integrate it into improvement areas.
High degree of autonomy, personal initiative, intrinsic motivation, and self-man

About ARCC Programs

ARCC Programs (www.arccprograms.com) was founded in 1983 with the goal of introducing young adults to outdoor challenges in a fun, safe and educational environment. Over the years we have evolved from offering primarily wilderness-based programs to a roster of both domestic and international service and educational based programs.

ARCC summer programs and Gap Semesters take place in locations all over the world. ARCC programs are structured to strike the balance between hard work and hard play while exploring off-the-beaten-path locations. ARCC students return home with a willingness to face new challenges, a greater sense of responsibility and, most importantly, confidence in themselves.

Application Instructions

Compensation: This position is to be based in Bend, OR. Competitive annual starting salary commensurate with experience level, and benefits including three weeks of paid vacation per year (plus holidays), medical coverage, and 401K (after nine months of employment). We provide an excellent, fun, and flexible work environment, potential travel opportunities, and access to pro-purchase programs with top outdoor equipment manufacturers. ARCC Programs is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicant