The California Regional Program Manager (RPM) is responsible for all aspects of BCM programming based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. This includes delivering high quality and mission focused day trips, overnights, and weeklong backcountry expeditions for youth affiliated with partnering youth agencies in the region. To see this realized, RPMs hire and support seasonal instructors, coordinate program logistics, liaise with partner agencies, manage a regional budget and occasionally facilitate programs directly. RPMs are supported directly by and report to BCM’s National Program Director.
The California RPM will work from a home office, and will need to be physically located in or near both the city and surrounding public lands where outdoor programming is held. RPMs can expect to travel regionally to meet with youth and partners, four times per year to the BCM headquarters in Colorado for professional development and national team meetings, and possibly to other regions to assist with pre-season instructor orientations.
More specifically, Regional Program Managers’ essential duties include:

Community Engagement
RPMs develop and maintain relationships within the communities we work. This centers on establishing and maintaining partnerships with appropriate youth serving agencies, volunteers, and other local BCM supporters. Occasionally RPMs will be required to participate in (or lead) outreach efforts, promotional or recruitment activities, and fundraising efforts in collaboration with the other members of the BCM team.

Program Design, Delivery, and Evaluation
RPMs are responsible for facilitating high quality outdoor programs that are consistent with BCM’s standards and mission as well as relevant to our youth agency partners. To this end, RPMs oversee and orchestrate program logistics such as securing food, transportation, and any necessary permits or reservations to ensure trips happen in an efficient and cost-effective way. RPMs are additionally expected to select, hire, train, and manage a team of instructors and volunteers, and are supported by BCM’s national team in these efforts. RPMs will also collaborate as a national team to design, codify, improve, and systematize BCM’s program model, as well as measure the efficacy of various program elements during the months when programs are not active. Throughout, RPMs will maintain clear and consistent communication with various stakeholders in their region and colleagues internally, promoting a culture of safety and inclusion that centers’ youth and partner agency’s expeditions needs.

Risk and Safety Management
RPMs are expected to actively manage risk as it directly and indirectly applies to outdoor programs. During the program season this includes reviewing student registration forms, waivers, and other key documents, conducting thorough pre-trip briefings and post trip de-briefings with instructors and volunteers, equipment inspection and management, serving on call

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Backcountry Skills, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding


Familiarity with the local communities BCM works in, and the natural areas BCM utilizes on its courses
Ability to work both collaboratively and independently, and to know when each is required
Interpersonal awareness, ability to cultivate trusting interpersonal relationships and connect with people across lines of difference
Spanish speaking or bilingual
Demonstrated ability to manage administrative details, including maintaining accurate and complete data
Experience serving on-call

Required Skills:

Personal and professional values consistent with BCM’s mission, values, and principles, including principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
High degree of motivation to increase access to the outdoors for youth from disinvested communities,
Unwavering belief in the power of nature-based experiences to help youth strengthen life skills and build community
Residence in or near the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay preferred: Richmond, Oakland)
Prior experience working with youth from disinvested areas

About Big City Mountaineers.

Big City Mountaineers (BCM) is committed to providing transformative experiences through nature that strengthen life skills and build community for youth from disinvested communities. BCM creates opportunities for 12 to 18 year-old students to connect with nature, themselves, community, and joy by providing free, fully outfitted, and professionally led outdoor programs and backcountry trips.

BCM has been connecting youth with experiences in nature since 1989 and our work has been regularly recognized within the outdoor industry. Our history and legacy serve as a strong foundation for improvement and innovation. BCM is committed to a culture of continual learning and strives to create an environment that promotes a growth mindset and authentic investment for all team members, including full-time staff, seasonal trip instructors, and volunteers. For more, you can visit our website www.bigcitymountaineers.org

Application Instructions

Please submit a current resume and thoughtful cover letter detailing why you believe your experience, capacity, and passions align with BCM’s needs to [email protected] In your cover letter, be sure to address the following: Your history and experience working with youth from disinvested communities Your personal and/or professional experience in the backcountry How your personal identity / lived experience plays a role in your motivation to do this work Combine both documents into 1 PDF