The Pacific Northwest Regional Program Manager (RPM) is responsible for managing BCM programs based out of Portland OR and Seattle WA. This includes delivering high quality and mission focused day hikes, overnights, weeklong backcountry expeditions, and year-round outdoor programs to partnering youth agencies in the surrounding area. RPMs are responsible for hiring and supporting seasonal instructors, coordinating program logistics, liaising with partner agencies, managing a regional budget and occasionally facilitating programs directly. RPMs are supported directly by and report to BCM’s National Program Director.

RPMs have the secondary emphasis of community engagement. A successful Program Manager will build and maintain strong partnership with youth agencies, volunteers, instructors, and local stakeholders.

The Pacific Northwest RPM will need to spend some time in both the city and surrounding public lands where outdoor programming is held. RPMs can expect to travel to the BCM headquarters in Golden, CO for professional development and national team meetings up to four times a year.

Program Leadership

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 including but not limited to 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 hire, train, and supervise a regional team of instructors and volunteers with the support of the broader BCM team. Lastly, RPMs will maintain clear and consistent communication with various stakeholders in their region, in order to maintain a culture of safety and address a partner agency’s expeditions needs. RPMs will also play a significant role in designing, codifying, and systematizing BCM’s program model in collaboration with colleagues working in BCM’s various regions.

Community Engagement

RPMs develop and maintain relationships within the communities we work with and serve. This centers on establishing and maintaining partnerships with appropriate youth serving agencies, as well as local BCM supporters.

Risk 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 as an on-call resource for programs in the field, and managing emergency and incident response procedures with the support of the broader BCM team.

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Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Backcountry Skills, Full Time


Personal and professional values consistent with BCM’s mission, values, and principles
Highly motivated to increase access to the outdoors for youth from disinvested communities
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
Organized and capable of managing administrative details

Required Skills:

Demonstrated experience in outdoor program development, facilitation, and management
Experience working with youth who come from racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities
Ability to work remotely and communicate effectively with employees across the country; comfortable and familiar with technology platforms that enable such communication (google workspace, zoom, salesforce, slack)
Willing and able to travel locally to meet in-person with agency partners and regionally to nat'l HQ

About Big City Mountaineers.

At Big City Mountaineers, we work alongside the transformative powers of nature to leave a lasting impact on the lives of youth from disinvested communities. BCM creates opportunities for 12 to 18 year-old students to connect with nature and uncover their own sources of strength, resilience, confidence, serenity and joy by providing free, fully outfitted, and professionally led backcountry trips. The BCM experience is rooted in nature where youth take on healthy and relevant challenges and explore different parts of themselves.

Big City Mountaineers programs occur on the ancestral territories of many of this nation’s first peoples. Our regional hubs are on the lands of the Ute, (Denver), the Sioux and Anishinibawaki (Minneapolis), the Ohlone, Ramaytush, Chochenyo, and Muwekma (San Francisco Bay Area), the Duwamish (Seattle), the Cowlitz and Chinook (Portland), and the Massachusett and Pawtucket (Boston).

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]ymountaineers.org. Combining both documents into a single PDF is preferred. All applications must be received no later than Sunday, December 5, 2021. If we feel you might be a good potential fit for the role, we will be in touch to schedule an interview; first round interviews will occur on a rolling basis and begin, at latest, by December 13