40 hours/week, some nights and weekends required
$54,000 (benefits include: health, vision, dental, life insurance, retirement, and PTO)
Anticipated Start Date: August 15th, 202

The Expedition Director is responsible for overseeing the expedition department including but not limited to: expedition quality, department budget, risk management, grant reporting, and expedition evaluations. The Expedition Director must demonstrate the ability to develop and maintain professional relationships with employees, youth, parents/guardians, volunteers, vendors, and community collaborators. Our ideal candidate has exceptional leadership, management, communication skills, and a strong proclivity for details.

The Expedition Director is part of the on-call team during the expedition season, is an integral part of and directly oversees/manages the Expedition Team, and works closely with the Logistics Director.

The Expedition Director reports to the Assistant Director.

Expedition Management (90% of position)
Oversee expedition scheduling, planning, and recruitment
Steward and embody GCY culture in day-to-day communication with stakeholders
Sustain a risk management mindset: including medical, dietary, health review in consultation with GCY’s Health Advisory Taskforce to support a quality application process
Ensure expedition data integrity and quality expedition curriculum
Manage, support, train, and hire the Expedition Team including Expedition Managers and work study/intern positions, as needed
Fulfill and support budgetary processes, including expedition pricing, invoicing, and financial aid award oversight
Participate in on-call duties
Maintain workflow within organizational capacity to create efficient and effective expedition processes
Participate in pre-trip and post-trip communications and feedback
Admin & Fundraising Support (10% of position)
Participate in grant reporting and other fundraising efforts, as needed
Support cross-organizational initiatives, as needed
Oversee, delegate, and evaluate reporting staff
Implement strategic initiatives, as assigned

Superior organization skills and ability to formulate and implement efficient systems
Exceptional detail management
Maintain professional and empathetic communication when navigating complex situations with all stakeholders
Demonstrated ability to think innovatively and accomplish responsibilities with minimal supervision
Strong ability to multitask and prioritize short and long-term needs
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to function as part of a busy work environment; including shared, open office with frequent interruptions
Willingness to work as part of a professional small mission-driven nonprofit team
Strong work ethic and problem solving skills
Desire and ability to connect with and mentor youth and seasonal employees
Commitment to creating expeditions that are just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive
Ability to communicate and delegate tasks

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Full Time, Water Skills


Bachelor’s Degree and/or lived experience demonstrating ability to learn, think critically, and work well with others of varying backgrounds
Pass a pre-employment background and drug test
Have a clean driving record
Exceptionally proficient using common office equipment, including computers and printers, phones, and Google Suite
3+ years professional experience in the outfitting or experiential education industry
2+ year experience managing staff
Current Wilderness First Responder, CPR, and EPI

About Grand Canyon Youth

Grand Canyon Youth, Inc. is a non-profit organization based in Flagstaff, Arizona. We offer educational outdoor expeditions that connect youth to the transformative power of the river and canyons of the Southwest. GCY is a small organization where most staff have multiple responsibilities and roles. We strive to uphold community values in everything we do. Our ideal candidate will be dependable, trustworthy, and able to follow up with and complete tasks in a timely manner. Applicants must be very organized and whole-heartedly embrace our values and mission. We actively seek diversity in our candidate pools. Applicants of all identities are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions

To Apply: submit your resume & cover letter to [email protected]