The Program Director is a critical member of the year-round LEAP team, reporting to the Executive Director. The Program Director is primarily responsible for planning, executing, and managing all aspects of LEAP programs, from curriculum and training, to menu planning and program delivery. The Program Director will work in both Oregon and Idaho with considerable time in the late spring through the summer on the river to facilitate programs and lead the LEAP team. They are also responsible for collecting and analyzing program data, managing partnerships, leading preparation meetings with groups and families, and managing program registrations and contracts.
• Are passionate outdoor facilitators with solid experience leading and building outdoor programs.
• Have an understanding of trauma formation, adolescent development, and a love of working with youth in the outdoors.
• Highly organized and motivated problem solver and enjoy maintaining a high-quality program and building upon a strong vision, for the short and long term.
• Can independently manage and prioritize multiple projects and deadlines.
• Have spent considerable time in the field leading programs for youth and groups; and have solid and growing technical outdoor skills.
• Enjoy building rapport and lasting relationships with teammates, vendors, and program partners.
• Have the flexibility and enjoyment of seasonal work, where each season brings different elements of your role to life.
• Have enthusiasm to work in a small, dynamic, and growing organization where staff get the opportunity to work in a variety of areas.
• Enjoy articulating the power and value of time spent in nature through presentation, informational sessions with youth and families, and in collaboration with community partners.
LEAP year-round employees use donated office space in a sponsor company’s office in downtown Portland, Oregon. Remote applicants encouraged to apply who live in OR, WA, ID and may be considered for a full remote position with occasional travel to Portland, OR as needed.
Starting salary range $42,000-50,000, depending on experience. LEAP offers a benefits package including health coverages, paid vacation, paid holidays, retirement contributions, seasonal housing and educational and professional development support.
Our participants come from all walks of life and have experienced and are surviving a variety of life challenges. We believe in the dignity of every person and welcome their stories of resilience and healing in every form. We hire great people from various backgrounds, and aim to have diverse representation, because it supports the youth and adults who come on our programs, but also because it makes our team and organization stronger. Even if you do not feel you meet all of the listed qualifications, we encourage you to apply.
• 2+ years experience in hiring and small-team management
• 3+ seasons in a leadership role for a multi-day outdoor program
• Prior backcountry guiding experience; river technical skills and guiding preferred
• Wilderness First Responder or ability to obtain prior to the 2022 season
• Ability to work up to a 3-month period with minimal time off
• Diligently comply with our zero-substance use policy while facilitating programs
• Ability to lift 50lbs, loading/unloading gear, rigging rafts, etc.
• Attention to detail, ability to create and maintain organized systems, and proficiency in Word, Excel, and ability to learn tools we utilize such as Constant Contact, Squarespace, and Wholsum
• Self-motivated and collaborative attitude, the ability to work independently and with a team
• The ability to gather and manage analysis of programmatic data and impact survey results
• Creativity and problem solving to continually refine and develop new ideas to adapt and grow program impacts
About Life Expanding Adventure Programs (LEAP)
LEAP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon and operating multi-day whitewater programs in Oregon and Idaho. Our mission is to create empowering opportunities for those facing adversity and trauma by providing wilderness programs. Our summer programs are multi-day whitewater river trips on the Salmon River in Idaho and the Deschutes River in Oregon. We offer reflective programming, community building, and opportunities for connection for individuals who often have felt isolated within their circumstances. All of our programs are no cost to our participants.
We operate primarily as an inflatable kayak (IK) program – where each person is paddling themselves down the river. The majority of our participants paddle themselves down the river in IKs with thorough instruction from our guiding and leadership staff. We also offer a paddle raft option for those who operate best sharing the challenges of the river as a team and/or to accommodate the needs of individuals.