Status: Full-time; Exempt; Benefits-eligible
Salary: $60,000 – $80,000; commensurate with experience

The Director of Business Operations (DBO) is the lead operations staff at Northwest Outward Bound School. The DBO is responsible for managing finance, human resources, and general operations, while building organizational capacity, designing, and implementing structures and systems that support the organization’s strategic priorities. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the DBO provides operational and administrative leadership in collaboration with and in support of the Executive Director, enabling efficient and effective management of NWOBS. The successful candidate will be expected to have past training and experience in equity, inclusion, and diversity work, ideally pertaining to education settings.

This position is based in the Portland Metro area and will primarily work remotely from a home office, with the expectation to work in our Old Town Portland office at least once a week. Participation in in-person team meetings and gatherings will also take place in the Portland region, with additional travel to our base camp locations in Central Oregon and Northern Washington generally 3-4 times per year. Compliance with our current COVID-19 Vaccination Policy is required for all NWOBS employees.

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Full Time


Minimum 6-8 years of relevant experience (business, non-profit management, human resources) is required, with at least 2 years previous experience in non-profit organizations. A bachelor’s degree (not required) in a related field can replace 2 years of required experience.
Minimum 4 years team management and supervisory experience required.

Required Skills:

Ability to perform under tight deadlines and meet financial goals.
Attention to detail, and ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to organize and prioritize work in a dynamic environment and work independently with little supervision.
A demonstrated commitment to engaging in equity, inclusion, and diversity efforts (either within a professional or personal setting).

Preferred Skills:

Strong understanding of financial management, human resources management, and business operations, including systems and policy development.
Strong personal motivation, initiative, commitment, follow-through, and values consistent with NWOBS mission, values, and principles.
Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment with field staff, program management staff, and organizational leadership.
Administrator experience with Paylocity or similar HRIS platform.
Proficiency in G-Suite & Office Suite

About Northwest Outward Bound School

With over 50 years of innovation in experiential and outdoor education in the Pacific Northwest, Northwest Outward Bound School (NWOBS) continues to change lives through challenge and discovery.

Our transformative and educational wilderness courses are set in some of the most dramatic and stunning parts of the United States. NWOBS facilitates wilderness-based programs in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, and also serves urban youth and schools in the Portland metropolitan area. As an Outward Bound School, we are committed to the core values of compassion, integrity, excellence, equity, and inclusion, and strive to achieve the following outcomes: building character, developing leadership skills, and creating an ethic of social and environmental responsibility.

Application Instructions

Please email a cover letter and resume in PDF format to: [email protected]. In your cover letter, please describe what motivates and excites you about this position and how it connects with your longer-term goals. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. We recognize that many transferable skills from other experiences may be relevant, and we encourage applicants to highlight those in the cover letter and resume.