The Odin Falls Program Director (PD) provides overall program leadership, and is responsible for program safety and quality, and the business administration and local operations that support courses staged in Central Oregon, including Idaho, from the Odin Falls base. The PD will ensure the program aligns and supports the School’s strategic framework and vision. The successful candidate will be expected to have past training and experience in equity, inclusion and diversity work, particularly pertaining to youth education and partnerships with culturally specific programming.

Compliance with our current COVID-19 Vaccination Policy is required for all NWOBS employees.

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Backcountry Skills, Full Time, Water Skills


7+ years of experience in the education, outdoor education, or experiential learning fields or similar combination of experiences and education preferred.
Minimum of 3 years team management and supervisory experience required.
A demonstrated commitment to engaging in equity, inclusion, and diversity efforts (either within a professional or personal setting).
Possess the interpersonal skills and versatility to effectively build relationships and develop staff across a broad spectrum.

Required Skills:

Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment with field staff, program management staff, and organizational leadership.
Ability to have open, honest, and difficult conversations, including the ability to give and receive feedback with direct reports and colleagues.
Strong personal motivation, initiative, commitment, follow-through, and passion for NWOBS mission.
Ability to perform under tight deadlines and meet financial goals.
Experience working with a variety of populations.

Preferred Skills:

Experience in Odin Falls program outdoor skills areas (whitewater rafting, rock climbing, mountaineering, or backpacking) preferred.
Background and experience in business, education, non-profit management, or another related field a plus.

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 was founded in 1965 and 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, inclusion and diversity, and strive to achieve the following outcomes: building character, developing leadership skills, and creating an ethic of social and environmental responsibility.

Application Instructions

To apply, 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 encourage interested candidates to apply as soon as possible. Review of applications will be on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled.