The Oregon Associate Program Director (APD) provides leadership and management for the day-to-day operations of the Odin Falls programs. Areas of oversight and management include: ensuring program and course outcomes are in line with the Outward Bound mission, risk management oversight, staff development and training, curriculum development, course paperwork reporting system, basecamp management, and new program planning and development. The successful candidate will be expected to have past training and experience in equity, inclusion, and diversity work, ideally pertaining to youth education and partnerships with culturally specific organizations.
• This is a full-time, 10-month, salaried position with the potential to be year-round when combined with other roles.
• Salary is commensurate with experience within NWOBS’ Associate Program Director’s monthly range of $2,667 – $3,417.
• Full-time, benefits-eligible position; benefits package includes medical, vision, and dental insurance and paid time off.
• All positions qualify to participate in our gear discount program and course tuition discounts.

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Full Time


• 2+ years with Outward Bound or other wilderness expeditionary experience required. Strong knowledge of Outward Bound history, standards, and programs is highly preferred.
• Personal and professional values consistent with NWOBS mission, values, and principles.
• Proven leadership, organizational skills, and attention to detail.
• Strong personal motivation, initiative, commitment, follow-through, and passion for NWOBS mission.

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.
• Able to multi-task and prioritize effectively.
• Effective communicator both written and oral.
• Able to work effectively in a dynamic environment. Flexible, adaptable and open to change.

Preferred Skills:

• Minimum current WFR and CPR required or willing to acquire prior to beginning work.
• Proficient with PC in Windows environment with Microsoft 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 was founded in 1965 and facilitates wilderness-based programs in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, and 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, 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. Review of applications will begin on February 5, 2021, with priority given to applications received by February 12, 2021. The position will remain open until filled with a desired start date of April 2021.

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