The Southern California Program Director (PD) leads our Joshua Tree programming. The PD will leverage a strong history of Outward Bound programming in Southern California to deliver safe, high quality programs, change lives through challenge and discovery, and mentor staff to do their best work. They will collaborate with the administrative office located in San Francisco to establish consistent programming, a highly trained instructor pool, and new school and non-profit partnerships, all through a lens of equity, while keeping safety of students as their highest priority. This position is a member of the Leadership Team and reports to the Director of Programs and Safety (DPS).

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Full Time


Committed outdoor educator with Bachelor’s degree and/or 5-6 years’ experience in the outdoor education/experiential learning field or any similar combination of education and experience
Outward Bound or other wilderness expeditionary experience (OB, NOLS multi-day course or equivalent) is required.
Previous management experience is required.
Holds a current Wilderness First Responder, CPR and CA Epi certifications or able to get upon hire.

Required Skills:

Passionate about OBCA’s mission
Have a deep understanding and personal commitment to equity and inclusion in the outdoors
Experienced in working with and mentoring staff around topics of diversity, equity and inclusion
Strong leader with tested people management, organization, and administrative skills
Compassionate & effective communicator, both written and oral
Self-motivated and flexible with an innate sense of initiative, follow-through, and commitment
Independent worker and cooperative team member, ab

About Outward Bound California

Outward Bound California (OBCA) is part of a national network of experiential and outdoor education programs, with a 50 year history in the US, serving over 40,000 students annually. OBCA uses unique experiences in natural settings to create social-emotional learning opportunities for our students to tap into their inherent potential as compassionate leaders and active participants in their communities.

We work with students on a range of programs, from 1-day experiences on our San Francisco Challenge Course to multi-day rock climbing, backpacking and mountaineering courses ranging from 7 to 65 days long. We work with students aged 12+, including adults, educators and veterans. Outward Bound California is deeply committed to opening up access for students and schools that have traditionally been excluded from outdoor spaces and programs and we do this through over 40 effective community partnerships. As a non-profit, more than 2/3 of our students receive partial or full scholarshi

Application Instructions

For the full position description and to apply visit: https://www.outwardboundcalifornia.org/connect/careers/administrative-positions/southern-california-program-director/