The Southern California Program Director leads our Joshua Tree base in delivering safe, high-quality programs. They will collaborate with the administrative regional staff to establish consistent programming, a highly trained instructor pool, and new partnerships with schools and other non-profit partners, all through an equity lens. This position is a member of the Leadership Team and reports to the Director of Programs and Safety.

Benefits, Compensation & Location
This is an exempt position with a salary range of $4500-5000 per month (FTE).
This position is full time during the 7 month season (October – April), and 40% time during the off season. Or 9 months per year.
Expected start date ASAP with an anticipated end date of April 17th.
Position is located at the OBCA basecamp in the Joshua Tree, California area.
OBCA offers a competitive benefits package, including comprehensive health, dental and vision insurance, enrollment in OBCA’s 401k plan 1 year from start date, Flexible Spending Account, Employee Assistance Plan (EAP), Paid Time Off (PTO), and paid holidays. We also offer opportunities for professional development and pro-deals (the opportunity to purchase outdoor gear at a discounted price).
Room and board provided during the program season.

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Backcountry Skills, Climbing Skills, Full Time, Teaching/Education


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)
Previous management experience

Required Skills:



Open Until Filled.

About Outward Bound California

Outward Bound California (OBCA) is a non-profit that uses challenging experiences in outdoor settings to create social-emotional learning opportunities for our students (ages 12 and up, including adults). We offer a wide range of programs, from 1-day experiences on our San Francisco Challenge Course to multi-day rock climbing and backpacking courses in the High Sierra and Joshua Tree. OBCA is committed to increasing access for those that have traditionally been excluded from outdoor spaces. We do this, in part, through our 40+ community partnerships and by offering partial or full scholarships to over 2/3 of our students.

Equity and Inclusion Statement:

We believe that all people should have safe access to the outdoors and culturally relevant and responsive educational programming. OBCA is also striving to create an equitable and inclusive internal culture where all staff members feel represented and honored for their identities and lived experiences. We examine how power, bias,

Application Instructions

Apply Online https://www.outwardboundcalifornia.org/connect/careers/administrative-positions/southern-california-program-director/