The Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC), is a 113-year-old non-profit that serves serves young people, primarily from historically marginalized communities, by nurturing their social-emotional skills through experiential, environmental, and adventure-based programming. The Program Manager (PM) plans, manages, coordinates, and evaluates 1-5 day programs for schools, CBOs, and university partners; including determining program schedules, assign appropriate staffing, food service needs, and other logistics. The PM also supervises and coaches seasonal staff and runs PBC’s award-winning Summer Bridge Program.
The Program Manager supports the Director of Programs and Assistant Director in all aspects of program management, coordination, implementation, and delivery at the Blairstown Campus. The Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC) program model includes year-round partnerships with multiple schools, community-based organizations, and university partners. The Program Manager works closely with the Director of Programs in the establishment, coordination, and implementation of a broad range of experiential, adventure-based and environmental education programs at the 268-acre Blairstown Campus as well as the occasional off-site program. The Program Manager works closely with the Assistant Director to ensure that risk management is an integral part of the daily routine at the Blairstown Campus. The Program Manager serves as a member of the Blairstown Leadership Team and will be on-call one week a month, or as needed.
Develop, manage, coordinate, and evaluate progressively sequenced, age-appropriate programs which address user group’s goals, objectives, needs, and interests; develop and implement program schedules; assign appropriate staff; organize food service, transportation, and other logistics; maintain records; and undertake assessment and evaluation of program offerings. (approximately 70% of time)
Supervise and coach staff as assigned and evaluate their performance.
Develop, facilitate, and debrief adventure based/experiential education curriculum including adventure course, low and high ropes course, rock climbing, hiking, canoeing/kayaking/swimming, and restoration programming designed to help students develop 21st Century and social-emotional skills that include learning to communicate cooperatively, problem solve, and work together to achieve common goals.
Utilize program evaluations and coordinator feedback to make and ensure continuous quality improvements.
Support the Director of Programs and Assistant Director in providing ongoing leadership to the Blairstown program staff and site.
Assist in the coordination, development, and implementation of Seasonal Staff Orientation, Summer Staff Orientation, Adjunct Training, and the onboarding of mid-season hires.
Take the lead and manage one of the following areas of PBC programming: Summer Bridge, Sustainability and Environmental Education, LIT or other Programs.
Must possess or be working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field. Professional experience working with children and adolescents in education, youth development, and/or experiential education settings. Program development experience or documented training and experience leading/developing and or facilitating low and high ropes courses, canoeing and backpacking. Experience managing equipment and inventory. Experience in the area of risk management.
Outstanding customer service skills, group facilitation skills, and logistical planning experience required.
Wilderness First Responder certification required or willingness to complete. First Aid, CPR, and ARC Lifeguard certification required or willingness to complete within introductory (3-month) period. Lifeguard trainer certification preferred. ACCT II certification required or willingness to complete. Valid Driver's License.
Able to lift and carry up to 40 plus pounds for extended periods at a time while backpacking.
Able to work in high places such as ropes courses and in trees.
Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders in a multi-cultural environment.
Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, professionalism, a commitment to lead by example, and dedication to the mission of Princeton-Blairstown Center.
About Princeton-Blairstown Center
The Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC), is a 113-year-old non-profit that serves young people, primarily from historically marginalized communities, by nurturing their social-emotional skills through experiential, environmental, and adventure-based programming on a 268-acre campus. The PM plans, manages, coordinates, and evaluates 1-5 day programs for schools, CBOs, and university partners; including determining program schedules, assigning appropriate staffing, food service needs, and other logistics. The PM also supervises and coaches seasonal staff and runs PBC’s award-winning Summer Bridge Program. Compensation: Salary Range $37-$42k, excellent benefits package, bonus & 401k, Professional Development, food & housing on site (valued at $20k). Flexible start date. BIPOC are strongly encouraged to apply. Contact Mark DeBiasse at [email protected] For more information or to apply: