The Program Director tends the heart of Journeys’ transformational growth experiences, directing Wilderness Rite of Passage Programs for both youth and adults, in addition to leadership training, community and contract programs. As Program Director, you’ll play a pivotal role in the success of our organization, reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the Operations Manager, Seasonal Program/Basecamp Manager, Interns and Board of Directors. Your responsibilities encompass all facets of program development and delivery.

This is an exempt position and in the summer can require long hours, working evenings and weekend hours. During the rest of the year, depending on the needs of the school year or community programs, some irregular hours may apply. Working on Location in the summer is imperative but some remote work in the off-season is possible.

Key Responsibilities:
Deliver High-Quality Programs
Recruit, hire, and train exceptional program staff.
Lead staff training and organizational development initiatives.
Along with other Staff, facilitate and direct Severance and Incorporation Ceremonies for Rite of Passage programs, as well as other program events as necessary.
Design the program schedule with the Journeys Team and coordinate at basecamp parent circles, elder’s councils and all aspects of the program .
Establish and maintain procedures and standards related to program logistics, including vehicles, transportation, itinerary, permits, food, equipment, supplies, paperwork, and facilities in coordination with other members of the administrative team.
Design/Manage/Oversee Details for School Year and Community Programs during off-season as aligned with the organizational mission and contribute to its evolution..
Develop and ensure effective safety and risk management standards and procedures.
Oversee registration and participant screening systems in coordination with the Office Manager
Proficiently manage technology resources, including online registration systems, data management systems, and collaborative business software with the overall team
Guide the process of refining organizational systems and documentation to accurately represent the evolving objectives of Journeys.
Maintain and Develop Journeys’ Curriculum
Continuously refine program offerings and curriculum.
Collaborate closely with core program staff, including advisory council(s).
Develop and implement systems for evaluating program quality and staff performance, integrating improvements as needed.
Facilitate program staff feedback sessions.
Create and manage a staff manual and curriculum resources.
Supervise contract and custom programs, developing curriculum and ensuring exceptional program delivery.
Foster the development of new programming as appropriate.
Champion Journeys’ Programs through Outreach & Marketing

Tagged as: Administrative Staff


Four or more years of outdoor program management experience with a professional interest in at least one of the following areas: working with youth in a therapeutic or educational environment or working in rites of passage/vision fast work.
Study of Outdoor Recreation Management at a University or other Professional training.
Experience in leading wilderness expeditions and expertise in best practices for wilderness travel and risk management.
WFR certification or willingness to get up-to-date.

Required Skills:

Outstanding interpersonal communication skills and the ability to build strong relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Experience in developing and delivering staff training.
A passion for empowering resiliency and resourcing for the next generation and their families..
Competency in risk management, crisis response, and conflict resolution.
Interest or experience creating equitable and inclusive environments
Confident and compassionate Leadership skills
Strong organizational skills

Preferred Skills:

Keen problem solving abilities
Willingness to engage in & facilitate deep, soulful inquiry
Ability to balance big-picture thinking with attention to detail
Skilled in managing people in a supportive manner.
Self-awareness & the ability to thrive in a collaborative environment.
Good communication with a team in a busy, multi-facited work environment
Ability to self-supervise, move towards goals in a timely way
Commitment to personal development and an openness to learning and growth
A good sense of humor!

About Rite of Passage Journeys

Rite of Passage Journeys, established in 1968, fosters self-discovery, community and connection with the natural world. Our mission is to mentor youth, adults, and elders through life transitions, initiating soulful leaders for the next generation. This not-for-profit organization provides intentional rites of passage experiences and rite of passage education. Our experiences take the form of guided wilderness retreats and adventures, while our education consists of consultation and training for schools, organizations, churches and individual leaders. We offer a variety of programs designed for children, teens, and adults. Journeys is admired nationwide for its solid integrity and commitment to soul-work that honors deep human values and the earth. The qualities our programs nurture enable us to more fully embrace the challenges and beauty of our collective experiences as well as our unique individual calling.

Application Instructions

Please send a cover-letter of interest and a resume to [email protected]