The Visiting Program Director is responsible for directing a team of up to 6-8 full time staff including managers, instructors and interns. Summer staffing includes an additional 8-10 short term staff. Along with the team, the Director will administer, support and deliver all curriculum and courses to create individualized educational experiences for visiting school groups, ranging from 5th grade through post-doctoral field course. The Island School currently has 750-1000 short course student visits to our campus per year. Additionally, the Director leads our flagship summer term program, delivering a transformational 6 week program for ~60 high school students, centered around the question “How do we live well in a place?” This role requires skills and experience in organizing, administering and delivering programs in addition to possessing an entrepreneurial spirit and a keen sense of business acumen.

Tagged as: Conservation, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Research/Science and Technical, Teaching/Education, Water Skills


BA/BS or equivalent
Demonstrated commitment to outdoor and experiential education focused on sustainability and culture
Strong teaching and mentoring skills to guide staff
Experience with risk management responsibilities in outdoor education

Required Skills:

Strong management and organizational skills
Collaborative disposition to effectively share limited resources
Ability to build strong relationships with students from various backgrounds through daily interactions, teaching in the classroom and participating in outdoor activities
Be high energy, compassionate, collaborative and inspiring, willing to take constructive risks
Appreciation for physical challenge and the confidence that comes with challenging oneself physically and mentally

Preferred Skills:

Preferred certifications:
Wilderness First Responder
Dive Certifications
ACA Kayak Level 3 or above
Life guarding and/or Swim Instruction
Boat driving experience
Familiarity with The Bahamas

About The Island School

The Island School, a not-for-profit organization based in The Bahamas, was founded to create and support transformational educational experiences with the vision of leadership effecting change, on the island of Eleuthera. The diverse educational initiatives, including our High School Semester and Summer Term, Deep Creek Middle School, Elementary Learning Center, and our Community Engagement and Partnerships, deliver unique educational journeys in conjunction with the authentic and meaningful work our organization undertakes in research and sustainable development at the Cape Eleuthera Institute, our research, and innovation hub. We are reimagining what education is for, and redesigning how education is delivered.

Application Instructions

Please apply through the Island School website: https://islandschool.org/employment/current-openings/