Position: Expedition Program Coordinator

Location: Baltimore, Leakin Park.

Reports to: Expedition Program Manager

Schedule: Variable over 9 mos.

Status: 9-month position with 12-month benefits, full-time/ exempt

Organization

Founded in 1986, Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School’s (CBOBS) mission is to change lives through challenge and discovery. CBOBS is committed to providing transformational experiences to a diverse group of youth and adults through one-day programs, virtual programs, and multi-day expeditions. CBOBS operates programs in Baltimore City, the Appalachian Trail in MD and PA, the Potomac River, the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area in WV, and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. CBOBS’ facilities are in Leakin Park in Baltimore City.

For more information, please visit www.outwardboundchesapeake.org.

Position

The Expedition Program Coordinator provides leadership in instruction, organization, safety, and implementation of high quality, expeditions with a wide range of participants and socio-economic backgrounds. The Expedition Program Coordinator works closely with the expedition and logistics teams to support overall program operations through supervising, training, and evaluating instructional staff, managing technical student sites and gear, overseeing infield logistics, safety management, and data reporting. This role will assist with on-call coverage and response and may be required to lead 1-2 expedition courses between March and November. The Expedition Program Coordinator will also support overall staff education and leadership by training, mentoring, and coaching staff at all levels and supervising and managing assigned Instructors, Leads, and Apprentices.

Understanding of and commitment to the Outward Bound philosophy and curriculum are keys to success for this position. Current CBOBS programming includes hands-on experiences designed to enhance community building, problem-solving, teamwork, self-confidence, empathy, and compassion. Expedition programs include 5-, 7-, and 12-day expeditions backpacking, canoeing, or sea kayaking on the Appalachian Trail in MD and PA, the Potomac River, the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area in WV, and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Expedition Program Coordinator position is a 9-month position with 12-month benefits. This position works an average of 18 days a month, and no more than 162 days per 9 months, with at least 48 hours off guaranteed after any period of work lasting 15 straight days. Outward Bound includes on-going professional development opportunities, position specific training, as well as the option for community housing and basic board for seasonal staff.

Key Responsibilities

  • Model a strong and positive leadership role in supporting the highest level of program quality for CBOBS for all staff and program participants.
  • Serve as the primary link between program administration and field staff, ensuring clear and consistent communication.
  • Ensure instructional teams successfully deliver the Outward Bound mission, educational framework, instructional tools, preferred practices, and OBUSA/CBOBS policies and procedures.
  • Support course delivery through supervisory visits to the field to provide logistical support, conduct coaching observations, and mentor field staff.
  • Deliver pre-course orientations and post-course check-outs, including safety briefings, professional development, skills practice, and gear maintenance.
  • Work with the CBOBS administration and program team to design and implement detailed logistics plans, itineraries, and schedules to support in-field programs such as curricula, route planning, food, equipment organization, and packing.
  • Meet regularly with the Admissions and Program teams to stay ahead of student-screening concerns.
  • Provide clear, effective, consistent, and professional communication and feedback with Instructors, program leadership, supervisors, participants, partners, and families before, during, and after courses.
  • Assist Expedition Program Manager with acquiring all required permits, licenses, reservations, and registrations for CBOBS course areas while enhancing relationships and communications with outside agencies.
  • Be proficient and fluent in all expedition program offerings and course areas.
  • Ensure completion of all program paperwork: course reports, staff evaluations, incident reports, student surveys, and student report cards.
  • Commit to professional, technical skill, and interpersonal relationship growth and facilitate growth in others.
  • Participate in all required staff training, designing, and facilitating sessions for staff at all levels.
  • Train others on various feedback, leadership, and program models facilitation that meets learners’ needs and course outcomes.
  • Practice excellent self-care and ability to model and oversee students’ self-care, health, and hygiene in outdoor and wilderness settings.
  • Evaluate, document, and report on assigned individual and instructional teams’ performance.
  • Act as course lead as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Safety

  • Adhere to all OBUSA and CBOBS safety standards, policies, and administrative directives. Participate in the emergency on-call system, including troubleshooting all issues related to the field, students, parents, and partners.
  • Participate in the Emergency On-Call system, adhering to all protocols and reporting chains, including responding to field calls and emergencies, assisting in decision-making, and supporting evacuation operations and emergency response situations.
  • Work with Expedition Program Manager to write and review incident reports and analyses, including debriefs, evaluation, and feedback.
  • Coach staff to participate in a “culture of safety and learning” by reporting all incidents and near misses.
  • Lead course area reconnaissance and hazard identification trips.
  • Identify and address potential mental health or behavioral emergencies safely.
  • Train staff to identify potentially dangerous situations proactively and make decisions to avoid unnecessary risks.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must have all vaccines recommended by the CDC, including a COVID 19 vaccine, by first date of employment or arrival on base.
  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Maintain at least one technical certification from a third-party organization (e.g., ACA, AMGA, ACCT, LNT), AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certification preferred.
  • Minimum three years instructing and field leadership experience with Outward Bound or a similar wilderness expeditionary organization.
  • Ability to clear federal and state background checks.
  • Experience inspiring and leading teams effectively, including collaborating with diverse people, skills, and visions towards a common goal.
  • Ability to excel under pressure and demonstrate emotional regulation, good judgment, and balanced decision-making in stressful situations.
  • Clear a motor vehicle record check, and comfortable driving large vehicles with and without trailers.
  • Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification preferred. Adult CPR required.

Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Training

  • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Must be a strong mentor, able to develop new staff, accurately assess staff, and support conflict resolution as needed.
  • Strong and effective communicator, both written and oral. Ability to give and receive both positive and constructive feedback.
  • Experienced in working with a range of backgrounds and ages as colleagues, clients, and participants.
  • Youth or Adult Mental Health First Aid certification preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to engaging in equity, inclusion, and diversity efforts (in a professional or personal setting).
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and the Google Suite.
  • Self-starter, strong initiative, follow-through, and commitment.
  • Flexible, adaptable, and open to change.

Physical Requirements

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to perform the following:
  • Ability to carry 45–65 pound pack on and off-trail for 12 hours or more a day.
  • Be sufficiently fit to participate in all required activities, including but not limited to backpacking, climbing, paddling, ropes courses, rock climbing, running.
  • Able to maintain energy, strength, and focus to assist students and staff with physical and emotional challenges.
  • Sit/stand/walk for long periods of time.
  • Ability to observe staff and participant behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate management techniques.
  • Visual, auditory, and physical ability to identify and respond to hazards related to the activity and emergencies on camp and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.
  • Work occasionally in a high stress work environment,
  • Operate office equipment to include but not limited to, computer keyboard, calculator, copier machine, and other office equipment
  • Experience daily exposure to the sun, heat, and animals such as bugs, snakes, bats, bears, etc.
  • Work irregular hours in the outdoors regardless of weather and season.

Benefits

  • Up to eight (8) weeks of paid Family/Medical leave
  • The salary range for this position is $30,000-$36,000. Pay will be commensurate with experience.
  • Employer contribution of 75% for Medical, Dental, & Vision insurance through CareFirst BlueChoice for the employee and their children, if applicable.
  • Five (5) days of paid Sick Leave.
  • 401(k) with a match. Employees are eligible for participation after 1 year of employment. The current match is 6% of the employee’s salary.
  • Long-term disability, short-term disability, AD&D insurance, and a $25,000 life insurance policy at no cost to the employee.
  • Pre-tax Saving Cafeteria Plan: Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA).
  • Pre-tax Commuter/Transit Benefits.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
  • Aflac Supplemental Insurance.
  • Pro Deals: Discounts from outdoor industry vendors for outdoor professionals.

To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to Megan Campbell, Program and Safety Director at jobs@outwardboundchesapeake.org. Applicant review will begin immediately and be ongoing.

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