Position: Logistics Coordinator

Location: Baltimore, Leakin Park.

Reports to: Logistics 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 CBOBS Logistics Coordinator helps ensure the implementation of high quality, expeditions with a wide range of participants and socio-economic background. The Logistics Coordinator works closely with the Logistic Manager and program teams to support overall program operations managing sites and gear, coordinating in-field logistics, monitor food supply and usage, safety management, and performing administrative tasks. Primary responsibilities include monitoring the use of program equipment (backpacks, boats, technical clothing, etc.), sufficiently stocking the ‘food-room’ per program needs, transporting students and staff to distant course-areas (up to three hours one-way from Baltimore), inspecting the vehicle fleet for good repair, and maintaining facilities/equipment as necessary. This role will assist with on- call coverage and response and may be required to lead 1-2 expedition courses between March and November (if qualified). The Logistics Coordinator will also support overall staff education and leadership by training, mentoring, and coaching staff at all levels in driving, logistics, and Workplace Health & Safety.

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 Logistics Coordinator position is a 9-month position with 12-month benefits. This position works an average of 18 days a month, no more than 162 days per 9 months, with a guaranteed 48 hours off at least every 15 days. Outward Bound includes ongoing professional development opportunities, position specific training, and the option for community housing and basic board.

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 logistics and program staff, ensuring clear and consistent communication.
  • Support in-field course/program delivery such as rock climbing facilitation, re-supplies, pick-up, and drop-off.
  • Assist with pre-course orientations and post-course check-outs, including safety briefings, professional development, skills practice, and gear maintenance.
  • Work with the CBOBS Logistics Manager and program team to design and implement detailed logistics plans, itineraries, and schedules to support infield programs such as route planning, food, equipment organization, and packing.
  • Provide clear, effective, consistent, and professional communication and feedback with Instructors, program leadership, supervisors, participants, partners, and families before, during, and after courses.
  • Ensure gear, food, vehicles, and other course supplies are ready prior to program start.
  • Work with Logistics Manager to design clear and efficient gear inventory and management system.
  • Repair equipment as necessary including but not limited to patching, sewing, replacing zippers, caulking/sealing, and upgrading worn components of canoes and sea kayaks.
  • Support all campus facilities maintenance and repair as applicable.
  • Support Logistics Manager in supervising staff working in the logistics department.
  • Maintain professional relationships with outside agencies, vendors, and residents.
  • Be proficient and fluent in all expedition program offerings and course areas.
  • Ensure the completion of all assigned paperwork and reports.
  • Commit to professional, technical skill, and interpersonal relationship growth and facilitate growth in others.
  • Participate in all required staff training.
  • Act as course lead as requested, if qualified.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Safety

  • Adhere to all OBUSA and CBOBS safety standards, policies, and administrative directives.
  • Work with Logistics Manger to design and facilitate driving, logistics, and Workplace Health & Safety trainings for all levels of staff.
  • 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.
  • Coach staff to participate in a “culture of safety and learning” by reporting all incidents and near misses as well as writing incident reports.
  • Train staff to proactively and makes decisions to avoid unnecessary risks and identify potentially dangerous situations and equipment failures.

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
  • Ability to clear federal and state background checks.
  • Clear a motor vehicle record check, with history of excellent driving and trailering ability.
  • Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification preferred. Adult CPR required.
  • Minimum two years of experience in outdoor education or any field that requires driving, using tools, being on a team, handling food, or working outside.
  • 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.

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.
  • Able to balance multiple project and priorities simultaneously.
  • 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.
  • Proficiency in basic carpentry, sewing, vehicle maintenance 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.
  • 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 upervision 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 Sick Leave (PTO).
  • 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.

Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School prohibits discrimination against any student or applicant because of race, color, religion, sex, gender, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other category which may be protected by applicable state or federal law. Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School also promotes respect for all people and will not tolerate harassment based on any of these characteristics nor on differences based on gender identity or expression.