Texas Program Director - Voyageur Outward Bound School

  • Outward Bound
  • Apr 18, 2017
Full time Communication/Public Outreach Environmental Education/Interpretation Natural Resources

Job Description


Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS) is a charter of Outward Bound USA, the leading provider of experiential and outdoor education for youth and adults.

VOBS reaches over 2,000 students annually and has been serving its mission – changing lives through challenge and discovery – for over 50 years.  At VOBS we provide experiences that challenge an individual’s own perception of what is possible, offering everything from multi week expeditions to single day programs.

We have consistently offered Veteran expeditions, courses for youth and young adults as well as adults and families.  Currently, we operate programs at our basecamp near Ely, called Homeplace, in the Twin Cities and in Texas.


At VOBS, we put a high priority on developing our staff and running a strong organization and we’re proud to have recently been named one of the 100 Best places to work by Outside magazine.

The Texas Program Director oversees all of VOBS’ operations in Texas; oversees the safety and quality of all Rio Grande Outward Bound courses, and manages the Texas basecamp.  Primary responsibilities include hiring, training, management, and retention of a high quality Rio Grande staff and implement Texas program plan.

The Texas PD will set the standard for excellence and expectations, inspire and mentor staff, and will exemplify our mission and core values to staff and to the Rio community.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities

School Leadership and Management

  • Serve as a member of VOBS’ Program Leadership Team (PLT) to develop training, educational curriculum and staff plans for all VOBS programming

Fiscal Management

  • Develop, track and be responsible for Texas budget and accounting.
  • Work closely with Student Services to manage enrollment.

Interface with Outward Bound USA and OBSG (national marketing)

  • Develop (in coordination with VOBS’ PLT) annual Texas course schedule that is high quality, realistic and safe.

Safety and Program Management

  • Develop, oversee systems, and participate with incident command. Local Emergency Response Plan, Local Operating Procedures and incident reporting for course and programs; serve as on-call responder
  • Support a culture of conservative risk management and safety management, and proactively manage program activities to meet safety goals and objectives
  • Develop and manage Texas Staff Training system, course curriculum and evaluative systems
  • Collaborate and manage with the PLT and VOBS Leadership Team (VLT) to ensure consistent high quality programming for open enrollment and group programming

Fundraising/ Marketing

  • Support VOBS’ Fundraising and Marketing efforts by helping collect student stories and supporting alumni outreach.
  • Build and maintain excellent connections and relationships in Redford, El Paso, and greater Texas.


  • Oversee the administration, delivery and course quality of all open enrollment and group program courses operated in Texas
  • Oversee day-to-day course and logistics operations of Texas site, troubleshooting and filling in where needed.
  • Manage and maintain permit capacity, agency relationship, annual operating plans, and reporting and fee payments for land use as well and manage relations with Big Bend National and State Parks; serve as VOBS’ primary point of contact in Texas. 
  • Supervise, support, and develop staff, including Interns, Instructors, and Course Directors
  • Work closely with other VOBS managers to recruit and hire Texas employees
  • Ensure quality and maintenance of Texas site, including buildings, housing, vehicles and trailers
  • Manage technical activity sites with staff and students
  • Live on Texas basecamp in Redford, TX (required) during program season 


  • Demonstrated strong leadership and people management skills, and ability to give and receive feedback.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to the empowering mission and values of Outward Bound.
  • Solid Communication skills – verbal and written – and the ability to tell VOBS’ story and communicate persuasively.
  • Willingness to work independently and collaborate locally, regionally and with national colleagues
  • Strong initiative, follow through and commitment.
  • Good organizational skills and ability to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Time instructing Outward Bound programs or similar experience
  • Strong technical skills in whitewater canoeing, rock climbing, canyoneering, and desert backpacking preferred.
  • Able to work effectively in a dynamic environment, adaptable, open to change.
  • Minimum three years in the outdoor education/ experiential learning field or similar experience.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.
  • Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification.
  • Proficient with PC and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to participate in vigorous to moderate physical activity; lift and move minimum of 40 pounds and be at a desk or computer at least 70% of the time.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • This is an 11-12 month full-time position (9 month Texas PD duties and 2-3 months summer CD/instructor equivalent at Homeplace or Twin Cities Center)
  • Full time benefits package
  • Room and board provided year-round

Applications will be accepted through April 30, 2017.

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