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6 Feb 2017

Full-Time National Indigenous Leadership Program Manager

Outward Bound Canada Anywhere

Job Description

Position:                               National Indigenous Leadership Program Manager

Immediate Supervisor:                       Director of Innovation

Location:                                 TBD (flexible)

Start date:                               April 3 2017


Since 1969, Outward Bound Canada has made it our mission to cultivate resilience, leadership, connections and compassion, through inspiring and challenging journeys of self-discovery in the natural world. A not-for-profit, charitable, educational organization, Outward Bound Canada has challenged over 150,000 Canadians to step out of their comfort zone with our unique outdoor adventures. We pride ourselves on offering transformational journeys that encourage participants to push beyond their limits and discover their true potential.



Outward Bound Canada (OBC) – a not-for-profit, charitable, educational organization – has been working with Indigenous communities in Canada to support young people through outdoor programs for the past 40 years. OBC recently received multi-year funding support to significantly expand our Indigenous programming nationally. This support will enable OBC to impact more Indigenous youth through leadership development programs, career and skills development opportunities, and by providing us with the capacity to deepen our partnerships with Indigenous peoples, groups and organizations in Canada.

To lead this national initiative, we are hiring a full-time National Indigenous Program Manager. This individual would oversee program development and implementation of Outward Bound Canada’s National Indigenous Leadership program strategy.  This includes cultivating partnerships, engaging Canadian Indigenous communities, recruiting participants and the development of culturally relevant programming within the OBC curricula. This is an extraordinary opportunity for a highly motivated and talented outdoor educator, with a profound commitment to supporting the development aspirations of Indigenous peoples in Canada, to make a real difference in the world.



  • Build and maintain effective partnerships with Indigenous communities, organizations and partners across Canada.
  • Recruit Indigenous students for specific programs – youth leadership, instructor development programs, Women of Courage programs and community/group contract programs.
  • Develop meaningful and culturally relevant program curriculum and training materials.
  • Support Program Directors to cultivate and sustain partnerships with local and national Indigenous organizations and communities in Canada.
  • Work with the Philanthropy Department in identifying new funding partners and ensuring appropriate stewardship of existing funding partners.
  • In conjunction with the National Expedition Support Team maintain an accurate and current database of all contacts; including student, donor, and client/partner information.
  • Oversee culturally relevant staff training staff working with Indigenous students.
  • Oversee hiring and support of Indigenous instructors.
  • Maintain and develop relationships with delivery partners, key clients, land managers, elders and other stakeholders as necessary to ensure high quality program delivery.
  • Work with the other departments within the organization to oversee and ensure quality of communications and outreach related to the National Indigenous Leadership Program; including student recruitment and intake, development of marketing and communication tools, and managing public and media relations. The National Indigenous Program Manager is expected to be the public face and ambassador for the program.
  • Recruit and engage program volunteers, Elders and other cultural resource people to ensure effective and respectful program design and delivery.




  • A strong working knowledge of the outdoor and experiential/adventure industry along with a deep understanding of and commitment to the Outward Bound philosophy and pedagogy.
  • Extensive experience working with Indigenous populations. The successful candidate will have a broad familiarity with Indigenous cultural and community perspectives and will understand the range of issues facing Indigenous youth in Canada. They are likely to have a broad range of existing Indigenous community connections and relationships
  • Experience writing successful proposals and reports for a range of funders and partners.
  • Detail oriented: excellent planning, organizational, communication, and system building skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and people management skills.
  • Competent and current in implementing wilderness program risk management best practices.
  • Solution-focused; able to take responsibility and work unsupervised.
  • Technologically savvy with a high level of computer (Mac and PC) competency; strong experience with MS Office programs (particularly Word, PowerPoint and Excel), Google Mail and apps, CRM (Salesforce an asset), and cloud computing.
  • Wilderness First Aid/Advanced Wilderness First Aid (+80hrs) certification & CPR-C – or willing to complete.
  • Class 4 Driver’s License (asset).
  • Current teaching certificate (asset).
  • Must be fluent in English: fluency in Indigenous language is an asset.
  • Position will require a flexible schedule and will require working some evenings and weekends.


Salary competitive within industry standards and within the non-profit environment of Canada.  Eligible for full-time benefits.

How to Apply

READY TO APPLY? To apply: upload a copy of your current resume and a cover letter in pdf using this web form:       Application deadline: February 20, 2017, 5 pm EST   Outward Bound Canada is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Job Categories: Outdoor Education. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: community, Indigenous, instructors, leadership, manager, outdoor education, partnership, program development, and wilderness.

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