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6 Dec 2018

Contract Program Director

Educo Adventure School Anywhere

Job Description

Position:                               Program Director – Educo Adventure School

Location:                                100 Mile House, Canada

Ideal Start Date:                  March 15th 2019

Contract Length:                 March 15th – September 30th, 2019 (possibility to extend)

Application Close Date:   December 28th, 2018

Report to:                              JUMP! Chief Program Manager


The JUMP! Foundation is currently seeking a skilled and energetic candidate to fill the role of Program Director in 100 Mile House. This individual will be an educational visionary who is also an enthusiastic and goal-oriented manager. The Program Director will direct and manage all projects related to staff development, program innovation & risk management for a cutting-edge Experiential Education Program. The Program Director will effectively solve problems through individual initiative; accurately communicate with the JUMP! Foundation’s multi-cultural and international client base; and contribute to the total efforts of a small, dedicated team.

This Program Director will be responsible for managing the operations and development of the Educo Adventure School.  Through dynamic leadership, facilitation skills and vision, the Program Director will be working with stakeholders to ensure the strategic objectives of our organization are a success.



Educo Adventure School aims to be more than just an outdoor classroom: we seek to create meaningful experiences that draw forth our students’ emotional, social, and spiritual development. We believe this is fostered through deepening connections with the natural world, embracing challenge, and learning the intricacies of intimate teamwork. We learn experientially – hands-on! Educo offers opportunities for young people to disconnect from the digital and online arenas and to cultivate a sense of belonging in the world as they journey through our local mountains, forests, lakes, and rivers. Educo Adventure School staff facilitate opportunities for youth to become self-aware and engaged with the people, communities, and natural world surrounding them.



Educo Adventure School has a rich history in youth work and community living. In a loving and supportive environment, we encourage each other to step beyond our preconceived limitations and to express ourselves fully and creatively. As a staff team, we work hard (and play harder). We work collaboratively and we value one another’s contributions. We ask of our staff what we ask of our students: a willingness to step beyond our comfort zone and to practice vulnerability and appreciation. If you prefer efficiency to collaboration, dislike ambiguity, and adhere to a very strict schedule, then leading at Educo Adventure School probably isn’t right for you. If you’re looking for a fun, multifaceted, and rewarding work environment that will push you every single day, then we want to hear from you!




  • Ability to develop and maintain clear vision for the programs
  • Provide administrative direction (policies, financial, risk management, child protection)
  • Skill to manage a diverse and dynamic team
  • Ability to operate autonomously
  • Team Leadership & Conflict Management skills
  • Significant experience in the experiential educational industry




The Program Director is accountable for ensuring quality and completion of the following responsibilities through exemplary leadership, staff engagement, and delegation where possible:

  • Co-create and co-lead the program season with the Adventure School program team
  • Directing the long-term strategy for Educo Adventure School
  • Leading the program design and curriculum development for multiple programs, including collaboration with educators and other program stakeholders
  • Management, training, and mentoring of all program staff
  • Managing, monitoring, and training in all risk assessment and risk management systems
  • Managing child protection measures
  • Managing the monitoring and evaluation of all programming
  • Managing budgets & financial systems related to the programs
  • Community and Partnership communication





  • Risk management: extensive experience in risk management process, including conducting risk assessments, developing safety standards and protocols, and training staff.
  • Project management: experience managing multiple programs of varying size with diverse objectives
  • Team management: experience managing and mentoring high performing program teams
  • Program design: experience in designing experiential education programs and curriculum
  • objectives
  • Partnership management: ability to foster multiple relationships with diverse program stakeholders
  • Financial management: able to create and manage complex budgets and expense tracking systems and report on financial targets
  • Monitoring and evaluation: familiarity with monitoring and evaluation approaches for experiential education programs
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite




  • Must meet the required qualifications of an Educo Lead Facilitator
  • 5+ years of work experience in experiential education
  • 3+ years of management experience
  • 3+ years experience in risk management systems
  • 2+ years of budget and financial management
  • Experience working and/or teaching in or alongside school systems



PREFERRED CERTIFICATIONS: ACMG TRCI, AMGA Rock/Alpine, SRT-I, AdventureWorks! High and Low Ropes Course Instructor, Wilderness EMT, SRT1/FRT1




  • You love working with people. You are open and attentive to all individuals, internal or external to the organization. You are able to appreciate individuals for their diversity and uniqueness. You enjoy creating opportunity for others and working creatively to inspire others to contribute to a vision. You have a desire to be aware of and respond to others’ spoken, partly spoken, or unspoken thoughts and feelings. You tailor your mentorship approach to the needs of each staff member or student.
  • You have a strong commitment to and desire for continuous learning. You take initiative to improve your capability and competency. You are open to feedback and carefully consider the feedback, even when this is emotionally challenging. Your willingness and desire to be coached and mentored yields not only personal growth but learning of new and different solutions that can be utilized to ensure organizational success and evolution.
  • You communicate clearly. You appreciate nuanced language that is inspirational and honest. You listen carefully and strive to understand others accurately through inquiry and reflection. You enjoy the challenge of framing problems in new ways for debriefs and conflict resolution. You continuously strive to be clear and concise in your requests, instructions, and invitations.
  • You are analytical. You use critical reflection, risk assessment, and improvisation to be adaptive when plans change and when problems are presented. You are present and responsive in problem solving situations.
  • You value self-care. You are attuned to and manage your personal health and well-being. You can laugh at yourself and zany situations. You have the humility to ask for help when you need it.
  • You live outside the box. You embrace the realm beyond your comfort zone and you believe in inviting others to do the same.



  • Program staff live and work on site at our beautiful remote base camp, 30km west of 100 Mile House in the Cariboo region.
  • Accommodation and food provided when onsite.
  • You will work alongside a Site Manager who will be responsible for operations of the Educo Adventure School site, including it’s maintenance and development.
  • Opportunity to work internationally and locally in future programming with the JUMP! Foundation.
  • Access to fantastic Pro Deals




The JUMP! Foundation is an international non-profit that utilizes experiential education to inspire and empower young people to engage with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Educo and JUMP! have entered into a strategic partnership to innovate and expand the impact of Educo Adventure School. For more information on JUMP!, please visit




Wage: 3,400-4000 CAD per month, depending on experience and qualifications


Working Terms: March 15th – September 30th, 2019 (possibility to extend)

How to Apply

Please click to submit your application. Or, submit through JobTrekker. Application closing date: December 28, 2018 Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Interviews will take place the week of Jan 7, 2019. Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit a current resume and motivation/cover letter. Please make note of relevant experience in relation to our required and desired qualifications in your resume or cover letter. JUMP! is committed to employment equity. We encourage qualified applicants from members of visible minority groups, Indigenous people, LGBTQ+ people, and all those with the knowledge, skills, and values to engage effectively with diverse communities.

Job Categories: Outdoor Education. Job Types: Contract. Job Tags: camp, experiential education, Management, and youth.

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