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.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The Toronto Centre Course Director oversees the safety, quality, and educational effectiveness of all courses. Primary responsibilities include supervising and evaluating Instructors, managing technical student sites, scheduling staff team, and overseeing all logistical details of courses in the field.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Serve as the primary link between program management and instructors.
Oversight of Health and Safety.
Assist in the adherence to the National Safety Policies and Standards and in the development of Local Operating Procedures and New Program Plans
Run and oversee staff trainings according to individual, technical and educational skills
Schedule staff team with Toronto Program Manager
Handle emergency phone calls from the field, troubleshoot with field and staff, and coordinate field evacuations
Manage program sites, serving as trainer and mentor
Maintain professional presence and relations at sites, with outside agencies, and area agencies
Thorough completion of all course planning tasks and general readiness prior to student arrival
Oversee and manage entire course from course planning, implementation and wrap-up, ensuring completion of all course end paperwork
Step into Instructor role as program needs dictate
Issue and maintain program equipment
Coordinate logistics as needed during busy times – such as supporting sites, driving, and packing food
Reconnaissance of new course areas
Supervise and provide additional training for interns, student teachers and support staff working with assigned courses
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE DESIRED
Knowledge of OB programs and philosophy
Detail oriented with good organizational skills
Strong technical skills and working knowledge specific to rock climbing site supervision and instruction, sea kayaking, canoeing, backpacking, urban and short wilderness expeditions
Demonstrated successful working relationships with peers and other management staff
Effective trainer, able to accurately assess staff and teach to a variety of learners
Self-starter with entrepreneurial zeal
Able to smoothly and diplomatically manage diverse staff, creatively and effectively facilitating conflict if necessary
Ability to manage more than one course at a time
Ability to problem-solve, prioritize and manage multi-tasks successfully within tight timelines and high stress
Strong and effective communicator, both written and oral.
Demonstration of inclusive language
Knowledge and experience with diverse populations and social justice is preferred
Familiarity with GTA and GTA green-spaces
Familiarity with Ontario wilderness expedition areas (asset)
Three-five years as a field instructor with Outward Bound or similar program
Wilderness First Responder (WFR) & CPR-C
Challenge Course Level II certification
F-Class Driver’s License (or equivalent) with clean driver’s abstract
Valid and Clear Vulnerable Sector Screening
Willing to work evening, weekends and share “on-call” responsibility
Post-secondary education in one of the following fields: education, outdoor recreation (asset)
Bronze Cross/NLS (asset)
Other certifications including, but not limited to, canoeing, kayaking, and rock climbing (asset)
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