Course Director

Every course is supported by a Course Director whose job is to provide leadership & guidance for the team; liaise with the families and logi team; provide the second line of response to any emergency situation (2nd only to the instructor team); and to provide expert leadership on technical aspects of the course (ex: set up the top rope climbs).

Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):

  • Collaborate with admissions director for your course to understand your students & families.
  • Prepare and run a thoughtful, productive, and inspiring course prep & debrief. Effectively use your extra ½ day of prep and wrap up to attend to all loose ends and run a smooth course with a high level of attention to detail.
  • Be on call 24/7 during the course; be fully present in the field during field days and in the office during non-field course days.
  • Work cooperatively with Specialists (as relevant) – coordinate logistical details together.
  • Liaise with relevant subcontractors to confirm details, provide information, and build rapport.
  • Effectively manage course logistics as the liaison to the logistics team. Sufficiently appreciate said team! Oversee the proper care of outdoor gear (tents, kitchen gear, stoves, climbing gear, etc.)
  • Liaise with families providing timely communications and honest & direct answers. Represent GirlVentures and all our values through empathetic & grounded interactions honoring their trust in sending their girls on course with us. Run family meetings on 1st and last day, providing details to families and building buy-in for their support.
  • Supervise and mentor I-team. Facilitate team bonding, and address/mediate any conflicts that may arise expeditiously. Support the team in planning and delivering a meaningful progression on core curriculum areas for a multi-day expedition style* course. Instruction topics include: community building & effective leadership; conflict resolution and alliance building; self-care and self-efficacy; media literacy, identity and positive body image; arts and creative expression; camp craft and backpacking skills; natural history and Leave-No-Trace ethics; stoves and backcountry cuisine.
  • Maintain an emotionally and physically safe environment for the entire group at all times throughout the expedition on all course elements (ex: kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking, rappelling, canyoneering, etc.) Manage and supervise all activities according to GirlVentures’ operating policies, protocols and procedures.
  • Ensure student assessments and evaluations are fully completed.
  • Offer feedback and program improvement ideas to the Program Director.
  • Report any maintenance or safety issues, accidents/incidents, or any other issues to the program manager immediately.
  • Uphold GV values & philosophies at all times: challenge yourself to grow as a leader: step up, step back, practice what you preach! Be a positive, authentic role model for girls and co-workers.


  • Extensive experience leading groups on expedition style outdoor adventures. Teaching backpacking, LNT principles, map & compass skills, managing a student-belay station, outdoor living (including group travel, self-care & backcountry cuisine) and effectively managing group dynamics.
  • Demonstrated success leading girls in middle school years, experience with urban girls preferred, experience with adolescent girls ideal.
  • Ability to frame experiences, course elements and group dynamics in a positive light that is age appropriate, educational and transferable.
  • Previous experience as an educator / facilitator with racially diverse groups. Prepared to facilitate social justice curriculum, alliance building, conflict resolution and meet girls where they’re at.
  • Demonstrated success designing, advising and implementing curriculum in all three of our key outcomes: Live Healthy, Relate Wisely, Lead Confidently.
  • Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) & CPR.
  • Commitment to safety and high quality program delivery.
  • Ability to be present, responsive, and focused with participants for up to 14 consecutive days.
  • Specific to our Transitions Course: ideal candidates would also have experience in / be comfortable with guiding and managing groups on class 3-4 terrain, route finding, setting top rope anchors & fixed lines without assistance, and setting up / supervising a releasable rappel system.
  • Specific to our Project Courage & Redwood Adventure: Coast: ideal candidates would have extensive experience teaching / guiding sea-kayaking, reading weather patterns and assessing student skill.

Benefits & Compensation: 

  • Competitive salary based on experience and certifications.
  • Work with girls and other rad women in a high quality, girl-centered outdoor program.
  • Create positive change by empowering tomorrow’s female leaders!

Contracted Position

We contract seasonal staff per course – which means you are not guaranteed a “season” of work but rather are offered 10 – 17 day contracts. It is possible to work up to three trips a season providing a fairly full season of work, but you will be responsible for your own housing during breaks between courses. Contracted positions are covered by Workers Compensation, but do not receive health care, or any other benefits. All positions require attending our two-day All Staff training at the beginning of the summer (weekend overnight camping in San Francisco) as well as the Course Area Orientation for each course you’ll be working.

How To Apply:

Women of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted year-round and positions filled on a rolling-basis. Interviews for summer positions are typically in February. Send cover letter, standard resume and technical resume to

If you do not have a Technical Resume you can download our template to create your own.


*Expedition Style = being outside & engaged with participants 24 hours/day for 4-14 consecutive days.