Program Director

In partnership with the Executive Director, the Program Director is responsible for running secure, high impact, mission-driven programs that meet the needs of diverse adolescent girls; for retaining top quality seasonal staff & volunteers; for evaluating, growing and adapting programs to changing needs of target audience; and for establishing meaningful collaborations with community partners to most effectively and efficiently serve our girls.

The Program director is responsible for:

    1. Program Leadership, Design & Implementation 2. Participant and Community Outreach & Collaborations 3. Programmatic participation in Development and Administration

Primary Responsibilities

Program Leadership, Design & Implementation:

  • Lead program development & growth for current & future core and community courses.
  • Develop/build on curriculum for new & existing programs reflecting program feedback and evaluations.
  • Manage outcomes evaluation, tracking, reporting and trending.
  • Inform & participate in organizational strategic planning.
  • Recruit, hire, train and supervise program staff including: program manager, instructors, AI’s, seasonal staff, interns, and volunteers.
  • Prepare and manage program budgets, working with ED on org budget.
  • Oversee outreach & recruitment to meet program growth goals with course-appropriate participants.
  • Manage Admissions: Screen & admit course-appropriate participants in tandem with Program Manager & prepare girls and families for course experience.
  • Liaise with participant families (parent/guardian) to inform, address questions, facilitate application process & foment transference.
  • Oversee Logistics including: food purchasing & organization, vehicle use & maintenance, permits & reservations, gear inventory & maintenance.
  • Stay current with industry standards & certifications through professional development: conferences, trainings, re-certifications, etc.

Participant and Community Outreach:

  • Outreach and maintain relationships with alumnae and prospective families to bolster continued involvement and program support (financial, course participation, internships, volunteering, etc.). Including regular communications via social media.
  • Working collaboratively with the program team, outreach to schools and community organizations to increase referrals & participation.
  • Build collaborative relationship with contracting organizations.
  • Strengthen GV connections with other girl-serving organizations (Ex: Passages NW) and community-minded businesses (ex: REI).
  • Participate in the creation of and distribute marketing materials & social media outreach (including brochures, flyers, Facebook, etc.)
  • Represent the organization on external advisory boards, committees, and tasks forces, as needed.
  • Network with other community organizations, educational organizations, business & funders to identify resources and potential partners.

Operations & Administration:

  • Programmatic participation in grant development and program evaluation to meet goals.
  • Contribute content to website in collaboration with other staff.
  • Contribute to database management and maintenance, in collaboration with other staff.
  • Assist Executive Director with events & special projects.
  • Periodic presentations to Board on program and outreach activity.
  • Assist ED with admin/operations tasks as needed.


  • At least 5 years field experience in outdoor education programs (including logistic & admissions experience) and 3 years experience supervising/mentoring staff.
  • Clear knowledge and understanding of industry standards around Risk Management Protocols and best practices related to outdoor education programs; Wilderness Risk Management training preferred.
  • Current Wilderness First Responder certification & CPR required.
  • Passion for working with diverse adolescent girls & understanding of their unique & varied needs.
  • Experience in course & curriculum design and evaluation.
  • Skilled in supervision – supporting & engaging personnel of all ages.
  • Organized, time-efficient, solid attention to detail.
  • Administrative experience with solid organizational & time management skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, ability to learn other software quickly, and generally tech savvy; experience with Salesforce strongly desired.
  • A clean driving record and the ability to secure a Class B Driver’s License within two weeks of beginning work.
  • Resourceful problem-solver.
  • Enthusiastic, organized and self-motivated with a sense of humor.
  • Some nights and weekends required Aug – May. Frequent weekends June/July
  • Independent & collaborative worker.

Salary and Benefits:

Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Medical and Dental insurance, paid holidays and sick days in accordance with Employee Handbook.

How to Apply

Send cover letter, resume and technical resume to