Program Director-Educo Adventure School

jumpfoundation - 100 Mile House, BC (5 months ago)

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Position: Program Director - Educo Adventure School

Location: 100 Mile House, Canada

Report to: Director of Programs

Contract Term: March 15th - September 30th, 2020 with options for extensions

Application Deadline: January 15th, 2020

Preferred Start Date: March 15th, 2020

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!

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


Applicants are expected to comply with the JUMP! Foundation’s Child Protection Policy. This includes:

Signing a personal declaration stating any criminal convictions, including spent convictions.
Providing the name and contact information of three references (at least two professional) they have known for no less than two years, excluding family members. These references must be included with the application form.

Successful candidates will be expected to comply with the following as a condition of employment:

Both acceptance of and commitment to our Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct for working with children.
Submit a formal background check before employment gained from the candidate’s home country or more most recent country of residence. Withholding a criminal record will be grounds for immediate termination.

See JUMP!s full Child Safeguarding Policy: Link to Policy
JUMP! is committed to employment equity. We encourage qualified applicants from members of minority groups, indigenous people, LGBTQ+ people, and all those with the knowledge, skills, and values to engage effectively with diverse communities. Life at JUMP is fast-paced and requires a high level of autonomy, an openness to extensive travel, and a varied workload.

For more information, you can visit our webpage ( and social media pages: @jumpfoundation (Twitter); the JUMP! Foundation Facebook page and blog.