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YMCA of Greater Seattle BOLD & GOLD Course Director in Seattle, Washington


We have a strong commitment to equity

The Y actively promotes a culture free from bias and injustice. We are dedicated to removing institutional and systemic barriers that result in oppression and racism. We will be accountable to marginalized communities for creating equitable and sustainable environments where social justice is woven into every facet of our programs, and by caring for our communities in a culturally versatile and respectful manner.

Tell me about this job!

As a Course Director, you will be responsible for supervising one- and two-week wilderness-based expeditions. This includes managing the logistics, mentoring staff, and ensuring the safe and successful delivery of these programs. Course Directors work with instructors to plan curriculum for expeditions, provide on-call support to groups in the field, support evacuations, and ensure the smooth day-to-day operations of the BOLD & GOLD summer program.

This is an Authorized Driver position, read more in the Position Requirements.

Compensation for this position is currently under review; Camping & Outdoor Leadership salary rates will increase once the Y's 2022 budgeting process is complete.


The BOLD (Boys Outdoor Leadership Development) & GOLD (Girls Outdoor Leadership Development) Program is dedicated to inspiring courage and confidence in diverse groups middle and high school aged participants through outdoor adventures. We engage over 500 youth on outdoor experiences ranging in length from 5 to 15 days in places like the North Cascades, Mt Rainier, and Olympic National Park. Activities include backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, fishing, yoga, art, music, literature, backcountry cooking, and having fun in nature.

Our goal is to increase confidence, courage, emotional intelligence, wonder, and community awareness in participants. We believe these traits are the foundations of leadership and work to inspire participants to develop their own leadership style. We prepare young people, from middle school on, to return to their communities as leaders through multicultural experiential education in the natural world. Find out more at

What you'll get from working at The Y

  • Membership to the YMCA of Greater Seattle

  • Free access to mental health resources

  • Rapidly-accruing paid time off (PTO) available immediately upon hire

  • Discounts on qualifying YMCA of Greater Seattle childcare and day camp programs

The YMCA of Greater Seattle is committed to providing a positive atmosphere that prioritizes safety and inclusivity for all employees. The YMCA of Greater Seattle has implemented safety standards and protocols related to preventative health measures based on CDC and local health department guidelines.

YGS will comply with all WA State mandates regarding COVID vaccinations. All YGS staff will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID by November 1, 2021 regardless of work location. Religious and Medical Exemptions will be considered at time of hire.


What you'll be doing

  1. Directing of all aspects of wilderness courses including logistics, staff supervision, participants, risk management situations, and a positive group culture.

  2. Oversee the safe delivery of wilderness courses- with an emphasis on multicultural leadership, ranging in length from 5 to 15 days.

  3. Work within a leadership team to ensure all staff and students have the equipment, tools and knowledge needed to be successful.

  4. Build strong rapport with participants and staff, foster positive group development, create structure, and draw learning from experiential activities

  5. Train and mentor staff in how to:

  6. Build emotionally and physically safe environments with groups of middle and high school participants

  7. Help students build emotional intelligence and multicultural leadership skills through wilderness experience.

  8. Be part of a leadership team that oversees the professional development of up to 75 paid staff and a small team of volunteers

  9. Ensure both a physically and an emotionally safe environment.

  10. Models cultural humility and celebrates diversity, effectively working with people of different identities, backgrounds, experiences, and abilities

  11. Create values-forming experiences for adolescents.

  12. Create an inclusive environment for youth in the outdoors.

  13. Other duties as assigned.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


BOLD & GOLD is based out of the Cascade People’s Center (CPC), located in Seattle, WA. BOLD & GOLD courses begin and end at the CPC. BOLD & GOLD programming takes place in remote wilderness locations (national park, national forest, state park land) across Washington State.


Employees must be able to lift and carry items weighing up to 50lbs, safely travel over varied terrain (trails, tree roots, boulder/rock fields, shoreline, mud, snow, ice) up to 15 miles per day, be comfortable spending multiple days and/or weeks in a wilderness setting, communicate both verbally and non-verbally with other staff, volunteers, and participants. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


June 1 – September 6 th , 2022

40-50 hours per week - five days on, two off.


BOLD & GOLD Employees must be able to commute to the Cascade People’s center (located at 309 Pontius Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109). Parking is not available onsite, but there is public parking located around the building. The area is serviced by several public bus routes. All travel required for work will be done in YMCA vehicles by YMCA Authorized Drivers.


What we're looking for in an applicant

  1. Experience making the transference of a wilderness experience relevant to the everyday lives of underserved youth

  2. Excellent interpersonal communication skills and the ability to build strong relationships with youth and adults from a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds

  3. Ability to role model compassionate and confident leadership

  4. High level of self-awareness and can work in a collaborative setting

  5. Possesses strong organizational skills, flexibility, and a good sense of humor

  6. Ability to mentor staff in technical backcountry skills, including backpacking, rock climbing, paddling, and mountaineering

  7. Knows how to have fun!

  8. This position requires driving :

  • 21 years of age or older.

  • Current Driver’s License with a minimum 3 years safe driving experience and a driving record which meets or exceeds YMCA standards

  • Other applicable education, training, and experience, which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position will be considered.

  • Maximum one minor violation

  • No speeding violation of more than 20mph over the limit

If applicable, "Other combinations of applicable education, training, and experience which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position may be considered."

Preferred Education/Experience

  1. Current W-EMT, WFR, or WFA, and CPR

  2. WA State Food Handlers Permit

  3. Prefer knowledge of and previous experience with, diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.). Ability to speak any language in addition to English may be helpful.

  4. Experience with anti-racism practices.

Our Mission

Building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind, and body.

YMCA of Greater Seattle's Core Values

  • Respect

  • Responsibility

  • Honesty

  • Caring

  • Passion for Excellence

YGS is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse and equitable work environment. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran , or any other status protected by local, state , or federal law.

All job offers are contingent on the results of a background check. We participate in the Federal E-Verify system.

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle

Posted Date 3 weeks ago (11/18/2021 6:52 PM)

ID 2021-12681

Type Seasonal

# of Openings 3

Location YMCA at Cascade People's Center

Category Resident Camp – Positions Eligible for 2021 Sign-On Cash Incentive

Address 309 Pontius Ave N

Minimum compensation USD $125.00/Da.