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YMCA of Greater Seattle Wilderness Program Course Director in Seattle, Washington

Overview

Our 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.

Job Summary:

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.

About BOLD & GOLD

The BOLD (Boys Outdoor Leadership Development) & GOLD (Girls Outdoor Leadership Development) Program is dedicated to inspiring courage and confidence in diverse groups of adolescent girls and boys through outdoor adventures. We run single and all gender expeditions and each year we engage over 500 youth in outdoor experiences ranging in length from 4 to 14 days in places like the North Cascades, Mt Rainier, Squamish, Smith Rocks and Olympic National Park. Activities include backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, kayaking, 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 www.ymcaleadership.org

Critical Success Factors:

  • Relationship focused educator who can build strong rapport with participants and staff, foster positive group development, create structure, and draw learning from experiential activities

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

  • Energy and enthusiasm for working with all youth

  • Experience working with diverse populations

  • Extensive facilitation and youth development experience

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

  • Ability to role model compassionate and confident leadership

  • High level of self-awareness and can work in a collaborative

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

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

  • Knows how to have fun!

Anticipated Work Dates:

May 26th, 2021 - September 3rd, 2021

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

Our 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.

Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  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 8 to 22 days.

  3. Work within a leadership team of 5 people to ensure all staff and students have the equipment, tools and knowledge needed to be successful.

  4. Train and mentor staff in how to:

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

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

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

Qualifications

You are 21 years of age or older and should have:

  1. 1-2 years of experienceworking with youth. Three or more years' experience and working with diverse populations preferred

  2. Two or more years leading wilderness expeditions with youth

  3. Current Wilderness Medical Certification (WFA, WAFA, WFR, W-EMT) and CPR.

  4. Current WA State Food Handlers Permit

  5. Demonstrated experience planning and implementing activities for youth

  6. Excellent facilitation skills appropriate for working with youth and adults from different backgrounds.

  7. Previous experience in program supervision or program management is a plus.

  8. Clear criminal background check

  9. Must pass YMCA pre-employment drug screening.

  10. Ability to model and demonstrate Y values; caring, respect, responsibility and honesty

  11. Ability to participate in activities that involve rigorous physical activity in an outdoor setting, including, but not limited to hiking, boating, camping and swimming.

  12. We strongly recommend all employees within Camping and Outdoor Leadership have the following vaccinations: 1) Tdap 2) MMR 3) Varicella

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS IF THE POSITION REQUIRES DRIVING

  • Minimum 21 years old

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

  • Maximum of one minor

Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities. Competitive pay range and excellent benefit package includes YMCA membership, health, dental, life and disability insurance; tuition assistance; 12% retirement contribution, as eligible.

At the Seattle Y, we are an inclusive organization of people with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and foster social responsibility. We also believe in supporting the wellbeing of our employees and offer a free Y membership as a benefit of employment.

Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities.

The YMCA of Greater Seattle is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace; all job offers are contingent on results of a background check and drug screening, including screening for marijuana .

MISSION STATEMENT:

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

OUR VALUES:

  • Respect

  • Responsibility

  • Honesty

  • Caring

  • Passion for Excellence

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle

Posted Date 3 weeks ago (11/12/2020 6:21 PM)

ID 2020-10765

Type Seasonal

# of Openings 3

Location YMCA at Cascade People's Center

Category Resident Camp

Address 309 Pontius Ave N

Minimum compensation USD $100.00/Da.

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