Training Academy Atlantic Program Manager

Outward Bound Canada is passionate about building and sustaining representation and diversity within the outdoor industry. We welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives. BIPoC, 2SLGBTQ+, and candidates living with a disability are highly encouraged to apply, even if your experience doesn’t precisely match the job description for this role.Your experience, skills, and passion will set you apart so tell us about your achievements and journey to date, and the things you learned along the way.

who we are


Outward Bound Canada (OBC) is a charity that equips youth for the future through adventures in nature. These experiences develop resilience, social and emotional intelligence, and environmental leadership to prepare youth with skills to contribute to a better, more compassionate, and resilient society. Read about the impact of our work and our statement on Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

The Training Academy for Outdoor Professionals is an OBC initiative to address challenges within the outdoor sector related to high unemployment by providing training for aspiring outdoor instructors. Equally importantly, it addresses barriers to access for marginalized populations to ensure Canada’s next generation of outdoor sector employees reflect Canada’s diversity.

the role


The Atlantic Program Manager will be the primary leader for the Training Academy in Atlantic Canada in terms of program delivery. This is a great position if you enjoy problem solving, connecting with the community and building programs from the ground up. The Atlantic Program Manager is responsible for participant recruitment, staff management, program logistics, community outreach and program delivery. They are also responsible for coordinating with the contracted expedition service provider to support logistics and ensure a smooth delivery of programming. This role will establish both OBC’s and the Training Academy’s presence in Atlantic Canada, so regional knowledge and an understanding of the existing local outdoor network is essential.

what we offer


Location: Remote, within 100km of Halifax
Salary: $57,000-65,000
Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package and Employee Assistance Plan
Term: Full Time (37.5 hours per week) 1 year contract term with the possibility of extension Supervisor: OBC Training Academy Director
Application Deadline: March 24, 2023 or until position is filled; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
Anticipated Start Date: April 2023

duties and responsibilities


  • This role supports the establishment of new programming in a new region, so all candidates should be able to work independently with a high degree of self-initiative and thrive in unknown and undefined environments.
  • Works with the Academy Leadership Team to deliver a training program in line with Academy pedagogy and curriculum
  • Works intentionally to create diverse and inclusive spaces for both staff and students.
  • Oversees the rental of facilities and the booking of transport and food providers
  •  Liaison with 3rd party contractors and workshop facilitators
  • Manages, and assists with procurement and storage of Training Academy field equipment
  • Provides a broad range of administrative and supervisory functions.
  • Supervises assigned staff including recruitment, training, performance evaluations and guidance.
  • Builds a positive and inclusive workplace
  • Works closely with contracted expedition providers to support logistics, risk oversightand delivery of programming.
  • Addresses and facilitates all incident reporting processes.
  •  Provides risk management briefings and debriefings to employees.
  •  Ensures students are briefed as to participation expectations and safety requirements.
  •   Coordinates the transfer of course information from key sources to staff and contractors.
  • Works with the team to schedule and deliver on-call service, support evacuations and other field responses. On-call requirements include a requirement to be within 100 km or 1.5 hours from the base of operations.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of current industry trends and standards




  • Deep understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion principles, especially within the outdoor sector and a demonstrated personal commitment to dismantling systems of oppression and colonialism.
  • High level of cross-cultural competence, in recognition that Outward Bound Canada works with students and partners from a diversity of communities and backgrounds.
  • 2 plus years experience managing programming and staff
  • Experience facilitating group programs and supporting challenging student behaviours
  • Ability to manage and motivate a team of contractors, partners and staff.
  • Offer mentorship, performance reviews, behaviour management, crisis intervention and problem solving to support team growth and development.
  • Highly organized, computer, database, and social media proficient.
  • Clear Vulnerable Sector check by the position start date
  • Eligible to work in Canada




  • Standard First Aid & CPR-C
  • Valid driver’s license with clean record; the successful candidate must be at least 25 years of age for insurance purposes and have, or be willing to obtain, a Class 4 license by position start date




  • Post-secondary education in one of the following fields: environmental science, education, recreation, therapy or similar.
  • 3 years in a supervisory role, supervising seasonal faculty and administrative staff members is an asset.
  • Experience with expedition based education practices and principles.
  • Experience in adventure and experiential education.
  • Bronze Cross / NLS
  • Paddle Canada Certification
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR)


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