Program Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $60,000
Maximum: $70,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



1050 East 8th Street
United States


Organization Summary

Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT) is a social and environmental justice organization and a project of the Earth Island Institute. Our mission is to create equitable access to outdoor experiences for youth of color and low-income youth. BAWT envisions a generation of social and environmental leaders, inspired by positive and meaningful experiences in nature, who reflect the diversity of our local community. Our work is guided by our three organizational values: social justice, environmental stewardship, and community empowerment. BAWT plays a key role in providing access to the outdoors for over 10,000 youth each year, of which over 85% are youth of color and 74% are low-income youth. Our programs include outdoor leadership training for teachers and youth workers, free and low-cost outdoor equipment loans, mini grants, scholarships, and community building. 

BAWT is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to build a strong and talented team with diverse skills and experiences to serve the needs and reflect the backgrounds of our community. Applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply. 

Position Summary

The Program Director, who reports directly to the Executive Director, has broad and deep responsibilities to ensure that Bay Area Wilderness Training is fully meeting the goals set forth in the organization's mission and vision. It has been said that the Program Director is the “heart beat” of the organization and as such they play a key role in supervising and hiring program staff, creating and ensuring high quality programs, and maximizing organizational reach, capacity, and efficiency. Top areas of responsibility include supervision and management, program development, oversight of client services, partnerships, growth, data tracking and reporting, and support of organizational operations. Currently, the Program Director oversees a team of four staff with the potential to grow.

Employment Status: Full-Time Exempt

Work Locations: Primarily at Oakland headquarters. Expected travel to satellite offices in San Francisco and Milpitas. Regular travel around the Bay Area to meet with partners and attend meetings and conferences.

Work Schedule: Regular Monday through Friday with some nights and weekends

Compensation & Benefits: $60,000 to $70,000. This position includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision benefits, vacation starting at 2 weeks per year, major holidays, and a paid holiday week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Desired Start Date: August 1, 2018 (some flexibility)

How to Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and three references to ENCOURAGED TO APPLY BY JUNE 21, 2018

Preferred Minimum Requirements

·      Experience working in leadership development, social justice, outdoor education, or education organizations

·      Excellent oral and written communications skills

·      Experience prospecting and managing new partnerships and ability to successfully handle conflicts or adversity

·      3-5 years of experience supporting grant and proposal writing and reporting

·      3-5 years of experience with financial management for multiple program initiatives and staff salaries

·      Strong data analysis skills and fluency with Microsoft Excel

·      Extensive experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Google Suite (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Calendar, and Forms), and database CRM (experience with Salsa is a plus)

·      3-5 years of experience recruiting, hiring, and supervising staff

·      3-5 years of experience facilitating trainings and workshops and developing curriculum

·      Highly organized and detail oriented, with experience improving operations and efficiency

·      Able and willing to drive a car for work around the Bay Area

·      Ability to work flexible hours including some nights and weekends

·      The offer of employment, and employment, is contingent on the results of a fingerprint screening with the Department of Justice and FBI (LiveScan or similar)

Other Desired Skills and Background 

·      Bachelor's degree

·      5 years of program management or director experience and/or a master's degree in a field related to leadership, management, or outdoor education/recreation is a plus

·      Knowledge of systems of oppression and community organizing

·      Contacts throughout the Bay Area education, youth development, social services, and/or outdoor education fields

Working Conditions

·      Some work in the outdoors (approximately 10 days per year)

·      Regular travel to meetings with partners around the Bay Area

·      Some carrying and lifting of up to 30 lbs

Areas of Responsibility and Duties

Supervision and Management

·      Manages and oversees recruiting, hiring, and supervision of all program staff, interns, and volunteers

o  Program staff currently includes Gear Library Manager, Program Associates, Outreach Coordinator, Faculty Coordinator, and program interns

o  Directly supervises Gear Library Manager, Outreach Coordinator, and Faculty Coordinator

·      Recruit, hire, and oversee supervision and feedback for all short-term contracted course instructors (approximately 10-15 per year)

·      Ensure and promote BAWT commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through recruitment and hiring practices for staff, course instructors, and interns

·      Ensure that BAWT program staff and interns uphold BAWT commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through their work and representation of BAWT in the community

·      Oversee the implementation of BAWT Strategic Plan goals pertaining to programs

Curriculum Development and Training

·      Oversee and ensure BAWT courses meet quality standards and consistency from course to course,

·      Ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion are components of all BAWT programs

·      Ensure that course curriculum, preparation documents, agendas, and all of course materials are updated regularly, organized, and easily accessible to course instructors, faculty coordinator, and other program staff

·      Organize and lead annual instructor retreat and to build a strong and engaged instructor community

·      Engage BAWT community members in the development of new programs to meet community needs

·      Work with partners at the Crissy Field Center to maintain the Camping at the Presidio curriculum

·      Instruct BAWT courses and workshops as necessary

Program Delivery, Client Services, and Outreach

·      Supervise the Gear Library Manager to ensure that they are providing high quality gear lending services and customer service at all BAWT gear libraries

·      Supervise and support the Outreach Coordinator to ensure they are promoting BAWT programs via email, social media, creation of printed materials, and at community meetings

·      Ensure that the Outreach Coordinator is building a community of volunteers, engaged alumni, and instructors specifically from the South Bay

·      Oversee BAWT program content on the website and presence on social media

·      Create and implement a vision and plan which ensures that diversity, equity, and inclusion are components of gear lending services and course registration

·      Oversee course registration process including updates to and electronic registration through our CRM

·      Oversee administration of mini-grants and course scholarship programs

Partnerships and Growth

·      Create annual program plan for courses

·      Serve as a representative of BAWT in the community and with relevant organizations and individuals and seek new partnership opportunities to strengthen and broaden BAWT’s reach

·      Assign program staff to represent BAWT at conferences, community meetings, and groups

·      Manage institutional partnerships including all contracts and MOUs

·      Create partnerships with youth workforce development programs and schools for youth internships

·      Liaison with the Gear Library Manager to the Outdoors Empowered Network

Data: Analysis, Tracking, and Reporting

·      Track and analyze program activity, outcomes, and trends and regularly produce reports for Executive Director, Advisory Board, grant proposals and reports, and special events and meetings

·      Maintain clean and up to date records including but not limited to course participants, youth served, and organizational partnerships

·      Work with the Crissy Field Center to track youth served at the Camping at the Presidio program


·      Create and manage annual program budget

·      Support ED with financial reporting and development of organizational budget

·      Help assess and implement technology needs for organization

·      Support monthly Discovery Sessions and Volunteer nights

·      Attend Steering Committee/Board meetings every other month (six per year)

·      Organize and maintain files for BAWT course registrants, ensuring HIPPA compliance and security of personal information

·      Other duties/projects as assigned


This position includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision benefits, vacation starting at 2 weeks per year, major holidays, and a paid holiday week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to