Jobs 2017-09-12T20:05:09+00:00

Information about job availability and contact information can be found by clicking on the notices listed below. Each Outward Bound school is responsible for its own hiring and correspondence with applicants.

Chief Operating Officer

About The Organization:
Founded in 1969, Outward Bound Canada (OBC) is a charter member of the leading outdoor
education network in the world. OBC delivers challenging wilderness adventures that teach
more than outdoor skills. Our wilderness courses, from the oceans and mountains of the West
to the shores of the Atlantic, deliver our mission to change lives through challenge and
discovery. A not-for-profit, charitable, educational organization, Outward Bound Canada has
challenged over 150,000 Canadians to step out of their comfort zone with our unique outdoor
adventures. We pride ourselves on offering transformational journeys that encourage
participants to push beyond their limits and discover their true potential.

About The Position:
Come join an extraordinary organization with global reach which is on the verge of celebrating
50 years of life changing programs in Canada and where adventure, creativity, innovation and
the ability to profoundly affect the lives of others is a way of life. The OBC Board and Executive
Director (ED) are looking for a mission-focused, seasoned, strategic, and process-minded leader
with a background in outdoor adventure program oversight, a demonstrated ability to lead a
highly functioning yet dispersed management team, and ability to develop and sustain a
performance culture among a group of diverse, talented individuals. The COO is part of the
Executive Management Team and is responsible for the daily operational management of the

Reporting directly to the ED, the COO works closely with a motivated and engaged Board of
Directors and Staff team. The right person will be aligned philosophically and from a values
perspective and understand the significant contribution and social impact of Outward Bound.
The role is complex and challenging with broad responsibilities from strategy, finance,
partnership development, program development/delivery, and risk management. There is
potential for the right person in this role to make a significant contribution to the ongoing
development and success of Outward Bound Canada both now and into the future.
The COO must be a leader who is able to help others at OBC deliver measurable, cost effective
results that make the strategic vision a reality.

Immediate Supervisor: Executive Director
Location: Toronto
Start date: January 1, 2018

Application Process
Cover letter and resumes can be submitted to by the application
deadline of October 20th, 2018.
We thank all applicants in advance, however, only those selected for an interview will be

The full announcement is available here.

Head of Operations
Following the promotion of the current post-holder to the position of Executive Director of Outward Bound Vietnam, we are seeking applications from suitably qualified candidates for the key position of Head of Operations.

Outward Bound Hong Kong has been serving the people of Hong Kong since 1970, providing high-quality personal development experiences in the outdoors for thousands of participants from a range of backgrounds. Working from 3 bases in the New Territories participants undertake journeys in kayaks or ketches in the coastal waters and the mountains of the Hong Kong Country Parks. Additionally we maintain a 67 ft yacht, The Spirit of Outward Bound which provides a platform for longer courses.

As part of the senior leadership of this established organisation, the Head of Operations plays a vital role in the successful delivery of courses and our mission. Although broad, the central responsibilities include;

– ensuring educational outcomes are clearly defined, understood and effectively delivered in all OBHK courses
– working with funding organisations to develop and deliver courses which meet social need
– working with existing clients to meet evolving educational outcomes and maintain standards of delivery and client relationships
– leading a staff team to ensure effective management of risk in all areas of delivery

The position would suit candidates from a wide-range of backgrounds, but the successful applicant is likely to have;

– a desire to help an established and successful organisation continue to grow and develop
– a desire to explore new opportunities for course development and delivery
– experience of delivering experiential education in the outdoors in a senior role
– experience of leading teams, accepting responsibility and engaging with external organisations
– an ability to positively engage with staff in all areas of the organisation, as well as trustees and board members
– a positive approach and an active sense of humour

The Executive Committee of the Trust are seeking applications from candidates who have the potential and motivation to pursue more senior positions in the future, either with Outward Bound Hong Kong or the wider Outward Bound network. The compensation package reflects the desire to appoint a candidate who is able to contribute at a senior level in the future.

For more information about the role, the strategic direction of the school and life in Hong Kong please visit our website ( For specific questions please contact the Executive Director, Nick Cotton (

Applications, including a CV and covering letter should be sent to before Monday 9th October 2017.

Ketch Skipper
Hong Kong’s leading provider of life-changing experiential education programmes is seeking a Ketch Skipper for 2017:
Candidates are invited to apply with the following requirements:
– Police Clearance;
– Staff Medical Clearance Form;
– Tetanus or Hepatitis B Inoculation;
– HKLSS Bronze Medallion Certification or equivalent;
– Recognised First Aid Course Certification or Equivalent (including AED Certification);
– Marine Department Pleasure Vessel Operators Certificate of Competency Grade II (PVOL II);
– HKSF Safety at Sea Survival Course Certification or Equivalent;
– OFCA Restricted Certificate of Competence in Radiotelephony (VHF Only) or GMDSS Short Range Certificate;
– RYA Day Skipper Tidal;
– RYA Powerboat Level 2;
– Interest in outdoor activities (kayaking, hiking, climbing);
– Approachable and friendly personality;
– A willingness to bring out the best in others.

Applicants can apply without having all of the above but must have them all within an agreed time frame before starting in the position.

Please apply in writing to

Operations Manager
Position: Operations Manager

Outward Bound Vietnam (OBV) strives in being an integral part in the continued development of a positive and productive culture in society. We are seeking applications for the role of Operations Manager to develop, promote and deliver a range of Outdoor Education programs.

The Operations Manager is responsible for ensuring that all programs are delivered per OBV safety and quality requirements. The Operations Manager is expected to lead a team, to coach and mentor an operational team, manage rosters, coordinate trainings and team building days.

The Operations Manager is required to:

• Manage all staff, volunteers and visitors to OBV in accordance and ensure knowledge of and compliance with all relevant risk management, health and safety legislation, policies and procedures.

• Operational area management which includes: area development, area preparation and touring, developing internal and external relationships, dealing with any area management issues whilst programs are operating and manage base pack down’s as required.

• Responsible that maintenance, food, logistical, fleet and risk assessment requirements are being met, maintained and reviewed.
• Responsible for overseeing all program delivery requirements which includes management, mentoring and coaching a team of instructors which would include responsibility for; goal setting and performance reviews, managing rosters, coordinating training, touring, area development reconnaissance duties, compiling reports and incident data from the field.
• Facilitate and provide leadership to all direct reports in order to achieve strategic goals, establish team direction and vision and to instil a positive culture based on Outward Bound philosophies, congruent with OBV core values, vision and mission.
Applicants should have instructing and working experiences in managing positions in outdoor experiential education (both youth and adult) and conscious to the Outward Bound community and its ethos. Applicants should have knowledge in program development, training & assessing, safety & risk management as well as related outdoor experience that include mountaineering, rock climbing and water activities.

Applicants should also have experience in corporate management to support OBV in achieving its operational and strategic plans and be willing to travel or relocate within Vietnam.

The successful candidate will receive a competitive salary and benefits including insurance, accommodation and meals whilst working.

Interested parties should send their resume and a covering letter (and direct any questions) to

A Word version of the announcement is available here.

Senior Instructor
Outward Bound Vietnam is seeking applications for the role of Senior Instructor to develop, promote and deliver a range of Outdoor Education programs.

Applicants should have instructing experiences in outdoor experiential education (both youth and adult) and conscious to the Outward Bound community and its ethos. Applicants must have the physical capability to fulfill the role, including all program activities of an Outdoor Education Instructor as required with experiences in group management. Applicants should have technical knowledge in related outdoor experience that include rock climbing, ropes course and water activities. Applicants should be willing to travel or relocate within Vietnam.

The successful candidate will receive a competitive salary and benefits including insurance, accommodation and meals whilst working.

Interested parties should send their resume and a covering letter (and direct any questions) to

The full announcement is available here.