At Voyageur Outward Bound School we strive to embody our values, including diversity and inclusion. VOBS is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and supporting a vision of equity for the future. This organization does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, military status, marital status, age, citizenship, or any other basis prohibited by law.

We challenge you to change a life.
We challenge you to change your community.
We challenge you to change the world!

The need for leaders of character and compassion is great.

For over 50 years, Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS) has changed lives through challenge and discovery. We know that personal discovery leads to positive transformation. Our students grow character and compassion through nature-based adventure. Our vision is more resilient and compassionate people for a more resilient and compassionate world.

Voyageur Outward Bound School is a charter of Outward Bound USA, the leading provider of experiential education for youth and adults. We design and deliver intensive single-day and extended wilderness expedition experiences that build and develop character, leadership and service through shared experience. VOBS delivers high impact programs across three sites: Twin Cities Center in St Paul, MN, Homeplace Wilderness Basecamp in Ely, MN and Big Bend Basecamp in Redford, TX. Our values are integrity, excellence, compassion, inclusion and safety. Our instructors are highly trained and experienced.  We are proud to be recognized as one of the 100 Best places to work by Outside magazine for consecutive years. Collaboration with educational and non-profit organizations is critical to our mission. We partner with schools, colleges, non-profit organizations, and families to serve their youth and young adults with programs that support specific educational goals.


The Program Director will lead all programs at our Twin Cities location.  This includes our groups and open enrollment programs.  Over the next 5-7 years, the Twin Cities will more than double the number of students we serve to nearly 4,000 annually.  These students represent diverse communities (including, ethnic, socio-economic, LGBTQI, faith, age, learning needs). The Program Director is responsible for program quality and safety, program partner relationships, supervising staffing, logistics operations, and course directors.  This includes other government agencies that manage the parks, trails and course areas.



  • Lead the Twin Cities program to deliver high quality Outward Bound program with schools, non-profit organizations and families in our Group and Open Enrollment courses.
  • Supervise and lead program, logistics and program support team to deliver experiential programs in partnership with our education and youth development partners. Program curriculum focus on developing character, leadership and service with students from the ages of 12 and up.
  • Work collaboratively with the Group Program and Twin Cities Director to establish annual VOBS Twin Cities goals and is accountable for meeting them with benchmarks, including budget, student program days, staff & partner retention and safety goals.
  • Provide vision for annual staff training to ensure a proper staff development process for Interns through Course Directors that results in a high level of annual staff retention.
  • Participate in meetings and carrying out actions with the VOBS Program Heads team, comprised of all VOBS Program and Staffing Directors


  • Ensure implementation of all OBUSA and VOBS safety policies and procedures.
  • Analyze and evaluate incident reports and course data and contribute to safety reports as prescribed by VOBS Safety Director.
  • Contribute to annual VOBS safety goals and objectives.
  • Initiate and participate in VOBS Emergency Response Team. In the case of Twin Cities field emergencies, the Program Director will be the incident commander and lead the response to field emergencies.
  • Ensure field staff are supported and supervised in the field by course directors and TC senior program leadership


  • Communicate with all Twin Cities Group Program partners to ensure we design and deliver courses in accordance with partner goals. Support Course Directors and Instructors in delivering high quality courses, evaluate our course effectiveness and adjust as needed.
  • Implement the program calendar and program administration process with a high degree of customer service, ensuring quality.
  • Review course reports develop an annual report for the Twin Cities program and support the need for data, evaluation and testimonials.
  • Manage expense budget, including the field staff budget.
  • Use our database, Salesforce, to help track and report course and student data, track communication with partners.

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