Website Outward Bound Canada

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The Instructor Trainers are highly skilled outdoor education instructors who use their extensive field and facilitation skills to prepare Academy students for work in the outdoor sector. Working in pairs, Instructor Trainers in each region will put the Training Academy vision into action, carrying out the field portion of the Academy curriculum. Instructor Trainers guide students through challenging terrain, facilitate group processes, provide coaching based on individual needs, and teach formal lessons based on Outward Bound Canada and Training Academy curriculum. What makes these leaders so exceptional is their ability to not only excel in the role of instructor, but prepare students to completely take on the instructor role themselves, or further refine their practice as a seasoned instructor. Following the program, Instructor Trainers will be a point of contact for Academy alumni, utilizing monthly check-ins to support graduates in their career development. Instructor Trainers work closely with the Curriculum Manager to prepare, deliver and evaluate each program.

Additionally, Instructor Trainers will support the successful operations of regional OBC programs by leading additional courses for OBC or working as a Course Director during peak operating season, as needed and based on interest. Learn more about this role and the Training Academy.

Location: Currently hiring for two positions each in: Atlantic Canada, Minden (Ontario), Canmore (Alberta), and Courtenay (British Columbia)
Salary: $50 000 to $55 000
Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package and Employee Assistance Plan, accommodations provided while working at the regional base
Term: Full Time Salaried Contract, 1 to 3-year contract term (negotiable) with possibility for extension
Supervisor: Regional Manager
Application Deadline: April 30, 2022
Anticipated Start Date: May 2022
Requirements: Fully vaccinated against Covid-19, Clear Vulnerable Sector check

Co-create elements of field curriculum with Curriculum Manager
Role model excellence for aspiring and current field instructors, demonstrating the highest standards of risk management, group facilitation, technical skills, teaching formal lessons, 1-on-1 coaching and mentorship, thoughtful decision making, and self-care
Diligently follow OBC policies, procedures, and industry-accepted practices and ensure students understand why such protocols exist from a risk management perspective
Create a positive learning environment, adapting to the unique needs of each student group
Support core OBC programs as field instructor or Course Director, as needed
Help Academy graduates put their training into action by providing mentorship as they transition from the training program to entering the workforce
Coach students in goal-setting and provide ongoing feedback to support their growth and success, create leadership opportunities and appropriate challenges based on individual needs
Connect students with further training, work opportunities or other resources to provide a trajectory towards sustainable employment
When working on OBC programs, mentor new instructors as a continuation of learning following graduation from the Academy
Interview prospective students as part of the application process to assess for suitability in the program
Collaborate with fellow Instructor Trainers and the Academy’s Curriculum Manager to evaluate and improve the field portion of the Academy curriculum on an ongoing basis
Provide region-specific insights to contribute to program development
Integrate feedback from students with regards to structural support that would remove barriers for themselves and others from their communities
Support Academy leadership team in building capacity to increase reach and impact
Support Recruitment and Partnership Manager in reaching potential students by collaborating on the creation and implementation of outreach initiatives
OBC recognizes relevant skills and knowledge can be gained through volunteer and life experiences as well as professional and educational backgrounds. Please outline in a brief cover letter how you have gained the following experiences, and how you would apply them to this role:

Experience training field instructors
Extensive experience working with youth, guiding backcountry trips, facilitating group processes and experiential education
Understands the challenges faced by individuals who don’t see themselves represented in the outdoor industry leadership (including at OBC), and creates a positive, inclusive learning environment
Exceptional ability to build rapport with students from diverse backgrounds
Adept at navigating conflict personally as well as in a group, uses conflict as an opportunity to deepen relationships
Recognizes the way pervasive dynamics around power and privilege in society replicate themselves in group settings, adept at challenging and disrupting dominant narratives to create equitable opportunities for all students
Highly competent with OBC and Training Academy curricula:Technical Expertise: Wilderness navigation; Weather forecast interpretation; Wilderness risk management; rescue skills; managing and empowering beginners in technical terrain; outdoor adventure for differently-abled people.
Environmental Leadership: “Leave No Trace”; Indigenous land perspectives; managing Canada’s land and waters for future generations.
Resilience: Fostering and Increasing personal resilience through expeditions;
Social and Emotional Intelligence: Mental health First Aid; Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion training; cross-cultural competence.
Experience with curriculum development
Management of teams
Grant writing experience
French language proficiency
Experience leading backcountry expeditions
Lived experience as a minority in outdoor or traditional education settings
Regional-specific certification (or willingness to obtain), or equivalent experience:Ontario: Bronze Cross or higher, SRT,  Paddle Canada Intermediate Tandem Moving Water Skills
BC: SKGABC Level 2 or higher, Paddle Canada Coastal Canoe Instructor
Rockies: ACMG AHG or higher
A key goal of the Training Academy is to diversify the skilled workers in the outdoor industry. We believe that communities that have been historically underrepresented must be centred in the work we do. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from people who will increase representation, and invite applicants to outline their unique perspectives in their application.

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