Outward Bound (OB) is the leading nonprofit experiential education organization in the United States. Operating for more than fifty years in the U.S., OB has a worldwide presence and remains strongly connected to its founding philosophy, emphasizing the development of character and courage through safe, individually focused, adventure-based experiential education. Outward Bound USA has more than 1,000,000 alumni and serves more than 40,000 young people and adults each year.
Position Summary (Learning Specialist):
The Learning Specialist with be at the center of one of the most ambitious Outward Bound initiatives in decades. Launched with funding from the Stephen D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, the Outward Bound Professional Learning Lab (the Lab) will convene the most experienced practitioners from the regional Outward Bound Schools (Adult Practice Leaders) with leading national research and curriculum consultants. In the fall of 2017, the Learning Specialists will participate in two 2-day retreats and three 1-week learning tours across the Outward Bound system. In partnership with the regional Adult Practice Leaders, researchers and our curriculum consultant, the team will identify instructional practice most critical to student success. The Learning Specialists will then author, test, refine and train others in the delivery of professional learning modules that focus on those critical instructional practices. They will also be trained in the use of a research-based observational tool for measuring implementation of those practices. They will participate in monthly peer reviews of program sites, using the observational tool in partnership with Adult Practice Leaders and researchers.
Position Summary (Operations Director):
The Operations Director with be at the center of one of the most ambitious Outward Bound initiatives in decades. Launched with funding from the Stephen D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, the Outward Bound Professional Learning Lab (the Lab) will convene the most experienced practitioners from the regional Outward Bound Schools (Adult Practice Leaders) with leading national research and curriculum consultants. 14 independent organizations (Outward Bound Schools, researchers, consultants) will participate in a year-round program of retreats, trainings and field site reviews at Outward Bound centers across the country in both urban and deep wilderness environments. In the first 12 months alone, the Lab will organize four 2-day retreats for up to 30 participants, a dozen 3-day field site reviews by cross functional teams, deployment of student outcome measurement surveys and systems for aggregating the data centrally, and the testing and deployment of brand new professional learning modules. All across a system that spans four time zones and some of the most remote settings on the continent. The Operations Director will make the trains run on time. Coordinating the overall work, delegating local logistics and sub-systems and communicating comprehensively, s/he will ensure all 14 organizations understand and execute their part of the work.
Learning Specialist: Please submit a resume and letter of interest online at: Learning Specialist - OB Professional Learning Lab
Operations Director: Please submit a resume and letter of interest online at: Operations Director - OB Professional Learning Lab
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