Outward Bound is an international educational movement dedicated to the belief that people are capable of far more than they know. Founded in 1992, Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS)’s mission is to change lives through challenge and discovery.  POBS - serving PA, NJ and northern DE - is one of 11 regional Outward Bound USA schools.

A robust non-profit educational organization, POBS annually engages more than 5,000 participants (youth and adults) in experiential single and multi-day programs that inspire character development, leadership and community service. All programs are designed to inspire participants in our communities to realize their true potential.

The Faculty Instructor is a senior field staff position that supports the program team through leadership in instruction, organization and implementation of high-quality programs to all participants. Specific program related roles may include (but are not limited to) expedition instructor, Insight instructor, activity site manager, course director, staff trainer, logistical support and other duties as assigned by the senior program staff. Understanding of and commitment to the Outward Bound philosophy and curriculum are keys to success for this position.


  • Model a strong and positive leadership role in support of the highest level of program quality for POBS.
  • Serve as a senior instructional staff member in all course areas and program types including instructing, course directing, site managing, staff development and training.
  • Work with the POBS administration and program team to ensure high quality staff development and training, logistics support, admissions and medical screening, program orientation, student recruitment, and other areas as necessary.
  • Provide in-house follow-up with partner schools and organizations as may be necessary to ensure high quality programs.
  • Work closely with senior program staff in all phases of staff and course evaluation, feedback, and development plans.
  • Assist in coordinating ropes, rocks, group transports, on-site activities and expedition re-supplies
  • Assist in coordinating service projects, including initiating, building and maintaining relationships with partner organizations.
  • Assure that all paperwork including payroll time sheets and other related requirements are complete and on-time
  • Assist Admissions and Medical Screener in course advising
  • Be on-call for emergencies as necessary including trouble shooting any and all issues related to the field, students, parents, and partners.


  • Help maintain and build a positive POBS community
  • Plan and instruct staff training sessions as needed.
  • Participate in other duties as assigned.


  • Ropes and rocks site manager
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment and support POBS philosophy and mission
  • Must be a strong mentor, able to develop new staff
  • Well-organized with attention to detail
  • Strong and effective communicator, both written and oral
  • Experience with Salesforce Database preferred but not required
  • Experience using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and the Google Suite
  • Self-starter, strong initiative and ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Must work well in a team environment and excel under pressure


  • 2-3 years of field experience in the outdoor education/experiential learning field
  • Minimum Outward Bound Lead Instructor with all related certifications


  • 9 Month commitment, mid-February to mid-November, salary commensurate with experience and pro-rated payment over 12-months
  • Full participation in POBS’ group medical and dental insurance plans.
  • Eligible to contribute to the POBS 401(k) plan with employer match
  • 10 paid staff development and training days, including resources
  • Participation in Outward Bound staff expeditions nationwide