Overview of Our School

The Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School (BCBOBS) was founded in 1986 as a program of the Parks and People Foundation. BCBOBS operated under the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School and as a part of Outward Bound USA. BCBOBS became an independent, charter of Outward Bound USA in January 2012. The organization has seen significant success since that time – doubling the number of students served and doubling the organizational budget.

Today, BCBOBS provides access to critical social-emotional learning (SEL) and the wonder of the wilderness to students from across Maryland. With 98 educational partners and 80,000 alumni since its inception—and expanding their reach to Washington, DC, the organization’s mission is more relevant than ever. Outward Bound in the U.S. is part of an international network of Outward Bound entities that collectively serve around a quarter of a million people a year in over 30 countries and has reached over seven million people in its 70-year history. Today in the United States, Outward Bound USA expeditions and programs bring the organization’s mission to life throughout the year for roughly 35,000 students annually with 11 chartered Outward Bound schools across the country and over 1,000 courses offered, regardless of age or circumstances.

Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School seeks a talented and experienced senior leader to serve as its Deputy Director, spearheading the inaugural DC campus. BCBOBS also seeks a dynamic fundraising leader to serve as its Director of Development, leading fundraising efforts for the region. Both positions will play key roles in the organization’s expansion into the Washington, DC area and will be incredible opportunities for distinguished professionals to position the organization for success as they continue to grow and change thousands of lives for decades to come.

BCBOBS is uniquely positioned within the adventure and experiential education market in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area. There are 26 “adventure education” providers within a sixty-mile radius of BCBOBS. Many provide one day ropes course experiences or overnight camping, but none provide a true expedition experience—with expeditions ranging from rock climbing the Appalachian Trail, canoeing in the Potomac River, backpacking the Dolly Sods Wilderness, and kayaking in the Chesapeake Bay.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Deputy Director has overall responsibility for the leadership and delivery of the day-to-day operations of the new DC campus of Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School. The Deputy Director will have the exciting opportunity to build a legacy with a nationally-recognized brand, bringing the Outward Bound flag to DC. Guided by the Strategic Plan, the Deputy Director will be tasked with organizational strategy, financial management, staff mentoring and management, and guiding philanthropic efforts in support of the execution of BCBOBS’s mission. The Deputy Director will build and lead the DC team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership, vision, oversight and direction for the DC operations of Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School’s mission through organizational planning in fulfillment of the Strategic Plan.
  • Establish Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School’s DC presence and brand.
  • Learn BCBOBS programs to effectively lead DC operations.
  • Develop operating and program budgets for DC according to BCBOBS guidelines and the budget calendar.
  • Monitor expenses/revenues and ensure budget expectations are met while meeting goals and ensuring program quality.
  • Establish and measure, on a regular basis, quality and risk management standards, ensuring that all activities comply with established policies and procedures.
  • Create, build, and manage a team to spearhead and expand DC office.
  • Serve as chief spokesperson representing the organization in the community and with the media.
  • Cultivate strong relationships with the DC community, building new and lasting partnerships with local community, institutions, and corporations.
  • Collaborate with established Baltimore-based Development team to ensure mutually beneficial growth opportunities.
  • Build DC Advisory Board.
  • Optimize operational systems, processes and policies, management reporting, information flow, business process improvement and organizational planning.
  • Support creation of financial reports and projects budgets as required.
  • Foster coordination and communications across the organization to increase effectiveness and efficiency.

Candidate Qualifications:

The Deputy Director will be an experienced and mission-driven leader with an entrepreneurial, start-up mindset. The Deputy Director should have experience with or an interest in the outdoors and experiential learning as well as strong ties to the Washington, DC area and community. The Deputy Director will have an understanding of the DC wards, charter, and public school systems. The Deputy Director will be thoroughly committed to Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School’s mission and have proven leadership and fund development experience. The Deputy Director will have the unique the opportunity to build on the achievements of a highly-regarded organization, extending the scope of their reach to a new and dynamic area: Washington, DC. The Deputy Director will play an instrumental role in leading a valued organization with high regional visibility to the next level. He or she will create a DC-based team, while building upon the success and with the support of the Baltimore-based office.

The Deputy Director will have a demonstrated track record of excellence in the following areas:

  • Operations management in a non-profit environment
  • Fiscal management and budget development
  • Management of vendor, government agencies, community groups and other organizations as necessary
  • Leading an organization to meet goals
  • Business process improvement
  • Project management
  • Fundraising and community outreach
  • Written and interpersonal communications
  • Staff supervision and performance accountability, managing cross-functional teams

Minimum Qualification/ Requirements:

  • Minimum of 7 to 10 years of operations management experience and a graduate degree in business management, finance, human resources, or related field. MBA preferred.
  • Management and leadership experience.
  • Understand, and embrace mission-based, outdoor experiential learning organizations either by having worked in such organizations or supporting such initiatives.
  • Strong executive leadership and organizational skills with a bias for action.
  • Collaborative and confident, with an ability to unite and engage staff for performance.
  • Visionary – able to communicate and work toward organization’s vision.
  • Must have experience implementing and using cloud-based fundraising software, preferably Salesforce, and experience using data-driven performance-based measures and outcomes.


Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School offers a wide range of benefits to meet the ever-changing needs of their employees.

  • Employer contribution of 75% for Medical, Dental, & Vision insurance through CareFirst BlueChoice for the employee and their children, if applicable
  • Twenty days of Paid Time Off (PTO) which accrue per pay period
  • Ten paid holidays
  • 401(k) with a match. Employees are eligible for participation after 1 year of employment. Current match is 6% of the employee’s salary
  • Long-term disability, short-term disability, AD&D insurance, as well as, a $25,000 life insurance policy at no cost to the employee
  • Pre-tax Saving Cafeteria Plan: Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HAS)
  • Pre-tax Commuter/Transit Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Aflac Supplemental Insurance
  • Pro Deals: Discounts from outdoor industry vendors for outdoor professionals

How To Apply

Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School has retained Higher Talent, Inc. to manage the recruitment process. Candidates will complete comprehensive reference and background checking. Interested candidates should direct inquiries to: Mindy Suissa Cohen, President, 301.320.9007 ext.102 and Alex Cohen, Executive Search Coordinator, 347.685.5459

Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School is an EOE/ADA employer. Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School prohibits discrimination against any student or applicant because of race, color, religion, sex, gender, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other category which may be protected by applicable state or federal law. Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School also promotes respect for all people and will not tolerate harassment based on any of these characteristics nor on differences based on gender identity or expression.

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