Outward Bound California

Executive Director

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Outward Bound California seeks a leader with uncommon vision and compassion to ensure the continued impact of this remarkable organization in its core mission of changing lives through challenge and discovery.

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for delivering on OBCA’s mission, program, safety, financial, and strategic goals in a fiscally, ethically, and legally sound manner. The ED provides visionary leadership and is the public heart, face, and voice of the organization; striving every day to live, share, and sustain OBCA’s values and create a positive, engaging place to work and learn.

Partnering closely with the Board and senior staff, the ED develops and articulates OBCA’s strategic direction and implements the resulting strategies and initiatives utilizing sound business skills and judgment. The ED is the chief steward of the Outward Bound educational model for the benefit of all and oversees the continued sustainability of this dynamic organization as it executes its strategic plan and vision for impact.

The ideal candidate is an inspirational leader and strong communicator with emotional intelligence, high levels of business and fundraising acumen, and a collaborative, decisive approach. The ED must understand the challenges facing OBCA’s student population and the nuances, opportunities, and challenges of operating in today’s experiential outdoor education field. A clear, strong alignment with OBCA’s mission and values is essential, as are effective staff leadership, board engagement, and partnership development skills.


Outward Bound California (OBCA) is a nonprofit educational organization with a core mission of changing lives through challenge and discovery. Its programs develop character, build leadership skills, and support self-discovery in remote wilderness settings and urban green spaces.

OBCA, based in San Francisco, brings the life-changing experiences of the Outward Bound educational model to participants from California, across the United States, and beyond. OBCA strives to provide equitable and inclusive programming and is continuously working to design culturally relevant and responsive experiences for all participants.


Competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package will be provided commensurate with experience. The expected salary range for this position is $185,000—$225,000.


The Executive Director will work remotely from the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Regular travel to OBCA basecamps, program sites, and administrative meetings will be required, especially during program seasons. Due to the nature of OBCA programming, occasional night and weekend work may be required.

Start Date

Late Summer / Early Fall 2024

To Apply

Please select “Apply Here” below. Applications must include a resume and completion of all OBCA Application Questions via the application page.

Additional Information

More information on OBCA can be found at: https://outwardboundcalifornia.org/. For additional information regarding this opportunity, please contact Andrew Leider, Managing Director, Operations and OBCA Search Lead, Potrero Group.

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