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Program Manager / Summer Bridge Coordinator

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The Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC), is a 115-year-old non-profit that serves serves young people, primarily from historically marginalized communities, by nurturing their social-emotional skills through experiential, environmental, and adventure-based programming. The Program Manager (PM) plans, manages, coordinates, and evaluates 1-5 day programs for schools, CBOs, and university partners; including determining program schedules, assign appropriate staffing, food service needs, and other logistics. The PM also supervises and coaches seasonal staff and runs PBC’s award-winning Summer Bridge Program.  


The Program Manager supports the Vice President of Programs (VPP) and Assistant Director of Operations and Staff Development (AD) in all aspects of program management, coordination, implementation, and delivery at the Blairstown Campus. The Program Manager works closely with the VPP in the establishment, coordination, and implementation of a broad range of experiential, adventure-based, and environmental education programs at the Blairstown Campus as well as the occasional off-site programs. The Program Manager works closely with the AD to ensure that risk management is an integral part of the daily routine at the Blairstown Campus. The Program Manager provides direct supervision and professional support for Seasonal Experiential Education Facilitators. The Program Manager will be on call as needed, and is expected to work weekends throughout summer programming, and as needed, throughout the year.  


  • Develop, manage, coordinate, and evaluate progressively sequenced, age-appropriate programs which address user group’s goals, objectives, needs, and interests; develop and implement program schedules; allocate appropriate staff; organize food service, transportation, and other logistics; maintain records; and undertake assessment and evaluation of program offerings. 
  • Supervise and coach staff as assigned and evaluate their performance. 
  • Develop, facilitate, and debrief adventure based/experiential education curriculum including adventure course, low and high ropes course, rock climbing, hiking, canoeing/kayaking/swimming, environmental education, and restoration programming designed to help students develop 21st Century and social-emotional skills that include learning to communicate cooperatively, problem solve, and work together to achieve common goals. 
  • Utilize program evaluations and coordinator feedback to make and ensure continuous quality improvements.
  • Support the VPP and AD in providing ongoing leadership to the Blairstown program staff and site.
  • Assist in the coordination, development, and implementation of Seasonal Staff training, Summer Staff training, Adjunct training, and the onboarding of mid-season hires.
  • Provide ongoing professional development training for all program staff, particularly in the area of high ropes set up, risk management, and facilitation.
  • Ensure that all applicable state, legal, health and safety regulations are being adhered to at the Blairstown Campus and during off-site programs. 
  • Serve as a member of the Blairstown Marketing team and actively market both traditional and non-traditional programming at the Blairstown Campus to ensure continued growth.
  • Take the lead and manage the Summer Bridge Program, and/or Adventure Education (Waterfront/High Ropes/Special Programs), as assigned.
  • Provide superior customer service to a diverse array of PBC clients before, during, and after their visits to the Blairstown Campus. 
  • Assist in logistics, maintenance, and upkeep of the Blairstown Campus’ equipment, programming areas, and physical resources.
  • Work collaboratively with a diverse array of internal and external stakeholders to ensure the successful functioning of PBC programs and special events like Girls/Boys Leadership and Woodcutters Weekend. 
  • Participate in job-related training and staff meetings.
  • Remain current on the developmental needs of youth.
  • Perform statistical, narrative, and record keeping duties as required including data entry.
  • Demonstrate a professional demeanor which is reflective of the values and standards of PBC in all formal and informal contacts with the organization’s constituencies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders in a multi-cultural environment. 
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, professionalism, a commitment to lead by example, and dedication to the mission of Princeton-Blairstown Center. 
  • Substantial professional experience working with diverse children and adolescents in education, youth development, and/or experiential education settings.
  • Program development and implementation experience.
  • Documented experience training and facilitating low and high ropes courses, canoeing, backpacking, expeditions, and rock climbing.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Outstanding customer service skills, group facilitation skills, and logistical planning experience.
  • Wilderness First Responder certification required or willingness to complete within introductory (3-month) period.
  • ARC Lifeguard certification required or willingness to complete within introductory (3-month) period.  
  • ACCT Level I certification required or willingness to complete when training schedule permits.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and ability to work effectively and respectfully with a diverse team. 
  • Able to work long hours, including evening and evening programs, in high stress conditions and be available to assume on-call duties as required.
  • Able to live and work in both outdoor places and urban spaces.
  • Able to lift and carry up to 40 plus pounds for extended periods at a time while backpacking.
  • Able to work in high places such as ropes courses and in trees.
  • Valid driver’s license and two years of driving experience.


  • ACCT Level II certification.
  • Experience managing equipment and inventory.
  • Experience in the area of risk management.
  • Possess or be working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field.


Salary range $45-$50k, shared partially furnished modern house with private room, utilities, and food (valued at $20k), excellent time off package (3 weeks of vacation, 6 sick days, 11 holidays, 1 Heritage Day, 4 wellness days), generous health care/dental/vision package, 3% employer contribution to 401k with potential for additional 2% match, potential bonus, $1,000 annual professional development funds.

Start January 22, 2024.

BIPOC are strongly encouraged to apply. PBC is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion in its work and staffing.

Please have three (3) references submit an online reference form at: 

For more information please contact Mark DeBiasse at or 908-362-6765 x4