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Embark Behavioral Health Wilderness Operations Director in Dahlonega, Georgia

Think Outside. No Box Required.

Do you love outdoors and leading others?

Are you passionate about helping others and making a difference every day?

We are First Light Wilderness Therapy and we are on a mission to drive teen and young adult anxiety, depression, and suicide from all time highs of today to all-time lows by 2028.

To do so we need great people on our team just like you.

Imagine a role where you contribute to helping a child and family heal!

We specialize in treating struggles associated with adoption, trauma, anxiety, and addiction.

We do this in the in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, where nature provides peace and healing.

We are seeking an Operations Director that is passionate about ensuring field operational needs are met for students and staff, as well as leading the Operations Team to best serve our students. Our Operations Director plays a very important role that ensures the safety and supply needs are met for the program so that these needs do not interrupt the therapeutic growth of our students.

The Operations Director, under the direction of the Executive Director, is to have a long-term mindset, creating systems that are efficient and support FL’s long-term sustainability. Specific outcomes of the Operations Director include managing facilities and equipment, managing medical and medication processes, and understanding the safety processes and how those relate to accreditations. This position will help to create systems for operations and logistics that are efficient and can improve customer service while reducing cost.

The Program Director will be responsible to:

  • Lead Operations Team in a way that builds and maintains culture that drives stability and retention

  • Select, train, develop and grow Operations Team

  • Build upon and optimize systems and processes

  • Create efficient logistics systems that support the best student treatment outcomes

  • Oversee fleet management (maintenance, repair, availability, and inventory) for all Departments within FLW

  • Ensure gear and food supplies are of quality and to students and staff timely and meet budget

  • Oversee facility to ensure programming offices and operations area are organized and presentable

  • Supervise Medical and Medication Management System

  • Communicate Department status with Executive Director and leadership team, collaborating in ongoing basis.

To be successful you will:

  • Be a natural leader with excellent leadership, communication, and problem solving skills

  • Have a servant leader heart that finds leading others rewarding

  • Enjoy the outdoors and have backcountry experience

  • Be resourceful and have good judgement

  • Have a talent of connecting well with others from variety of backgrounds including students, parents, staff, and referral partners

  • Be passionate about helping teens learn and heal

  • Be able to maintain healthy boundaries to role model healthy communication

  • Have experience with operations and logistics for similar programs, preferably serving adolescents

  • Be empathetic, have a servant heart, build trusting relationships, and be growth minded.


  • Must be at least 25 years old.

  • Possess a BS/BA degree in related field.

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience working in the adventure or outdoor field with at-risk youth, or comparable experience.

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience working in a management role including supervision of employees and budget management.

  • Excellent leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills.

  • Must pass a Background Criminal Investigation and post hire physical.

  • Must hold a valid Driver's License with clean driving record.

  • Ability to self-transport when the need arises.

  • Ability to lift and carry 50+ pounds for extended durations.

  • Ability to support field operations and safety in four-season conditions.

  • Must possess a current first aid and CPR certification; Certified Wilderness First Responder preferred.

Requisition ID: 2023-3230

External Company Name: Embark Behavioral Health

External Company URL: www.embarkbh.com

Street: 889 Wimpy Rd

Post End Date: 6/9/2023