Job Opening: Program Manager

Kismet Rock Foundation – Program Manager Job Description

The program manager at Kismet Rock Foundation will be a certified climbing guide and manage all aspects of the rock-climbing curriculum for diverse groups of young teenagers.  Based in North Conway, NH, since 2000, Kismet supports the potential of vulnerable children by providing scholarships, one-week for four consecutive years, in a comprehensive education in technical rock climbing within the context of a loving family-like atmosphere.  Kismet nourishes the physical, intellectual, and emotional development of children lacking the resources and access to such an education from cities and towns throughout New England. 


    Student Focused:

  • Be the personal foundation for the Kismet students from the moment they are selected to when they complete the four-year program.
  • Participate in student presentations and interviews in the winter to identify those students who Kismet can help the most: those “waiting at the door”, feeling invisible, frustrated, isolated.
  • Communicate with families and students throughout the program and off-season as needed to maintain the deeply personal nature of Kismet.
  • Meet with students on a regular basis during the program, oversee socializing games and rituals.
  • Support students at the cliff while guiding 3-4 days per week.
  • Assess and solve fundamental problems that develop during the program that may include bullying, cross-cultural conflict, miscommunication, drug use, and inter-staff issues.
  • Write a personal letter to every student at the end of each program year.

    Staff Focused:

  • Management and training of program staff: guides, live-in staff, volunteers, and interns. Hold staff meetings every morning and evening during the program.
  • Perform and document evaluations
  • Organize and oversee communications between house staff, guides, and students


  • Oversee daily curriculum schedule:  climbing locations, course material, equipment, and events. Adapt schedule to student needs and weather.
  • Acquisition, care, and assessment of climbing equipment.
  • Oversee and participate directly with ongoing curriculum development and maintain high standards regarding the curriculum during the program.
  • Keep a Daily Journal during the program that includes all relevant information regarding the students, staff, curriculum, and the program as a whole.
  • Develop and run off-season programs at locations near sending schools.
  • Attend meetings and fundraising events.
  • Administrative tasks: database management; writing letters and articles; donor and grantor communications; van, office, storage, and rental house management. 
  • Be an ambassador of Kismet Rock Foundation and the mission while growing with organization.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Certified climbing guide with excellent writing and communication skills.
  • A great love of children and a dedication to the development of their potential with an ability to listen with kindness and without judgement.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of cross-cultural, ethnic, and gender issues.
  • Interest and willingness to engage in literature relating to bullying, race relations, education, conflict resolution, management style, outdoor education, climbing systems and technology.
  • Develop an understanding of Kismet’s mission and the rationale behind the mission.


$50,000 – $60,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience. Off-season flexibility.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter up to two pages in length that illustrates your understanding of the Kismet Rock Foundation mission, your enthusiasm for the mission, and answers why you are suited for the Program Manager position. Please also submit a resume or CV. Letters of reference are a plus. Submit all application materials via email to