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Provides management and leadership to the university's outdoor recreation programs which include a rental & retail center, team building program, resource area, trips and adventure program, and anticipated newly constructed challenge course. Supervises all outdoor/adventure recreation staff, which includes 1 part-time Venture Out Coordinator, and over 20 program leads and assistants. This position will implement and promote a newly constructed challenge course that will include low ropes, an adventure course, and a zip line. Lead outdoor recreation initiatives and collaborations across the department, campus, and the community. Position is an integral part of the department leadership team, collaborating with fellow Assistant Directors and senior leadership to advance student development and recreational programming while adhering to departmental core values.
-Master's degree in Recreation Administration, Sports Management, Outdoor Recreation, Higher Education, or related field.
-Progressive experience in outdoor/adventure recreation in a collegiate, government, or commercial/private setting.
-Demonstrated experience in the successful implementation and evaluation of high quality outdoor recreation trips and challenge course programs.
-Demonstrated experience in preparing and managing budgets, annual plans, inventory, and risk management.
-Demonstrated ability to collaborate and develop effective partnerships in a diverse setting.
-Demonstrated group leadership development and delivering an excellent customer experience.
-Excellent communication skills and ability to deliver presentations and speak publicly.
-Knowledge and ability to effectively use technology systems that support outdoor recreation program management and sales.
-Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification.
-At least two industry certifications in Climbing Site Management, Swift Water Rescue, rock climbing, caving, paddling, whitewater rafting, Leave No Trace and/or outdoor ethics (CWI, SPI, ACA kayak instructor, ACA Stand Up Paddleboard, LNT Educator, etc.).
-Recognized experience at the collegiate level in the development, administration, and evaluation of outdoor recreation and adventure programs.
-Knowledge of local and regional outdoor adventure opportunities.
-Marketing and business management experience/training.
-Previous experience teaching for-credit, academic courses related to outdoor recreation and physical activity.
-Previous experience working with a recreation based rental and sales center with a cash handling plan and PCI compliance. Certification in Wilderness First Aid (WFA-Instructor) Instructor Trainer; Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) training or background;
-Three or more certifications in Climbing Site Management, Swift Water Rescue, rock climbing, caving, paddling, whitewater rafting, Leave No Trace and/or outdoor ethics (CWI, SPI, AMGA, PCIA, ACA kayak instructor, ACA Stand Up Paddleboard, LNT Educator, etc)
Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Review Date: 05/01/2017