Department of Athletics: Assistant Director, Outdoor Recreation Center
The Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC) at Colorado School of Mines located in Golden, Colorado. Golden is located in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and is just a short drive from Denver and Boulder. Golden is home to a kayak course, multiple rocking and ice climbing locations, and abundant hiking and biking trails that are within walking/biking distance of campus. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year Golden is an ideal location to program year-round outdoor recreation activities.
General Description: The purpose of the ORC is to provide outdoor recreational opportunities, resources, and leadership training for the members of the Mines community. The ORC facilitates trips and events that include: backpacking, camping, mountain biking, skiing/snowboarding, rock and ice climbing, canyoneering, mountaineering, snowshoeing, avalanche training, whitewater boating, and much more. The ORC is located in a state of the art facility that opened in 2007. The facility includes a 4,000 sq. ft. climbing wall, a nine foot tall free standing outside boulder, a trip planning room, a resource room, a bike and ski shop, as well as rental and storage facilities.
The Assistant Director of the ORC will assist the Director in managing the daily operations of a collegiate outdoor recreation center. The Assistant Director will also aid in overall administrative duties for the ORC such as trainings, workshops, and accountability of all student staff. The Assistant Director will be directly responsible for the indoor climbing wall, the trip leader trainings, and the outdoor trips program. This will be a fulltime, 12-month position, exempt, with benefits and will be Administrative Faculty.
The following information is intended to be representative of the work performed by incumbents in this position and is not all-inclusive. The omission of a specific duty of responsibility will not preclude it from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical extension of position responsibilities.
Climbing Wall 35%: Responsible for daily operations, of the ORC/SRC Climbing Wall. Create overall vision, development, execution, and assessment of the climbing wall. Plan, develop, and schedule climbing wall programming that will meet the diverse needs of the Mines community, while anticipating and responding to both current and national trends. Manage involvement and clinic participation, payment, registrations through Fusion. Work with colleagues and students on campus for new programs that are inline with institutional goals.
Trips and Events 35%: Responsible for operations of trips and events. Create overall vision, development, execution, and assessment for off campus trips, lead the wilderness orientation program, and assist with the Oredigger Camp as needed. Plan, develop, and schedule trips and events that will meet the diverse needs of the Mines community, while anticipating and responding to both current and national trends. Manage involvement and clinic participation, payment, registrations through Fusion. Work with colleagues and students on campus for new programs that are inline with institutional goals.
Staff Supervision 10%: Hire, train, schedule, supervise, evaluate and complete payroll for all climbing wall and trips/event staff. This includes training in general policies and procedures, area specific trainings and risk management, and work flow management software and required document training, CPR & First Aid. Teach students job skills such as time management, risk management, conflict resolution, public speaking, teamwork, adaptability, and flexibility. Provide opportunities that incorporate learning outcomes while providing service to the campus community.
Risk Management 5%: Serve as the primary risk manager for the climbing wall in all capacities, and also for the outdoor trips and some campus events. Serve as the primary risk manager on issues related to near misses, injuries, weather, facilities, and trip participant behavior. Establish participant behavior expectations and employee manuals to insure compliance with risk management, injury protocol, policies and procedures, and emergency action plans. Train staff in risk management issues, professional best practices and industry standards.
Campus Collaboration and Student Recreation 5%: Support Recreational Sports in various ways, athletics, and collaboration with additional programs like Mines Activities Council, SAIL, and collaborating with academic programs whether directly teaching as an instructor in classes like Physical Activities (PA), training for field sessions, or developing other academic classes. Working on the Student Recreation Center team to complete annual trainings and assist on larger programmatic events hosted by SRC, Athletics, or Student Life. Teach one Physical Activities (PA) Class per fall and spring semesters (.5 credit); additional course work might be possible.
Assistant the Director 10%: Assist the Director in the overall management and leadership of the Outdoor Recreation Center as outlined below.
Assist the Director of the ORC in the following areas:
The vision, planning, management and assessment of the ORC programs
The planning and development of policies, activities, and administrating all aspects of the ORC and special programs
Direct management of the climbing wall, route setting, trips programs, and trip leader program
Implementation of a creative marketing plan for the ORC departments
Budget analysis and management of all expenditures and generation of revenue for climbing wall, trips program, trip leader program and special programs; monthly and yearly reporting, data analysis, and financial forecasting.
Climbing wall staff recruiting, hiring, training, supervising, scheduling and evaluating for approximately 3-4 student managers and 10-12 staff; experience with the Climbing Wall Association, programs and resources
Trip leader recruiting, hiring, training, supervising, scheduling and evaluating, with approximately 1-2 student managers, and 20 trip leaders
Oversight of all risk management issues for the climbing wall and trip programs and the development of a compressive risk management plan
Assistance in day-to-day management and supervision of the rental center and bike/ski shop.
Support the mission and core values of the Recreation Sports Department and assist with facility management as needed.
Collaborating with other university programs such as academics, residence life, Athletics and graduate programs. allergies and issues. adventure leadership programs as needed
Other duties as assigned
Oversee wilderness orientation programs for new and incoming students; assist with youth
Food menu planning for groups, budgeting, and working with people’s dietary needs,
Master’s Degree in outdoor recreation, communications, recreation management, or an applicable focus
Active member in two or more of the following professional organizations: AORE, NIRSA, AEE, AMGA, ACA, AIARE, AAA
Current certifications and ability to teach to a professional standard or credential in the following:
NIRSA Registered Collegiate Recreational Sports Professional (RCRSP)
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certified/ Climbing Wall Instructor Certified/ AMGA Guide Courses or higher in Ski, Alpine, Ice, or Rock Climbing Disciplines.
Ability to teach or become qualified to teach Wilderness First Aid (16-hr courses)
American Canoe and Kayak Association with Instructor Level Trainings/Certifications in kayaking, stand up paddle boards, or canoeing; State of CO Licensed White Water Raft Guide
AIARE Level I and/or Level II AND Instructor Training Courses
Experience with other institutions or universities (NOLS, Outward Bound, American Alpine Club, Wilderness Education Association, etc.)
Permitting on public and private lands- Access experience with the NPS, NFS, BLM, state parks, country parks, city parks
Experience with rental reservations, gear repair, and Point of Sale systems
This position will support the Bike/Ski shop and rental center as needed.
Previous experience with bike and/or ski maintenance
Experience running an indoor climbing wall, training and supervising staff, wall/floor inspections and maintenance. Organizing and running bouldering competitions. Route setting for bouldering, top rope, and lead climbs.
Experience researching program equipment, bidding, PO’s, purchasing gear specific to program and trip needs.
Experience planning or partnering with other groups to run large campus events
Software systems such as: Fusion, Windward, all Microsoft Professional programs, Rock Gym Pro, Smart Waiver,
Previous experience teaching or teaching assistant (ta) collegiate academic course for credit
Experience with planning and implementing a new student wilderness orientation program, budgeting, recruiting and training staff, participant registrations, program evaluations
International Travel/Global Experiences, personal and professional, ability to speak a second language for areas of travel
Various Domestic travel experiences in various forms- car, bus, plane, train
Bachelor’s Degree in outdoor recreation, communications, recreation management, or an applicable focus
Broad-based experience in higher education outdoor recreation and off-campus wilderness and adventure trips with expertise in more than two of the following: multi-day backpacking, hiking, skiing (all types), rafting, kayaking, rock climbing (single and multi-pitch), ice climbing, mountain biking, snowboarding/split boarding, snowshoeing
Experience with staff trainings, curriculum development, and evaluation of trainings
The ability to work a flexible schedule, nights and some weekends
The ability to work independently and complete tasks in a timely manner
Excellent organization, leadership and communication skills, including, but not limited to written, oral and interpersonal skills; and computer literacy
Good judgment and decision-making abilities
A positive attitude, well-developed teaching abilities, and exceptional customer service skills
Experience with collegiate outdoor programs
A valid driver’s license that is maintained throughout the duration of employment
CPR/First Aid Certified, or obtain within the first 3 months.
Wilderness First Responder (80 hour course) Certified or higher EMT/WEMT, or obtain within the first 3 months.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. Mines provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health and dental insurance. Part of Mines' mission is to create a family-friendly environment supported through our dependent tuition benefits, parental leave benefits, and dependent care assistance plan, as well as in special events, camps, and programming. For more information visit: family.mines.edu
About Colorado School of Mines-Outdoor Recreation Center
Colorado School of Mines, Golden ColoradoThe Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC) at Colorado School of Mines located in Golden, Colorado. Golden is located in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and is just a short drive from Denver and Boulder. CSM has an undergraduate population of 4,500 students, with an additional 1,100 masters and doctorate students. Mines is one of the top engineering schools... in the country, and one of the best places for outdoor pursuits. We offer a year-round indoor climbing wall, outdoor rental center, bike/ski shop, outdoor trips and trip leader training program. The purpose of the ORC is to provide outdoor recreational opportunities and resources for the members of the Mines community. The ORC facilitates trips and events that include: backpacking, camping, mountain biking, skiing/snowboarding, rock and ice climbing, canyoneering, mountaineering, snowshoeing, avalanche training, whitewater boating, and much more. The ORC is located in a state of the art facility that opened in 2007. The facility includes a 4,000 sq. ft. climbing wall, a nine foot tall free standing outside boulder, a trip planning room, a resource room, a bike and ski shop, as well as rental and storage facilities.