The Graduate Assistant for Adventure and Experiential Education is an integral team member within LSU University Recreation. This position works collaboratively with the Adventure Education professional staff and is primarily responsible for operation of the challenge course. Assist with the design, implementation and evaluation of programming for Adventure Education up to and including: trips, team-building activities, gear rentals, indoor climbing wall operation, and outdoor skills clinics. This position is a contributing member to the overall operation and successful delivery of a wide variety of UREC Adventure Education programming. Candidates must possess strong leadership, written and verbal communication skills. Certifications in wilderness medicine and challenge course leadership required.
Duties & Responsibilities:
The following duties are customary for this position. Duties may be added, deleted and assigned based on supervisor discretion and institutional needs.
Manage operation of the challenge course program, consisting of both low and high elements.
Assist with coordination of the design, implementation and evaluation of Adventure Trips, team-building activities, bike & gear rentals, indoor climbing wall operation, and outdoor skills clinics.
Lead adventure trips, climbing programs, and outdoor skills clinics.
Create programs that are intentionally designed, and well sequenced, to provide appropriate skill development progressions for beginner to advanced participants.
Assist with hiring, training, scheduling and supervision of student staff working as challenge course facilitators.
Assist in creating and leading effective trainings to provide opportunities for students to grow in the core skill areas.
Maintain participation statistics and update budget with participation, revenue and staff payroll expenses.
Participate in staff development activities sponsored by LSU, the Division of Student Affairs, and UREC.
Serve on UREC committees as needed.
Attend and participate in departmental staff meetings.
Share information with teammates in an effort to provide high quality outcomes that contribute to student success.
Maintain positive co-worker relationships and foster an environment of trust and inclusion.
Provide feedback regarding the safety of programs, equipment and facilities.
Direct Supervision provided by Assistant Director and Coordinator, Adventure & Experiential Education
Overall Supervision provided by Associate Director, Programs & Outreach
Indirect supervision provided by Director, University Recreation
2 years (4 semesters) with the potential of summer employment
Preferred start date of June 1, 2018
Graduate Assistantship is renewable for the second year based upon satisfactory academic and work performance. Professional development opportunities may be available.
$12,000.00 1st year (mid-August to mid-May)
$13,000.00 2nd year (mid-August to mid – May)
Out of State Tuition: Waived, equals $12,831/semester for 9 hours/semester. (2017-2018 fees)
In State Tuition: Waived, equals $4,370/semester for 9 hours/semester. (2017-2018 fees)
1st year equals, $37,622 (out of state)
2nd year equals, $38,622 (out of state)
1st year equals, $20,740 (in state)
2nd year equals, $21,740 (in state)
Books: Responsibility of the student.
Fees: Responsibility of the student. The cost per semester is approximately $1,330
Candidates must be accepted into a Louisiana State University Graduate School in one of the following preferred degree programs: Higher Education, Sport Management or Kinesiology (deadlines vary; please consult appropriate school for application deadline).
Graduate Assistants must maintain all graduate school enrollment and progression requirements to sustain eligibility. Confirmation of offers is contingent upon acceptance into LSU Graduate School.
Candidates must possess Bachelor’s degree with related course work and/or relevant experience and at least two years of experience working in a University Recreation setting with progressive responsibility. Preference will be extended to candidates who are able to begin working on or before June 1, 2018. Summer employment can be extended to those candidates prior to their stipend beginning.
Candidates must hold current a Wilderness First Aid/Responder (WFA/WFR) and Challenge Course (ACCT) Certification. Preference being extended to those with additional activity specific certifications (ACA, AMGA, WEA, etc.).
Must possess valid driver’s license and ability to learn how to operate mini bus with trailer(s).
Send cover letter, resume, three letters of recommendation to: Matthew Boyer, Associate Director, LSU University Recreation, 106B Student Recreation Complex, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.
For additional information, please contact Matthew Boyer via phone (225-578-8305), email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit www.lsu.edu/urec.
Applications will be accepted and reviewed until position is filled. For best consideration, application materials should be received by Friday, February 2, 2018.
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