The Assistant Director of Outdoor Education is responsible for the management, decision making, and oversight of the Outdoor Education program. The program consists of four main components including the adventure trip program, equipment rental center, indoor climbing and bouldering walls, and student development education and training.
Student Staff Management
Establishes and performs student development concepts to recruit, hire, train, and evaluate student assistants in each component of the outdoor program
Tracks and oversees all payroll activity involving student wages and casual labor budget lines
Develops staff training classes and seminars to teach and enhance competency skills for trip leaders, rental center employees and climbing wall staff
Provides innovative and consistent leadership to the outdoor education program and student employees
Designs and implements creative outdoor education programming and special events each semester to engage the students, faculty, staff and UWG community
Provides excellent customer service to program participants by phone, email, and/or face to face interactions
Manages the adventure trip component by overseeing the pre-trip planning process, location scouting, trip logistics, travel details, equipment preparation, student staff schedules, pre-trip meeting content, risk management oversight, trip execution, debrief and trip evaluations
Manages the outdoor rental and retail center by creating an equipment pricing structure, implement rental policies and procedures, develop staff schedules and training, equipment inventory, assessing late and damage fees, administering equipment care plans, creating usage logs, and by creating an attractive outfitter environment for patrons
Manages the climbing wall facility by providing constant oversight to ensure safety and organization, oversees annual wall manufacturer safety checks and inspections, conducts daily walk-throughs, develops staff scheduling and training, oversees all belay and lead climbing classes, creates incentive programming to attract and retain climbers, host certifications, performs semesterly wall re-routes, recommends hold purchases, and organizes cleaning procedures
Establishes a bike share program overseeing bike rentals, maintenance, repair, parts, training and assessment
Designs and implements a Pre-Orientation program to lead new incoming freshmen on a week-long outdoor experience prior to the start of the fall semester
Collaborates with different departments on campus to provide unique and educational programs to expose the university to outdoor education
Collaborates with the marketing program to create unique branding ideas through poster design, website content, digital signage, social media, and promotional items
Monitors all budget activity consisting of $75,000 dedicated to the outdoor program for trip expenses, equipment purchases, student assistant wages, travel and program supplies
Tracks and reconciles all budgetary transactions encompassing all expenses and revenues attached to the outdoor program
Develops travel protocol and risk management content consistent with the department, university, and state
Makes recommendations for program equipment purchases, creates maintenance and usage logs, and inventories equipment each semester to ensure equipment is in proper working order
Maintains a good understanding and working knowledge of industry standards practices through professional development opportunities including regional and national conferences, certifications, workshops, clinics and site-visits
Develops and implements a departmental leadership development program that provides small group initiative facilitation, team-building challenges, and group dynamic training
Collaborates with the Sustainability Council to help promote sustainable practices, projects, programming and an overall green culture
Creates a strategic planning process to shape and organize the program as it relates to facilities, operations, outdoor education programming, staff development, special events, clinics, seminars, and marketing strategies
Collects and maintains comprehensive participation and financial records for semester and annual reports (trips, climbing wall, rental center, and special events)
Supervises and oversees the Graduate Assistant of Outdoor Recreation by providing leadership, feedback, guidance, mentorship, work schedule, task list, and professional development
Creates and evaluates a risk management plan for all components of the outdoor education program and ensures that it is in line with the departmental plan
Required Bachelor’s degree in recreation, sports management, physical education, or other related field; 2-3 years of practical experience in outdoor recreation, collegiate recreation, and supervising undergraduate students; strong communication and customer service skills; ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and the community at large are required.
Preferred Master’s degree in higher education/college student affairs, sports management, recreation, or other related field; must be able to lead, train, and supervise individuals in various outdoor activities and settings; knowledge of specific activities and skills in backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, orienteering, and spelunking; understanding of risk management principles, industry standards in outdoor recreation.
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Physical requirements/working conditions: Ability to stand, walk, and run for extended periods of time. Able to swim. Able to climb. Some lifting of weights up to 70 pounds. Due to the high-risk nature of outdoor recreation, must have a high degree of awareness for their surroundings and must be able to make rational decisions under high pressure, as well as day-to-day decisions regarding the administration of all outdoor recreation programs. Failure to make appropriate decisions can result in serious bodily harm or death of staff and/or participants from a variety of environmental and equipment related hazards, as well as have a negative impact on the department and university.
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